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A History of Violenceby John Wagner and Vince Locke
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A new edition of the classic graphic novel, available for the first time from Vertigo — just in time for the major motion picture starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt!
In this suspenseful noir crime story, Tom McKenna is a simple family man who instantly becomes a media celebrity when he takes down a couple of wanted murderers who attempt to rob his diner. But his newfound fame draws the attention of a group of merciless mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with McKenna for over 20 years. Now as the killers descend upon his small town in Middle America, the Brooklyn native must face the actions of his youth and relive his past history of violence as he attempts to salvage the life he has built.
"Wagner crafts a tale that builds just enough tension and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages....Locke's sketchy style is perfect for this story, keeping things edgy and uncertain without being sloppy." Beek's Books (RZero.com)
It was just another quiet day at McKenna's Diner — until a couple of wanted killers walked in looking for trouble. Instead, they got bullets, and Tom McKenna got to be an instant media celebrity. That got him a lot of attention from some people he thought he'd escaped long ago. The kind of people who never forget a face — even after twenty years...
Now Tom must confront a group of cold-blooded mobsters intent on settling the score. As much as he tries to deny it, he's a man with a history of violence — and with the lives of his family hanging in the balance, he'll do anything to make sure his secret past stays buried...forever.
About the Author
John Wagner is a comics writer who has also written under the pseudonyms John Howard, T.B. Grover, Mike Stott, Keef Ripley, Rick Clark and Brian Skuter, among others. Alongside Pat Mills, Wagner is responsible for revitalising British boys' comics in the 1970s, and has been a leading light in British comics ever since. He is best known for his work on 2000 AD and is the creator of Judge Dredd.
Vince Locke began drawing comics in 1986 with the cult hit Deadworld. In 1992 he began working on the Brief Lives storyline of The Sandman, inking the beautiful work of Jill Thompson. He has drawn and painted several graphic novels and comics of his own including A History of Violence written by John Wagner, Fallout written by Jim Ottaviani, and most recently Testament written by Jim Krueger with art by several of today?s finest artists and painters.
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