Greg Rucka’s been keeping pretty busy over at Image with Lazarus and Black Magick, never mind popping over to DC for a Wonder Woman relaunch.  What got Rucka started in comics doing espionage, not science fiction and fantasy.

First came Whiteouta murder mystery in Antarctica drawn by Steve Lieber.  You can get both volumes (there was a sequel to the original) for $3.99 a pop right now and it’s money very well spent.

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Spinning out of Whiteout is the long-running espionage series Queen &  Countryabout an agent of Britain’s  Secret Intelligence Service as she gets her hands dirty “for Queen & Country.”  There’s a strong influence from the 70s spy TV show, The Sandbaggers, which manifests itself in the form of backroom politics behind the missions.  It’s a different flavor than you frequently see in espionage comics and Q&C was an early mover with that.  Rucka also did a couple novels after the comic ended.  Artists rotated in and out with the storylines, but the list includes Steve Rolston, Chris Samnee, Mike Norton and Carla Speed McNeil.  At $1.99/volume, you can get two digital tpbs for the price of a floppy and that’s a helluva good deal for a classic comic that’s been out of the spotlight for awhile.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes spies and thrillers.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Still one of my favourite comic series ever. A shame Rucka hasn’t taken the prose novels or restarted the comics (still lovely B&W please, with Steve Rolston, then Speed McNeil, then Chris Samnee… or Leandro Fernandez – can’t leave out anyone in this list!) with Tara as Head of Section. Always hope/pray. The best (although I like GR’s Atticus Kodiak just as much

  2. The way things go these days, I have a feeling that if they ever wanted to “relaunch” Q&C, it would begin with a recoloring of the existing material, à la “Bone” or “Scott Pilgrim.”

    I wouldn’t mind, so long as we were getting new material. Q&C is very good stuff, and I’m afraid it’s forgotten these days. I bet there’s a whole new audience for the book today that wasn’t reading comics back then. Hopefully, this sale helps bring the book to some of them.

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