Istanbul. 1938. David Stern knows things. The types of things people pay a lot of money for. And kill for. The French want him. The Russians want him back. And Max Friedman would just like to enjoy his vacation without getting a bullet in the head.
That's the set-up for ORIENT GATEWAY, a graphic novel that features Vittorio Giardino's reluctant spy, Max Friedman, who first appeared in the long out-of-print Hungarian Rhapsody. Friedman, cut more from the cloth of a le Carré character than a Fleming one, finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse that would do either author proud.
Greg Rucka's excellent new espionage series, Queen and Country, has re-introduced the intelligent spy thriller to comics. On the other side of the Atlantic, Vittorio Giardino, the Italian born creator of A Jew In Communist Prague and Little Ego, has been doing them for twenty years.
And ORIENT GATEWAY is your perfect introduction.
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.