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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"A True Coward Can't Face the Reality"

Should you ever find yourself doing some soul searching in Minneapolis, I highly recommend visiting Comic Book College. They had a huge holiday sale last week and I went a little crazy.

Among the stacks was a book I hadn't really seen before but came highly recommended by my brother, an Uptown celebrity turned Seattlehead. I know it's an oldie, but Coward is seriously making my pre-New Year's partying head spin.

Written by Ed Burbaker (Captain America), the protagonist (or least worst villain), Leo, is a criminal who escapes prison and death by being flighty and cautious . He has wounds and baggage, but nevertheless takes a risky job because he didn't have the heart to say no to a smackhead hottie from his past. Romantic! (my favorite Farm Talk) Tom Fontana's introduction officially stressed me out and made all of my resolutions appear vapid. Am I a coward? Do I play life too safe? "If life is only about survival, then what is the ultimate cost?"

At times a little too Ocean's Eleven, it's still a page turner. As I put it down I'm determined to pull on my party pants and set aside Leo's lifesaving rules for another day.

To all of the cowards out there, Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Daniel Brooks said...

Caroline (welcome!), you nailed it. This is a fantastic book. I don't want to be Mr. Spoiler, but I love how Brubaker somehow gives the reader the sense from the beginning that nothing is going to end well for anyone. It gives everything this feeling of impending doom and makes his work pretty riveting. (Also, anyone who has enjoyed coward should check out Brubaker's "Sleeper" -- amazing stuff.)