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Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1

(Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,681 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Queen & Country, the Eisner Award-winning and critically lauded espionage series from acclaimed novelist and comic book author Greg Rucka, is back in a new series of definitive editions collecting the entire classic series in just four affordable soft covers. In this first collection, readers are introduced to the thrilling and often-times devastating world of internat ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Oni Press (first published January 2nd 2007)
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Sean Gibson
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I like to put on my big boy pants and read a grown-up comic that doesn’t feature people in codpieces laser eyeing each other in the gravity-defying bosoms. Queen & Country is one of those books that people who used to read superhero books but don’t anymore and want to feel superior to their infantile funnybook-reading brethren like to tout, so I figured, snobbery of those few detestable individuals aside (*sniff*), I’d give it a shot.

Turns out it’s solid. More than solid, in fact.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This book compiled into graphic novel form the first 12 comics from Greg Rucka's "Queen & Country" series.

As you might guess from the title, the book -- though written by an American living in the U.S. -- centers on a very British view of the world. We follow several high-level intelligence operatives based in London who are sent out around the globe to protect their country's interests when things get messy.

It's a James Bond/Borne Identity type of world, with lots of intrigue, shooting, c
Feb 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2008
I'm giving the 3 stars for the first two books in this omnibus. I hated the last book - more for the drawing then anything. I have no patience for the two inch waist and watermelon breasts. I also didn't enjoy how the men were drawn. I might enjoy Fernandez's drawing in a different context - I admired the technique - but in this one.
Tess Taylor
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, read-comics
2.5- Greg Rucka's Queen and Country is an espionage graphic novel centering around the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the United Kingdom. The writing and art is pretty solid throughout this first volume, but unfortunately it just wasn't my cup of tea. I don't find secret service, James Bond-ish stories particularly interesting, and this didn't change my mind. If you do like spy thrillers, I recommend giving it a try.
Matt Smith
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The weirdest thing about Greg Rucka is I always forget how good he is. Usually when a good writer slips into "I always forget" territory he's quite good. But Rucka isn't. Rucka is insanely good. It's nuts that this came out 15 years ago (ish) and holds up like made crazy. Rucka is a fantastic thriller writer and a fantastic spy-story teller. I can't wait to read the rest of these this year.

If you haven't read Rucka I'd recommend starting here. Or with Alpha. Because Alpha was dope.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I like graphic storytelling and I like a lot of espionage stories (be they fiction, film, nonfiction), so when the four-volume collection came out, I figured it was high time I sample this series. This first volume collects three stories about the British SIS (Special Intelligence Service, aka MI6). In "Operation: Broken Ground" (illustrated by Steve Rolston) an agent is sent to Kosovo to assassinate a Russian arms dealer. In "Operation: Morningstar" (illustrated by several artists) an agent is ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
A nuts-and-bolts espionage comic that has the strange distinction of starting just months before 9/11. Reading it now, after 15 years of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc., it's hard not to be distracted and irritated by Rucka's political naivete. He implicitly makes cases for Western intervention in both Afghanistan and Iraq, while showing a lack of interest in context or consequences.

This comic is dated in another way that has nothing to do with global geopolitics. When it debuted, the com
Really enjoyed this series. I will be picking up the rest of the Definitive Editions later. It was more serious spy stuff, post 9/11, from the British perspective, but not over the top like James Bond stuff (which is enjoyable in it's own right). The artwork was interesting, usually more cartoon like initially, but each book within the book had a different artist so it changed as it went. That was an interesting twist, which was nice and not at the same time, since I had to get to know the new v ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The writing on this series is top notch, early in Greg Rucka's career, but the change in art styles is jarring: the main character (Tara Chace) goes from average and possibly dowdy in the first couple of story lines, and positively ragged in the second arc, to wasp-waisted, stacked, and sexy in the last arc. It was actually distracting, considering it seemed that the intent was to show average people in the job of spy-craft, which then becomes a Hollywood-ized story without the nuance. This coll ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5. I took off half a star for Leandro Fernandez's art. I wish Steve Rolston could have pencilled more of the book instead. As far as story goes, it kept me entertained though.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I enjoyed this a lot. It's pretty standard spy-agency fare, but the drawings really made the journey enjoyable.
Saif Saeed
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting series that is definitely one of those post 9/11 comics where you can already tell all the bad guys are gonna be brown people.

