Super Spy

Super Spy

by Matt Kindt
     
 

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ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS OF THE YEAR!

NOMINATED FOR THE EISNER AWARD (Best Graphic Album: Reprint)!

"This is a rip-roarin' yarn set in Europe during WW2 about spies and assassins crossing paths -- sometimes with lethal consequences. Fifty-odd short tales are all connected, telling a bigger story about love, betrayal, sudden death,… See more details below

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ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS OF THE YEAR!

NOMINATED FOR THE EISNER AWARD (Best Graphic Album: Reprint)!

"This is a rip-roarin' yarn set in Europe during WW2 about spies and assassins crossing paths -- sometimes with lethal consequences. Fifty-odd short tales are all connected, telling a bigger story about love, betrayal, sudden death, loneliness and the stress of pretending to be someone you really aren't. Kindt's simple-but-stark art style suits a dark story taking place mostly in shadows. ... Final word: A killer spy thriller." -- Dan Lennard, People Magazine

"Hands down, my favorite book of all 2007." -- James Sime, proprietor of Isotope: The Comic Lounge

"Every now and then I get something really super special from someone with so much talent....I can't describe accurately how handsome this book he's created is. You have to pick it up and hold it in your hands to see for yourself. So go get it and be amazed." -- Paul Malmont, author of The Chinatown Deathcloud Peril

"Super Spy is extraordinary, balancing its challenging, fractured narrative with a plot that grabs both the half of the heart that wants action and the half of the heart that wants people to love each other despite their loneliness." -- Teacher Librarian

The critically-acclaimed spy thriller about cyanide, pen-guns, heartbreak and betrayal is back! Spanning the countries of Spain, France, and German during World War II, the graphic novel follows the intersecting life of six spies, exploring their small lies and deceptions, as well as the larger secrets they hide. A children's book is something more than it seems; a woman swims the English Channel to deliver a deadly secret; a German spy desperately seeks escape for herself and her daughter; and a spy continues to serve his country even beyond death. A gorgeous full-color graphic novel that not only reveals the nature of espionage, but how an individual can be lost in a world of lies and deception, and still manage to find redemption.

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -Dark sitting rooms, bleak urban settings, cobblestone streets, and train rides through a desolate countryside are the illustrative details that Kindt winningly uses to accentuate these 37 noirlike World War II spy stories. Resigned loneliness, unrequited love, self-sacrifice, flashbacks to childhood memories, and loss and betrayal humanize the otherwise ruthless agents as they murder, double-cross, and sabotage their way across Europe while carrying out their missions in the name of patriotic duty. Kindt uses ink washes in grays and sepia tones and solid black shadowing to emphasize the dark, moody circumstances and ever-lurking dangers. The stained and yellowed pages are an effective design element, adding to a pulpy, newsprint effect. Kindt's choice of a nonlinear chapter format may confuse some teens as it muddles the story line, leaving readers to wonder if the stories are actually chapters of a novel or meant to stand alone. Adding to the confusion is his sketchbooklike drawing style; with their simple facial features, the characters tend to resemble one another. Yet those with a penchant for hard-boiled Chandler-esque superspies, tough femme fatales, double agents and double-crossers, secret codes, and messages hidden in body cavities, combined with clever graphic elements and product design, will enjoy this worthy effort.-Jodi Mitchell, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603092142
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Super Spy
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
169 MB
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