Tony is a middle aged man, who finds himself in over his head after he takes what seems like easy money from a strange man with a proposition to get him out of his dead end life. Seemed like an easy choice in the moment, but choices made on a whim often come back to bite. It doesn't take long before Tony realizes that nothing is easy, especially money, and this is one decision that may have a much bigger price than he could have imagined.
Tim Miller has become known for his extreme horror, filled with the depravity and vulgarity of man, along with images of putrescence that aren't for the squeamish. His books tend to be fun fast reads with that play out like the best exploitation films of the genre. Road to Darkness is a bit different, but at the core is still completely Miller!
Fans will find Road to Darkness the same page turning read they are used to from Tim Miller, with the action hitting quickly making for a book that is hard to put down. The main differences being that Tim really fleshes out Tony in a way that is new for him. Instead of just being along for one hell of a crazy ride like normal, we are brought into Tony's world, his life and it difficulties, moving us to really feel for the character giving us reason to root for him along tumultuous bloody path. There's an emotional connection to the characters that hasn't existed in Millers works previously. The change is nice and doesn't take anything away from the things we love about Millers stories, it just elevates it to a higher level.
The other big difference being this is more of an action/suspense book than horror. I almost see this as a modern take on the spaghetti westerns of my youth and can easily see it being translated to that on the big screen! Its engrossing in its action, there's nothing black and white, yet Tony comes across as a tragically heroic yet deeply flawed character who only through enormous loss finds his strength to become the man he probably wished he had been all along (at least in terms of strength).
I have to give accolades to Tim on the ending of this one too! It is superb, left me satisfied and a bit emotional, he pulled my heart strings a bit, which I most certainly didn't expect and shows a continued evolution in his skill and prowess as a writer. But once again let me restate just to make sure we are absolutely clear, although an evolution, this is still COMPLETELY the Tim Miller that you know and love! He delivers on the splatter in some pretty graphic messy detail, he just packages it a little differently giving you a more refined gory good time!