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2 Sisters


An all-new World War II era spy thriller that spans not only the globe, but time as well - from England to Spain and from ancient Roman times through the era of Pirates and Buccaneers. This daring spy story is the backdrop for the unique tale of two sisters, their relationship and the secrets they share.
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An all-new World War II era spy thriller that spans not only the globe, but time as well - from England to Spain and from ancient Roman times through the era of Pirates and Buccaneers. This daring spy story is the backdrop for the unique tale of two sisters, their relationship and the secrets they share.
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Publishers Weekly
Writer/artist Kindt's work is more complex, ambitious and somber than its subtitle suggests. It begins with a theft in ancient Rome, hurtles centuries ahead to Venice, intercuts a tale of pirates with the exploits of a female WWII secret agent, and repeatedly flashes back to the agent's melancholy girlhood in the English countryside. Readers may be put off by the crude, caricatured manner in which Kindt (Pistolwhip) draws human faces and figures. What's considerably more important is Kindt's mastery of visual storytelling: although using little dialogue, the narrative, with its multiple story lines, fractured chronology and plot twists, remains strong and clear. A strong feminist theme runs throughout: the book opens with a female slave escaping her bonds in imperial Rome, and another character, menaced by pirates, saves her life by turning pirate herself. The main character, Elle, led an introverted childhood in the shadow of her outgoing sister and their insensitive father. After losing the man she loves in a Nazi bombing, Elle becomes a grimly effective covert agent, and eventually discovers how she's been deceived. Both the woman pirate and Elle are the victims of men, and they adopt new identities in response, expressing their frustration through violence. But Kindt maintains an austere, thoughtful tone even in action sequences, and his two heroines eventually achieve a lonely form of freedom. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Elle, the protagonist of 2 Sisters, lives in London during WW II. She volunteers to drive an ambulance because she wants to help the war effort, and in the course of her duties meets and falls in love with Alan Scott, an engineer. Their romance is shattered when Alan steps into a building that is destroyed by a V-2 rocket. At this point, events take a turn towards the surreal: Elle is recruited by the British secret service and becomes a spy. She parachutes into France, eludes the SS in Spain, and assassinates a high-ranking Nazi officer by posing as a shipwreck victim. Elle's adventures are interspersed with scenes from her childhood, and there is a third plotline (set in the past) involving a female pirate and a Grecian urn. Eventually Elle is sent to an island where the Germans are building manned V-2 rockets, and there meets someone she doesn't expect. This ambitious graphic novel has lots of ideas. That's part of the problem—the multiple plotlines can get confusing, some of the characters (most notably Elle's sister, Anna) are sketchy, and the spy storyline stretches believability to the breaking point. However, I did enjoy the art, and the plot contains more than enough action to keep interest high. 2 Sisters contains comic book violence, and is recommended for older readers who like espionage. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Top Shelf Productions, 334p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891830587
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Kindt is the Harvey Award winning writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels MIND MGMT, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. He has been nominated for 4 Eisner and 3 Harvey Awards (and won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
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