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7.2.12

of reading

One thing a 10 inch tablet is best suited for, is reading- especially comics. In fact, that's the sole reason I've been obsessing over a decent tablet for so long. And I was right.

If you like reading comics too, I implore you to try Road to Perdition. Written by Max Allan Collins and drawn beautifully by Richard Piers Rayner, this 300 page long GN is a beauty to behold from the very first frame. No wonder they made a movie out of it. (Starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig and Jude Law, and directed by Sam Mendes, the movie won an Oscar for cinematography in 2002. But you probably know that, so let's talk about the GN.)

A little research will tell you that the story is loosely based on the Japanese manga series Lone Wolf and Cub.

The lead character Michael O'Sullivan, known as Archangel of Death or simply the Angel, is betrayed by his Irish mob boss after his son witnesses a mob hit in progress. The boss' ruthless son also kills Mike's wife and younger son. With the elder son in tow, the angel declares a war on his own gang as well as their more powerful associates from Chicago- The Al Capone gang. The story is loosely based on actual events and set in the American Midwest during the Great Depression and draws upon several historical figures, especially the gangster John Patrick Looney and Al Capone.

So what makes me rave about the GN?

  • The mood. This is one story where Black and White art actually enhances the reading experience, giving it a very grim and Noir ambiance, further accentuated by a very James Ellroy-ish style of story-telling.
  • The story is sequential and simplistic. The result is much more powerful than you'd suspect. It gives the novel an old world appeal, as if the story is from a time when people and their motives were simpler, way more black and white instead of gray.
  • The art is subtle and realistic. Overall, the impact is of witnessing real life events rather than entering a fictional world.

I suggest you grab a copy and experience this GN for yourself. Now!

A Time Magazine Article on the subject

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