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The Losers (Book One) Paperback – February 2, 2010
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It took me a while to get into The Losers, but once I got there, I didn't want to put this down. Diggle's writing is already patently cinematic - this is straight out of the hyperkinetic paranoid action movies of the early 2000's. Jock's art and (gutsy) layouts reinforces the pace. Something is always going on and the reader's eye zips from panel to panel. This is a great comic book, and done, right, should make for a good film.
Jock's art explodes off the page, giving the action sequences a sense of motion and vitality you don't often get in comics, while Diggle's script is tight and sharp, making each character distinct in the midst of chaos.
Originally published in 2003, the comic follows a group of disenfranchised covert ops as they try to get their lives back following a betrayal by the mysterious Max - unfortunately Max is a high level military/CIA asset and crossing him means putting themselves in the crosshairs. While the basic set-up may sound similar to the The A-Team that's as far as the similarity goes; this isn't played for laughs - it's serious business.
Of course, things don't go that easy as the team face mercenaries, the CIA, the fact that Max may not even exist, and a betrayal at the hands of one of their own - but then if things were easy, they wouldn't be Losers, would they?
The complete series of The Losers is being re-released in two volumes to capitalize on the forthcoming movie starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans - so this is a perfect opportunity to get a jump on it.
I wasn't a fan of the few chapters where guest artists replaced Jock's artwork, but the story never wavered on its way to a high-octane finale.
As others have noted, this title bears at least some superficial resemblance to "The A-Team." As the author notes, one of the concepts he pitched was "the idea of disgruntled ex-servicemen, listed as K.I.A., re-teaming after the war to pull a heist." But this isn't about a team that's playing Robin Hood, righting wrongs, and generally being heroes. It's about a team that's out for revenge and to get to a point where they can come in from the cold, come back to life without fear.
Really minor spoilers ahead:
The title starts off right in the middle of the action, with the first step of a heist underway as the group steals a military chopper through a clever ruse. We then switch to the final member of the team (and only female member), Aisha, where it becomes very clear that this is not a juvenile title. The action (and Aisha) is brutal and merciless and it becomes very clear that you do not mess around with her. Aisha is not an original member of the team; she has joined with them because they have a common enemy. And the writer deliberately leaves it vague as to just how loyal she is to the team.
The back story of the team, how they were "killed," how they escaped, and how and why they got to where they are today is not fully revealed in this book. You get hints here and there but the full story isn't told until Book 2.
End of spoilers.
I really liked the way the story grew. This was a story arc that was outlined and plotted well in advance and it shows.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Andy Diggle and Jock are both geniuses. That is all that has to be said.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Super awesome series. Bought it cause I liked the movie. Loved the comics even more so!Published 4 months ago by Leira
Bought as a gift, receiver loves it and didn't alert me of any problems.Published 4 months ago by Tasha
This is a fun, action-packed book, full of explosions, gun shots, and violence. If you're looking for in-depth story-telling and thought-provoking plot lines, look elsewhere. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kitty
I'm having a hard time finding the right way to review this book, as well as the second in this series's compilation. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jake Burkhart
Hands down, an awesome comic. The movie did justice to the graphic novel, but there are somethings that can only done in comicbooks.Published 16 months ago by Stephen Denoms
I got curious after watching the movie and was happy to see the story was pretty similar. Jensen is still my fav. LOL he makes me laugh. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Labrynth