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The Losers #10

March 20, 2004

Quick Rating: Average
Title: Island Life Part Two

The Losers close in on their latest target, and we get more dirt on Max.

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

After a fairly entertaining start to this story arc, Andy Diggle gets back to the stuff that makes this title less appealing to me. Conspiracy theory, black ops and some action. To make matters worse, the conspiracy we’re faced with in this issue is pretty stale and overdone. It would have been possible to fit in more clichés, but he would have had to employ either John F. Kennedy or Area 51.

To his credit, Andy Diggle does work in a scene that fills us in on the background of the title. That’s something this book has needed to grab new readers — he wisely uses a “briefing” scene that works perfectly in the context of the book and it helps to bring everybody up-to-date. The problem is, even though we get more of a sense of who the characters are, there’s nothing here that makes us particularly care about any of them. Even in a conspiracy/action comic like this, if you don’t care about the characters you’re pretty much treading water at best.

The action, as I’ve often found with this series, is the best of the title. Diggle writes a good fight scene and Jock draws one. Considering the generally shady nature of this book, both in terms of story and artwork, it would be very easy to get lost in darkness and lose the visual sense of progression, but Jock keeps it clean enough to follow and Lee Loughridge does spot-on colors that set each scene off and never dominates anything.

Overall, though, this book will appeal to its core audience that shares its rather cynical philosophy and alienate others. That’s how I’ve felt about it from the beginning, and I don’t expect it to change.

Rating: 5/10

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