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Road to Perdition

(Road to Perdition #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,237 ratings  ·  203 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, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by DC Comics (first published 1998)
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Ill D
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Wannabe Gentlemen and Scholars
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, crime
Road to Perdition is the original story off of which the Tom Hanks movie was made. As with most things, the book is far, far superior.

Michael O'Sullivan is a good family man. He served during World War 1 and was a good and decorated soldier. Mike O'Sullivan also happens to be a top level assassin for a mob boss named Looney. O'Sullivan keeps his work and family strictly apart. One day his young son sneaks into the back of a car to see what his father does and witness a mob execution- Mike O'Sul
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
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
Jesse A
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Not an exceptional story but very emotionally striking. Good to read but I probably won't read it again.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable. I read the new "expanded novel." It really doesn't add anything to the movie but good never the less. Collins owes something of the plot to Donald E. Westlake's "The Outfit." A Parker novel written under the Richard Stark pseudonym. Also I am struck by how prolific Collins is. He can crank them out with amazing regularity. Collins also wrote a sequel. "The Road to Purgatory." I think that will be my next book.
I'd like to have seen Bob Hope and Bing Crosby do these Road Mov
Sep 14, 2012 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
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent re-imagining of Lone Wolf and Cub. Gritty, bloody, cathartic.
Christopher Taylor
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm reading these a bit out of order, as I read #2 first.

Honestly this is a solid stand-alone story about the wages of sin and prohibition era gangsters. Michael Sullivan is an enforcer for the Irish mob who ends up being targeted by them and fights back the only way he knows how. With his only surviving family member, his young son Michael jr, Sullivan's story is very entertaining and interesting, all headed to the town of perdition.

Originally a graphic novel, I read the print version. This is
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good
Tobin Elliott
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lives up to the hype.
Danny Shelton
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2012 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 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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'
Doctor Alpha
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good noir story where the main protagonist doesn't live an "existential" edgy and DARRRRRRRKKKKK AND GRITTYYYYYYYYY crisis and, most important, IS NOT A PSYCHO NOR A VIOLENT BY NATURE BY ANY MEAN EVEN IF CONSTANTLY SORROUNDED BY VIOLENCE AND COSTANTLY KILLING MOBS. Take that in the balls, Frank Miller! The only gripe I have is on the art side, which occasionally take a turn down, but it's highly recommended nonetheless.
Edit: avoid at all costs the movie based on this book, they completely
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This gangland graphic novel is fairly well-rendered and has its moments, but Collins really lacks the subtleties as a writer that would make it really effective, and the art is at best mediocre. The movie changes a lot and is overall probably the better work--which is rare.
Dave Riley
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
RTP is a riveting read. Very much B grade movie melodrama but in its npir moments it works a treat. Like a 30s film it plays on family times and the draw of sentiment.

Seemingly out of place/out of date ...but the whole package works.
Jun 08, 2013 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.
Moataz Ibrahim
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story of Michael Sullivan. He might have been the embodiment of evil, and he might have been a holy man. But as we go through the book, we know from the perspective of his son that he was just a man, an honorable man, with merits and flaws.
Yazan Bakleh
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the greatest books in my Opinion ...
Travis McClain
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Prohibition and the Great Depression are still in effect in 1930 when Michael Jr., curious what his father Michael does for a living, follows him to his job. Michael is a feared enforcer for the Looney Gang that controls the Tri-Cities. He makes his son understand how important it is to not tell anyone about what he witnessed and how important duty is. Unfortunately, Conner Looney isn't convinced that Michael is to be trusted any more, so boss John Looney orders one of his underbosses to kil ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The three stars is not an indication of how impressed I am with this graphic novel, or how much I enjoyed it, because I am impressed, and I DID enjoy it. I just have difficulty placing graphic novels on the level of, say, The Grapes of Wrath. Sue me.
I read this graphic novel because I am absolutely overwhelmed by the film adaptation staring Tom Hanks back in the early 2000's. It was one of the finest films I've ever seen, and when I realized it was an adaptation, of course I had to consider if
Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella
if youve seen the film, this is that AND a lot more and the spirit is hard-edged and hard boiled gangster shit with a heapload of Catholic guilt. Collins sticks more to the history (more or less as he readily admits in the intro to the reissue that came out in 2001, before the movie's release but during production). What I liked the most was the marriage of the point of view being from the son, although we get to see what Michael O'Sullivan said and did behind closed doors and with bullets flyin ...more
Rob 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
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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

Other books in the series

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