History ComicBook / QueenAndCountry

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A film adaptation is currently in the works to be directed by Creator/RidleyScott.
9th Oct '17 3:13:31 AM jormis29
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''Queen & Country'' is an Oni Press comic book and Bantam Publishing novel series written by Creator/GregRucka about a group of spies in the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6), called "Minders". The main character is Tara Chace, Minder Two. The series is known for a few things: the ridiculous amount of [[ShownTheirWork research]] Rucka does for each issue, the series' [[SpiritualLicensee similarity]] to ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', and just how realistic the whole thing is.

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''Queen & Country'' is an Oni Press Creator/OniPress comic book and Bantam Publishing novel series written by Creator/GregRucka about a group of spies in the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6), called "Minders". The main character is Tara Chace, Minder Two. The series is known for a few things: the ridiculous amount of [[ShownTheirWork research]] Rucka does for each issue, the series' [[SpiritualLicensee similarity]] to ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', and just how realistic the whole thing is.
8th Oct '17 2:17:37 PM nombretomado
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''Queen & Country'' is an Oni Press comic book and Bantam Publishing novel series written by Creator/GregRucka about a group of spies in the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6), called "Minders". The main character is Tara Chace, Minder Two. The series is known for a few things: the ridiculous amount of [[ShownTheirWork research]] Rucka does for each issue, the series' [[SpiritualLicensee similarity]] to ''TheSandbaggers'', and just how realistic the whole thing is.

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''Queen & Country'' is an Oni Press comic book and Bantam Publishing novel series written by Creator/GregRucka about a group of spies in the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6), called "Minders". The main character is Tara Chace, Minder Two. The series is known for a few things: the ridiculous amount of [[ShownTheirWork research]] Rucka does for each issue, the series' [[SpiritualLicensee similarity]] to ''TheSandbaggers'', ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', and just how realistic the whole thing is.



* {{Expy}}: The series as a whole has a lot in common with ''TheSandbaggers'', but tends to slot characters into the same ''roles'' instead - most of the actual characters have significantly different life experiences. (That is, ''most''. Paul Crocker and Tom Wallace are obviously modeled on Neil Burnside and Willie Caine, respectively.) Chace is a Expy of [[ComicBook/{{Whiteout}} Lily Sharpe]], so much so that Rucka once jokingly suggested she ''was'' Lily (there's even a MythologyGag in the series to that effect), though he later disavowed this claim.

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* {{Expy}}: The series as a whole has a lot in common with ''TheSandbaggers'', ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', but tends to slot characters into the same ''roles'' instead - most of the actual characters have significantly different life experiences. (That is, ''most''. Paul Crocker and Tom Wallace are obviously modeled on Neil Burnside and Willie Caine, respectively.) Chace is a Expy of [[ComicBook/{{Whiteout}} Lily Sharpe]], so much so that Rucka once jokingly suggested she ''was'' Lily (there's even a MythologyGag in the series to that effect), though he later disavowed this claim.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheSandbaggers'', so much so it could have been called ''[[NextGenFic The Sandbaggers: The Next Generation]]''. [[WordOfGod Rucka]] is not shy about acknowledging that he borrowed the structure of SIS and many of the [[{{Expy}} character elements]], though there are significant divergences - ''The Sandbaggers'' dealt largely with the realpolitik of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar while ''Queen & Country'' mostly deals with the complexity of intelligence operations in a post-9/11 world, Rucka's D-Ops is happily married with kids, and most significantly, ''The Sandbaggers'' set their D-Ops as the protagonist, while ''Queen & Country'' primarily follows the character arc of one of the field agents.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheSandbaggers'', ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', so much so it could have been called ''[[NextGenFic The Sandbaggers: The Next Generation]]''. [[WordOfGod Rucka]] is not shy about acknowledging that he borrowed the structure of SIS and many of the [[{{Expy}} character elements]], though there are significant divergences - ''The Sandbaggers'' dealt largely with the realpolitik of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar while ''Queen & Country'' mostly deals with the complexity of intelligence operations in a post-9/11 world, Rucka's D-Ops is happily married with kids, and most significantly, ''The Sandbaggers'' set their D-Ops as the protagonist, while ''Queen & Country'' primarily follows the character arc of one of the field agents.
1st Aug '17 10:27:30 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* ArmourPiercingQuestion: In ''Private Wars'', Crocker offers Tara an "officially unofficial" assignment that will allow her to return to SIS. When she tells Valerie([[spoiler:Tom's mother, and Tamsin's grandmother]]), Valerie gently asks, given the nature of Tara's job(which she doesn't know about precisely, but does understand is highly dangerous) if Tara can guarantee she'll come back. When she realizes she can't say that, Tara breaks down in tears.

