"1945: Floyd Whitman learns that his father has been killed by 'those Communist bastards.' Floyd is only a child, but his mind's made up: when he grows up, he will join the CIA. 1965: Floyd gets his first taste of combat in India, a privileged terrain in the Cold War between the KGB and the CIA. A certain Vladen Nechkov helps him pull off the successful 'delivery' of a dissident Russian scientist. 2003, Florida: Floyd is investigating the Lazenby Corporation, a lawyers' syndicate that has its fingers in real estate and in politics -- and that works to keep voters away from the polls, specifically the black community, which is 80% Democratic. Beyond that, it has close ties with the Russian Mafia of Brighton Beach. And who should reappear but Vladen Nechkov -- alias Illitch -- who now heads up the Brighton Beach mafia, and actively supports the election of a Republican president. The tranquil America of 2003 has conquered the 'Red Menace.' But the Russian Mafia has become the country's most powerful criminal organization -- and certainly the most violent. Through the eyes of one man -- young and idealistic in 1965, robbed of his illusions by 2003 -- we see the Russian Mafia returned to power with the CIA's support, in the back rooms of an American empire that has its own dirty secrets to hide. The story is taut and gripping, supported by a lucid, sophisticated and carefully constructed plot, and a powerfully realistic drawing style. A grand spy adventure in the tradition of the best Hollywood thrillers."
GenreThriller / Polar
T1 Black Op
It's 1945. Floyd Whitman discovers that 'those scumbag communists' have killed his father. He's just a child, but he resolves to one day join the CIA. By 2003, America has triumphed over the Soviet Union, but the Russian mafia has become the most powerful, and certainly the most violent criminal group throughout the whole country. Through the fate of one man--young and full of illusions in 1965, but rather more embittered in 2003--we see the CIA help the Russian mafia get back on its feet in the squalid back rooms of the American empire. A great spy adventure comparable with the best of Hollywood thrillers.
T2 Black Op
Former CIA agent Floyd Whitman investigates whether someone manipulated the US presidential elections. While carrying out the investigation he meets some of his old Russian acquaintances. Acquaintances who take him back to his youth in the 60s, when together they developed an ambitious plan to bring the Russian mafia back on its feet in order to fight the communist regime from within the borders of the United States. But today, forty years later, the White House decides to get rid of all the mafia bosses left in the country... The great spy adventure continues!
T3 Black Op
It's the 70s, and Floyd Whitman, a young and idealistic CIA agent manages to get in with the Russian mafia, at last seeing an opportunity to strike at the heart of the communist regime. So, with the CIA's backing, he's going to launch a huge secret operation to help the worst of the Soviet mafia in their cause. This third volume kicks off in present-day America with the arrival of a squad of ex-KGB assassins, whose aim is to get rid of Whitman's old accomplices, under authorization of the American secret services.
T4 Black Op
While ex-KGB assassins make their way to the United States, Floyd Whitman is in hiding, waiting for a secret operation to kick off. In the meantime, he takes a trip down memory lane, as he mulls over his life as a secret agent tracking the Russian mafia. But that's not all. He's also thinking about an old flame, Lovna. This is a ruthless thriller about the corrupt American empire that also gives an exciting glimpse of the mysteries of the Cold War. Black OP has become the cult spy series of the Franco-Belgian Comic scene.
T5 Black Op
This is the fifth and penultimate volume of one of the most ambitious comic book spy series of all time. Over 30 years and 5 continents, CIA agent Floyd Whitman plunges right to the deepest depths of American politics through his counter-intuitive alliance with the Russian mafia. Constructed with the precision of clockwork mechanics, Desberg's Machiavellian script is wonderfully complemented by Labiano's tense and elegant artwork.
T6 Black Op
In this final installment of the series that reinvented comic book spy stories, Operation Clean Up has begun. The Vice President and the CIA have launched a secret war against members of the Russian mafia based in the United States. Nothing can stop them now. Except for the one man who really knows what's at stake with this operation, and the murky alliances of the past. It's game over for the survivors of the Cold War, and the final mission for Floyd Whitman. Time to finally reveal the truth. And maybe save the woman he once loved?
T7 Black Op
Black OP is back with a whole new season about the petrol crisis that will shake up the West and transform North-South relations. Black Ops are top secret CIA operations that sometimes push the boundaries of legality. In the 70s, the agency decided to post a pair of spies right at the heart of Iranian oil country to investigate the oil magnates and certain rather suspicious financial movements...
T8 Black Op
Agents Janine Hallbeck and Sol Kathren, posing as husband and wife for their mission, were sent to Tehran in early 1973, on the trail of a priceless secret: the plans for a financial and petroleum manipulation that would have severe repercussions throughout the entire world. The problem is, nobody at the CIA wants to believe it. Except, perhaps, those who see a golden opportunity to line their pockets!
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