Friday, August 3, 2012
Book Review: Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins
From Amazon: "Depression-era Chicago: a city riding a tide of liquor and blood, ruled by guns, graft, and gangsters. At the top of the heap is Al Capone... and Capone's most feared hitman is Michael O'Sullivan, known to friends and enemies alike as the "Angel of Death". But when Sullivan's eight-year-old son witnesses a gangland execution, father and son find themselves facing off against the most merciless gangster of all time."
This is the graphic novel on which the movie of the same name (which is awesome) is based. I didn't even know until recently that the movie was based on a book, so, it being one of my favorites, I decided to read the original story.
This is one of the best graphic novels I've read, though I'm not big into them (so, small pool from which to compare). But, and maybe if I hadn't seen the movie first I wouldn't feel this way, the book makes for a more realistic plot, while the movie makes for a better story. The ending isn't as good (though I'm still looking forward to reading the sequels), and some key plot points are, in my opinion, done better in the movie. And even though there's no way I'd ever be able to draw as well as Richard Piers Rayner, I had a hard time following along sometimes because some characters were drawn too similarly, or some frames of the same character were not drawn similarly enough.
Still a good, quick read, and I'd recommend it to fans of the movie.