- Series: Torpedo
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (September 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600104541
- ISBN-13: 978-1600104541
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,868,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Torpedo Volume 1 Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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Abuli, the writer and Bernet, the artist, were a comic book couple meant to work together, as it's pretty hard finding two people who complimented each other so well. Torpedo will remain the series that put them together and would be their undoing also. To think that this series in the beginning was supposed to have Will Eisner as the writer and Alex Toth as the artist. The series was to take place around 1936 (the editor insisted on the date). Eventually, when Eisner never got around to write a satisfying script, the work ended up being done by Enrique Sanchez Abuli, a part-time writer, who's only previous work in comics was as a translator. The series was to be about a gangster living in America in the 30's. Alex Toth came up with the name Torpedo, a name given to hired guns working on the payroll of gangsters. Due to its extreme violence, Toth quit the series, and it was ultimately shelved. Cut forward a couple of years later, when a young artist named Jordi Bernet came around the offices of SI Artists in Barcelona (where Torpedo was created) asking for work and was shown a script for the third story of Torpedo that had remained unpublished. Bernet saw the potential of the character as a series and jumped on the occasion. The rest, as they say, is history.
Torpedo would shortly become one of the biggest sellers all around Europe and put Bernet from being an almost anonymous artist (he'd been working for comics since his teens) to one of the most recognizable and lauded artists in the business.
This version published by IDW uses the same proofs that were used in Spain recently. Unfortunately, they are the older, darker proofs (no gray tones) and Bernet's beautiful dry-brush work doesn't come out as it should. It seems that the only people who got it right were the Italians, but due to some ulterior motives, the creators cut the series short over there too. So, I guess we will never be able to see the definitive version of Torpedo, but this one comes pretty close. I highly recommend it!
i bought this book as a graphic novel and was really surprised these are actually short stories.
the short part drawn by Alex Toth looks pretty bad but once Jordi Bernet takes over the book finds the right style.
the stories get pretty repetitive though... they are basically one hit after another.
but they are a lot of fun. this assassin/mobster guy called Torpedo i so evil most of the super villains pale in comparison.
the book is a great product by IDW, a bit oversized hardcover, glossy paper, a shining gem of a book.