The Losers: Book One
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Jock
Collects The Losers #1-12
The majority of the art in all five volumes of The Losers is by Jock, and here in Book One, it's all Jock except for a couple of the original issues which feature art by Shawn Martinbrough. I have to say that it took a while for the art to really grow on me. Initially, I found it a little on the crude side for my tastes, with its broad strokes and heavy use of inks, but the more I got into the story, the more I realized how inspired the art really is. I already mentioned how cinematic this book feels and a great deal of that is due to the clever panning and zooming and the use of interesting angles. The characters' faces, without being extremely detailed, are both distinctive and expressive.
As mentioned, Book One comprises the original volumes one and two, or issues 1-6 and 7-12, respectively. Issues 1 to 6 are extremely heavy on the action and gets to the meat of the story by involving virtually all of the major players right from the get go. It also has a nice cliff-hanger ending that, of course, takes the reader into the next chapter of the story, but it does stand alone pretty well. This is an interesting thing to consider given the knowledge that the movie adaptation is based primarily on volume one and, with a few tweaks, I can see it coming together nicely on screen.
Luckily, us comic book readers have the option of reading the next chapter, and issues 7 to 12 sees the intrigue kicked up a notch while the story gives us a little more focus on each of the characters.
Verdict - Buy It The Losers is a fun, high-paced story that combines a big slice of badass and skillfully choreographed action with a plot that is as clever and thought-provoking as it is entertaining. I can't wait to see these characters come to life onscreen. In the meantime, I recommend you check out this book.
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