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A Fast Read with Decent Content
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2018
If you're looking for one of the best graphic novels ever; look elsewhere. This isn't a bad GN, just not a game changer like The Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen. Its middle of the road. The story is reasonably fast paced, and easy to follow. Its decidedly British in character. The artwork is decent. Don't expect a bunch of Jim Lee quality splatter pages, you ain't gonna get it, but the art is bleak and the B&W lends itself well to a story that is from a dreary and cold past. In the end its worth a read, but if you saw and loved Atomic Blonde I'll caution it was a somewhat loose adaptation of this GN. Personally I think Atomic Blonde was a much better story that this. The changes made the story much more interesting and added a definite plot twist which was hinted at in the GN, but not explored. If you want to see the source material for Atomic Blonde (that's why I read it) you won't necessarily be disappointed, but if you're expecting the same story in another format you'll likely be left wanting. IF this would be your first foray into GNs I would advise starting with something considerably better first (DKR or Watchment are what I'd recommend). As someone who reads comics regularly I found the story to be decent, but a bit obvious. Ideally the art and writing need to work together to where the art is doing what a picture is supposed to do (be worth 1,000 words). This fell well short of that mark, but was entertaining nonetheless for the 30 minutes it took me to read it. If I'd gone into it without having first seen the film I might have had a different reaction, but probably not. Atomic Blonde was really, really good. Typically a film is lucky to live up to the quality of the source material, most often they fall short (literally every Batman movie thus far is a good example). I can think of two examples where the films were better than the GN: the first is V for Vendetta, and the second is Atomic Blonde.