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Graphic Content – Torpedo 1936

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89/501Title: Torpedo 1936
Enrique Sánchez Abulí, Alex Toth and Jordi Bernet
Year: 1981-2000
Country: Spain

Usually I like to read a lot of a comic before I am done with it – being sort of a reflection of how, when I do the books list (which I swear I will get back to one day) I try to actually finish the book before writing a blog post… unless I really really hate it. With Torpedo, I stopped a fair bit earlier than normal because – this is a comic trying to create an assassin anti-hero, who likes to rape as payment for his work.

Some background first. Torpedo is a Spanish comic that is set in New York where the titular character is a very accomplished mob hitman. The individual stories involve him either executing a contract or him trying to outwit another hitman that has been sent to kill him. Some of the issues go into his psychopathic backstory where he bludgeoned a rather nasty cop to near death… so he could steal the pretty gun.

On the whole, the stories were fine but nothing that made me think I had to read every issue. Then the first story happened where he forced himself on a woman as payment “because he isn’t a charity”, the next scene showing her husband talking to his son about how good a man Torpedo was. It then didn’t take long until the second time, the writer making it clear that both women really did not want this… and so Torpedo wasn’t quite satisfied.

The artwork is good for this sort of hard-boiled style of mob comic, but other than that I can’t see a reason why I would want to continue with it. There are many other comics on this list that are worth the time over this rapey assassin.