- 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: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Losers (Book One) Paperback – February 2, 2010
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About the Author
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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The high level of action, well written characters, dialogue, and sheer shock value of the first book carries over to the second and final volume. Between the two books there are several characters and subplots that never appeared in the movie. When you see how they fit together with the main endgame of the series you realize just how good the movie could have been and how wonderful the books are in comparison.
Now, the ending is fantastic (NO SPOILERS), if just a tad cliched with a deus ex machina bit of exposition to explain it (hence the half star deduction). But not to the point where you feel cheated. Any fan of action and espionage films and stories will probably be able to guess the ending well in advance, but the execution of the events is still fulfilling and consistent with the characters.
If you bought Book One and liked it, get Book Two. The series ends with this volume and there are no loose ends, no little winks that they might go on. Everything is tied off and ends spectacularly.
Getting this on Kindle is tough, as others have noted the two page spreadscan't be read and you can't zoom in for some reason so I couldn't read the intros. I tried on both my 10 and 8 inch tablets in hopes I could read it better, but no luck
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.
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.
Unlike the movie where the characters have been softened up to a degree, the characters in this graphic novel have a hardness and a ruthlessness about them which gives them a great definition of character.
If you were betrayed by your bosses,almost killed and couldnt see your loved ones again Im sure you wouldnt be wise cracking every 5 minutes!
This I think is a good thing as they retain their air of mystery especially with the character Cougar ( the comment in the movie about his hat made me shudder!).
The art work is awesome and I cant wait to read the rest of the series.