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3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,800 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
The basis for the major motion picture, Road to Perdition is an enthralling crime noir story of revenge, morality and family loyalty. Michael O'Sullivan is a deeply religious family man who works as an Irish mob family's chief enforcer. But after his elder son witnesses one of his father's hits, the godfather orders the death of O'Sullivan's entire family. Barely surviving ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 27th 2007 by Pocket Books (first published 1998)
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Just a plain old black and white graphic novel. WHOA! Hold it right there partner! That description does not even come close when we are talking about this book. The story line itself really was amazing enough. Now look in the back of the book at the blurb about the illustrator. It took him a total of four, that is correct, no misprint here, four long years just to do the illustrations for this book. I really love how my mind was able to actually bleed color and breathe emotion into each panel. ...more
Jesse A
Not an exceptional story but very emotionally striking. Good to read but I probably won't read it again.
Nov 29, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this after I'd seen the movie, I do remember when watching the movie that it reminded of something, but I just couldn't place my finger on it.
It all became clear once I read the Graphic Novel... this is an american interpretation of Kauzo Koike's Lone Wolf & Cub.
And it's a damned good one too!
Although the art did seem to focus more on the characters than the scenery... there are very few longshots, most of the illustrations are close-ups of the characters. I found this unusual, but te
Arun Divakar
Random browsing among a rack of comics brought me to this book. The first thought that popped up in my mind was a long list of names : Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law and Daniel Craig ! And then like an obedient reader, I found myself a chair and sat down to read.

The contents and the story line are not novel. Told from the point of view of a child, the story revolves around his father,a resourceful assassin who faces off against his former mentor in the 1930's America. The art work captures th
Justin Mitchell
Just read Ghost World, and now followed it up with another graphic novel that got made into a movie. I never saw Road to Perdition when it came out, but finally watched it a couple months ago, and was quite surprised at how much I loved it. This book, the source material for Sam Mendes' film, is considerably different than the film in many respects. As I did with Ghost World, I feel the film's modifications improved the story a great deal. A lot of the character relationships are much more flesh ...more
Danny Shelton
Nov 02, 2010 Danny Shelton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the course of an evening I read this novel, and it was the first graphic novel I had actually read. I feel like this story is heavily influenced by Japanese Samurai culture. O'Sullivan, the main character alongside his son, was previously a soldier learned in the art of war, and coming from a lower class Irish family he finds little opportunity after the war than through the same art, working with the mafia. He is skilled in his profession and is apparently unmatched, while still focusing o ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, crime
This was a quick read and entertaining enough. Ordinarily, I can't stand books/films about the mafia or the Prohibition era in the US but I've read good things about this book and thought I'd give it a go. While this is a story about vengeance for a depraved and unnecessary act of violence, carried out typically with further acts of violence, I can only have sympathy for the kids in it. I can't really sympathise with the protagonist, Michael O'Sullivan, who is, after all, a gun for hire who made ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Road To Perdition was a great comic, it follows the story of a little boy and his father. The father turns out to be into crime which leads to the son almost becoming batman, he became more of a Carl from the Walking Dead, although later he definitely becomes batman. This comic had a great story and was very enjoyable, although it seemed long it was a quick book to read through. I would recommend this to anyone who is into action and likes gangsters.
Federiken Masters
Sep 18, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los géneros
Recommended to Federiken by: Que estaba a mano
Lo leí en la edición integral de Panini, pero marco esta porque es la única individual en castellano que encontré. En cuanto al contenido en sí: impresionante una de las mejores historias de gángsters que leí. Está bien, leí poco y nada del género. Pero lo conozco, como todo el mundo, de películas que abordan la época y la temática (aunque, lo admito, tampoco he visto tantas), y cómo encaran el tema del noble asesino en desgracia, cómo lo desarrollan y cómo lo narran, simplemente impecable. Sobr ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a surprise to me. I knew that the story was a graphic novel and a very good one at that long before the film reached the headlines - however it never really appealed to me - I don't know why it just never really registered. Well a chance encounter with all 3 volumes (they are listed here and I will be started number 2 shortly) at a local charity shop - I thought I would take a gamble - well here I am finishing volume one and I must admit I am impressed. The artwork though atmosphe ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I remember really enjoying the film, but really remembering anything about it. I'd been meaning to check out the Graphic Novel for awhile, and was happy to find on the shelf of my local library. I loved the art, and thought that the mix of historical truths with the fiction gave this short book some needed depth to its world.

