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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227333
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yeah based on that title you can bet this was a banging book.
R. Clarke
This was a story arc that was outlined and plotted well in advance and it shows.
NF
Excellent read with great storyline,characters and terrific art work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This double-sized collection pulls together the first twelve issues of this over-the-top espionage yarn. The titular characters are a band of 'burned' Special Forces grunts - dropped by the CIA after a mission goes wrong. The Losers are out for revenge - tracking down particularly dodgy CIA operations and breaking them up. As their digging around starts to turn up answers, they start drawing even more unwanted attention from the Powers that Be.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rich L on March 8, 2010
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The Losers Vol. 1 & 2, written by Andy Diggle with art by Jock, is as close to an action movie as you can get in comic form.

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.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mcpooyan on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The first thing I should tell you about Trifecta is that if you haven't already read the comics individually, only the last four issues of this compilation were drawn by Jock (16-19). 13 and 14 were drawn by Nick Dragotta, and 15 by Ale Garza. Just a word of warning. It's not like these two guest artists don't have skills, its just that Jock's artwork is what first attracted me to the series, and its why I keep coming back. But the issues he does draw are fantastic, Jock really seems to be getting a hang of this, delivering artwork thats even more stylized and cool than previous issues, while avoiding problems like the repeating of facial expressions (can you say eye squint) that distracted a little in the first compliation. Diggle's story in 16-19 (which concerns the last disasterous mission of the losers) also delivers, dialogue and character development are excellent, I especially liked seeing pre-betrayal Roque. So to sum up, a little dissapointed by guest artist issues, but overall the quality of 16-19 make it a good compilation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on March 21, 2010
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With the Hollywood movie looming on the horizon this trade paperback collecting the first two volumes of the Vertigo series The Losers by Andy Diggle and Jock is sure to garner more fans, something that this comic richly deserves. Excellent plotting and well-conceived characters have been hallmarks of Diggle's writing, especially on titles such as Hellblazer, and his talents are fully on display here. Artist Jock is as brilliant as ever with the art, and at 303 pages this collection is a steal for only 13 bucks. Buy this trade before the movie if you can, and proceed to lose yourself in a world of military intrigue, conspiracy and bloody action as Clay, Jensen, Cougar, Aisha and Pooch tear up the pages with trademark violence. The Losers is a title that will be in print for many years to come, and occupies a special place on my shelf. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Miller on September 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Don't hesitate to buy the second (and final) volume. The ending is absolutely fabulous!

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NF TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I grew up reading the classic Marvel and DC super-hero comics and I've only recently begun branching out into other genres. "The Losers" is definitely one such branching out.

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.
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