On the Road to Perdition VOL 02: Sanctuary Paperback – Dec 1 2003
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The premise of this period crime drama derives from the Japanese manga hit Lone Wolf & Cub. The wandering Samurai of that series who travels with his young son here is depicted as Michael O'Sullivan, a Capone-era enforcer with a conscience. The Irish Catholic O'Sullivan is on the run from other gangs with his son Michael, who witnessed one of O'Sullivan's killings for the Irish Mafia's Looney gang. It's just the two of them, as O'Sullivan's wife and younger son have been killed. The story picks up after O'Sullivan has a falling-out with his mob boss. Father and son weave around the Midwest, waiting until it's safe to deposit Michael with relatives in Perdition, Kans. In the meantime, O'Sullivan sets about robbing the banks that are storing Al Capone's money and killing off local kingpins, giving Capone an incentive to reconsider his position of protecting Looney's bloodthirsty son, Conner. This book fleshes out the O'Sullivans' cross-country adventures (which were briefly shown in the film Road to Perdition), while exploring the nature of the father and son relationship. While Collins's adventure spinoff doesn't add significant plot to the story, the flashbacks, vignettes and gunfights give fans of period comics and gangster fiction more of what they crave: a rampage of shootouts and heists replete with Tommy guns and fedoras. Whereas the artwork is typical of classical American illustration, the format is more akin to that of successful manga paperbacks: fewer, smaller panels per page, rendered in stark b&w. Lieber's art delivers an effective pastiche of pulp illustrations of the period.
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With Detour, Collins completes a graphic trilogy that expands upon The Road to Perdition (1998), the basis of the hit movie. Hitman Michael O'Sullivan, the "Angel of Death," continues putting the squeeze on the Capone gang by robbing banks across the Midwest in which it has stashed its loot. The heists are designed to force the Capones to turn over mad-dog killer Connor Looney, who brutally murdered O'Sullivan's wife and younger son, and who is out to kill O'Sullivan and his older boy, the narrator of the film and this story. Fast-paced action leads to a suspenseful confrontation in Kansas City's red-light district between O'Sullivan and the pair of bounty hunters Capone's right-hand man Frank Nitti has dispatched to eliminate the O'Sullivans. As best demonstrated in his prose-only PI series featuring Nate Heller, Collins is a past master of period crime stories, and if superhero mainstay artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez isn't nearly as successful with the Depression-era setting as director Sam Mendes was in the Perdition movie, at least he conveys the story clearly. Gordon Flagg
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Having escaped capture so far, Nitti hires two bounty hunters to do the job. They track the two Michaels down, but two past relationships influence the outcomes.