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Full Name: Lorraine Broughton, David Perceval
Nationality: British
Organization: MI6
Occupation Agent

Creator: Antony Johnston
Time Span: 2012 - 2017


Lorraine Broughton and David Perceval are agents with MI6.

This is an unusual series. There are two major events being depicted, separated by almost a decade.

The first adventure deals with a mission by Broughton. The activities take place in Berlin and that is Perceval's patch. It is a place that if Broughton had ever been, it was not on a mission and not a place she felt happy to work in since she did not speak much German.

The second adventure takes place eight years before and deals with a mission that Perceval, a man who is about to be returned home because of repeated foul-ups, is given one final job before departure. Broughton is not involved in any way, not even a mention.

In that regard, the series should rightly be that of Perceval but Broughton is the main force in that first story and without her participation in it, we would have hardly any reason to look at Perceval twice.

Broughton is a very experienced operative in other parts of Europe, especially Finland, and she speaks Russian like a native. She is highly self-confident and self-sufficient and it is obvious that she prefers to work alone. Certainly she does not have any interest in kowtowing to anyone. She appears to be in her late 30s or early 40s, dresses conservatively and is not a big talker. She is particularly adept at keeping her emotions and her thoughts to herself.

Perceval is, in that first adventure, the MI6 station chief and he has been in that city for quite a few years, knows it and its covert players very well, and is not happy to have someone else brought in over him. He is likely a decade older than Broughton, gradually losing his hair while maintaining a busy mustache. He is not at all reticent about letting his feelings known.

They do not know each other when we meet them and they have no desire to work together.


Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017


Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2016

1 The Coldest City The Coldest City
Published by Oni Press
Contributors: Antony Johnston (writer), Sam Hart (artist)
Copyright: 2012

A graphic novel. It is November 1989. As everyone awaits the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lorraine Broughton is sent to that city to help find a list from a Communist source of the names of all known agents on both sides. An MI-6 agent was bringing it out when he was killed but no list was found on him. Broughton was sent in because she had no ties to Berlin and so was an unknown.

2 The Coldest Winter The Coldest Winter
Published by Oni Press
Contributors: Antony Johnston (writer), Steve Perkins (artist)
Copyright: 2016

A graphic novel. A prequel. It is 1981 and the coldest winter in decades in Berlin. MI6 agent David Perceval is being sent home after a series of failed missions. He is given one final job before his transfer - aid in the defection of a Soviet scientist to the West. The cold has shut down all transportation and the KGB is looking everywhere. Perceval has no chance of success and failure will mean his own death.


The fact that both the graphic adventures have the word 'Coldest' in the title is not, IMHO, at all a coincidence. Cold is the climate they are operating in. Cold is the atmosphere both are living perpetually in. Cold is what both of these people are in their hearts, no matter how heated they might get in some action.

Both Broughton and Perceval are really cold people. I guess you have to be to be in the line of work that they are but, goodness, they take it to a whole new level.

Sometimes I will be reading some story and think, that would be so neat to be in that scene. Not in these two tales. Too cold!


My Grade: B+


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