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Queen & Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1 Paperback – January 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Definitive Ed edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932664874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good art, good characters & great story arcs.
JL Powell-Herbold
The female lead character is interesting enough for a guy to read about without feeling self-concious.
Spokane Graphic
The illustrations are in black and white and it serves the stories well.
Jimmy K.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Brown on August 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:57 Mins
Who doesn't love a great spy story? Growing up, I had always though secret agents were of the James Bond variety. Then one day, I was introduced to Greg Rucka's Queen and Country. My entire idea of what a spy story and a comic book could be completely changed. Queen and Country was the first independent book that I'd ever read, and I couldn't stop reading it. Series lead Tara Chace is one of the most dynamic, damaged, and daring heroines in modern fiction, and you'd do well to read Queen and Country and find out why.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spokane Graphic on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I liked the story lines. They seemed realistic with lots of "spy tech" jargon thrown in here and there to make the conversations seem real. Not a lot of gadgetry or outrageous villains. The characters are pretty well developed. The female lead character is interesting enough for a guy to read about without feeling self-concious. The art work changed as the stories unfolded; Tara looks a lot different by the 3rd tale. Overall I enjoyed all 3 stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph B. Chilton on January 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great news for fans of this series who had been put off by the rather anaemic previous collections, this bargain priced MASSIVE volume offers hours of Rucka's Sandbaggers inspired spy drama.

For those new to the series, I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys smart, realistic female leads, modern spy politics and action (more Bourne than Bond), or SIS geeks.

I hope to see these collections beside the Queen and Country novels on the bookshelves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A customer on April 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Novelist and comic book writer Greg Rucka was undoubtedly inspired by the 1970's BBC television series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , or the original novel by Le Carre it was based upon, when he was putting together his updated "Queen & Country" take on life within the British world of espionage.

If you want your spy thrillers with death-rays, shaken martinis, or bad guys that throw razor brimmed hats, this won't be for you. Q&C instead does a great job showing the "behind the action" world of bureaucracy and logistics that all spy agencies are built upon. You'll find just as many smoke filled rooms and clandestine meetings as you will smoking guns or car chases.

There is still plenty of action that does take place, just of a more realistic variety. Female lead character Tara Chase starts out on the bottom rung within the agency, and is soon sent on assignment around the world (primarilly the Middleast) for a variety of missions. Equally as realistic is the human portrayal of Tara as a non-standard heroine, who gets used as a pawn from time to time back home amongst the superiors of varying British agencies jockeying for control (think FBI v CIA v DHS v DOD). The mental chess eventually draws in some players from the U.S. as well, with policy, politics, and national security converging into a messy and bloody mix of multiple personal agendas.

The drawings are black and white, with some of the stories done by different artists. I found them all to be top notch, and while the lack of continuity may bother some the product is good enough you have to take what you get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C Allison on November 16, 2013
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Saying that Queen and Country is a standard spy story is missing the mark. It’s very much like saying that The Wire is just another cop story. Sure, the elements are all there – message drops, assassinations, cover stories, handlers, etc etc – but the emphasis is not on the action, but rather the bureaucracy and the people who do the actions. How does a person commit horrible actions and stay sane? How do you justify what you’ve done? That’s one of the central issues in Queen and Country.

There’s a certain amount of irony that in a genre who best known examples (Bond, Bourne) are superheroes by another name, that a comic book story is perhaps the most “real” story I’ve ever read about spies and their world. There are no super spies here. There is no inexplicable technology. There are just people trying to do what they believe is the best thing for their country.

Rucka makes an interesting choice in that the reader usually doesn’t know if the actions of our protagonists are the “right” thing. At times even the characters themselves don’t know. We are intentionally not given any broader context to these actions. Given the temporal setting of these stories (late 1990s – early millennial) the “bad guys” are Middle Eastern/Islamic terrorists. Their larger goals and concerns are not developed. Rather, we are presented with isolated actions. Will terrorists release sarin gas at the World Cup? This allows for a certain moral clarity to the story, while subtly acknowledging that the issues are far more complex than can be dealt with in a comic book.

While this title still has legs – you do see it mentioned occasionally on “best of” lists; Queen and Country does not get the love it clearly deserves. Rucka has developed a rich world surrounding the covert operatives of the UK, and these stories have earned a much wider audience.
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