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The Losers #9

February 23, 2004

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Island Life Part One

The Losers regroup to begin their next mission… to hunt down the traitorous Max.

Writer: Andy Diggle
Art: Jock
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Will Dennis
Cover Art: Jock
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo

While this title is in no danger of becoming one of my favorite must-read titles, I must admit that this is a far more enjoyable, accessible issue than the previous three, even with the last two issues being a stand-alone story arc. The Losers reconvene and make their way to the West Indies on the trail of the man who set them up to die.

This issue gives us a much-needed roll call right at the beginning and a highly entertaining scene where Pooch haggles, island-style, to secure the team the use of a plane. We also get the requisite shootout/car chase and some conspiracy theory “backroom” scenes. These scenes are probably the biggest reason I don’t enjoy this title more – I’ve never been big on big government conspiracy tales and that’s what Losers is at its heart. If you enjoy that sort of thing, you’ll enjoy it more than I will.

Like it or not, I’ve got to say that Jock’s artwork is perfectly suited for this title. Scenes in the shadows, gunfights, sunny days on the beach and a great page with a car plunging off the side of a bridge all come together to create a very effective visual package.

Tthis book isn’t going to topple Fables as the best book Vertigo offers, but it does fulfill a purpose and is quite entertaining for people who are into this sort of thing. Even if the book’s not for me, it may be for you, and I’m not going to discourage anyone interested in this sort of story from checking this issue out.

Rating: 6/10

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