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Picking up where Vol. 1 left off, The Cabbie Vol. 2 begins with our hero, still traumatized by the violent events of the first volume that left many dead and his pregnant sister in a coma, seeking out the psychological help of Dr. Faustus — who submits him to his own controversial "circular dynamization" technique that is supposed to literally spin him back to health.
But violence and sexual perversion soon rear their heads, as two business magnates and their sons lock horns in a sordid affair that involves pornography and blackmail (and a search for the Philosopher's Stone). Moreover, the fact that The Cabbie's first
fare is promptly machine-gunned to death in his cab by terrorists drives him into the recruiting arms of the
"Guardian Angel Cab Company," a paramilitary taxi company with a fleet of tank-like cabs.
But soon our hero is being shot through the leg, tossed off a 34th-story ledge, and forced to swim through a sewer, while paranoia, madness, corruption, sexual degradation, and death by gunshot, greyhound evisceration and molten metal swirl around him — all told in Martí's eerily perfect Chester Gould-derived style.
Praise for Vol. 1:
"The page in [The Cabbie Vol. 1] where the cabbie brings his father’s sewage covered remains home and puts them in what’s left of the coffin and then puts the coffin on top of his mother’s recently deceased body tells you everything you need to know. Unless you’re a Prince Valiant dude, this is the best reprint of the year. Impregnable would be the best word, EXCELLENT! will have to do." – Tucker Stone, Savage Critics
"An intriguing throwback to the days of heroes with worldviews defined in terms as rigidly black and white as the panels they battled their way through, this visual and thematic love letter to (and simultaneous critique of) Gould’s tropes is highly recommended for grownups with a taste for refreshingly lurid pulp fiction." – Publishers Weekly
"It is a really uncomfortable experience from cover to cover, and I am stoked it exists." – Sam Hockley-Smith, The Fader
"A bold graphic novel... It's definitely stunning: When was the last time you got in a cab tricked out with tear gas pipes and a back seat tricked out like an electric chair? On second thought, don't tell us..." – Alternative Press