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Queen & Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1 Paperback – January 2, 2008
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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.
If you want your spy thrillers with death-rays, shaken martinis, or bad guys that throw razor brimmed hats, this won't be for you. Q&C instead does a great job showing the "behind the action" world of bureaucracy and logistics that all spy agencies are built upon. You'll find just as many smoke filled rooms and clandestine meetings as you will smoking guns or car chases.
There is still plenty of action that does take place, just of a more realistic variety. Female lead character Tara Chase starts out on the bottom rung within the agency, and is soon sent on assignment around the world (primarilly the Middleast) for a variety of missions. Equally as realistic is the human portrayal of Tara as a non-standard heroine, who gets used as a pawn from time to time back home amongst the superiors of varying British agencies jockeying for control (think FBI v CIA v DHS v DOD). The mental chess eventually draws in some players from the U.S. as well, with policy, politics, and national security converging into a messy and bloody mix of multiple personal agendas.
The drawings are black and white, with some of the stories done by different artists. I found them all to be top notch, and while the lack of continuity may bother some the product is good enough you have to take what you get.Read more ›
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.
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