Item description for Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper (Volume 1) by Mukesh Singh Andy Diggle...
Patience is the virtue of the gamekeeper. Waiting for the right moment to strike anything that threatens the balance between man and nature. He is nature's remedy to man's disease. Brock lives a quiet existence as Gamekeeper on a secluded Scottish estate, until paramilitary mercenaries storm the estate and kill Jonah Morgan - the owner and Brock's friend. Now, Brock faces his dark past and the events he had sworn he'd forget. Obliged to avenge Jonah's death, Brock must leave his tranquil life and journey deep into an unfamiliar, urban underworld. But as he gets pulled in deeper, it's difficult to tell who has more power, Brock, the man, or the animal within.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 29, 2007
Publisher Virgin Comics
ISBN 1934413097 ISBN13 9781934413098
Reviews - What do customers think about Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper (Volume 1)?
Like a Virgin Comic, Touched for the Very First Time Feb 12, 2008
I'm not sure how much Madonna's hubby, Guy Richie, (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) brings to Gamekeeper in the Director's Cut line from Virgin Comics besides his name, but in whatever capacity, it seems to work. This collaboration with Andy Diggle (writing) and Mukesh Singh (art) introduces us to Brock, a Chechen who works as a gamekeeper and master hunter for wheelchair confined Jonah Morgan on an expansive Scottish estate. Shadows of Brock's hidden past are revealed through a series of flashback scenes artistically set apart from the rest of the comic in black & white.
Brock's boss takes in homeless kids from time to time and gives them work and a second chance at life. However, a young boy that Brock discovers in the woods foreshadows a conflict with outside forces bent on destroying Morgan. Equal and opposite to Brock's respect for nature is his contempt for human cruelty personified in his memories of the Russians who invaded his homeland. Hopefully, that hate will sufficiently fuel the fires needed to destroy this new threat.
The script and artwork is top notch. Intended or not, the frequent use of widescreen shots lends a certain movie director feel to the first installment of this graphic novel.
Glorified storyboards? Feb 3, 2008
This is the first book I've read from the new Virgin Comics line. This line seems to have two major ideas: one, to bring Indian concepts and stories to western comic book audiences, has resulted in titles like Snake Woman, Devi and Ramayan; the other, to bring comics talent together with movie names. In that line we've got Garth Ennis writing John Woo's Seven Brothers, Mike Carey writing Nic Cage's Voodoo Child, and, in this instance, Andy Diggle writing Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper. I'm not certain in any given case how much interaction there is between the movie name and the scriptwriter; whether Woo, Cage and Ritchie contributed much to the story besides a concept, or whether they're actively working on the script with the comics scribe. . .
In any event, this is a pretty decent trade, collecting the five-issue series written by Andy Diggle, whose best work to date is the Vertigo series The Losers, with art by Mukesh Singh, who also provides the art for Devi. It's a very straightforward little tale of one man, think a Chechen Jason Statham with a bit of Wolverine's animal appeal for good measure, killing a whole lot of people in a lot of different ways. The art's very pretty and clean and easy to follow, but as I was reading, I kept thinking of something I read in a recent interview with comics writer Brian K. Vaughan. While discussing potential films of his comics, he said that he likes to think his comics are more than just glorified storyboards. And glorified storyboards is exactly what Gamekeeper looks like. The whole book is just widescreen panels, one above the next, with extremely little variation of any kind. No interesting compositions. Even the "transitions" to the flashback sequences are extremely filmic. Despite that this is an action packed tale, fairly well written and pretty, I got bored with the uniformity of the layout page after page, and couldn't help but wonder why, if they were going to bother turning this movie concept into a comic, it couldn't be a proper comic instead of just glorified storyboards.
If you like pretty pictures or are an Andy Diggle completist, you'll probably enjoy this; otherwise there's little compelling reason to add this mediocre comic to your library.