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Strasse der Verdammnis : die Originalvorlage zum Film ; graphic novel (Road to Perdition #1)

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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 again ...more
Published (first published 1998)
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May 18, 2008 Joe rated it liked it
Solid story, immaculate art style, but still middle of the road. We've seen it all before.
Jan 17, 2009 Carly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels


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
I watched the film version first, so maybe I'm a little biased, but I wasn't too terribly impressed by this graphic novel. I mean, it was pretty good, and the artwork was excellent, but it just didn't have the same impact on me as the film did.

Road to Perdition is a graphic novel about Michael O'Sullivan, an enforcer for the Looneys, an Irish mob family. The Looneys betray Michael and his vengeance is great. Along with his son, Michael Jr., he takes his revenge on the Looney family for what they
May 12, 2010 Ice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Originally published as a single-volume graphic novel in 1998, this is the comics work upon which the Tom Hanks movie is based. It's the story of Michael O'Sullivan, a feared and religiously inclined mob hit man who's brutally betrayed-and the fierce vengeance he wreaks. It's 1930 and O'Sullivan works for the Looneys, an Irish mob family with a stranglehold on the politics and businesses of a small Midwestern city. Curious about his dad's mysterious "job," Michael Jr. stows away in his car to se ...more
Oct 07, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The artist for this book was incredible. The story was also quite compelling.
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
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
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Sep 18, 2011 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los géneros
Recommended to Feather 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
Sep 21, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The art in this graphic novel (the inspiration for the Sam Mendes movie of the same name) isn't exactly Dave Gibbons doing Watchmen (more like the sketchy black and white of From Hell), but the story is pretty solid. It's clear the movie followed a lot of Collins' ideas for the story line, but there are some significant changes in the film version, particularly in the last third of the plot, that make reading the graphic novel an essentially new experience even if you have seen the movie. I'd lo ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Road to Perdition" works on so many levels: as a tale of retribution, as a none-too-flattering portrait of crime & corruption, and also as a slice of American history. It's a book that you can fairly breeze through, as the story flows nicely and there are no unnecessary pages or panels. The art by Richard Piers Rayner is simply stunning, black-and-white line work. Crisp, detailed panels and easily distinguishable characters - most times of a photo-realistic quality - help keep the reader fo ...more
Mar 02, 2012 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicholas Ahlhelm
Anyone that saw the movie version might be surprised at just how good a pulp comic Road to Perdition actually is. Originally published in 1998 by the Paradox Press division of DC Comics, the original graphic novel wore its main influence on the sleeve. A quote by Kauzo Koike, creator of Lone Wolf & Cub opens the tale of a gangster assassin and his son on the roads of the Midwest in 1930.

The story is presented rather simply. Our narrator is the young son, clearly many years later, but our pr
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
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
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
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
Robert Kristoffersen
Road to Perdition's appellation is a fitting one; the road, not so much arduous, but long, and slow. By that I mean it's production; four years in the making, long for a graphic novel of merely four to five panels per page, but by the product on the page, worth the wait. Road to Perdition marks the first installment of the "read all comics project." Those familiar with the site will know that Kevin Hellions attempted this, but abandoned it shortly after, searching for common themes to the projec ...more
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
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.
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'
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
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.
Jesse A
Not an exceptional story but very emotionally striking. Good to read but I probably won't read it again.
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#2: Angel

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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
Mahabubur Rahman
After 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.

A well written novel that will keep you turning the
Yazan Bakleh
Jul 27, 2016 Yazan Bakleh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books in my Opinion ...
Tobin Elliott
Damn, but this was breathtaking. The story, the art, the attention to

Weaving a fictional story out of facts, this is a strangely heartwarming story of a boy whose father happens to be the Archangel of Death for the Looney mob. There's often an attempt by authors to imbue their hitmen with a sense of honour or a strong morale code. Think The Boondock Saints, for example. But rarely does it get pulled off.

Here, it does. This was 300 glorious pages of action and empathy, of fam
The art, especially the cityscapes is nice to look at, and the story is a fun crime thriller. It suffered a bit from being compared to the movie adaptation, where all the changes made served to improve the story. As a pulpy quick read, plenty fun enough to recommend.
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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
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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)
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