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Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life...but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious "Dead Hand" threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between four old spie Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life...but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious "Dead Hand" threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between four old spies, a secret town, and a special little boy. Collects THE DEAD HAND #1-6


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Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life...but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious "Dead Hand" threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between four old spie Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life...but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious "Dead Hand" threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between four old spies, a secret town, and a special little boy. Collects THE DEAD HAND #1-6

30 review for The Dead Hand, Vol 1: Cold War Relics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The Cold War ended in 1991 – except in the small quiet town of Mountain View. A town which houses a terrifying secret: a rogue Artificial Intelligence with access to all of Russia’s nukes! The town’s inhabitants must keep the truth from the AI so it doesn’t retaliate – and then one day an outsider appears, threatening to destabilise everything and possibly end the world!? … nope! Didn’t enjoy The Dead Hand very much. There are bits of the premise I thought were ok, like the AI with its proverbia The Cold War ended in 1991 – except in the small quiet town of Mountain View. A town which houses a terrifying secret: a rogue Artificial Intelligence with access to all of Russia’s nukes! The town’s inhabitants must keep the truth from the AI so it doesn’t retaliate – and then one day an outsider appears, threatening to destabilise everything and possibly end the world!? … nope! Didn’t enjoy The Dead Hand very much. There are bits of the premise I thought were ok, like the AI with its proverbial finger on the nuclear trigger and the hiker bursting into the town was an interesting episode. Stephen Mooney’s art is pretty good too – not as good as Steve Epting’s but similar in style to his work on another (and better) Cold War spy thriller, Velvet. I also liked that the AI looked like a 10 year old boy reflecting how basic early ‘90s tech was (even though it’s unbelievably sophisticated for its time). The characters are all too derivative though. There’s a Captain America and Sharon Carter pair, the AI is like HAL 9000, there’s a black Bond, and Harriet is the archetypical rebellious kid. There’s no real plot so the story, such as it is, ambles along without any drive and a villain is shoehorned in at the last minute, attempting to provide a dramatic conclusion that doesn’t really satisfy as it’s too rushed. The connection between the villain, the Bond character and the hiker was hopelessly contrived. Mountain View itself was the biggest flaw. I’ll go with it being a military installation/”think tank city” (to use the phrase in Kyle Higgins’ script) because of the AI/nukes situation – but why is it designed to look like a stereotypical small American town? And how could something like that exist in the middle of the harsh environment of SIBERIA!?! And how was it that the hiker was able to so easily waltz into town like he did – given the massive security risk the AI poses, shouldn’t there be barrier after barrier to prevent strangers from just wandering in, accidentally or otherwise?? I can only suspend disbelief so much and the town went too far. Ultimately though it just wasn’t that compelling a story and Higgins’ execution was underwhelming - The Dead Hand was dead dull!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    The Dead Hand is pretty much everything you could want from a graphic novel. It's got brilliant artwork, a gritty dark feel, and the s itself an ode to spur stories and to superheroes. It's steeped in history, namely the Cold War and its aftermath. It's heroes have themselves a long dark history. It's focus is an impossible situation and how to deal with it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Image Comics in exchange for an honest review. I went into this one cold, having never heard of it before. But I am a sucker for Cold War espionage stories. This was very entertaining and had a great twist, and a somewhat conceivable one at that. The artwork was fantastic, too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Great espionage coldwar style story. We have a really well structured plot with likeable characters and double decoy plot lines. Alot of intrigue and mystery with this one. Very good art. Wasnt overly excited with the ending, thought it could be much better. However, I still really enjoyed it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    -RadioactiveBookworm-

    In November of 1991, the Soviet Union is coming to an end. What happened to the things they had, the secluded cities and the nuclear weapons, and then supercomputers, is unknown to them. In this book is an action packed, blood filled, fight to the death for a special kind of AI in a supercomputer, one named Roger, who think's he's a ten year old boy. Check out my full review here! https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    The best cold war story this year. I picked it up for the art, but the narrative is why I couldn't put it down. I dont even wanna give a way too much information because there are so many twists and turns. Really, if it wasnt for how the book is set up to reveal things, I wouldn't have been so interested. All you need to know is the Cold War isnt over for everyone and it can be tough to bring up a family with so many secrets. besides that, you're just gonna have to read it to find out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A wonderful book – one of those where knowing the least about it beforehand is all for the better. So I won't go for the plot summary, I won't say it's 'this' meets 'that' – I'll just say get a copy. Not perhaps the most comprehensive review I've ever submitted – but one of the more heartfelt. Definitely five stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Daniels

    A four-+ Great Cold War/meets today story. Definite surprise. Enjoyed immensely.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian Song

    When John le Carré meets Space Odyssey 2001. A fine read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    A end of Cold War espionage epic to end it all. As fresh as hell.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lope Nieves

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Porry

  13. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  14. 4 out of 5

    Milan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Omi

  16. 5 out of 5

    Federico

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bret Armstrong

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Drago

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rain Hpci

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kamil Górakowski

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nat

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Castano

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mithun Gangopadhyay

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric Stork

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Mars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nowenen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zahidul Islam Shakil

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stardust

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