The Prague Coup

Jean-Luc Fromental and Miles Hyman. Titan, $24.99 (114p) ISBN 978-1-78586-887-0
In this perfect intersection of film noir and espionage fiction, Fromental (365 Penguins) imagines what might have happened on Graham Greene’s real-life research trip to Vienna and Prague in the winter of 1948, when he was scripting The Third Man. His film company tasks Elizabeth Montagu, former actress and ex-spy, to be his guide in the occupied Austrian capital, but she is quick to discover that Greene seems to have more clandestine business than simple filmmaking. Montagu tags along with Greene to a cabaret/brothel and the rat-infested sewers where adulterated penicillin is sold. Americans, Brits, former Nazis, and Russians play their parts as the scene changes to Prague, a city “overtaken by a slow insurrection,” where the action rises to a crescendo. Hyman (The Black Dahlia) provides artwork reminiscent of detailed woodblock or lino prints in a palette of dim tones to match the atmosphere of the piece. Each image is like an exquisite still life; the panels are devoid of motion individually but convey the action in sequence. This example of art imitating life should captivate lovers of spy fiction or Cold War history. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/19/2018
Release date: 12/11/2018
Genre: Comics
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