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Review – Super Spy (Vol 2): The Lost Dossiers

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Super Spy The Lost DossiersI’ve heard praise for Matt Kindt‘s Super Spy and the second volume Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers lives up to those very high standards.  Published by Top Shelf and available now the graphic novel is made up of various short stories that have to do with spying in some way.  All of the stories stand alone, but some also flow into each other in a way.

Couldn’t get enough of the critically-acclaimed and Eisner-nominated SUPER SPY? Curious what all the fuss is about? Have we got a book for you! Creator Matt Kindt has pulled out all the stops to make this an unforgettable supplement to (or first taste of) his 2007 opus.

What’s inside? Deleted scenes! All-new spy stories! Sketchbook pages! 3-D comics! Full annotations! Diagrams of spy gadgets and keys to unlock hidden secret codes! Props and stories for you to cut out and assemble! It’s like a secret spy activity book for grown-ups, bursting with ingenuity and pathos!

PLUS: illustrations, photos, and commentary from Matt explaining the real-world spy origins of his stories and techniques! Don’t just read this book… USE it! — A 96-Page Full-Color Softcover Graphic Novel (5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″), Diamond: JAN10-1114

The presentation is beautiful with pages that look like they’re torn out of a journal, wear, stains and all.  There’s a great mix of real world photos, kitschy do it yourself tasks, puzzles and stereoscope!  The art is beautiful and stories entertaining.  This isn’t just a graphic novel, this is a package and one you’ll want to add to your shelf and collection.  A definite buy.

Plot: Kindt weaves together entertaining tales along with interesting interactive “pieces.”  There’s a section you’re supposed to cut out and arrange, another that involves stereoscopic glasses and finally instructions on how to put together a paper gun.  This is just a thought out collection, with entertaining and fantastic stories to boot.  Rating: 9.5

Art: Beautiful layout and fantastic presentation.  I’m a fan of Kindt’s artwork, it’s got this throwback feel to it, but modern at the same time.  Add on top of that the very creative look of the pages and you’ve just got an amazing piece of artwork.  Rating: 10

Overall:  The only downside to the entire collection is that it’s so creative that other than a theme there’s not necessarily a narrative and there’s a lot of behind the scenes notes.  But what’s there is amazing.  This is a graphic novel you’ll want to add to your collection and expect it to win more awards like it’s previous volume.  Kindt is a talent on so many levels and this is just of another example of that.  Overall rating: 9.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 96 pages    Price: $12.95    Release Date: Out Now

Top Shelf provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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