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The Losers (Book One) Paperback – February 2, 2010

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Jock has worked on The Losers (soon to be a major movie), Green Arrow: Year One, Faker and a series of stories for 2000 AD. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jared 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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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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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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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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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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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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At only 32 issues, this is practically a mini-series compared to most of the work going on in comics today, but Diggle and Jock have done the right thing by wrapping up the storyline at at a high note.

The lopsided battle between Clay and Max comes to a conclusion in this mammoth second volume. The good guys fight the bad guys all over the globe, culminating in a wacky, full-sized act of Bond-villainy in the Middle East. Skirting the edge between over-the-top and oh-so-serious, this is a well-written espionage action adventure that keeps everything bouncing along at a wild pace.
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