- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Oni Press; Definitive Ed edition (January 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932664874
- ISBN-13: 978-1932664874
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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Queen & Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1 Paperback – January 2, 2008
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Brian Hurtt is an artist/writer who has spent most of his career working on collaborative creator-owned projects. His first such collaboration was in 2006 when Brian teamed with writer Cullen Bunn to create the Prohibition-era, monster-noir, cult classic, The Damned. A few years later the two teamed up again to create The Sixth Gun--a weird-west, epic supernatural fantasy. Spun out of that world, they're now collaborating on Shadow Roads. Brian also contributes to the popular webcomic Table Titans, in which he is the writer and artist of the stories "Whispers of Dragons" and "Road to Embers". Brian lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Brihurtt.com Twitter: @brihurtt
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Such is the consequence of having different artists doing the storyboarding for each story. I've noticed that there are three different artists working in Vol. 2. Here's hoping that what they do with sketching the characters doesn't cause them to devolve even more.
Tara Chace is a Special Operations Officer designated "Minder Two" who is employed by the British SIS. In the first story "Operation: Broken Ground" Chace is sent to Kosovo to assassinate a former Russian general as a favor for the CIA, who in return will provide the SIS with critical information that they couldn't get on their own. Of course there are problems along the way, but I won't spoil them for you.
One of the brilliant parts of this story is how the SIS has to deal with agency politics, both intra and inter. The spy game isn't all about fast cars and beautiful people after all.
Antoher interesting aspect is how the job affects Chace. In the second story "Operation : Morningstar" she is required to visit the therapist, Dr. Callard. That is another thing you don't always see in spy films or novels; the toll that the job takes on the operatives.
Greg Rucka's writing is straightfoward and devoid of cliche. When writing a graphic novel you cannot waste words because you need the space for illustrations. More novelists should try it sometime, because it helps teach you to tighten up dialogue.
The illustrations are in black and white and it serves the stories well. Each of the three stories has a different illustrator with a different style. Some are more detailed than others. Some may not be to your taste, but I think the stories are so well told you won't mind.
I really enjoyed Volume 1 and I have already ordered volume 2. Hopefully it will be as good.
If you like "24", James Bond, Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible or simply females in strong leads then you will love this entire series.
I highly recommend this as a first foray into comic books.
There’s a certain amount of irony that in a genre who best known examples (Bond, Bourne) are superheroes by another name, that a comic book story is perhaps the most “real” story I’ve ever read about spies and their world. There are no super spies here. There is no inexplicable technology. There are just people trying to do what they believe is the best thing for their country.
Rucka makes an interesting choice in that the reader usually doesn’t know if the actions of our protagonists are the “right” thing. At times even the characters themselves don’t know. We are intentionally not given any broader context to these actions. Given the temporal setting of these stories (late 1990s – early millennial) the “bad guys” are Middle Eastern/Islamic terrorists. Their larger goals and concerns are not developed. Rather, we are presented with isolated actions. Will terrorists release sarin gas at the World Cup? This allows for a certain moral clarity to the story, while subtly acknowledging that the issues are far more complex than can be dealt with in a comic book.
While this title still has legs – you do see it mentioned occasionally on “best of” lists; Queen and Country does not get the love it clearly deserves. Rucka has developed a rich world surrounding the covert operatives of the UK, and these stories have earned a much wider audience.