Super Spy

Super Spy

by Matt Kindt

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ISBN-13: 9781603092142
Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Series: Super Spy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 169 MB
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About 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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Super Spy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kristenn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Enjoyed the art and the way the characters had depth and personality as soon as they appeared (important in such very short stories). Most vignettes were nicely unpredictable too, with actual tension. The shuffled chronology wasn't a problem. But there was one story I just couldn't figure out (what was their mission and why?) and one major character whose demise I somehow missed completely.
shawnr on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Matt Kindt¿s Super Spy is an ideal example of the kind of excellent work being published online by independent artists. Super Spy is a weekly strip unlike the things you find in the newspapers. The anthology collects a full year¿s worth of strips ¿ 52 in all. Each week¿s story ranges from a couple to several pages long, generally holding up as more substantial chapters of a mostly continuous story. The story is arranged in a nonlinear format, so it feels rather disconnected at first. However, after the first dozen or so shorts the overall narrative begins to emerge and plays out in a more focused way throughout the second half of the collection. Super Spy is an excellent mix of noir stoicism and playful crypto-thusiasm. The anthology is a playful collection, embedding hidden messages and appropriating all sorts of print media forms. For the most part, Kindt finds a lot of success in creating a wide variety of alternative media, from spy code books to children¿s books to illustrated reference books, all embedded in a more traditional comics format. A couple of times this stuff gets heavy handed and it feels like Kindt is, like so many artists, swayed too much by his own love of comics. In a few spots he inserts comics from the period of the narrative. These inserted ¿retro¿ comics are rendered in full-color and with a near-photographic quality to them that makes them stand out prominently. These illustrations and the story surrounding them represent the major downfall of Super Spy: They feel cliche. Too often the stories and plot twists feel relatively typical. Even the setting of WWII Europe feels overdone. Kindt is a talented artist and writer, and Super Spy aptly displays that talent. He is able to weave a more complete story than many other creators working in comics today. Here¿s hoping that he continues to find himself more and borrow the conventions of his art a whole lot less.
weirdorippers on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is an excellently conceived and beautifully illustrated book that brings a brings a somewhat new perspective to the time-tested spy genre. In popular culture espionage is typically portrayed as a sexy or thrilling line of work, but as Kindt shows, the reality is likely much more grim. As the numerous intertwined storylines show, people get trapped in impossible situations and become pawns of forces larger than themselves. All of that deception eventually takes an enormous physical and psychological toll. If anyone in the film industry has any sense, they would turn this book into a feature-length animated film. The noirish, sepia toned artwork would likely translate phenomenally to film, and the stories are all very compelling.
jasonli on LibraryThing 8 months ago
"Super Spy" is the story of different spies on different missions throughout World War II. The book is broken up into mini-vignettes; each spy's story takes place over multiple chapters spread out non-chronologically through the book. Each vignette is dark and action-packed; there are assassinations, encrypted deliveries, spousal betrayals and flights from persecution.Artfully crafted, Kindt manages to bring much momentum to the disjointed vignettes, and create an apt atmosphere of chaos and struggle. The illustrations are a bit rough, though the layout and composition is top notch. One cautionary note worth mentioning is that the overall story is hard to follow: Characters are illustrated almost identically, and with so many to juggle, it's hard to keep track of who's who.
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