Monday, January 14, 2013

[Book Review] Queen and Country

Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Broken GroundQueen and Country, Vol. 1: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As much as I love Greg Rucka, I'm not entirely sure that this series is for me. I never found myself sucked into the story, and while the art was good, it felt a little too cartoonish at times for some of the scenes.

I think the most fascinating part of the story for me were the moments we saw Tara in her apartment where it seems to be hinted at that she's a heavy drinker. In fact, Tara is fascinating. So many of the panels seemed to show her as tired and resigned to her fate. She doesn't question her superior's orders, only having one explosive moment near the end when she got in Kinsey's (I believe that was his name) face.

However, I do think the story is told well. Rucka manages not to fall victim to spy tropes, and infuses some realism into the story. You won't find spies using the latest unheard of technology, and you won't find characters who all get along splendidly or blessed with the ability to push their differences aside and come together to defeat a common foe. You will find a story where politics are ruthless resulting in characters taking gambles that could severely hurt their careers.

I'll move on to volume 2 soon and decide if this is a series I want to continue.

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