The Losers

 LOSE   (Vertigo, 2003-2006)

™ and © DC Comics, Inc.

DC’s latest Vertigo-ization of a long-dead property (the original World War II-era Losers first appeared in G.I. Combat #138), the modern day Losers have little in common with the Silver Age band of military misfits-turned-heroes. These cynical hotheads (declared Killed in Action) are out for revenge against the CIA, which contains corrupt, traitorous individuals who run drugs, ruthlessly protect “their lobbyist buddies in arms and oil,” and perform other despicable, hypocritical acts.

The gruff and gritty dialogue rings true, the characters are nicely developed (considering how few pages there are to work with in a single issue of a comic book), and the script is far more intelligent and fully realized than the average Hollywood action movie. The edgy, jagged art would serve this type of story a little better, if it were more realistic, but the action is fast, fun, and relatively easy to follow (especially the second time through), and each sequence has an overall cinematic tone and appearance that is entirely appropriate to the genre.

— Brett Weiss

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#1

  8/1/2003
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#1 (2nd printing)

  6/1/2010
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#2

  9/1/2003
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#3

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#4

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#13

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#23

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Book #1

  3/1/2004
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Collects The Losers #1-6Andy DiggleJock

Book #1 (2nd printing)

 
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Book #2

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Collects The Losers #7-12Andy DiggleShawn Martinbrough

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Book #3

  5/5/2005
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Collects The Losers #13-19Andy DiggleNick Dragotta, Alé Garza

Book #4

  1/1/2006
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Collects The Losers #20–25Andy DiggleBen Oliver

Book #5

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Collects The Losers #26–32Andy DiggleColin Wilson

Deluxe Set #1

 
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Deluxe Set #2

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Collects The Losers #13-32Andy DiggleJock, Alé Garza, Ben Oliver