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Sleeper – Out in the Cold

Title: Sleeper – Out in the Cold
Author: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips
Year: 2003

Some time has passed since I reviewed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which is comic most recently read. In a way, it is a pity, because I tend to like what my comic-reading friends present me with. Since albums do not require a lot time, they also stand a good chance of pleasing me (because I tend to dislike wordy literature). In many cases, they are also comprised of many separate parts which stand fairly good on their own.

Out in the Cold is such a part which in itself constitutes a story that does not require further reading. It revolves around Holden, an undercover agent trying to infiltrate a secret crime syndicate lead by the mastermind Tao. The only problem is that the only man who knows that Holden is a good guy is now in a coma and thus cannot reached. Thus, Holden is presented with enemies everywhere. He runs the risk of good guys killing him because they think him bad, and the risk of bad guys figuring out that he is an undercover agent.

I find this story intriguing. It is complex, using a non-linear narrative with Holden as the main character. It is seldom obvious or boring and the characters make it come alive. I have never liked superheroes (or villains), but here they are down to earth and also comparatively original. I think they blend nicely into the narrative without ruining the experience. Either I have become more tolerant or Brubaker does a better job than many other authors.

Visually, I have nothing to complain about. It is perhaps not astoundingly well illustrated, but lacking expertise in the field, I still feel that Phillips has done a good job. As for the actual language used, I feel a bit more confident when I say that it is very good indeed. Conversations and narrative run smoothly and creates a suitable atmosphere.

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  1. jacob’s avatar

    cool sixties-style cover! :)