Nutshell Review: Queen & Country Vol. 6: Operation Dandelion by Greg Rucka with art by Mike Hawthorne
Genre: Spy Thriller, Comics
Format: Collected Trade Paperback
Series: #6 in the Queen & Country series
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: 2004
This volume 5 is a compilation of issues 21-24 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
Every job has its office politics, but when you’re a spy in service to your queen and your country, the politics in play take on a much larger scale. When the chief of SIS is forced into retirement, Paul Crocker is forced to play a new game in order to keep his good standing and his job. But are agents Chace and Wallace prepared to be Crocker’s pawns in this new match? And how will it be for Poole, the new Minder who has to step over two dead bodies in order to take his post?
This one has lots of political intrigue and most of it is internal to the British Intelligence community. A new boss with plans to limit the functions of the unit has Tara’s boss Crocker on edge. Change within the team itself is in the air too with a new recruit as well as a potential retirement.
I enjoyed the interesting gamesmanship from all sides. These are clearly tough times for all of the main characters of the series.
As is typical for this series there is a new artist for this story arc. I like his style and it fits with some of the better previous volumes. According to the introduction his attention to detail is admirable. He had people send him photos so that his backgrounds of the parts of the story set in Bath would be accurate.
As I’ve said before, if you’re a fan of Homeland and/or The Americans you should check out this series.