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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The First Comic Book Movie for the year 2010 is...The Losers!

For those of you not familiar with The Losers, it's actually a classic DC Comics World War II title reimagined by writer Andy Diggle (who's now in charge of Marvel's Daredevil) and for the most part illustrated by artist Jock.


In this current reimagination, The Losers are set today's grey political climate, including the so-called War on Terror as the background. Now, instead of World War II operatives, they are a Special Forces team seconded to the Central Intelligence Agency. In Afghanistan, the Losers were betrayed by their handler, Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. Eager for revenge and the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list, the Losers regroup and conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests, uncovering startling operations spearheaded by the enigmatic Max, whose influence within the CIA and U.S. government is unparalleled.

The Losers ran for 32 issues from 2003-2006 and I've been on a trade-reading marathon these last few weeks and it's been awesome. If you like conspiracy-laden story with blow-things-up action that'll ashame Michael Bay but still with great characterization, smart dialogue, and unpredictable plot, this book is for you.

Unsurprisingly, this book was nominated as for the Eisner Award as "Best New Series" in 2004. For those of you not familiar, the Eisner is the comic book equivalent of the Academy Award.

Seeing from this trailer, it seems that this movie has a good cast, quite faithful to the original source, and it seems funny. It looks awesome, and i've been kind of crushing on Zoe Saldana-the new queen of geek flicks- since Pirates of the Caribbean (you know, the hot black pirate chick). The scene with her firing the bazooka sold me.

However, the comparison with the A-Team and the Expendables are going to be unavoidable. Personally, I think this is another one of these coincidences where there are movies with the same theme out around the same time.

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