Nutshell Review: Queen & Country Declassified Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka with art by Brian Hurtt
Genre: Spy Thriller, Comics
Series: #1 in the Queen & Country Declassified series
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: 2003
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-3 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
The first spin-off from the award-winning Queen & Country graphic novel series takes readers back in time to the mid-’80s. Before Paul Crocker was head of Special Section, he was an agent in the field. A run of bad luck is dogging him across Europe. His attempt to extract one political refugee from Berlin met with failure, and when he is immediately sent to perform a similar assignment in Prague, he is determined to succeed at all costs. Leaving his new wife and the quiet home life they dream of behind, Crocker commits himself to the double-edged world of espionage once and for all.
I really enjoyed this spinoff and look back at the history of some of the main characters from the Queen & Country series. It was fun so see Paul Crocker as a young agent and to get some background on him as well; as some insights into Don Weldon’s history.
The setting at the height of the Cold War was great and made for some stressful situations. There was plenty of action and tense moments. It was nice to see the Paul Crocker character back when he was newly married and setting out on dangerous and secret missions to Berlin and Prague.
Brian Hurtt who did the art in the Operation Morningstar volume of the main Queen & Country series is back for this one. I like his style and it works well for this storyline. It’s all black and white but the action scenes are well portrayed and the bigger scenes feel right compared to what I watched on the news during the time frame in which this story is set.
As I’ve said before, the Queen & Country series should appeal to fans of the TV show Homeland and this spinoff delving into the world of espionage puts it right in the time frame for the TV show The Americans. We’re fans of both shows and I think that’s part of the reason I’m enjoying this series so much.