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Sleeper by Ed Brubaker
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Jan 28, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novel, dc, noir, spy, read-in-2011, wildstorm, read-in-2012, superhero
Read from December 10, 2011 to January 28, 2012

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 incapacitated. Watching him deal with the horrible acts that he commits - and with the characters that he finds himself stuck with - is incredibly interesting.

Sean Phillips' noir-styled art fits the darker tone of the storyline well. I've loved the team's work on Criminal, and Sleeper is just as good.
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