I enjoyed the grit and violence of it, and completely devoured the book, but overall, it's take-it-or-leave-it fare. If you like noir/gangster stories, and comics, you can'
Krishna Kumar
For those who have seen the movie (that includes me), the book holds little surprise. I didn’t like the movie very much and the book didn’t do much to improve matters. I suppose the reason is that the plot plays out as a Greek tragedy. We know where the story is headed towards and are passive observers instead of being drawn into the minds of the characters.

When you write a story with a narrator, the narrator changes the perspective of the story. It changes our attitude towards the characters. I
Aug 31, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a perfect graphic novel. Everything works - the gripping story, the sharply drawn characters, the amazing illustrations. I was hooked from page one, impossible to put down. It's a story of a mob soldier whose son witnesses a hit, causing father and son to go on the run... but the father still wants his vengeance. I was absorbed into this book completely, I felt like I was in a classic film noir and did not want to leave. If you love noir or graphic novels, you have no choice - READ THIS ...more
Brandon Pierce
It was very engrossing mostly because there is scarcely any a panel without dialogue and rarely a page without bloodshed. I was hoping for more rumination and more pondering. I suppose the principal character is a man of action and doesn't need to consider his plan or motives long before making his move. Even so, I would've liked to see more of the boy actually coming of age and thinking through everything. There are glimpses here and there but nothing substantial. I'm very interested to look up ...more
I enjoyed this, no mistake. The artwork is stunningly suited, and it's a taught, emotional thriller. Unfortunately, it's a bit overshadowed by its film update, which, to me, possessed slightly cleaner story-telling. However, the movie wouldn't exist without the original, so I'm a little torn. The original premise, and general arc are here, present in Max Allan Collins' story. The shell of the characters is here too, but in the film they're better fleshed. Many changes were made to the story in t ...more
Marie Michaels
Jan 02, 2015 Marie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So torn over how to rate this. It's nothing new, but it's quite well done.

When I think back on this, what I remember most is the introduction, one of the most interesting I've read, and the very sharp artwork. The art immediately sets the stage in terms of time and place, and even if I hadn't read the introduction, I would have been grounded in the history of it right away. The attention to historical detail in both the story-telling and the art is impressive without being pedantic.

As for the
Aug 12, 2015 H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When art and some truly fine lines come together it makes for great graphic novels. From the opening line that sets the tone to capturing the mythos of the Irish love of violence, the story rolls.

The only place where the book falters is the oft repeated line of "from what I heard from other accounts". While these lead to the brutal acts of violence that flushes out the skill of the character O'Sullivan and the artist Rayner, they tend to drag on. More of this space would've been better served in
Jun 08, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Had no idea that this was a book before it was a movie, until a friend suggested it to me. And I'm glad he did. It's great. It reads much like a movie storyboard; I've never seen the movie but I will now.

