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BOOKLIST -- After a series of failed recon assignments, M16 agent David Perceval has been given an impossible mission. Tasked with extracting a Russian scientist during the end of the Cold War, he quickly discovers that escape is unlikely in a snow-clad Berlin, while hiding is just as difficult with Russian spies and double agents constantly on his tail. A prequel to Johnston and Sam Hart's Coldest City (2012), this is just as gripping, filled with daring escapes and constant double crosses, and the masterful and unexpected conclusion will keep readers guessing up to the very end. Perkins' artwork brings the shady world of espionage to life: his heavy shadowing obscures nearly all facial features, and gray benday dots provide the only contrast between the stark black-and-white swaths of the artwork. Though the visual style sometimes makes it difficult to distinguish between characters, the noirlike images deliver an atmosphere of questionable morality and deep secrecy that's perfectly in keeping with the story. Ideal for fans of spy fiction.

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Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including The Coldest City (now a film starring Charlize Theron), the epic series Wasteland, Marvel's superhero Daredevil, the modern Shakespeare Julius, and more. He also writes video games, such as the seminal Dead Space and ZombiU. He has adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and his titles have been translated throughout the world. He lives and works in England.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oni Press; Prequel ed. edition (May 23, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1620104008
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1620104002
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 16 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spy Who went into the Cold
By Jeff Quest on February 3, 2017
The Coldest Winter is a prequel beginning eight years prior to The Coldest City with a previous supporting character, David Perceval, taking center stage in this new tale. Perceval is a young up-and-coming MI6 agent looking to make his name in one of the most sought after postings during the Cold War - Berlin. He’s tasked with spiriting a defecting Russian scientist out of the city and back to Britain during a severe winter storm.

From the opening pages you immediately can tell you're in good hands with Johnston. We start with a peek at the future before jumping back several weeks and see the story tick down to that opening moment as the tension rises. Fans of John le Carré, Len Deighton and Adam Hall will appreciate how all the pieces of this classic espionage tale click into place. In particular, Perceval emerges as a spy you can root for and will have you digging out your copy of The Coldest City to re-read to see the rest of his story.

We’ve seen this type of tale in film and books before, but not in this format. Although Johnston isn’t necessarily breaking new ground in the end it doesn't matter. This plot is a classic for a reason and if the story is done as well as this one, it is worth telling again.

Steven Perkins's art is outstanding and a perfect match for this story. He makes wonderful use of negative space and his black and white drawings excel in the outdoor snowy scenes. I guarantee you'll be feeling chilly by the time you're done reading. The standout is a thrilling, mostly wordless, car chase in the slick, snow covered Berlin streets. It has just the right combination of energy and tension needed to convey that type of action via images.

This GN is very much worth picking up.
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