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Title:
The Losers : ante up
Author:
Diggle, Andy.
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Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
157 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in single magazine form as The Losers 1-6"-- T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401201982
Format :
Book

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The Company thought that they had taken care of the Losers. After they saw a little too much at the wrong place and time, their chopper went down in flames with no survivors and plenty of deniability. But the Losers were just playing dead and now it is time to take the fight back to the source. Ages 14].


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Publisher's Weekly Review

After witnessing one too many covert atrocities, a CIA Special Forces Unit stops taking immoral orders, but it isn't long before their consciences get them killed in a helicopter "accident" far from home. At least that's what the CIA thinks. In fact, the unit survived, returned to the U.S., and is taking down the CIA's dirty operations one heist at a time. British comics veterans-and coauthors of 2000 AD-Diggle and Jock aim to bring the best parts of the 1980s action movie aesthetic to comics with this work, and they largely succeed. But in this first story arc, they rely too heavily on its tropes. Corrupt CIA? Check. Infiltration of a secure office building? Check. Speedboat chase climaxing with a jump off a conveniently placed ramp? Check. Diggle adds a number of fun new touches to his crew of misfits, particularly with some fresh takes on old action movie characters. For example, Jensen is the prototypical hacker, but also a barely repressed actor who patters through even the tensest scenes. Cougar, the strong, silent sniper type, epitomizes cool without saying a word. Jock's art-with its deceptively simple, shadowed figures-is atmospheric and dynamic and shows a flair for inventive layouts. His raw talent could use a little refinement though, as his depiction of action sequences sometimes sacrifices clarity for novelty. These are small quibbles, however. With this work, Diggle and Jock have made sure readers come out ahead on the classic bang-for-buck exchange. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

DC's original Losers were a team of American soldiers whose exploits were published in 1970s war comics. This hard-hitting series gives the name to a new team: a black ops unit that discovered a dirty secret about the CIA and was scheduled for elimination. The CIA believes them dead, but they escaped, and with the help of the tough-as-nails Aisha, another disenchanted operative, they're plotting to stick it to the agency and regain their freedom. In this first volume of an ongoing series, after a daring hijacking and heist of a "diplomatic package," they plan an even more dangerous raid, but they come up against the hired killers of Paradigm Security Services, and things go south. Diggle's writing is sharp as steel, the plots are packed with action and intrigue, and Jock's craggy artwork, filled with noirish shadows, suits the story very well. Explicit violence and abundant strong language make this best for adult collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.