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Brought to Light: Shadowplay: The Secret Team / Flashpoint: The LA Penca Bombing (Two Books in One)
The cover of the Brought to Light paperback
SeriesEclipse Graphic Album Series #30
Page count64 pages
PublisherEclipse Comics
Creative team
WritersAlan Moore
Joyce Brabner
ArtistsBill Sienkiewicz
Tom Yeates
Paul Mavrides
EditorsJoyce Brabner (overall editor)
Catherine Yronwode (executive editor)

Brought to Light: Thirty Years of Drug Smuggling, Arms Deals, and Covert Action is an anthology of two political graphic novels, published originally by Eclipse Comics in 1988.[1]

The two stories are Shadowplay: The Secret Team by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz, and Flashpoint: The LA Penca Bombing documented by Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan and adapted by Joyce Brabner and Tom Yeates. Brought to Light was edited overall by Joyce Brabner, Catherine Yronwode acted as executive editor, and Eclipse publisher Dean Mullaney was the publication designer. Both stories were based upon research by the Christic Institute, who initiated the work.

Shadowplay: The Secret Team[edit]

Shadowplay: The Secret Team written by Alan Moore and drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz with an introduction by Daniel Sheehan (general counsel of TCI). It covers the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and its involvement in the Vietnam War, the Iran-Contra affair, and its relationship with figures like Augusto Pinochet and Manuel Noriega. The narrator of Shadowplay is an aging anthropomorphic American Eagle, a bellicose retired CIA agent.

This work was highly praised for its storytelling and Sienkiewicz's sometimes brutal art. Moore received praise especially for blending the sometimes overwhelming mass of details into a coherent and effective story. Over the years there have been rumors that Moore was unable to travel to America due to the CIA being annoyed at his story in Brought to Light. However, the real reason was Moore not renewing his passport.[2]

The story of "Shadowplay" is of an unseen character (presumably representing the oblivious American public in first-person view of the reader) in a bar, where he is approached by a man-sized, walking, talking eagle. The eagle, from the emblem of the CIA, proceeds to drink alcohol and, in a drunken stupor, divulge all the bloody details of The Agency's sordid past. Early on a reference is made to the number of gallons an Olympic swimming pool can hold, and the fact that an adult human body has one gallon of blood; from then on, the victims of CIA activities (directly or indirectly) are quantified in swimming pools filled with blood, each pool representing 20,000 dead.

Shadowplay spoken word[edit]

Shadowplay was made into a spoken word performance with Alan Moore[1] and released on an audio compact disc (ISBN 1-899598-56-1) by Codex Books in 1998. The narrative for the production is performed by Moore himself, in character, set to music by the composer Gary Lloyd who also collaborated on a similar narrative/music performance piece with Scottish author Iain Banks.

Flashpoint: The LA Penca Bombing[edit]

Flashpoint: The LA Penca Bombing is written by Joyce Brabner,[1] as told to her by Christic Institute clients Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan. It deals with the La Penca bombing which happened during the civil war in Nicaragua in 1984.

Credits for “Flashpoint” list Jonathan Marshall on the introduction, Joyce Brabner writing, and Thomas Yeates illustrating, with letters by Bill Pearson and painting by Sam Parsons. Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan are credited with having told the story to Joyce Brabner.

Thirty Years of Covert War[edit]

In the center is a two-page feature by Paul Mavrides, "World Map of 30 Years of Covert Action" detailing election tampering, drug trafficking, assassination, and other crimes committed by the CIA.


  1. ^ a b c Armitage, Hugh (September 26, 2011). "'Brought to Light' digitally remastered". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ Beaton, Frank. "Snake Charmer: An Interview with Alan Moore," part II Archived October 26, 2005, at the Wayback Machine, NinthArt (April 7, 2003).

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