Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Damocles - An Impossible Ransom

Damocles 2 - An Impossible Ransom

Damocles is a graphic novel I picked up on impulse after trying several other offerings by Cinebook. This is one of my favorites yet. This is set in a future where kidnapping has become a serious threat, and the Damocles agency protects those who have the resources to hire them. Ellie is the main character and while I didn't learn much about her in this one, there are tantalizing hints of backstory and I immediately took to her mix of toughness and vulnerability. She's pretty bad ass too! 

The art is amazing and very clean- I am really enjoying the art style of the Euro comics that Cinebook translates into English. This one's no exception and this impulse buy turned out to be a great purchase. It has a Jason Bourne feel almost to it but the pace seems quicker and the story is twisted enough to keep me on my toes. I closed this one immediately wanting the rest of them, so that's a good sign usually. 

As mentioned this is set in the future although the only hint of that was a drug called "blitz" that Ellie uses to amplify her abilities. There's also a biogenetics testing program but other than that it feels thoroughly modern and grounded in real world situations. I definitely want to know more though, and if I had any complaint at all it would be that you don't know a whole lot more at the end about Ellie than you do at the beginning. I did in fairness though start with volume two.

So what can I say about this other than it was awesome? It's a little shorter than some of the other graphic novels I've tried from Cinebook at 48 pages, which made it perfect for reading in one sitting. I imagine things make a lot more sense reading through from the beginning which I'll do as my next binge, and between the amazing art, the kick ass heroine and a surprisingly affecting plot I'm a total fan. 


  1. Oh I love this cover, like you say it's very clean looking and really stands out well!

  2. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one! I agree that the art looks very clean. It's been so long since I've read a graphic novel, maybe it's time to fix that.

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. I am really finding a lot to love in the European stuff I've been reading. :)

  3. I really like the sound of this one. And what a great cover! :)

  4. I'm glad you liked this one Greg. I haven't read any graphic novels. I've been wanting too.. but somehow I just haven't yet.

  5. comics set in the future can be so much fun :D also kick ass main female characters

  6. I think this is what the movie Polar is based off of. I might need to pick it up.

  7. This sounds good. I love females that kick butt and take names. Glad you enjoyed it.


  8. I am glad you could enjoy this graphic novel so much and I can even tell the art is going to be amazing from the cover alone. It sounds like my kind of read :)