Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Jock (p), Lee Loughridge (c)
Publisher: DC Vertigo
Surviving the betrayal by one of their own team members the Losers go looking for revenge.
This ain’t your daddy’s Losers from Our Fighting Forces, Losers is fuckin’ hardcore. To bring you up to date; the Losers are a pissed-off team of CIA agents that got screwed by the agency, left for dead, and are looking to find their way back into the world with a little payback along the way. Their plan is to hit the CIA where is hurts: the pocketbook. Raiding the cash from a black-bag operation managed by a monolithic petroleum company in Houston, our team is betrayed by one of their own which ultimately puts them on the run.
Although Losers’ plotting is only six issues into its run not much has been revealed, but a lot has happened and it’s all bad shit. Andy Diggle plots a tale of betrayal that runs to the top of the American espionage community, while keeping secret the identity of the chief architect of the Loser’s misery and what happened to put the team in the position they find themselves today. The plotting pace aside, the book reads like an action film with tons of violence. And when I say violence I don’t mean two guys smacking each other upside the head in a silly dialog intense narrative. Bullets fly, blood pours and in this issue one guy gets the frog-in-a-blender treatment through a jet engine. Its one of those scenes that has you drawing your head back and exclaiming Whoa!
Jock (don’t know if that’s his first or last name) does double duty on the art, working both the pencils and inks which allows him to control the tone of the book by using lots of black. Jock has a style that is sketchy and dark without being sloppy or crude, which adds to the feeling of a parallel world that exists alongside the normal world most of us live in. Complimenting both the plot and delineations are Lee Loughridge’s colors. Much like many of DC’s “dark” books he uses a minimalist palette with lots of reds and other colors indicative of violence. Lastly, Jock’s cover has great eye appeal. The posing of a classic Ford Mustang alongside the title’s logo could serve as a lesson in how to create dynamic covers. I would attempt an in-depth description of the cover but words wouldn’t do it justice.
If you like stories of espionage and lots of violence check out Losers, and if you’re not old enough to get past the “Suggested for Mature Readers” label, have your mommy buy it for you.
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