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The Losers #3

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2003
By: Tim Hartnett



Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Jock

Publisher: DC/Vertigo

For those of you who enjoy those modern-day action flicks, which all try to "out-tough" the other one - while only amounting to a waste of money on a generic script - then you should pick up The Losers. Unfortunately, for more discerning readers like me (and possibly you), this book doesn't belong in our collection---again, unless you like that sort of thing.

There isn't much of a plot here: the Losers invade a ship and their fears are confirmed. The appeal of this book lies more in the dialogue; the script does pace the issue well but the problem is you've heard it all before somewhere. As mentioned in my last review, the characters are fairly stereotypical of those you'd find in action movies. And not only that, Andy Diggle seems to assign everyone in the book (including supporting characters) a random last name, so the players are hard to keep up with as it is.

However, on a side note, I was very happy to see a conservative edge in the comic, as the Losers mock environmentalists. And it's not just because I'm a conservative (when I'm actually a libertarian, confused yet?), it's also good to see a break from what seems like űber-liberal views in comics. Maybe I'm just not reading the right books.

And Jock does The Losers no favors. Maybe if the book had someone who could draw, we wouldn't have the generic character problem. But since the artwork does only harm with its obscure, dark, unimaginative flair, there's no justice to be found. The action scenes are monotonous with what little the coloring can do, and you can forget about any kind of emotion or facial expression.

But I'm sure this book will be popular, due to the stereotypical "fanboy" crowd that digs this sort of stuff as a substitute to their sex life. For the rest of us though, maybe we can stop forgetting about this dud that pretends to be on the "edge." I won't be back for this "C"-grade book.



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