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The Old Guard, Book One: Opening Fire

(The Old Guard #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Collecting the critically acclaimed mini-series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez.

Old soldiers never die...and some of them don't even fade away. Cursed with immortality, Andromache of Scythia and her comrades-in-arms ply their trade for those who can find--and afford--their services. But in the 21st century, being immortal is a difficult secret to keep, and when you
Paperback, 169 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Image Comics (first published August 30th 2017)
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Sam Quixote
Get ready to be knocked out with this original concept: people who cant die! Woooah yeah and thats our protagonists in The Old Guard, a buncha unkillable soldiers-turned-mercenaries. And get this for a gripping storyline: theyre gonna grudgingly go through the motions of doing mercenary stuff because fuck it. I know, Im on the edge of my seat too zzz

You mightve picked up that Im not terribly impressed with Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandezs new Image series! But then Im not sure who would be or
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 shinies :)

War never takes the wicked man by chance, the good man always.
- Sophocles, Philoctetes

This graphic novel takes you traveling! The Old Guard refers to a small group of people who are near immortalthey have lived lifetimes and just not died.
They are sort of like a secret society of mercenaries. Only a few people know of them and they try to keep it that way. As they get offered a job, they actually end up getting set up. Someone wants what they have!
Despite the futuristic shoot outs
James DeSantis
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Rucka is slowly rising to my top 10 writers of all time. I read a few duds but the more I read the more I'm enjoying his work. Especially his creator own stuff.

The Old Guard takes a idea you've seen before. What if you couldn't die? Immortal? No. No quite. What if you could die, over and over again, and just keep coming back? Interesting huh? Now take a group of individuals who give you very distinct different view points about their powers and their life up until this point and you have a
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of a team of immortal mercenaries who are discovered and must cover their tracks.

I'm a Greg Rucka fanatic but this was a dud. There's no explanation why these guys are immortal. Or worse, why they have dreams when a new immortal shows up. And then one day after being shot and stabbed thousands of times and living for a thousand years, they just die.

For an action oriented story, this was boring. Leandro Fernandez is a wannabe Eduardo Rizzo. But where Rizzo's art is clean and concise,
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Rucka lifts the concept of a person who cannot die from his other book, Lazarus, and applies it to several far more interesting characters, and then gives them a much more compelling story, and that's The Old Guard. Yep, it's good!

So, I hate Lazarus. I think it may be Rucka's worst comic. It's just so lifeless, characterless and bland, I can't see what's so great about it. So when I heard about The Old Guard, his new book with a similar premise, I felt skeptical. Surprisingly enough, it was
'I think everything is broken.'
'Everything is.'

So I only came to know about this comic series when Netflix tweeted about its adaptation coming later this year. I mean, Charlize Theron as a leader of an immortal badass mercenary group (directed by a female director) and I knew this was gonna be my first comic of 2020.

Now that I've read, I really hope the adaptation rocks. It has to what with Andy being the oldest living immortal (they should have a proper word since they do keep dying but just
Skye Kilaen
High-action, high-violence graphic novel about immortal warriors that has already been optioned for film, and yes please, especially if they keep the diversity. It stars a small team of mercenaries in current times, all hundreds of years old, who come back to life when killed - until they don't, and they won't get any warning that this end is the last one. Andy, one of the two female leads, is bi or pan. Nile, the other, is African-American. Two of the male team members, Nicky and Joe (formerly ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
There's some good bits here - art is good, action is solid, more than a decent premise - but on the whole it's just a huge missed opportunity. There was a lot it promised and could have given, but those things it just teases and then steps aside for more action. Why are these guys immortal? No one knows, no one gets to know.

I believe I'll keep at it anyway. Maybe they'll answer these questions later, build it into a story arc where this one's only the beginning. But on its own it doesn't really
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Old Guard is a bunch of immortal mercenaries. Well, not exactly immortal but I won't spoil  it for you.

From this Rucka gets a great action-packed thriller. Most of the situations our characters are involved in aren't new. Moreover their resilience to death should obviously kill any suspense. Then the question isn't "who'll die?" but more "how will they get out of it?" (Same question as always actually)
With a Bang!

Through good characters and excellent lines (off monologues as well as
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was a bit confusing to begin with. The immortality was never explained, it was just kind of thrown at us. Once the story developed it became a full blown espionage action plot. Some cool action sequences but I found the art at times pretty simple and confusing. The twist I actually didnt see coming, which I commend the team for. It has potential to be a pretty cool series, just in the infancy stage atm.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Old Guard was a nice read. It's the story of two women and three men who can not die. They are centuries old and have fought in almost every major conflict in history. They have led secretive lives and are always on the move from mission to mission.

But now someone knows their secret and wants the gift of everlasting life. That's the gist of the story. It is a pretty good story and violent too boot. The artwork may be the weakest part of this volume. It isn't awful, but still, is not to my
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This isn't original in the slightest. In fact, it feels like a blend of two other Rucka specials, Stumptown and Lazarus. But damned if I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. Yes, the characters are cliched (especially Nile and Andy), the story goes along the route you would expect for something like this - but again, I can't help it, I really enjoyed reading about this.

