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Queen & Country, Vol. 3: Operation Crystal Ball [Paperback]

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Collecting issues 8-12 of the Eisner-winning miniseries. Tara Chace races against the clock to stop a terrorist plot to unleash Sarin gas on the British citizenry-all in the midst of a burgeoning romance between herself and fellow Minder Ed Kittering. Presented in both trade paperback and a special hardcover strictly limited to initial orders. Featuring an exclusive gallery section.

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.08" Width: 6.61" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2003
Publisher   Oni Press
ISBN  192999849X  
ISBN13  9781929998494  

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More About Greg Rucka

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The author of four novels about professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak --"Keeper" (nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America), "Finder, Smoker, " and "Shooting at Midnight, "Greg Rucka has been writing since he was eight years old, and hopefully is improving with age. A longtime comics fan, his first graphic novel series was the suspense thriller "Whiteout, " published by Oni Press and nominated for three Eisner Awards in 1999. Since that time he has been a contributing writer for DC Comics and an active participant in the Batman series of titles.

Born and raised in California, he earned his undergraduate degree at Vassar College and his MFA at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Rucka is 29 years old, has two tattoos, and rides a motorcycle.

Greg Rucka currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.

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The British spook house sets up shop in Iraq  May 12, 2007
"Operation Crystal Ball": The continuing adventures of British secret agent Tara Chase find her, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, enmeshed in the politics of Middle Eastern terrorism. One member of her group paratroops into Iraq on a covert mission, while Chase heads elsewhere, with explosive results. As with the earlier volumes, this story zips along at a brisk clip, although with the tilt towards Middle Eastern politics, one sense that the series could get mired down. The intrusion of real life and (real) recent history has its troubles. For one thing, author Greg Rucka gets the whole Iraq-sponsoring-Al Qaida thing wrong (as did a lot of people at the time...) and references to places that were then unfamiliar seem a little iffy seen after several years of war abroad. A new artist is brought on board, as well, and some readers may have a hard time with the transition into Leandro Fernandez's work... I was put off by his tendency towards cariacature and grotesquery; in particular, I disliked his stylized, hypersexualized portrayal of Ms. Chase in the first episode, where suddenly she has a pencil-thin waist, a jutting, angular bosom and pouty Angelina Jolie lips.. Fernandez tones it down in later issues, but the radical shift in how Chase is presented was depressing: the point of her character seemed to be what a hard case she was, not that she was some tight-shirted, nerd-fantasy pinup girl. Oh, well. I still zoomed through the book and ran out to get the next one, so I suppose it was okay in the end. Still definitely worth checking out!

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