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Super Spy Paperback – September 11, 2007
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It is, nevertheless, perfectly possible, after a few stories, to start to see the connections among them. Taking place in Spain, France, Germany, Britain, and Russia, we see the terror, price, loves, and mistakes of the spies. I won't say there's not room to be confused. However, keep reading, and it all hangs together, and we get to know and care about the spies.
The art is intentionally comic-strip art. Large parts are in sepia tones. Others are in full cartoon-color. It's simple and strong, not sophisticated, and reaching directly for the emotions.
In the end, I didn't care for the disjointed arrangement of the stories, but I certainly don't regret reading it.
I bought this books.
To be honest, the art style didn't appeal to me that much at first but after the first chapter, it didn't even bother me. The book is a good example of what makes telling a story in comic form so unique As I was rereading the book, not only was I picking up elements of the storyline I might have missed ("Oh, that character was in this scene and doing that") but I was also noticing design elements of the book that I didn't notice before. For example, there's a chapter that starts off with a photograph of a briefcase with numbers tagged to each item. It was only after I reread the book and started to think why that photograph was there did I notice that each page of the chapter has a different item in the briefcase from the beginning. Very well thought out - from the way the book uses different colors for different reasons in each of the chapters to the panel designs, you can get a lot out of this book if you take the time.
Neat design feature that I didn't get until it was pointed out to me - in the paperback version, if you take the front cover and just take that page and hold it up to the light, you'll see elements of what's on the other side shine through creating a nice effect.
All in all, a great comic. The more time you put into it, the more fulfilling the read becomes.
If you are fan of indie graphic novels and have yet to read Super Spy, you are definitely missing out.