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Sleeper: Season One (Sleeper #1-2)

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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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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...more
Mar 20, 2012 Brandon rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...more
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...more
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.
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
Very engaging, start to finish.
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
Kevin Mann
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
Michael Griffin
Sleeper is an excellent spy novel that just happens to be a superhero comic. Agent Holden Carver went undercover to infiltrate a secret criminal organization. He wants to come out of the cold, but his handler, the only man who can clear his name, is in a coma. Will Holden manage to keep his cover until he can leave? Or will his new identity become his reality?
Justyn Rampa
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....more
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...more
Ariel Marie
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
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
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...more
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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...more
I could not put this down. So intriguing and suspenseful!!! Definitely will be reading the rest of this series.
Jota Houses
Un agente de I.O. con poderes se infiltra en una organización criminal de supervillanos. Cuando su jefe sufre un atentado, nadie sabe que no es un traidor y se ve obligado a involucrarse más y más en las actividades de la organización.
Holy hell, was that good. This is gritty, comedic, gruesome work. Holden Carver is a double agent asked to do the most terrible acts while still believing he’s doing good for god and country.His former beloved believes him a criminal. His handler is in a coma. His “boss” thinks there’s a spy in their ranks. And did I mention, these are all people with powers of some sort? So, every moment for Holden is bursting with tension and rightful paranoia.

And every moment for us, the readers, is wonderful...more
I don't know why, but it took me a few issues to really get into this. Maybe it's because I'm so out of touch with the Wildstorm Universe (if there even still is such a thing), that I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Plus the fact that they're all pretty scummy.

Holden only began to grow on me once he realized that he was enjoying being a bad guy in a way. Not sure if I care enough to pick up Season Two, but it would be nice to see if Brubaker has Holden continue al...more
Sep 05, 2009 J rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Phillips and Brubaker’s Sleeper is a totally twisted spy thriller with a noir feel and a whole mess o’ violence. It’s also got superheroes, super villains, diabolical plots, far reaching conspiracies and sex. Phillips’ uses a lot of dark space and mellow tones providing a cool visual effect for Brubaker’s tense, chaotic storyline. This cat writes some really bizarre, complex characters. Sleepers is fun in a scary sort of way and Season One definitely piqued my interest to check out Season Two.
I really enjoyed this action-packed espionage graphic novel. If you decide to take a read for yourself, however, please be prepared for a lot of blood, gore, and sexuality. If you don't like graphic novels with a lot (and I mean a lot) of nudity and sex in them, then you should skip this one. The story is great though, with the typical "who can you trust" feel of any spy novel in addition to very likeable characters, even though sometimes they just happen to be psychopathic mass murderers.
Probably my favourite graphic novel!
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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...more
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