Synopsis: A best-of-the-best secret agent with memories he couldn’t possibly possess, a mystery writer in her 60s who spends her retirement solving crimes, a man of action with mysterious drugs that keep him ahead of a constant string of targeted disasters, a seemingly omnipotent terrorist organization that might be behind it all . . . And they’re all connected to one man: a science-fiction author with more information than seems possible, whose books may hold the key to either saving reality or destroying it.
Review: This new book from the team of Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres is pretty much a best of based on many of the past stories, but seems to be a pretty good jumping on point if you are like me in that you haven’t read any of their past work.
The central figure of the story is a secret agent by the name of Thomas Cord, who has lived a long and storied life and wore quite a few faces. The story sees the intrepid agent investigating a terrorist organization, which believes that reality, as we know it is a construct in that, is very much like a game that needs to be hacked in order to escape to our true reality. While investigating Cord finds himself drugged and winds up meeting a science fiction and fantasy writer who could hold some of the answers.
Wilfredo Torres’s art for this book has a kind of retro 70s or early 80s feel to it in that the color pallet is quite subdued and not in the least bit glossy. The action sequences are drawn really well and the art style works well with the narrative and characters in the story.
A promising start to what feels like a wild and crazy spy adventure. The main character is introduced to us on a burned page of a novel before we see him in the comic and the story is pure science fiction pulp from start to cliffhanger. I am curious and probably inclined to hit subscribe on this one.