Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Losers: Trifecta

the losers trifecta
The Losers: Trifecta
Andy Diggle, Jock, Nick Dragotta & Alé Garza
" It hasn't been easy, but the Losers have finally picked up the scent of their betrayer Max, the man who's seemingly behind every one of the C.I.A.'s worst extralegal activities. Naturally, the trail takes them straight into the hottest of the world's hot spots, the Middle East, where even the relatively peaceful Gulf kingdom of Qatar proves to be full of cloak-and-dagger shenanigans—with AK-47s replacing the daggers. Add a side trip into oil- and corruption-rich Turkmenistan, and you've got the makings of a perfect holiday getaway, at least for disaffected ex-Special Forces types.
Once the deserts have given up their secrets, though, it's back in the air for a long flight to London. And there's no better way to pass the time than by finally hearing the full story of how the Losers were born—in death and fire, high in the Hindu Kush."

   We’re halfway through the series and it’s time to finally get an answer to the burning question, what happened at the pass? How did the losers die?

   Before that however, the group head to Qatar following a lead from the file they rescued from the volcano in the previous volume. This brings them slightly closer to Max, as they learn he has recently purchased a decommissioned oil rig.
   The group also get caught in the crossfire between a CIA cell and a group of terrorists.
   Next up, Aisha gets her own solo adventure as she travels to Turkmenistan to rescue Fahd, the leader of a group of freedom fighters currently being tortured by the CIA. This issue, while enjoyable, might feel a little like filler, unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but it helps drive home the point that Aisha is not one of the losers, she has her own agenda. Also, Fahd has his role to play down the line…but we’ll get to that later.

Cougar   These opening stories are as enjoyable as ever, the art is great too. Dragotta’s art on the Qatar arc has a great pulp feel to it, it looks like a comic from the fifties. Garza’s work is a little more in the vein of traditional modern comics but he still does a great job.

   The main meat of the book however, is the second half, which details the mission that sent the Losers on their path for vengeance and it’s an awesome tale.
   The story flashes back a few years to Pakistan, where the losers are awaiting orders for a mission.
  The main difference that you’ll notice straight away is Cougar, he’s not his usual sneaky, silent self, instead he has a mouth to match Jenson and is very much at the forefront of the group, he’s a totally different character from what we’re used to.

  The group get their orders, meet up with Max for the first time and head off to the mission they won’t return from.
   What follows is a disturbing series of twists as the world of the Losers crumbles quickly around them. After going off mission to rescue a group of children they see destined for a slave auction, the group quickly discover that they have been lied to about the true end goal they’ve been sent to accomplish.
   The group ends up disillusioned and only suffers more defeat when they are betrayed again by Max.
Andy Diggle   I’m being vague I know, but I don’t want to spoil what happens here. It’s a dark and gritty revelation that immediately makes clear the reason the Losers are the way they are.
   After such a huge buildup, this reveal could easily have been a let down but Andy Diggle provides the perfect backstory for the group, backed up by the ever sensational artwork of Jock.

   I certainly wouldn’t recommend this as a first glimpse into the world of the losers, but if you’ve read the first two volumes and enjoyed them, continuing on with book three is a must.

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