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Queen & Country:
Operation Morningstar (vol. 2)

Credits: Written by Greg Rucka and Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Christine Norrie and Bryan O'Malley
Publisher: Oni Press

Commentary

With QUEEN & COUNTRY, Greg Rucka is single-handedly championing the spy genre in comics. These are real world thrillers about the poor bastards who grind their way through a maze of seedy informants, muddy politics, and shifting alliances, trying to make sense of a world where the old rules no longer apply.

Written prior to the events of 9-11, OPERATION MORNINGSTAR finds our British agents in Afghanistan desperately trying to secure a list of informants before it falls into the hands of the Taleban. If the Minders fail, they'll condemn countless operatives to death and strike a devastating blow to their intelligence network. Meanwhile, at home in England, Tara Chace, one of the Minders top operatives, is cast to the sideline when she's relegated to therapy to decompress from her previous mission; a move that's sure to have some unexpected consequences.

QUEEN & COUNTRY is sophisticated comics; stacked with intricate plotlines and strong character development. And while it has its fair share of action, its trick is in building suspense through inaction. In Rucka's hands, waiting for a phone call can be just as exciting as when the bullets start to fly. It's what makes QUEEN & COUNTRY simply the best continuing series in graphic fiction at the moment.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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