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Sleeper: Season One (Sleeper #1-2)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,071 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Holden Carver is 'the Conductor', a super-powered agent of the nameless global crime syndicate run by the terrifying Tao. Holden Carver is also an agent of global spy group International Operations, working in deep cover. But the only person who knows his secret is lying in a coma.
Paperback, Season 1, 288 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Wildstorm Comics
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Dec 10, 2014 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Jeff
Damn...I hate when Jeff comes close to being right.
This book is flipping awesome...and he says it's being made into a movie. I do agree that I think it would be a better tv show. I would be glued to the sucker. It would have to go on one of the raunchier channels Food Network or something.

You have this post-human guy Holden Carver..he is a conductor. You gotta read it to find out about that. He was with the good guys..then got planted with this weirdo named Tao, who likes to fuck wi
Easily….EAS-I-LY…in my top 5 ALL TIME FAVORITE graphic novels and as well written a story as I have ever seen in the genre. Ed Brubaker crushes this one and puts himself in a real horserace with Garth Ennis as my favorite writer of comics. Yes, I am a fan of this book and I intend to gush, so get suited up in your ponchos and galoshes cause it’s going to get wet around here.

Sleeper is just about perfect. A gritty, pitch-perfect blend of noir espionage thriller and hardboiled superhero action se
Dec 04, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Misery. The Nihilist. Genocide. Pit Bull.

This is the augmented spy company, Holden Carver is currently keeping. Based on those names are they the good guys or the bad guys? Fortunately for the reader, Ed Brubaker has Carver afloat in a sea of gray. He’s a deep undercover operative for John Lynch and International Operatives and he’s currently embedded in an organization run by the mysterious TAO. The problem is Lynch is in a coma and nobody else knows he’s one of the “good” guys.

Brubaker creates
Mar 13, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it
I’m surprised that other comic book writers haven’t forced some kind of Harrison Bergeron style handicaps on Ed Brubaker because at this point his high quality productivity is making them all look bad.

Sleeper is set in the universe of Wildstorm comics. Holden Carver is a covert government agent who got super powers by accident. He feels no pain from injuries, his body heals ultra-fast, and then he can deliver the damage he just took to someone else by touching them. Carver is recruited by Lynch
Mar 20, 2012 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brandon by: Stephen
This is some of the finest work I have ever read within the medium of comic books, and I say that without any hint of hyperbole. The team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are putting out a consistent stream of excellence through their work. I mean, you can't get much better than this.

In Sleeper, we meet Agent Carver. Carver is injected as an undercover operative into a secret criminal group with it's fingers in all things political. As Carver ascends to a pretty prominent position within the com
May 31, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Noir-flavored, super-powered spy comic. Fantastic.

Carver is trapped, a double agent in a hyper-organized super-criminal organization. His contact, and the only person who knows that he's working undercover, is in a coma and may never wake up. He could never prove to the authorities that he's clean, and couldn't hope to escape his current employers without their help. And he's been in so long that he's starting to lose sight of who he was.

It's fantastic. Noir and superheroes really can work well
Sep 22, 2015 Pete rated it it was amazing
Super secret spy shit. Sex, violence, violent sex and a fun story. Tossing in special "post human" powers makes this a must read for crime fiction and comic book folks alike. On to Season Two!!!

And boobs.
Apr 27, 2015 Tomás rated it it was amazing
Cinco estrellitas es demasiado poco para semejante obra maestra...pero bueno, son los estándares de Goodreads.

Este comic que mezcla el género del espionaje con el mejor género negro cumplió todas y cada una de mis expectativas. Los personajes son interesantes, profundos, y cada uno tiene su historia que contar. Los diálogos son punzantes, nadie anda con demasiadas vueltas y las escenas de acción aparecen dibujadas rozando la perfección por Sean Phillips, que parece sentirse cómodo y en casa con
Gregory Gay
Sleeper is excellent. Picture a great spy thriller - at times as fast paced as Bourne Identity, and at times slow and intense (like one of LeCarre's novels - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold comes to mind), but always gripping. Then, add in a bunch of murderous, superpowered criminals.

The end concoction is addictive as hell.

