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Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper (Volume 1) (v. 1) Paperback – October 29, 2007
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- Publisher : Virgin Comics (October 29, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1934413097
- ISBN-13 : 978-1934413098
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.25 x 10.5 inches
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It had Andy Diggle's trademark black op action as well as Guy Ritchie's new age very talkative people that don't fit the image of gangsters. The overall story is good and Mukesh Singh's art is great (I love the flashback scenes).
So if you like Guy Ritchie, Andy Diggle or great Black Op action, you have got to get this book.
In any event, this is a pretty decent trade, collecting the five-issue series written by Andy Diggle, whose best work to date is the Vertigo series The Losers, with art by Mukesh Singh, who also provides the art for Devi. It's a very straightforward little tale of one man, think a Chechen Jason Statham with a bit of Wolverine's animal appeal for good measure, killing a whole lot of people in a lot of different ways. The art's very pretty and clean and easy to follow, but as I was reading, I kept thinking of something I read in a recent interview with comics writer Brian K. Vaughan. While discussing potential films of his comics, he said that he likes to think his comics are more than just glorified storyboards. And glorified storyboards is exactly what Gamekeeper looks like. The whole book is just widescreen panels, one above the next, with extremely little variation of any kind. No interesting compositions. Even the "transitions" to the flashback sequences are extremely filmic. Despite that this is an action packed tale, fairly well written and pretty, I got bored with the uniformity of the layout page after page, and couldn't help but wonder why, if they were going to bother turning this movie concept into a comic, it couldn't be a proper comic instead of just glorified storyboards.
If you like pretty pictures or are an Andy Diggle completist, you'll probably enjoy this; otherwise there's little compelling reason to add this mediocre comic to your library.
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