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Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1

(Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,811 ratings  ·  189 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 internationa ...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. Desp
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, car c
James DeSantis
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was pretty damn good, but very dense at points.

The thing is I love black and white format. I read plenty of Manga. Grew up on it. So it's no problem. But when you have a lot of action/characters you have to make sure your artist does good on details. I believe this might have had two artist because the style seem to change. Half is really good, other half is not as good.

That's pretty much my negative. Hard to tell what and who is who sometimes. But the actual story here feels real. The pl
Feb 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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. ...more
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. ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing first 2 stories but the last one dragged a little
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.
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. ...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. ...more
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.
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. ...more
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.
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
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
The first volume of Queen and Country collects three stories with the same characters but very different artwork. Rucka's spy stories are so gripping that it's sometimes hard to make yourself slow down and look at the art; you just want to find out what happens next. Compared to some of Rucka's other protagonists, Tara Chace isn't as much of an open book, but we can tell she's tough, smart, deeply committed to her job, and struggling to process the emotions that come with her work.

The big swings
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
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels
I was an editor on the original series, but kudos to Oni for making a sharp new collection of one of their best books.
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
Chad Jordahl
I loved that! I hated that! I liked that!
I thought the first "Operation" rocked -- "Operation: Broken Ground." Except I found the art by Steve Rolston to be a bit too cartoony for the subject. (And later I discovered I was clearly not alone: in the bonus material at the end of the book there's a page devoted to "Cartoons done in response to stuffy critics demanding a more 'realistic' style on Queen & Country." Ha! Stuffy.)
New art team on the middle section, "Operation: Morningstar." Good pencils
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library, comics
This just really wasn't my thing. With a title like Queen and Country I was expecting something more in the style of The Avengers and instead got Homeland, albeit written a decade before that show even hit the screens. The problem is that Homeland did what this comic series is trying to do SO MUCH BETTER. And I'm honestly not even the biggest fan of Homeland. The real issue I took was with the rotating illustrators. It was a real gamble with no real consistency and the third arc, "Crystal Ball," ...more
Paul Grose
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. Well worth the effort. An Intriguing spy story different from the James Bond stereo type, but just as exciting. Focusing on a female protagonist the story is visually exciting and suspenseful. Trace is strong, independent, brave and intelligent, a great role model for young readers. Not a perfect person, but a good person. The material has not dated since its publication, it is just as relevant and reflective of todays international situations. The art work is a treat. You can ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
An espionage procedural comic that convinces, up until, that is, someone says Kabul is West of Mecca. The first case involves the people in London protecting their interests – and themselves – from the fall-out of killing off a Russian; then the next errand is in Kabul, while our ostensible heroine is left in London to wallow in her angst; after which – why, wonder of wonders she's grown a humongous rack, her colleague wants to bone her as a result – oh, and there's something about 9/11 and Al Q ...more
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The first volume of Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country catapults you into the world of espionage through the lens of British secret service organization SIS. We meet the Minders, their boss Crocker, and watch as with each page Rucka builds a world rooted in realism, but told nearly perfectly through the comic medium. I was amazed at how many long stretches (pages) do not feature any dialogue. Each operation builds to the next chapter and by the end of this first volume, we know all our major players, ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had read some Queen and Country trades years ago and wondered how that series turned out. Only one way to find out: start again in an omnibus collection. This one contains three stories over twelve issues (told in four, three, and five part stories) where British secret agent, "Minder" Tara Chace, looks into various lines of covert work. Though this series is more spywork than action, it does have some well-done action scenes, and Greg Rucka can write good spy stories and his women characters ...more
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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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