Codename: Action #1 Review

Objects in the mirror are deadlier than they appear.

I am not a big history buff, nor am I a big historical fiction fan, but I can appreciate a good story when I see one. This 6-part mini-series from Dynamite has all the makings of a great Superhero/Bond like story wrapped around a very controversial time in the world’s history: The Cold War.

The official description from Dynamite Entertainment:

During the height of the Cold War, unknown forces scheme to heat up a global conflict. As key officials on both sides of the Iron Curtain are replaced with doppelgangers, the infiltration threatens to disrupt the precarious state of world affairs. The security of the Free World depends on a young secret agent, one assigned to shape the world’s masked heroes into a force with singular purpose and unyielding resolve!

As I alluded to, I was skeptical when I learned this book was bout the Cold War. But I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t made to feel stupid at my lack of history knowledge on the subject, nor was I patronized with a ton of over-telling about the times. This appears to be a story, set in a particular time, with a particular set of struggles. Simple. I like that. I can enjoy that. And I did.

Chris Roberson does a fantastic job at laying out the characters and plot in a way that doesn’t feel forced or rushed, yet should work out nicely as part of this 6-part mini. I get the feeling that this mini-series will be appropriately timed and well executed. It is a great comic for new readers – especially ones that appreciate historical fiction.

Jonathan Lau‘s art did a fine job of illustrating a range of complexity – from intense scenes of action to simple discussions. The intensity of the story was met word-for-pencil. And as a reader, you really experience that “oh crap” moment in the cliffhanger on queue because of Jonathan’s artful execution.

Though Codename: Action #1 has many elements of all stories like it, it is executed in a unique way – one that I believe will cater to many an audience. And as unsure about the subject matter as I was, my skepticism was quelled within the first couple pages. Even my evil doppelganger would agree, this quickly turned into a story that I look forward to seeing through to the end.


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