Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Coldest City by Antony Johnston

The Coldest City
by Antony Johnston
illustrated by Sam Hart

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Published: 2012
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: Graphic Novel, Espionage, Historical, Mystery
Hardback: 176
Rating: 5

The Coldest series:
The Coldest City
The Coldest Winter

November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body. Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it.


My two-bits:

Spotted this as the library and the title grabbed me. It so happened that the weather was quite cold outside (well for San Francisco standards) and the winter season upon us contributed to my selecting it during this particular library run. I later found out that the movie version of this graphic novel was released as Atomic Blonde in 2017.

This story is told in black/white panels with some blue tinge throughout which captures the mood brilliantly.

Lorraine is one of those kick-ass heroines to watch out and cheer for. She provides the goods and plenty of action to boot.

The story is your stereotypical espionage tale with cool twists and turns and twists again.


  1. I like those heroines that can totally kick ass! :) They are my favourites.

  2. The Cold War for a cold week. Brrr. Great idea. I'll have to look this one up. I've been trying to read more graphic novels.


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