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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227333
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book, since I saw the movie,was curious about the books.
Karen Blevins
I don't mean to generalize or bash the thing, but I'm going to be honest with my lack of satisfaction.
Tyler S.
Amazing characters, fast paced action, tight writing, and great dialog.
Shea Motsko

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Shurin VINE VOICE on March 21, 2010
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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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8 of 9 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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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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By Eric K. on January 26, 2014
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If your only knowledge of The Losers is the movie, just let that go. Forget it as best you can. As with most adaptations, the book is far better than the movie.

The characters in this book are far more complex and wonderfully written. The pacing of the plot is slowed down for the sake of showing just how far reaching and audacious the endgame of the villain is, which is on par with most Bond villains. There are moments in this book that could never exist in a movie without being a hard R rating, maybe even NC17.

Should you buy this book? If you like your action gritty, your adventure global, and are a fan of underdogs wading through a world with no real good guys and some exceptional villains, then yes.
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By Shea Motsko on January 18, 2014
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Amazing characters, fast paced action, tight writing, and great dialog. Not to mention cool art, twisting plots, and more layers than an onion.
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By Knife G on April 30, 2013
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I bought the two part series as I enjoyed the movie very much. It generally follows a similar plot even though the movie was more "hollywood". The books develop the charaters and really drew me in. I enjoyed this. If you liked the movie, the books should be a nice read.
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By Quartz on October 22, 2012
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The novel was a gift for a friend of mine who is a fan of the film "The Losers." It arrived very quickly, in great condition, and was very reasonably priced.
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