Friends and Fangirls, oh my goodness. I bought this graphic novel ages ago, almost immediately after seeing Atomic Blonde. This is the book that the movie is based on, and if you’ve read it, you know why.
Beat for beat, this is the exact plot. It stars Broughton, a female spy, who is trying to find an incredibly volatile list. That list was lost in Berlin when an agent was killed, and it contains the names of every agent in Berlin. Agents from Russia, the US, England, France … everywhere that would send agents.
Broughton’s goal is to acquire the list and bring it back. It’s a spy comic, and it’s phenomenal. Illustrated purely in black and white, this heavy handed book really lets your imagination run with it, yet somehow, it keeps you in check all the while.
I read this in an afternoon. It’s just under 200 pages, and while there’s more than one drop of blood spilled, it’s a beautiful book. I highly recommend you check it out. If you’ve seen the movie already, you won’t find many surprises, but you can at least enjoy the source material. If you haven’t seen Atomic Blonde yet, read this first, and then appreciate how well that crew did with this material.
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