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Sam is an everyday kind of schlub. He hates his job, and his boss hates him, and his relationship with his girlfriend, Maria, is getting a little humdrum. All of his life is fairly mundane until the day he wakes up in an alternate reality, one where several natural and unnatural disasters have pushed the world to the brink of war. In this world, Sam’s boss—a feisty lady who seems to hate Sam more than anything—becomes a sexual partner after they both go on the run. In this world, Sam is a killer (he acted in self-defense, of course, but still…he caused a death). And things are getting much worse around him: Seattle has been destroyed; avian flu is spreading, as are nukes; and a revolutionary man is spreading evil and discord around the nation.

But the next day, Sam will awake in the “normal” world. His boss will still hate him. Things will still be bad in his personal and professional lives. He will still be the indecisive and inactive cad he’s always been.
Writer Matt Kindt, also the author of the great Super Spy, weaves effortlessly between the two worlds and creates brilliant escalating tension in both. Different coloring throughout the book, as well as a running news ticker at the bottom of all the pages, keeps the reader continuously clued in as to which world we’re reading about. In the real world, Sam is able to acquire information that helps him succeed in the other (and vice versa). But what it’s all leading to may be utter destruction…and which world is truly real?

Reviewed by John Hogan on July 13, 2012

by Matt Kindt

  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Genres: Graphic Novel
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo
  • ISBN-10: 1401222412
  • ISBN-13: 9781401222413