Queen & Country

Imagine Spooks written for HBO and drawn by indie cartoonists. Pretty swell, right? The unifying idea behind the series is reality -- demystifying James Bond. Most of the action is in offices. The characters experience long periods of tedium and uncertainty relieved by short, sharp bursts of violence. The tedium and uncertainty is the POINT. This is a JOB, if a particularly unusual one. The cartoony art style is an essential part of underlining this. The series is at its best when it explores the relationships between the characters. And so the series doesn't do action artwork, but character artwork. The plots themselves are very good (and well researched) airport novel fare, but Greg Rucka's sense of the way his cast interact is something special. That is what kept me reading, and why the series is worth your time.

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