Totally wouldn't mind seeing where this story goes, especially how this one ended (most interesting way to deal with
Shannon Appelcline
Immortals who have lived through the historical eras of the world is an intriguing concept ... and it feels like Rucka does about the least interesting thing possible with the concept: his immortals are mercenaries who run around and kill people and can't be killed.

The actual plot is a bit stronger than that premise, as it's about people finding out about the immortals, which could be a major turning point for their story. Maybe it still will be here. But here it just turns into a kill-fest
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, read-in-2019
Absolutely adored this. I can see why people are clamoring for more and will absolutely buy any more issues that come out sometime in the far future :) But, I think that with this story the magic lies in how much room the worldbuilding leaves for the reader to fill in the blanks. I am SERIOUSLY down for the movie version with Charlize Theron though!
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not entirely sure what to make of this. The concept is a good one--a group of ageless, seemingly-immortal mercenaries on the run from a powerful billionaire who wants to find out what makes them tick. But I'm not sure there's really a story to tell. This first book pretty much sums up the storytelling possibilities inherent in this concept. I don't know that there's anywhere else for this to go. I suppose there could be any number of flashbacks to historical battles, etc., but there's not a ...more
Kira Thebookbella
This is a graphic novel, it began with some military themes and the rescue of some girls that had been kidnapped. But the story line was a bit all over the place and choppy and after the first chapter we never heard about the rescue of these girls again, or if they were even rescued.

The rest of this was a look at the main group of immortal characters that couldn't die. They are all different ages, and they discover each others existence of new immortals through their dreams. A big wig decides
I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

I know the whole 'immortal mercenary' plot line is nothing new [in fact, from reading other reviews on this title I think it's something even this particular author has done before], but it's still one of my favorite tropes and I just really liked this book. I think it helps that I loved all of the characters and that they weren't just your standard posse of "straight white dudes that all have the same
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I actually really like this !
I want more.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, elegaic, whipsmart. This is the way to write a story about immortal warriors. Damned!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, library, 2019
As a fan of Greg Rucka's work on Gotham Central and what I have read thus far of his run on Wonder Woman , not to mention his own series Lazarus and Queen & Country , it was not a difficult decision to check this out from the library, and it did not disappoint me.

The premise is quite simple: there are a number of humans who are, if not truly immortal, at least very long-lived and highly difficult to kill (think along the lines of the classic film Highlander, but without the "there can
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
so like, when are nile and andy gonna kiss tho
Chris Thompson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immortality stories seem to be popular right now. There are vampires, and there are other, more interesting takes, such as the anime series, Ajin and now this. Greg Rucka takes a more realistic approach with The Old Guard, if you can safely call a story about immortality realistic. Unlike Ajin, this isn't a fantasy, and unlike vampire stories, it's not a horror (or romance, if you count Twilight - heh). In The Old Guard, the characters don't know why they're immortal, don't know the rules of ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-fiction
Too bad that the ending is so sudden, but the road to it is pretty fun. The immortal characters have a distinct view of life that regular humans can't experience. While being immortal might seem amazing for us, they have gotten bored of life. Then there's the impossibility of growing old with the ones you love. Seeing them die while you go on is traumatic enough to not want to get close to anyone ever again.

One character made the mistake of revealing his immortality to his family. They, of
Alex Sarll
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immortality without the mythology; just four old soldiers who found out that they couldn't die. There's no reason anyone can see, nor any reason as to why, one day, they'll take yet another killing blow which, unlike all the other ones, finishes them off. But in the meantime, they try to find something worth living for in a world of mayflies and, because it's what they do, they fight. I sometimes find Rucka's work lacking in interiority, but not here; we get to know them at different rates, and ...more
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
The characters are pretty cool, the story is decent but, kinda hard to figure out where it's going -unless the point is just gratuitous violence, which is cool with me- but I'm not a fan of the artwork at all.
Maybe it's cause I'm an old man that grew up in a different era of comic books, but I just can't deal with the artsy, ugly illustration that a lot of comics/graphic novels use now-a-days.
Either the publishers just don't want to pay for quality work, it's the new hip thing, or both, but I
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a simple premise, immorttals walk among us. Well, not immortals per se, but people who live a *really long* time. Rucka mixes classical elements with introspectively constructed speculation to present a fun romp through a mystery story. When you have finished reading it, you will find that satisfying feeling of completion, yet knowing there is more story to be told. Recommended.
A band of undying weirdos, joined together only by their weird predicament? Sign me up. Not exactly sure where this is going, but I'm pretty much on board with anything Rucka writes. Excited to see where this goes.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, hoopla
4 stars. I read this because of the Netflix series coming out that will star Charlize Theron and be directed by one of my favorite directors, Gina Prince-Bythewood. I enjoyed it, though I am a bit squeamish with all the blood and gore, the art style fit the story perfectly. Great introduction and good ending place for the volume.
Paul Spence
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Old Guard is the nickname for the oldest active-duty regiment in the U.S. Army, but the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment has nothing on the team of immortal soldiers at the center of The Old Guard. The groups leader, Andy, has been alive since ancient Greece. Two of its members were on opposing sides during the Crusades. These characters have lived through many wars, but theyve finally encountered a genuine threat to their survival: a sociopathic businessman who wants to discover the secret to ...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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