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Point Blank (Prelude to Sleeper)


Author: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Colin Wilson
Titan Books
RRP: £8.99, US $14.95
ISBN: 978 1 84856 286 8
Available 24 July 2009

Ex-Black Ops soldier Cole Cash is caught in a whirlpool of secrets, lies, manipulation and murder. But before he goes down for the last time, he's going to get some answers. No matter who he has to kill along the way. As Cole investigates a brutal attempt that has left his one-time commander and legendary spy-master at the brink of death, he manoeuvres through the labyrinthian byways of intrigue that are the favoured routes for men like Lynch. But to find the answer he seeks, Cash will have to discover the key to one of his old Team 7 comrade's greatest achievements - and his greatest shame. But can he bring this dirty little secret into the light of day...?

Point Blank collects the entire five-issue miniseries and is the precursor to the Sleeper series. Cole Cash, aka Grifter, is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, determined to get to the bottom of a bewildering mystery. The story is set in a near future world where cybernetic implants are commonplace.

A call from sometime ally John Lynch leads Cash to a sleazy downtown bar - but when Lynch doesn't show up, Cash resolves to investigate... leading him down a dangerous path of betrayal. Who is the mysterious Holden Carver, and what's his connection to Lynch? Why does Cash have holes in his memory? And who is Cash really hunting?

Ed Brubaker weaves a pretty interesting tale over the course of this collection and I was impressed with how he'd managed to basically stretch a very simple idea for as long as he did - although he reigns it all in just before the plot starts to wear a little thin. Colin Wilson's art helps to bring this story vividly to life.

A thoroughly enjoyable tale which will keep you guessing until the end.


Pete Boomer

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