Nutshell Review: Queen & Country Vol. 4: Operation Blackwall by Greg Rucka with art by J. Alexander
Queen & Country Vol. 4: Operation Blackwall

Genre: Spy Thriller, Comics
Format: Collected Trade Paperback
Series: #4 in the Queen & Country series
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 88
Source: Library


The Book:

This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 13-15 of the comic series.

From the back cover:

British agent Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments. She’s spied, stolen, and killed–all in service to her Queen and her country. When a French conglomerate blackmails one of the Her Majesty’s most affluent subjects in a bid to secure an important and lucrative contract, Tara’s duty takes a new turn as she embarks on espionage of the corporate variety. But when affairs of the heart get muddled in affairs of state, can Tara keep her emotions out of the mission? It’s sex, lies, and big business in this collection of the Eisner Award-winning series Queen & Country.

My Thoughts:
This time around Tara Chace and her team shift from political espionage to corporate espionage. When a leading industrialist reports that he’s being blackmailed the SIS special section is called in to find out just who is behind it and why. Not only is the corporate world out of her normal realm of operations Tara has a personal connection to this case. He college friend is the man’s daughter.

This is a rather short story arc at only three issues but given that it’s a bit of a different type of plot than the others it makes sense, The first few pages are all in French but it’s not difficult to figure out what’s going on without translation.

This series has used a variety of different artists over it’s issues. This story arc is done by J. Alexander. He keeps to the dark and sometimes roughly drawn style that most of the previous volumes have employed. He does a good job of getting the scenes dark and moody when needed and lightening them up when the scene shifts to less questionable environments.

As I’ve said before, if you’re a fan of Homeland and/or The Americans you should check out this series.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5