Revisiting Queen & Country

My recent rediscovery of comics inspired me to re-read Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country series from start to finish. I’d call it the best spy comic ever, but I honestly don’t know if there are any other ones! At any rate it’s great, addictive stuff.

I don’t really have much to add about the series that I didn’t already go into at length in my review of the first Q&C novel, A Gentleman’s Game. This is a gritty and entertaining contemporary spy comic, with effective black-and-white artwork and convoluted plots that combine exciting field operations with agenda-clashing political disputes behind the scenes. It’s a loving and effective homage to the great, somewhat obscure British spy show The Sandbaggers, a drama that definitely won’t be for everyone, but that I would nonetheless place near the top of my Essential Spy TV list. If you enjoy spy fiction in its various forms, I heartily recommend Queen & Country, a rare (I think!) instance of spy-fi via the comics medium.

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