The Prisoner CollectionThe Prisoner Collection by Peter Milligan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This collect's Titan's four-issue Prisoner mini-series. Set in modern times, an MI-5 agent resigns in disgust when his partner (and romantic interest) is left behind on a mission in the Middle East and he finds himself captured and taken to the village.

There's some good things to say about the book and most of it has to do with the art. The art is pretty good throughout, with some really nice high points. The big two-page spread when he wakes up in the village is spectacular. The writing isn't bad. Each individual chapter throws our hero and the readers for a new loop, so there's some real cleverness behind these stories.

What doesn't work is more the big picture stuff. I think what writer Peter Milligan really fails to capture with the Village is the dissonance of it. In the TV show, it was a place that appeared to be the most pleasant place you can imagine, but it was contrasted by making a sinister secret. I n addition, the nice feel of the Village is designed to make it easy and comfortable to turn traitor. In this book, the Village never tries to make itself seem pleasant or alluring. Instead, it's full of people who do nasty things while wearing 50-year-old clothes for no good reason.

In addition, the book's explanation of who is Number 1 is not only nihilistic, it's also a bit daft. Overall, if you're looking for a psychological spy thriller comic, this is not a bad one to read. However, as a comic book take on the Prisoner, it leaves a lot to be desired.



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Published on January 15, 2019 17:12 • 54 views • Tags: the-prisoner, titan-comics

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