Sleeper is a great examination of the dark side of the super world, and deals with the slow fall of a deep cover agent that finds himself stuck after his handler is incapa
Jan 28, 2010 Sonic rated it really liked it
I had already read "The Sleeper" vol 1 which reprinted the issues 1-6 in a single trade paperback. This "Season 1" contained chapters (issues) 1-12, so I re-read the first half (with pleasure) and finished the book just enjoying it more and more as it went. It just builds and builds. And Brubaker and Phillips work as well together as Plant and Page. This is an espionage thriller, where many of the characters just happen to have powers. What I mean by that is this is a smarter than usual take on ...more
Ciaran Mcgrath
Jan 05, 2014 Ciaran Mcgrath rated it it was amazing
An early effort from the Brubaker/Phillips team, this is a slice of sleazy noir set in the darkest corner of a superhero universe. The protagonist is as doomed as it's possible to be, but his efforts to survive are constantly interesting, and the trope of the "origin story" is used to remarkable effect, especially in the climactic chapter. Worth finding and reading no matter what kind of comics you prefer.
Jul 17, 2010 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
When you have to pretend you're a bad guy, how long does it take until you become one? Holden Carver is deep undercover, and has been so long that the lines start to blur.

It took me a while to get into this (simply because I wasn't in the right mood), but once I did I couldn't stop reading. It's really gripping and involving, and asks some good questions, with amazing art to match the mood.
Sep 06, 2016 Aron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow! Hooked me from page one & didn't let go. Great story, awesome characters, great artwork. Not sure yet, but maybe my favorite Brubaker/Phillips series so far, can't wait to see how this one turns out. Highly recommend!
Nov 22, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, spy, thriller
Very engaging, start to finish.
Jan 04, 2017 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Might just about be one of Brubaker and Phillips' best "superhero" titles. The honor of best still goes to Fatale as much as I love their work on my second favorite, Criminal, widely regarded as their masterpiece). Opaque plotting and unreliable narration combined with conflicted antiheroes and you've got my catnip at the ready.
Dec 05, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Damn! I have to admit, it took a couple of issues for me to get into the groove of this one, but once that happened, I was hooked. Ready for Season 2!
Nov 11, 2016 andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-but-good
Im sure I have previously pretended not to like this book but geez Brubaker is a genius.
Best noir thriller in any medium, bar none.
Nick Craven
Deep cover agent Holden Carver has landed himself in a nest of vipers where he can't trust anyone on either side, least of all himself

This first issue of Sleeper is the first graphic novel I've ever read from acclaimed writing duo Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips of Criminal fame. Sleeper is the story of superhuman agent Holden Carver who is stranded in enemy territory while those he would call allies would surely destroy him all the same. Carver is a deep cover agent planted strategically in a sup
Oct 07, 2013 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sleeper is a crime/espionage/superhero tale from my favorite noir team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Long on my to-read list, after working through the first volume of the pair's excellent Criminal earlier this year, I made it a priority to knock this one off my shelf and I was not disappointed. This first volume establishes all the key players, including our "hero" Holden Carver. Caught deep undercover in a precinct of super villains led by the ambiguously evil Tao, Holden sees his one way ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Unlike the other books I have read by Brubaker and Phillips, the main character in this is not a bad guy. So the author spends a lot of time developing the personalities of the main characters. This means that plot points take longer to develop and it feels like there is a little more at stake than the usual bad guy fare. The colorist sticks to about four shades of the same color on every page, which, to me, mutes and subdues the tone in a bad way.

Also, season one is not really season one, that
Kevin Mann
Oct 08, 2012 Kevin Mann rated it it was amazing
5 stars! Cant recommend it ENOUGH! i now have read the majority of the various Brubaker/Phillips collaborations, i wont list them all, and this one is top of the list as far as firing on all cylinders. is it full of cliches and recycled hackneed things you have seen before? Sure! But what makes it stand out as quality is HOW brubaker/phillips recycle the crime noir, superhero cliches into THEIR unique style. It also has grade A character development, and the plot twists arent too predictable. N ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes, crime
I struggled through the first few issues of this 12-issue volume. They're filled with too much of the joyless, faux-edgy sex and violence that was Wildstorm's house style at the time (and which seems totally dated a decade later). They also revolve around one of those tedious "Wake up sheeple! A Secret Cabal Controls All World Events" plots that is a favorite of 15-year-olds everywhere.

