“A world of heavy shadow and blurred motivation, filled with doubt,
cruelty, and prejudice... Johnston and Hart have turned out a
superlative spy thriller.”
“Terrific stuff: a taut, smart journey back to the dying days of the Cold War, with all the ingenious double-crosses and twists one could hope for.”
“A bit of a masterpiece... reminded me of John Le Carré in its very plausible complexity, but a lot more engaging and exciting.”
“Can take its place alongside Funeral in Berlin, Absolute Friends and Zoo Station in the file marked ‘classic Berlin espionage fiction.’ A cracking thriller.”
The Deighton Dossier
“One of my favorite writers... fans of Greg Rucka and Len Deighton won't want to miss this.”
Double O Section
Berlin, November 1989.
Communism is collapsing, and soon both East and West will tear down the Berlin Wall.
But there is one last situation for MI6, Britain's intelligence service, to resolve. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that contains the name and details of every espionage officer in the city, on all sides.
But no list was found on his body.
MI6 sent Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no ties to Berlin, to recover the list. But Lorraine walked into a powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad, and secret assassinations. Then, on the night the Berlin Wall fell, her superior — MI6's senior officer in the city — was shot dead in the street.
Now Lorraine has returned to London to tell her story. And nothing is what it seems.
“Beautifully subtle with a fantastic climax. The Coldest City is a sly espionage tale readers will indulge in through the end... Johnston is a great writer and has a great handle on this genre.”
“Bodies pile up and twists abound... Fans of John Le Carré's spy thrillers will definitely enjoy this dense tale of intrigue.”
Village Book Review
“Cold War buffs will feel right at home... The mysteries behind the list as well as the key players will keep readers turning the page.”
“The Coldest City weaves a thrilling tale as espionage and counter-espionage drive the players... the closest analog to The Coldest City would be Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
No Flying No Tights
“Once I sat down to read it, I had to keep going to see how it ended. If you like spy/noir reads, this should be at the top of your list.”
“A tight, tense book that focuses heavily on the gathering of intelligence... The Coldest City will keep you guessing until the last page.”
Stumptown Trade Review
EIGHT YEARS BEFORE
THE COLDEST CITY...
“Rejoice. We're back to Berlin and the taut spy game is colder, harder and better than ever.”
“Like a car chase across divided Berlin, through shadowy corners, over snow-covered streets, with a satisfying surprise around every bend. This is the graphic novel thriller you've been looking for.”
Kelly Sue DeConnick
“A cold, hard tale of cold, hard men, engineered with the lethal precision of a ticking time bomb.”
“Johnston and Perkins have crafted a cat and mouse and dog and man story, all chasing each other through cold war mazes built out of bureaucracy, double-crosses and death. The Coldest Winter is the deep spy intrigue you've been wanting from comics and it delivers in spades.”
Available December 2016
Comic Store Code: AUG161810
ANTONY JOHNSTON is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of comics, graphic novels, video games and books. His graphic novel series Wasteland is one of only a handful of such longform comic stories in the medium. His first video game, Dead Space, redefined the survival horror genre. Antony has written more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including The Fuse, Daredevil, Julius, the Alex Rider graphic novels, and the adaptation of Alan Moore's 'lost screenplay' Fashion Beast. He lives and works in England.
SAM HART was born in the UK, and now lives and works in Brazil. His work in comics and graphic novels includes iconic titles like Starship Troopers, Judge Dredd, Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur. He also illustrates for newspapers and magazines, and creates storyboards for advertising. He enjoys historical fiction and myths.
STEVEN PERKINS has been a professional comic book artist and writer since 2001. In that time he has worked on projects such as Silent Hill, Max Payne, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Se7en, and Credence, as well as his original graphic novel, Pacify. Steven lives in Los Angeles, not far from the beach.
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