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Review: The Boondock Saints”In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” Comic Book

The past year has proved to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, especially if you are a fan of the cult classic ‘Boondock Saints’. The fall of 2009 ushered in an exciting new chapter in the franchise with the arrival of Troy Duffy’s ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’. The excitement did not stop there. As we move through 2010, Duffy and company have really upped the anti in the form of movie tie-ins that do not disappoint. A perfect example of this is “In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” and “In Nomine Patris: The Head of The Snake” from 12-Gauge Comics.

This two-issue miniseries was written by the movie’s writer/director Troy Duffy with JB Love and illustrated by the very talented Guss Floor. As a fan of the franchise, the story of Boondock Saints has always hand a very layered and organic feel, which was what was so intriguing about the sequel — it had a lot more going on under the hood. In any genre or medium it is always exciting, if not a rarity, to have the creator peel back some of those layers to reveal an even more intricate story under the surface. That is exactly what you can expect from these comics, as opposed to a simple rehash of the film in comic form. Serving as a companion piece to ‘Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day’, these comics provide fans a closer look at the legendary Il Duce (a role masterfully played by Billy Connolly in the film) along with a heaping helping of good ol’ fashioned street justice by way of The McManus Brothers. Duffy intertwines the two timelines, one shedding even more light on transformations of Noah McManus into the legendary Il Duce and the other giving fans more time with their beloved McManus Brothers on the night before their epic battle in BDS II. The story stays just as captivating as in the films, the action is just as fast paced and the characters grow even deeper roots.

Troy Duffy is one of the most interesting characters in the entertainment industry. WIth this new project under his belt, it is even clearer that he possesses the qualities of some of the past’s greatest showman — giving the people what they want but never spoiling the finale. With a proven track record of topping his previous work, ‘Boondock Saints III’ could be a true game changer when it comes to modern trilogies.

The Bottom Line…

Is this comic mini-series worth picking up? Absolutely. Why? Because it not only allows you to experience the franchise in a very exciting new way but it kicks the door wide open for future installments in this medium. “In Nomine Patris: The Secret History of Il Duce” and “In Nomine Patris: The Head of The Snake” can be considered a win for Troy Duffy , 12-Gauge Comics (who have clearly have a winner on their hands with this property) and most importantly, content hungry fans!

12-Gauge Comics are at Comic Con and are bringing some familiar face along for the ride! Troy Duffy, David Della Rocco and Sean Patrick Flanery will all be in attendance!

Check them out at Booth #2045. Click here to get a rundown on the signing schedule and all the other details! >