Sleeper Vol. 2: All False Moves

July 26, 2004 | Trades


Sleeper Vol. 2: All False Moves
Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$27.95/$17.99 US (Paperback)
**** 1/2 (out of five)

Sleeper could more aptly be called The Spy Who Couldn’t Come In From The Cold.
Holden Carver is a deep-cover, super-powered operative for the U.S. government. He was sent in to work his way up the ladder of a criminal organization full of, and led by, more super-humans and to learn their agenda.
Only one man, John Lynch, knew Carver was a double agent, but Lynch is in a coma and there may never be a way for Carver to ever ‘come in’ again.
As time passes, the Sleeper is forced to commit more and more brutal acts to prove his loyalty to the criminals he works with, while his former agency steps up its effort to hunt him down for his ‘betrayal’.
But what makes this book so utterly compelling is that instead of constantly fighting against having to do these evil things, Carver is slowly starting to accept that this is who he is. These criminals are his now his friends, one of the most vicious killers he’s ever met is his now his lover and he’s not sure that he cares one way or another.
All False Moves completes the first season of Sleeper and wraps up one of the most underrated and cutting edge series of 2003 with a great big question mark.
Will Carver take a possible chance at returning to his old life? Or has he gotten in too far? Will fear or even love keep him from the side of angels?
This book is the perfect set up to Sleeper Season Two, another 12-parter, hitting the racks with issue No. 1 from Wildstorm this month.

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