It's interesting insofar as the art and writing style can be at times captivating, and at other times off-putting. I think it's the inconsistency in the style that's sort of turned me off a bit. That and the shoe horned love story between two characters I just met. I don't think I'll pick up any of the other volumes of this just because it's a long series a
David Dalton
I am a Greg Rucka fan and a fan of the Queen and Country novels (all 3 of them). I decided to give this Definitive Edition a shot. Glad I did. They remind me a bit of the Strikeback cable series. A woman minder (assassin) is a tad different type of character from over 17 years ago. The art seemed all over the place, from cartoon like to big noses and big breasts later on. Still the stories were all realistic. Already have the Def Edition Vol 2 on hand, and will order Vols 3 & 4 soon.
Caitlin | the_bookcaster
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the story, as I always do when Rucka is writing. However, I did find the change in art slightly jarring. Especially Tara, I can't say I enjoyed her 'enhancements' in the last arc very much.
Vincent Stoessel
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cool spy adventure with a strong and flawed female lead by Greg Rucka. Will be reading the rest of the series.
Sugarpunksattack Mick
The first two stories were good spy stories, but the third one leads into a boring love story that just over sexualizes the main character.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Content Notes for this book: guns, shooting, murder, torture, islamaphobia, ptsd, alcohol

Nah. Apparently the third of the story arcs in this is known for the fact that they took a character design of a woman who was NOT cartoony/sexy (her nose is definitely too large for cartoon sexiness, she is relatively flat-chested, her cheekbones and jawline make her look relatively masculine) and made her GIANT boobed, tiny wasted, symmetrically faced with the worst sorts of porny posing.

Add in that this
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators, spy fiction, and great comics
Recommended to Brent by: Oni Press
I never get tired of this. Upon rereading, it's even better.
Highest recommendation.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: spy thriller fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Whiteout
Tara Felicity Chace is a field agent for the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS.) She’s one of three operatives known as Minders who are assigned to the most dangerous tasks, and is code-named Minder Two. It’s a necessary job, but a dirty one, and it is beginning to take its toll.

According to writer Greg Rucka, this series was heavily inspired by the British television series The Sandbaggers and borrowed the organizational structure for SIS from that show,
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I like Tara Chace. Rucka has a way of writing characters that reveal flaws and soft underbellies despite tough exteriors. I love that he doesn't overly sexualize his female characters, or in most cases at all. I really liked Rolston's art, and found Hurrt's pretty damned satisfying too. These two artists' styles drew me in, and made me appreciate the characters, and trust that I wasn't going to see Chace cheaply sexualized.

I was wrong on that. I hated Fernandez's art. Like many of the reviewers
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loeg-archives
Tense thrillers, I love this series. I've read most of it, except only the last Tara book (Red Panda) and the last two Declassifieds, but I liked this format better and I wanted to finish reading it. Anyway, it's really smartly written and mixes politics with the personal, emotional turmoil incredibly effectively. Most of the art is solid to good. The only series I was indifferent to was Declassified 3, by Antony Johnston and Chris Mitten. Mitten's art was too rough in comparison to the other ar ...more
CT Ray
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Started off interesting but it really suffered when the artist changed about 1/2 way through. The new art style was more realistic but they changed the main character into a ridiculously looking bimbo.

The missions were also not that interesting to me, but maybe they were more relevant when the comics were first published in the early 2000's. In 2017 I feel like I've seen better versions of these subjects covered in other books/movies.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
As I venture more into the comic / graphic novel the world, it continually surprises me to see how the form can tell such a wide variety of stories across genres. Greg Rucka's STUMPTOWN series is one of my newer favorites, and here he has another strong, smart, break-the-mold heroine in a layered, plot-driven story. I'm also starting to enjoy comparing artists and how their work impacts the way stories are told, and this volume features several different artists working on the same narrative.
Simon Portegies Zwart
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great drawings, good story. I had to force myself to finish it in one go. every episode is drawn by a different illustrator. this is interesting, but slightly confusing and a littlebit annoying.
the story is rather traditional, but sometimes that is actually rather comforting. maybe the overall should be rated with 4 stars, but I found the emerging ecperience of the story with drawings match eachother Beautifully.
Mary Shyne
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved the first two stories, but the last was ruined by Leandro Fernandez’s characters designs. It was heartbreaking to see Tara Chace, a character I admired and empathized with, become so out-of-character sexualized. From an artistic standpoint, I did really dig Fernandez’s page design and spot blacks, but the way he depicted Chace (and honestly, many of the male characters too) made my stomach lurch whenever she was on the page.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best spy books I've read for a very long time, and please don't be put off by the sometimes "cartoony" art, as the lines are clean and the character models all fit the story. This is a modern take on classic British spy fiction like Callan, Le Carré or The Sandbaggers. Great stuff, and I can't wait to read volume 2
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was enjoying this until the protagonist just kept getting more and more sexualized for seemingly no reason. By the third installation of illustrators, she'd gone from "woman soldier" to impossibly small waisted Lara Croft. There's an ok plot here... I dunno. It's fine I guess. Male gaze on this thing is through the roof.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, thriller
Greg Rucka won an Eisner Award for this series, and this volume shows clearly why he won. The realism packs a punch--I don't think you will ever read the newspaper without these images playing, when something happens that is fraught with international violence.
Chris Marsh
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reads better than a movie. Taut, violent, fast-paced, and exciting with expressive body language and spare dialogue.
Eric Mikols
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked most of this, the earlier stories more than the later ones. The art on the last volume was such a turn off, though and I doubt I'll be following the series further.
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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.

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