Time to look for more Max Allan Collins.
Jan 13, 2014 Lucas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Road to Perdition is a graphic novel by Max Collins. It is a story of a boy who witnesses a murder resulting in the execution of his mother and younger brother who is mistaken to be him. His father who is a member of the gang takes his son and flees the city to take revenge on the gang by robbing their accountants from banks all across the U.S. The Mafia hires hit men who fail at their mission and the son is left with his father’s ex lover so that he may continue his quest to destroy h
Another graphic novel; I'm really getting into these! This was a REALLY quick read, took me maybe four or five hours total. I really liked the storyline having already seen the movie quite a few times and loving that. Based on the film though I expected the graphics to be more sophisticated and "artsy" but they were really no big deal to me. There were about five or six events that were different from the movie, and two of them were major and I liked how the movie dealt with them better...but th ...more
I am torn between three and four stars with this graphic novel. I was looking for a graphic novel for this year's reading challenge & my husband casually gave me The Road to Perdition. He had enjoyed it & thought I might. I am so glad he suggested it.
A young boy is stunned when he witnesses his father commit murder. In his youthful eyes, his father is the perfect dad. To learn what his father is capable of makes him grow up pretty fast.
I sped through the story once I had time to actual
May 18, 2008 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid story, immaculate art style, but still middle of the road. We've seen it all before.
Newton Public Library Iowa
From Calvin H.: This is a very good black and white graphic novel. A story of '30's mobsters and vengeance in the Quad cities. it owes a lot to a Japanese samurai story. A mob enforcer for the Looney gang, Michael Sullivan, causes his wife and youngest son to be murdered when the other son, Michael Jr. sees a killing he shouldn't. Afterwards, Sullivan moves around the Midwest robbing Capone mob-affiliated banks of mob money. The idea is to get the Capone mob to stop protecting the Looney gang me ...more
Michael O'Sullivan is the chief enforcer for Irish mobster John Looney. He's trusted without question until his son Michael Jr. accidentally witnesses O'Sullivan & Looney's son Connor kill a rival. Connor Looney is spooked & convinces his father that O'Sullivan is a loose end that needs to be tied up. When the Looneys fail to kill Michael & his son, the two O'Sullivans hit the road, taking revenge by killing those closest to the Looney's & disrupting their lucrative mob-run busin ...more
Martyn Perry
Nov 02, 2014 Martyn Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing the excellent Sam Mendes, Tom Hanks starring movie, I endeavoured to dig out the source material after learning that it was essentially a "comic book" movie. Well, I finally got around to doing it after all these years, and I wasn't disappointed.

Having viewed the movie first, it's refreshing to see that the film is faithful, whilst leaving the book to offer different plot beats that reward readers. The basic story is simple, but well told, and it all comes to life with such stark an
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Lewis M
Jul 28, 2014 Lewis M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie and then read the book, so getting some of the actors who play the characters out of your head is hard.

It is a classic tragedy where our hero Michael Sullivan must eventually pay for his sins with his own death. Michael chooses his violent path early on in life, considers himself irredeemable and seeks to save his son from a similar fate. The road to perdition is paved with blood.

The devout Michael is the favoured "son" of John Rooney, a family man who
works for the Irish mob.
Jan 17, 2009 Carly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In the Prohibition Era, a time where America’s underworld provided the only real law, Michael O’Sullivan is the chief enforcer of the Looneys, an Irish mob family. He is a religious family man and ex-soldier, who became the most feared assassin of the time, nicknamed “Angel of Death”. One day his young son Michael Jr, determined to discover his father’s true profession, stows away in his father’s car, and accidentally witnesses murder. The Looneys, fearful that the boy will spill their secre
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Having seen the movie, "Road to Perdition," I thought to read the book. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the fact that the movie did not deviate from what the author wrote, as so many other movies tend to do.

The 1920's and 1930's were a very different world from what we live in, however this story still has a grain of the truth that lies inside parents ... we don't want our children to fall into some of the traps we found ourselves entwined in.

Michael Sullivan, a professional hit man, finds th
Mar 02, 2012 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2006.

He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.

Book Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
Shamus Awards Best Novel nom
More about Max Allan Collins...

Other Books in the Series

Road to Perdition (5 books)
  • Road to Perdition 2: On the Road to Perdition (Oasis, Sanctuary, and Detour) (Road to Perdition, Book 2)
  • Road to Purgatory (Road to Perdition, #3)
  • Road to Paradise (Road to Perdition, #4)
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