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* ArmourPiercingQuestion: In ''Private Wars'', Crocker offers Tara an "officially unofficial" assignment that will allow her to return to SIS. When she tells Valerie([[spoiler:Tom's Valerie ([[spoiler:Tom's mother, and Tamsin's grandmother]]), Valerie gently asks, given the nature of Tara's job(which she doesn't know about precisely, but does understand is highly dangerous) if Tara can guarantee she'll come back. When she realizes she can't say that, Tara breaks down in tears.



* BetrayalByInaction: [[spoiler: What Tara thinks Crocker did to her during the events of ''A Gentlemen's Game'', even though he gave her advance warning to go on the run when she was about to be arrested and turned over to the Saudi Arabians for execution. He later manages to convince her(truthfully) that he did everything he possibly could to help her, and that if he'd refused to do as told afterwards, C merely would have sent the order herself and removed Crocker from the equation, thus guaranteeing his being unable to assist her anymore.]]

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* BetrayalByInaction: [[spoiler: What Tara thinks Crocker did to her during the events of ''A Gentlemen's Game'', even though he gave her advance warning to go on the run when she was about to be arrested and turned over to the Saudi Arabians for execution. He later manages to convince her(truthfully) her (truthfully) that he did everything he possibly could to help her, and that if he'd refused to do as told afterwards, C merely would have sent the order herself and removed Crocker from the equation, thus guaranteeing his being unable to assist her anymore.]]



* DoubleSubversion: In ''The Last Run'', [[spoiler: an Iranian SIS contact from nearly thirty years ago suddenly requests extraction. When it turns out to be a member of the Ayatollah Khameini's family, SIS and the CIA fall all over themselves to arrange it, with the CIA demanding that Tara be sent even though she's requested to be taken out of the field. She agrees, but it turns out that the head of VEVAK(Iranian intelligence) is blackmailing the contact and formulated a plan to use him to capture Chace, thereby gaining access(through torture) to all the sensitive information she knows. In the end, however, it turns out this was a smokescreen, as it is the VEVAK chief himself who wants to defect, and thought that his best chance was by joining forces with SIS's best agent.]]

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* DoubleSubversion: In ''The Last Run'', [[spoiler: an Iranian SIS contact from nearly thirty years ago suddenly requests extraction. When it turns out to be a member of the Ayatollah Khameini's family, SIS and the CIA fall all over themselves to arrange it, with the CIA demanding that Tara be sent even though she's requested to be taken out of the field. She agrees, but it turns out that the head of VEVAK(Iranian VEVAK (Iranian intelligence) is blackmailing the contact and formulated a plan to use him to capture Chace, thereby gaining access(through access (through torture) to all the sensitive information she knows. In the end, however, it turns out this was a smokescreen, as it is the VEVAK chief himself who wants to defect, and thought that his best chance was by joining forces with SIS's best agent.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: In ''The Last Run'', Tara puts in a request to transfer from her position as Minder One to Mission Planning, believing that she's getting too old and too well-known to keep operating effectively, and with her daughter about to start school, wants to be there for her. She agrees to take one last mission, but it turns out to be a setup that gets her shot and nearly killed. Through a combination of circumstance, luck, and inter-agency cooperation, she manages to not only get home safely, but with a prize([[spoiler: the head of counterintelligence for the Iranian intelligence service, who had decided to defect) that gives the retiring and politically wounded Crocker enough leverage to name her his replacement as D-Ops, giving Tara the stability in life she wanted.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: In ''The Last Run'', Tara puts in a request to transfer from her position as Minder One to Mission Planning, believing that she's getting too old and too well-known to keep operating effectively, and with her daughter about to start school, wants to be there for her. She agrees to take one last mission, but it turns out to be a setup that gets her shot and nearly killed. Through a combination of circumstance, luck, and inter-agency cooperation, she manages to not only get home safely, but with a prize([[spoiler: prize ([[spoiler: the head of counterintelligence for the Iranian intelligence service, who had decided to defect) that which gives the retiring and politically wounded Crocker enough leverage to name her his replacement as D-Ops, giving Tara the stability in life she wanted.]]



* MarriedToTheJob: [[spoiler: Tara before she has Tamsin.]] She has no long-term love interests, and only rarely sees her mother or her one close friend. Her only non-self-destructive(drinking, smoking, meaningless sex) outlet is painting. Several of the other Minders are hit with this as well; Ed Kittering is a motorcycle fanatic, Tom Wallace buys and restores classic Triumph automobiles, and Nick Poole is a self-taught gourmet chef who maintains an herb and vegetable garden in his backyard.

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* MarriedToTheJob: [[spoiler: Tara before she has Tamsin.]] She has no long-term love interests, and only rarely sees her mother or her one close friend. Her only non-self-destructive(drinking, non-self-destructive (drinking, smoking, meaningless sex) outlet is painting. Several of the other Minders are hit with this as well; Ed Kittering is a motorcycle fanatic, Tom Wallace buys and restores classic Triumph automobiles, and Nick Poole is a self-taught gourmet chef who maintains an herb and vegetable garden in his backyard.



