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A History of Violence

A History of Violence
By John Wagner (writer) and Vince Locke (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 1997; re-released December 2004

Cover price: $9.99
Format: Soft cover, black & white, standard-size
ISBN 1563893673

Synopsis from publisher:

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.


This publication is an original graphic novel. All material was written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke.

This graphic novel was originally released through DC Comics’ imprint Paradox Press in 1997. That imprint was eventually folded into Vertigo, which re-issued this publication in advance of the 2005 movie adaptation of the same name directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay based on the graphic novel was written by Josh Olson.

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