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Torpedo, Volume 1
by Enrique Sanchez Abuli and Jordi Bernet and Alex Toth and Jimmy Palmiotti


Overview - Enrique Sanchel Abuli and Jordi Bernet's masterpiece, Torpedo, is a darkly humorous exploration of the criminal underbelly in 1930s New York City. Abuli's distinctive narrative builds the story over time and Bernet's Masterful renditions of the title character and the city he inhabits are stunningly cinematic.  Read more...

 
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More About Torpedo, Volume 1 by Enrique Sanchez Abuli; Jordi Bernet; Alex Toth; Jimmy Palmiotti
 
 
 
Overview
Enrique Sanchel Abuli and Jordi Bernet's masterpiece, Torpedo, is a darkly humorous exploration of the criminal underbelly in 1930s New York City. Abuli's distinctive narrative builds the story over time and Bernet's Masterful renditions of the title character and the city he inhabits are stunningly cinematic. This volume also contains the first two Torpedo stories, illustrated by Alex Toth, as well as a new translation by Jimmy Palmiotti.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781613775165
  • ISBN-10: 1613775164
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Publish Date: November 2012
  • Page Count: 143
  • Reading Level: Ages 16-UP
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-01-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

The long-running Spanish comic appears in an English version, translated by American comics star Palmiotti. Firing out staccato tales of a ruthless hit man in 1930s New York, Abulí has avoided the usual trope of running with an antihero. Instead, Luca “Torpedo” Torelli is a sadistic bastard with not a shred of decency inside his shriveled heart. The stories, told nonchronologically and in fact with no sense of linear narrative at all, are fast-paced short comics that always finish with a violent punch line. Toth’s art for the first two stories is stunning, while Bernet, too, luxuriates in black and white, a skill later transferred to the western Jonah Hex. While it’s easy to drown in the gorgeous art, having Torpedo as such a thoroughly unlikable character does have severe drawbacks: an undercurrent of misogyny stains the story lines, with women relegated to props to be leered at and brutally raped by Torpedo himself. While that is clearly a deliberate choice on Abulí’s part, it does make for highly uncomfortable reading, even for those accustomed to the sex and violence of hard-boiled comics. (Dec.)

 
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