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Queen and Country, Vol. 3: Crystal Ball (Queen and Country #3)
Collecting issues 8-12 of the Eisner-winning miniseries. Tara Chace races against the clock to stop a terrorist plot to unleash Sarin gas on the British citizenry-all in the midst of a burgeoning romance between herself and fellow Minder Ed Kittering. Presented in both trade paperback and a special hardcover strictly limited to initial orders. Featuring an exclusive galler...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 17th 2003 by Oni Press
(first published January 15th 2003)
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Apr 03, 2008 Chadwick rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who like Greg Rucka, who don't mind bad art
For quick-read spy thriller, Queen and Country can't be beat. Unfortunately, in this volume, Greg Rucka'a spot-on pacing and great dialog is mired in the shitbag that is Leandro Fernandez's art. To be fair, Q&C is always a mixed bag (who on earth thought that poor Bryan O'Malley could do a spy book) as far as the art is concerned, but what is particularly galling about this volume is the fact that Fernandez is not without skill. He's got a dab hand with a charicature, and he does okay drawin...more
There's been a different artist for each of the first four volumes of Queen and Country I've read, but for some reason, even though Tara Chace looks like a normal human being in every other one, the artist on this arc decided to inflict her with superheroine syndrome. Boobs that take up half her body mass, lots of cleavage, and a teeny-tiny waist. Gross. The artwork and style varies a ton with the other three, but she looks like real in all of them.
I have to say, the change in Tara Chace, the main character of this series, just killed it for me. The artists have been different for each volume and the change was so drastic that it seems like a different person. The writing and story are still good, but the sexed up version of Tara was just too distracting for me -- in a bad way.
The story was great as usual but the art while it may be good for another comic was inappropriate. The T&A greatly detracted from the realistic tone of the series. Tara Chase's breasts were all over the place. Imagine going on a mission dressed in a fishnet top.
Nov 13, 2011 Bryson Kopf rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This was certainly the most epic of the missions thus far in Q&C; the team learns about an immient nerve gas attack that is going to hit a major European event. This trade is also interesting since it was the first volume that came out post-9/11, and it has hit the team hard. The stakes feel much higher, and in this case they are. There is a bit less character development in this one, but it is fantastic in the action/mystery departments. Great stuff!
Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.More about Greg Rucka...