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Torso Paperback – January 1, 2001
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The story documents the initial investigation by a pair of tough-talking police detectives while Ness is busy purging the police department of corrupt cops. However, as the corpses start mounting up, the mayor forces Ness to take charge of the Torso case. The bulk of the book is then a pretty straightforward police procedural, as Ness and the lead detectives pursue various angles. The most notable of these is Ness' controversial decision to clear out a large shantytown of unemployed people and burn it to the ground in order to deny the killer an easy target population. The investigation is handled pretty well, with good pacing and great dialogue peppered with plenty of period slang.Read more ›
Like Alan Moore's "From Hell," Bendis took a real, unresolved case and weaved a drama around facts. His story-telling is realistic and gritty, and does not contain Moore's flights of fancy. I would have liked to have seen an appendix, separating the drama from the known facts, and why Bendis choose his particular culprit.
The art is not a strong initial attractor, but after reading a few pages it starts to flow. The mix of photos and drawings is effective.
This is really strong stuff, and I recommend it to comic fans and crime-fiction fans alike.
The presentation, which is something I rarely comment on in a graphic book, was unbelelievable. I loved the mixture of drawing with old photography. I was impressed with the authentic dialogue based on periodic idiomatic expressions. And the wording, I just came away so impressed with it. The way it was connected to visually cue your eyes to the graphics. And how it was always easy to follow the structure due to this, even though it was anything but the linear paneling we are used to with comics. One moment that is just spectacular is an interrogation of a potential suspect by Eliot Ness and how the format swirls around two pages leading into a metaphorical abyss. And you'll have to read a little more to understand that abyss comment.
Loved the ending! Loved the ending! Loved the ending! It may not meet the expectations of those that demand conclusion, but there was something so fundamental about the nature of power there that I just loved it.
Top 5 all time Graphic Novel. And who can ever compete with Sandman, so let's be real and say Top 4;)
Eliot Ness, the man who has recently helped put Al Capone behind bars, has only just been installed as Clevelands new `safety-director' when two corpses are discovered in a local field. Both corpses are heavily cut up, only the torsos are left behind. This comes as an extra job in Ness' agenda in which he had already decided to clean up this, for now, corrupt city. When more and more corpses quickly turn up though, it becomes priority. From there on it becomes an interesting story, working towards a not-so-average conclusion.
The link to Alan Moore's `From Hell' is easily made, but apart from the same basic idea (report of a serial-murderers past spree) the two books are very different. Where `From Hell' is all about information, backgrounds and completeness this book focuses purely on the chase, the point of view of the investigators (Bendis gift for dialogue is important in this). Therefore it should be approached purely as a tale, not as a source of information on the events. And despite of the big amount of pages it's very fast-paced, not a long-read. The black-and-white art is pretty simple and shouldn't be the reason to buy this book. Simple cartoony (maybe TOO cartoony for this type of story) characters with backgrounds that are sometimes almost non-existent and sometimes pictures from the real scenes, crowds and locations of the particular murder-spree. All in all not Bendis best-scripted book but certainly enjoyable and worth the read, despite of the high cover-price.
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Great art and a solid story. I would put it up with From Hell in terms of crime related graphic novels.Published 16 months ago by Hoplon Casidy
Well done graphic novel chronicling the later chapters of Elliot Ness's life.Published 18 months ago by John Dix
I'm not a big graphic novel fan but I like this one a lot and I do hope they can make a movie out of itPublished 22 months ago by Bob K.
I'll preface this by saying that my husband has a pretty deep interest (obsession) in the lives of serial killers; Needless to say he has quite a collection of books. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Aly P.
Excellent crime procedural with fantastic artwork and crisp dialogue, although it feels too short for my taste. I wanted to keep reading well after the last page. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Cesar Barron
This pulled me in, all the way. I enjoyed reading this as much as any graphic novel or book that I can remember. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Scott McFarland
I don't know what it is about this volume, but I've had THREE different copies of this, all of which had the binding separate from it. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Kyle