Queen & Country
The OpsRoom examines the
Sandbaggers-inspired comic, Queen & Country.
Great television shows never die. They get reincarnated as comic
books. The Prisoner was revived in a DC Comics sequel called Shattered
Visage in 1989. And now you can relive The Sandbaggers.
a new ongoing homage called Queen & Country, a comic book series
published by Oni Press.
Written by long-time Sandbaggers fan Greg Rucka, he is well-regarded
in the comics world for his writing on issues of the Batman title
Detective Comics and many other comic books. He also has written
several novels in the mystery and thriller genre.
For those who know and love The Sandbaggers, Queen & Country
is a homage, a shameless rip-off, and a love letter to the series
all in one. Everything in the comic is inspired by the show from
beginning to end. ‘There don’t seem to be many of
us who know the glory of The Sandbaggers but those who do and
read the comic ... well, it’s my sincere hope that they’ll
smile a bit and nod a bit, and recognize the debt I’m trying
In Issue 1, SIS officer Tara Chace goes on a mission to Kosovo
to assassinate a former Russian general. Issues 2 through 4 will
deal with the consequences of her mission — Sandbaggers-style.
Issue 2, for example, is ‘predominantly people talking,]
Mr. Rucka says. ‘There’s a three- or four-page sequence
a guy firing a rocket, but other than that, it’s people
moving in and out of offices talking.’ Issue 1 went on sale
on March 21, 2001.
Most comic book stores, even those outside North America, should
be able to special-order the title, if they don’t already
Here are pages 13 and 16 from Queen & Country Issue 1. They feature
D-Ops Paul Crocker, who wears a three-piece suit. Crocker oversees
a bigger, more modern ops room, and in this sequence he is summoned
to see the SIS Deputy Chief, Donald Weldon.
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