* OhCrap: Multiple examples throughout the series, though a particularly notable one is Crocker's reviewing Tara's medical exam(which was delivered so late it came after he'd already sent her out on another assignment) and realizing from the blood work that [[spoiler: she's almost two months pregnant.]][[note]] A normal 'non-pregnant' reading of HCG would be less than 5 parts per million; Tara's result at the time her blood was taken would probably have been around 50 parts per million.[[/note]]

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* OhCrap: Multiple examples throughout the series, though a particularly notable one is Crocker's reviewing Tara's medical exam(which exam (which was delivered so late it came after he'd already sent her out on another assignment) and realizing from the blood work that [[spoiler: she's almost two months pregnant.]][[note]] A normal 'non-pregnant' reading of HCG would be less than 5 parts per million; Tara's result at the time her blood was taken would probably have been around 50 parts per million.[[/note]]



* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler: Tara during the events of Operation: Red Panda, though she doesn't know it at the time, and she doesn't take it very well once she ''does'' find out, thinking that Crocker knew before sending her on the assignment(which he didn't).]]

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* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler: Tara during the events of Operation: Red Panda, though she doesn't know it at the time, and she doesn't take it very well once she ''does'' find out, thinking that Crocker knew before sending her on the assignment(which assignment (which he didn't).]]
1st Aug '17 10:18:57 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* DeadGuyJunior / MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Tara's daughter Tamsin. Tamsin is a shortened form of Thomasina, the feminine version of Thomas, which was her father's name.]]

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* DeadGuyJunior / MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Tara's daughter Tamsin. Tamsin is a shortened form of Thomasina, the feminine version of Thomas, which was her Tamsin's father's name.]]
27th Apr '17 8:40:33 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* ItIsPronouncedTropay: WordOfGod states that, since the series is set in England, Tara's name has British pronunciation, "Tah-ruh", instead of the American pronunciation, "Tare-uh".
4th Apr '17 12:52:10 PM LondonKdS
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* LifeWillKillYa: [[spoiler:Ed Kittering dies suddenly from a brain aneurysm by sheer bad luck. The other characters spend a long time trying to prove that it was a subtle murder, and find that it makes the death seem even sadder when they accept it.]]

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* LifeWillKillYa: LifeWillKillYou: [[spoiler:Ed Kittering dies suddenly from a brain aneurysm by sheer bad luck. The other characters spend a long time trying to prove that it was a subtle murder, and find that it makes the death seem even sadder when they accept it.]]
4th Apr '17 12:51:25 PM LondonKdS
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* LifeWillKillYa: [[spoiler:Ed Kittering dies suddenly from a brain aneurysm by sheer bad luck. The other characters spend a long time trying to prove that it was a subtle murder, and find that it makes the death seem even sadder when they accept it.]]
10th Dec '16 3:46:56 AM ProfessorDetective
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''Queen & Country'' is an Oni Press comic book and Bantam Publishing novel series written by Creator/GregRucka about a group of spies in the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service(MI-6), called "Minders". The main character is Tara Chace, Minder Two. The series is known for a few things: the ridiculous amount of [[ShownTheirWork research]] Rucka does for each issue, the series' [[SpiritualLicensee similarity]] to ''TheSandbaggers'', and just how realistic the whole thing is.

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''Queen & Country'' is an Oni Press comic book and Bantam Publishing novel series written by Creator/GregRucka about a group of spies in the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service(MI-6), Service (MI-6), called "Minders". The main character is Tara Chace, Minder Two. The series is known for a few things: the ridiculous amount of [[ShownTheirWork research]] Rucka does for each issue, the series' [[SpiritualLicensee similarity]] to ''TheSandbaggers'', and just how realistic the whole thing is.
14th Nov '16 4:38:53 PM moloch
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheSandbaggers''. [[WordOfGod Rucka]] is not shy about acknowledging that he borrowed the structure of SIS and many of the [[{{Expy}} character elements]], though there are significant divergences - The Sandbaggers dealt largely with the realpolitik of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar while Queen and Country mostly deals with the complexity of intelligence operations in a post-9/11 world, Rucka's D-Ops is happily married with kids, and most significantly, ''The Sandbaggers'' set their D-Ops as the protagonist, while Queen and Country primarily follows the character arc of one of the field agents.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheSandbaggers''. ''TheSandbaggers'', so much so it could have been called ''[[NextGenFic The Sandbaggers: The Next Generation]]''. [[WordOfGod Rucka]] is not shy about acknowledging that he borrowed the structure of SIS and many of the [[{{Expy}} character elements]], though there are significant divergences - The Sandbaggers ''The Sandbaggers'' dealt largely with the realpolitik of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar while Queen and Country ''Queen & Country'' mostly deals with the complexity of intelligence operations in a post-9/11 world, Rucka's D-Ops is happily married with kids, and most significantly, ''The Sandbaggers'' set their D-Ops as the protagonist, while Queen and Country ''Queen & Country'' primarily follows the character arc of one of the field agents.
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