Item description for Left On Mission by Martin Thomas Chip Mosher...
When a rogue agent threatens the entire U.S. intelligence operation by putting classified information on the black market, there is only one man who can stop her: Eric Westfall. Pulled out of his perfect suburban retirement, Westfall must track down the traitorous Emma and eliminate her. But in international espionage all is not what it seems. Eric and Emma have history - a romantic history. And when Eric discovers Emma might have more noble motives in mind - can he complete the mission? Winding its way through the worlds most exotic locales, LEFT ON MISSION provides non-stop excitement and intrigue. A perfect read for for fans of gritty espionage thrillers like CASINO ROYALE and BOURNE IDENTITY.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 4, 2008
Publisher BOOM! Studios
ISBN 1934506354 ISBN13 9781934506356
Reviews - What do customers think about Left On Mission?
Top drawer espionage action! Mar 30, 2008
With more than enough exotic locales, plot twists, and blazing bullets to satisfy my Bond/Bourne spy junkie cravings, LOM was a welcome addition to my bookshelf! More from Mosher! More from Francavilla! Just plain more, please!
The Graphic Novel as an Art Form Mar 26, 2008
The term 'graphic novel' is one bandied about by the media, but for this reader this book LEFT ON MISSION is an alert that perhaps too many serious readers are missing an important concept. After spending an evening thoroughly entertained not only by a well written spy story complete with the dichotomy of the main character in pursuit of an ex-lover as the nefarious rogue agent, but also by some superb artwork beautifully rendered in style and rich color, the opinion of the significance of 'Graphic Novel' gains in stature as an art form deserving of wide attention.
Writer/Creator Chip Mosher has a keen manner of conveying a page-turning story using a tightly controlled amount of written script woven into the many drawings that propel the story visually and emotionally. In tandem with artist Francesco Francavilla and further enhanced by the important and exciting colorist Martin Thomas, Mosher offers a well designed book that manages to hold the eye as well as the mind, making a tense story feel like walking past stills of a film, animated by not only the skills of the artists but also by the participating reader's turning of the pages. It is a unique experience for the novice: for those who know the medium this book doubtless will be a pinnacle of the genre.
Cover artist Steph Stamb enhances the appearance of this book with his high quality art pieces that not only engage the eye to begin with, but also provide visual interludes at pertinent junctures in the book. Some critics may quibble about awarding this book a rating of 5 stars: the great American novel it is not. But as a sample of a book now granted respectability with the designation of a 'graphic novel', LEFT ON MISSION sets a very high standard. Grady Harp, March 08
best spy comic of the year Mar 26, 2008
Left on Mission does everything a great spy film/novel/comic should do an more. Action? LOM pushes the limits of what you can do in a static medium with tense chase scenes and shocking but believable violence (a pursuit in a strobe filled club is stand out). Exotic Locales (Cuba, Ibiza, Morocco) - refreshing to read a book that feels like the author has done serious homework, not relied on wikipedia for his research. And of course, it's a page turner.
All this would be enough for your average thriller fan. But it's also politically relevant without being preachy. And that emotional wallop the previous reviewer mention? The romance feels real...maybe it has something to do with the fact the author's wife wrote "Before Sunrise", one of the best romances of the best two decades.
Left on Mission is often compared to Casino Royale, which is true. But I think it's edginess break-your-heart characters make it closer to Fleming's novel than the good but slightly over the top film adaptation.
You won't find a better spy thriller in comics this side of Queen and Country. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
comics to graphic novel Mar 18, 2008
I loved the comics. I bought them as they came out. I can't wait to read the story as a graphic novel. Loved the characters and the story.
Fun read, but also packs an emotional wallop Mar 18, 2008
I disagree with the Publisher's Weekly review. I found LEFT ON MISSION to be unforgettable, containing a haunting quality and an emotional wallop that sticks with you weeks after reading it. What was behind the emotions and motivations of both Emma and Eric? These aren't cookie-cutter characters, but rather complex figures that don't easily fit into pre-determined boxes.
But don't get me wrong--this book still contains plenty of action, thrills, and suspense. Mosher has done an amazing job of creating a sense of time and place. You really feel as if you're in Cuba or Morocco alongside the characters. The artwork is stunning and the coloring is particularly striking and impressionistic.
I'd recommend LEFT ON MISSION not just to comic fans, but to anyone who enjoys James Bond, the Bourne series, or just a good ol' thriller that will keep you guessing.