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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Kansas City, 1933. Frank Nash is a petty criminal who has been pinched by the Feds and is being brought back into town by train. When FBI agent Reed Vetterli heads down to Union Station to meet Nash and his uniformed escort, he has no reason to suspect that there will be any action. Neither does Charles Thompson, a reporter sent down to the station just to see what the fus ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Oni Press
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If you’re ever in my part of the world you can go to Union Station and see the holes on its exterior that legend says are from some of the bullets fired during the Kansas City Massacre. As always, science has to ruin everything and modern tests have called that claim into question. That’s actually fitting because the origin of those holes is now as murky as almost everything else that happened that day.

What is known is that on June 17, 1933, a federal prisoner named Frank Nash was being transpor
Jon Nakapalau
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionlly well done GN that looks at the birth of the FBI - art is taunt and stark.
Not knowing anything about the Union Station massacre I found this a little hard to follow..but the overall style of this was really strong, noirish and quite poignant.
You may want to know the "nuts and bolts" about this event in history (ZERO dates are revealed*) before committing-

ESPECIALLY if you want to absorb any history-worth-knowing (truths, omissions and obvious lies) because the event and case that followed were only solved to the extent that BeHooved J. Edgar.

This mock-up suffers from the intrinsic difficulty of dealing with a historical event that will never be known correctly since the actual facts couldn't be taken out of those involved while they
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The ugly original sin of the FBI. All this is epilogue to an epic capture in Hot Springs that deserves it's own book. ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a nonfiction graphic novel about the FBI shootout at Kansas City, 1933. That event was used by the FBI to expand their agencies in their fight against organized crime; this was the day and age of Public Enemies such as Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger. I like how well researched this book was for a graphic novel. It even has endnotes and historical citation! The book argues that the FBI blamed Pretty Boy Floyd for the shootout when in actually he wasn’t involved and that the shooting ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
i'll admit, i had no prior knowledge of the massacre at Kansas City's Union Station, or how it related to Hoover and the beginnings of the FBI. to be totally honest, when i first saw the title, i assumed it was some sort of fiction set in DC's Union Station. wrong.

clearly, the author went to a lot of time and trouble researching what still remains a hazy -- and bloody -- moment in history. unfortunately, he tried to pack so much into so few pages, i was constantly flipping back and forth trying
Matt Shaqfan
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
To REALLY give the impact of character and story that I think Parks wanted, this book would have needed to be like twice as long. BUT-- that's not to say it wasn't good-- cause it certainly wasn't garbage, but I didn't have a chance to really get invested in, or learn enough about the characters. I didn't really know who I should follow or care about, til it was over, but even then it still felt empty. I feel bad, cause you can tell from the extras in the book that Parks has a huge passion for t ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
A cool story, told well, but hard to follow. The story is terse, driven by art more than words, and the art is rich in noiresque chiaroscuro. The problem lies mostly in the compressed timeframes - 100 pages that flow as quickly as manga leaves you unfulfilled - and the difficulty in telling individuals apart, which made the story far more confusing than it had to be. The exhaustive footnotes in the back prove that the book could have been so much more with a little extra breathing room.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
The idea of taking a real event in Kansas City in the time of the mobsters and depicting it through a graphic novel attracted me. However the general readability and coherence of the novel faltered. It was not easy to get through or to understand what all was going on during the action sequences. A lot of stuff going on the main characters life that develops nicely but just couldn't execute it all together. ...more
Mar 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was my second graphic novel.. what a way to digest history. Thoughful and wrought with history and emotion. Wonderful portrayal of corruption and organized crime, Kansas City Style.
Matt Piechocinski
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Fair historical graphic novel ... I didn't even know this event existed. The best part is that Parks catalyzed me into doing some research ... maybe that was the whole point. ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
A neat historical graphic novel about the early years of the FBI...
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Ande Parks has worked on several projects with Phil Hester, including Nightbreed (Marvel), Rust (Malibu), Fringe (Caliber), and Freaks Amour (Dark Horse). Currently he inks Anima, Steel and Superboy, all for DC.

Ande Parks (born October 1, 1964) is a professional American comic book artist, known for his work as an inker and writer in the industry. His greatest notoriety has come from his stint wit

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