Fortunately, things get much better around issue 5 or so. Brubaker and Philips use the double agent espionage
Oct 07, 2013 Rosa rated it really liked it
Holden Carver is working undercover in Tao's organization to ferret out exactly what Tao is trying to do with his organization. We meet the fellow's that Carver is working with, their origin stories and Carver's contact--who ends up in a coma leaving Carver stuck in the organization.

I had no idea what to expect here. I honestly wasn't even entirely sure what this was about when I started reading it as it was for a reading group. So glad I did though. I really enjoyed reading about Carver and fi
Justyn Rampa
Feb 12, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it it was ok
I typically give a rating of 2 to books that I had high hopes for but ultimately failed me.

I bought Sleeper because I had some money to burn and was on a euphoric high while reading Brubaker's amazing Catwoman reboot. I thought...this is about spies, how could I NOT love it.

Well, not love it I did.

I didn't hate it either.

It was compelling enough for me to finish the entire thing, but I have no interest in pursing "Season 2" and will likely sell this to Half Price.

The story was just kind of gray.
Ariel Marie
Mar 31, 2013 Ariel Marie rated it liked it
Not my favorite Ed Brubaker series, but I still enjoyed this. But I enjoyed it less than I thought I would, which is a shame. The issues the first volume collects is a bit awkward. It gives you the basics of the characters and when you start to like them it ends not giving a huge reason to keep reading the series. The plot struck me as a bit interesting, but in six issues I was still having trouble getting a feel for whether I liked it all or not. I am in love with the style though. The past and ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Miles rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It took me a little while to get in to this, but after a couple of issues (out of the 12 collected here), I was hooked. I really enjoyed the twists and turns and uncertainties about the loyalties of all of the characters, including the main one. This was a noirish thriller about an undercover operative, with just a little bit of superpowers thrown in to make things interesting. Imagine Homeland with just a touch of sci-fi / superhero spice. I didn't love Sean Phillips' artwork, but the writing w ...more
May 26, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing yarn that works both as a Donnie Brasco-esque undercover story and an exploration of superheroes and villains. Like Donnie Brasco, there's an inevitable tonal claustrophobia as our hero works his way more deeply into the villain's organization, so don't read this late at night (yeah, that was dumb).

As thoroughly as I was roped in by the plot, I didn't feel much of a connection with any character - that distance may be deliberate, but it made the story more impressive as a plot engi
Oct 05, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
wow, just wow.

I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to super-heroes and super-villains, I should be I've been reading comic books with them for over 45 years. When it comes to noir, I'm may not be AS knowledgeable, but I've got a fair share of knowledge.

This Brubaker guy, he's good, he's damn good. He brings Noir in a world populated by supers and spins a damn good yarn.

I liked this book, in fact I liked it so much that I was going to order the second volume... then I saw that there was an expe
Jul 21, 2013 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great spy thriller! It has all the tropes; double agents, femme fatales, double crosses etc. But it's set in a world of super humans. The story just barely touches that world on occasion, only when absolutely necessary. Holden is in deep undercover working for a super-criminal. He's so deep only his boss knows he's not a traitor. Problems is his boss is in a coma! Brubaker & Phillips, despite not yet having found their rhythm (or colorist) in this early collaboration , still tell an a ...more
Lucas Brown
Jan 19, 2015 Lucas Brown rated it it was ok
Cross Wanted with Incognito and Donnie Brasco, set it in the sillier end of the Wildstorm universe, and you've got Sleeper.

It was well put together, the art was good, I just… didn't like it. To be fair, it didn't make my skin crawl the way Wanted did, and it had the benefit of not having to use made-up superheroes (though it did seem weird to suddenly see the Authority on TV, or have the characters casually discuss multidimensional concepts like The Bleed). Maybe it was the nihilistic "we're al
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping
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  • Sleeper, Vol. 1: Out in the Cold
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  • Sleeper, Vol. 3: A Crooked Line
  • Sleeper, Vol. 4: The Long Way Home

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