The NZA Posted April 14, 2003 Share Posted April 14, 2003 This one just got signed on for a movie deal, thought id hype it while i can. Winner of a 1999 Eisner award, this one...ill just use the pitch Benis used that got it a movie deal, taken from Jinxworld, his site.... Torso...is a stylish recounting of one of the most fascinating, and forgotten, chapters in American history. Eliot Ness, fresh from his legendary Chicago triumph over Al Capone and associates, set his sights on Cleveland. By 1930, Cleveland was nothing short of a hell town. A totally corrupt police force and judiciary system had made the city a safe haven for some of the most colorful mobsters in history. Eliot ness took the job as safety director of the city and went on a crusade that matched, and sometimes even surpassed, his past accomplishments. But while all this was going on, dismembered body parts started washing up in a concentrated area of Lake Erie sound. These mostly headless torsos were victims that left no clues to their identity, or their cause or reason for death. Anywhere from twelve to thirty victims can be attributed to the media dubbed TORSO MURDERER or HEADHUNTER. It was America’s first true serial killer. A horror unlike anything America had ever seen. The story was so far reaching that Hitler mentioned it as one of the signs of America’s decaying society. Elliot ness and his colorful gang of THE UNKNOWNS chased this killer; a killer who haunted a city already crippled by the depression and the looming world war, through the underbelly of Cleveland for years. A chase that cost Ness his marriage and some say his reputation. As far as the public was concerned, he was never captured. But what really happened is even more shocking. Thanks to spiffytee for grabbing the trade for me, a great deal at $25. Like Jinx, its strengths lie in Bendis' mastery of dialogue, and the art - noir with some abstract scenes when appropriate - involves the reader in the building suspense the way many other comics should. The plot is amazing, really cool (yet creepy) when the afterword shows actual documentation for much of the story... If you're a Bendis fan (hard not to like his work on Powers and Ultimate Spider-Man), or just crime fiction itself, grab this one soon as you can, you won't regret it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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