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Closeout Price! Recommended. By Jeremy Holt. Art by John Lucas. Harry Houdini, master magician and covert spy for the United States government, is dead…or is he? The only man who can save him is his estranged son Josef, who, like his father, knows the power of magic—real magic—and how it can be more than just an illusion. Josef Houdini takes after his father: A gifted escape artist, there’s not a jam he can’t get himself out of. Then again, when your father is one of the greatest illusionists of all time, that comes as no surprise. What does come as a surprise is the fact that Harry Houdini is not only the world’s greatest magician, but also a top-secret operative for the US government during World War I. Insight Comics, 2018.

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Harry Houdini, master magician and covert spy for the United States government, is dead…or is he? The only man who can save him is his estranged son Josef, who, like his father, knows the power of magic—real magic—and how it can be more than just an illusion. Josef Houdini takes after his father: A gifted escape artist, there’s not a jam he can’t get himself out of. Then again, when your father is one of the greatest illusionists of all time, that comes as no surprise. What does come as a surprise is the fact that Harry Houdini is not only the world’s greatest magician, but also a top-secret operative for the US government during World War I.

In rare form he finds himself trapped—stuck on a mission he is unable to escape. That’s why the government needs his son to fill his shoes and complete the mission—but does Josef have the wherewithal to do it? Or is the possibility of success just an illusion? And the villain behind all these machinations…none other than another man who should be long dead, the dark and manipulative Rasputin, and his cruel followers.

Includes an afterword by the writer about the long road to creating this volume. Plus a gallery of original artwork and a sampling of the best panels, offering you first the pencil version, then the inked version, then the colored finished version for interesting comparisons.

Author Jeremy Holt is a Vermont-based comic book writer whose most notable works include Skip to the End, Skinned, and Pulp, which IGN has called “one of the best one-shot comics of the year.”

John Lucas is a prolific contributor to both DC and Marvel Comics. He has also produced a great deal of small press work, as well as “Valkyries” (with Steve Moore) for 2000 AD.

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