I am rating this because I read Edition #6, although I do not have the entire Vol. 2 graphic novel. I specifically dug this out for my A to Z Book ChaI am rating this because I read Edition #6, although I do not have the entire Vol. 2 graphic novel. I specifically dug this out for my A to Z Book Challenge, and it made me sad I don't have the other editions in this volume.
What I liked about what I read:
*The inking is very descriptive, even to the point of showing the character's emotion. *The story is realistic and well-grounded. As I read Rucka's afterword, he takes this seriously and does his research. I felt that this book has relevance and a scary realness. *Tara's character is complex and conflicted. She believes in her work, but there is the sense that it's destroying her. *Although no action occurs on scene, the sense of risk is apparent.
I hope to track down this collection so I can read the rest of it....more
I first became acquainted with The Question by watching Justice League Unlimited, and I knew I wanted to experience more of him. I enjoyed the first gI first became acquainted with The Question by watching Justice League Unlimited, and I knew I wanted to experience more of him. I enjoyed the first graphic novel The Question, Vol. 1: Zen and Violence, and this one was good too, but not as good. I think the tone didn't work for me. In a word, sleazy.
Let me explain. This graphic novel feels like the dark side of the 80s. From the over-the-top 80s hair and clothing, to the whole sex, violence, and drugs atmosphere. Yes, this is dark fiction about a shades of gray antihero who adheres to strict Objectivist philosophy. I totally respect that. I just didn't love the vibe. Especially the titular story, Poisoned Ground. It starts with a real WTF. I thought it was about a kid who wasn't right in his head going around killing people. That's so not what this is about. Although I'm relieved I was wrong about the story initially, I didn't like the developments that much. It was just took icky for my tastes. The story where The Question goes to a shady Latino-Caribbean Island to rescue his mentor really didn't work for me. I mean, really. I find alchemy as interesting as the average weird fiction aficionado, but that dictator guy was such a psycho, and he did not get the resolution he deserved. The other two stories were pretty good. Basically masked crimefighter stuff in the dark, dangerous city stuff.
Like I said initially, this isn't bad. It's just not my cup of tea as far as the sleazy vibe. I will give the next volume a try since I still like The Question character.
Readers who like Noir/Crime stories might enjoy this one....more
This case hits to close to home for Tara Chase, Minder 2 for the British Special Service. Her school friend has been involved in a sex scandal, a sexThis case hits to close to home for Tara Chase, Minder 2 for the British Special Service. Her school friend has been involved in a sex scandal, a sex video being used to blackmail her father into caving and backing out of a multimillion dollar communcations business deal by a player in the French government. One of her bosses sends her to France to investigate and to intervene in any way possible. In the meantime, her affair with a coworker is starting to get too serious, and Tara knows she's going to have to pull the plug.
This was good stuff. While the art is all black and white, it's beautifully done. The use of lines and shadows show talent that doesn't require coloring to dress it up (although I'm all for full-color artwork when it's there).
The narrative is tense and suspenseful, even though the dialogue is very economical. Tara is a complex woman. Not exactly personable, but she shows a lot of integrity and grit. I like that about her.
This is the first graphic novel I have read on my Kindle Fire, and I was pretty impressed at how easy it was to read and how good it looks. I'm kind of a cheapo, so I'm not saying I'm going to buy a lot of graphic novels in ebook format, but I will consider it more seriously now that I know I like the way they look on my ereader.
Queen and Country is spy fiction, and it works very well in the graphic novel format with the excellent artwork and good writing by Rucka. I paid $3.99 for the Kindle version, and I was pretty satisfied with the purchase. ...more