Sunday, March 13, 2016

[Link] The Spy Who Came in From the Comics

by Paul Bishop

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME since the first installment in 2001 of my favorite espionage themed graphic novels, Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country. Inspired by The Sandbaggers—A British TV series from the late ‘70s—Queen & Country detailed the missions of minder Tara Chace, an operative of the Special Operations Section of SIS, along with those of her fellow agents.

Like The Sandbaggers (if you are an espionage fan and haven’t seen this seminal series, waste no more time), Queen & Country focused not just on the action in the field, but to also realistically believable dangers to the agents from the bureaucracy and politics of their organization.

A couple of years ago, I reread the entire Queen & Country series when it became available in digital form via Comixology. I still enjoy holding physical comics in my hands, but unlike many, I have no issues reading them on an electronic screen. Having refreshed my enjoyment of Queen & Country, I began to cast around for other espionage related tales in the current crop of comics, and found several noteworthy entries.

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