January 1, 2009

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The Losers Volume 1

Written by Andy Diggle
Illustrated by Jock
Vertigo

The Losers is one of those series that I shouldn't have liked. A black ops team goes rogue, swears a lot, and beats the shit out of whatever gets in their way. Add a dash of betrayal, a bit of a love interest angle, and lots of explosions, and you have something that's usually okay as far as it goes, but that's about it.

Now, the Losers has just about all that in it, with a few extra quirks added on. But Diggle's writing is such that he actually makes the concept interesting. The characters involved have just a bit more life to them than normal, like the female who runs raids to save female slaves or the computer geek who can also wield a mean gun when needed.

The tricks are also pretty high stakes, stealing everything from planes to nuclear bombs, along with several escapes that defy logic but are simply great fun. There's even a few kill scenes that are so over the top as to work perfectly within the ultra conspiracy behind the conspiracies framework.

If you're looking for something that's just popcorn fun and you like action movies, you'll have a ball. I really should get around to reading volume two someday.