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"The more screwed-up the protagonist, the better a spy story tends to be, and Rucka (who's also written a series of prose mystery novels) has come up with a memorably dysfunctional antiheroine in Tara Chace, a burned-out, amoral "minder" (i.e., agent) for Britain's Ministry of Intelligence. This volume, which collects the first few issues of the Q&C comic book, opens as Chace carries out an unauthorized assassination in Kosovo to the consternation of higher-ups, her boss orders her to off a former Russian general running arms to Chechen rebels then makes a complicated getaway after being wounded. Chace soon learns she's become a pawn, now with a bounty on her head, in a seemingly endless game of international reprisals and counterreprisals. Newcomer artist Rolston combines bold outlines, expressive body language and clean, cartoonish lines for his characters, with detailed, realistic backgrounds; it's a trick often used in European comics, and he makes it work here. In fact, nearly everyone in this taut and violent drama seems to sag, physically and emotionally, under the psychological and moral weight of their grim profession. Together with Rucka's clipped, spare dialogue, the work offers the sense that espionage is just another job, exactly as grinding and tedious as any other except that interoffice politics can get people killed. The action sequences are fast-paced and exciting, but the truly engaging part of the book is how sharply Rucka and Rolston are able to define even minor characters.Award as best serial." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
"One of the fascinating things about Queen & Country is that Tara Chace is not James Bond. She doesn't get the guy, drink the martinis and go home to a fabulous hot tub and swanky lifestyle. Her job wears on her, and in fact her home life is the kind that would make most of us consider putting a bullet in our own brain."
Promising set up. Only slightly dated. Chace is certainly a modern female Bond interpretation. Curious to see where Rucka takes this.Published 3 months ago by Ngma
Greg Rucka is, by far, one of the best writers working in comics. This book is great, and I recently picked up the omnibus editions so I have even more Queen and Country to get... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maggie Maggerson
This is one of Rucka's best series. Revolving around the part of England's MI secret service that operates outside of the country, this highlights Tara Chase, a minder who... Read morePublished 21 months ago by A long time ago...
The art style is done well. Facial features and setting convey a believable world. I was really looking forward to reading this one. Read more
Greg Rucka welcomes readers right away to the real world he has created in Queen & Country. I don't know how the English would take this book but everything I read seemed very... Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by S. Penrose
Once I figured out how to tell the characters apart, this became a much better story. I enjoyed the realistic (I assume - not being a CIA spook) portrayal of the world of espionage... Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by Kitschy