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Codename: Knockout: The Devil You Say, Volume 1 written by Joe Chiodo

 

Codename: Knockout: The Devil You Say, Volume 1 written by Joe Chiodo

Overview:

Featuring artwork inspired by the "good girl" pin-ups of the 1950s and '60s, CODENAME: KNOCKOUT tells the fast-paced story of Angela St. Grace, a buxom agent for the clandestine agency of G.O.O.D. (Global Organization for the Obliteration of Dastardliness), and her loyal gay assistant Go Go Fiasco. Together they battle the forces of E.V.I.L. (Extralegal Vendors of Iniquity and Licentiousness) in exotic locales across the globe. There's just one snag: her mother is the head of GOOD and Angela's about to discover that mom has been less than honest about the fate of her supposedly dead father!

Synopsis:

Featuring artwork inspired by the "good girl" pin-ups of the 1950s and '60s, CODENAME: KNOCKOUT tells the fast-paced story of Angela St. Grace, a buxom agent for the clandestine agency of G.O.O.D. (Global Organization for the Obliteration of Dastardliness), and her loyal gay assistant Go Go Fiasco. Together they battle the forces of E.V.I.L. (Extralegal Vendors of Iniquity and Licentiousness) in exotic locales across the globe. There's just one snag: her mother is the head of GOOD and Angela's about to discover that mom has been less than honest about the fate of her supposedly dead father!

Publishers Weekly

When this daffy, cheesecake/beefcake-heavy spy parody (essentially James Bond via ”Modesty Blaise“ via ”Austin Powers“) was serialized in 2001, it didn’t attract much notice. So why reprint it in 2010? Perhaps because one chapter features early artwork by Conner--the only one of the four pencillers here who manages to make the series’ artwork look as whimsical as Rodi’s story. (Co-creator Small, in fact, draws it like a totally straightforward adventure story.) Both Angela Devlin, the lusty secret agent who’s the book’s title character, and her outrageously gay sidekick, Go-Go Fiasco, lose their clothes as often as the plot can arrange it. Well, ”plot,” that’s one way of putting it: Angela discovers that her parents are respectively the leaders of the secret agencies G.O.O.D. and E.V.I.L., and both want her on their side. There are ninjas; there is gunplay; there’s a flashback to how Angela’s parents met cute; there’s information extracted via a ”highly volatile tantric technique.” What there isn’t a lot of is consistency, and the book rarely lives up to the potential wittiness of its premise. (May)

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