History ComicBook / QueenAndCountry

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.
16th Sep '16 10:03:46 PM Daedalis
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* DistractedByTheSexy: In ''Broken Ground'' Tara gets through a military checkpoint despite forged identification, a stolen vehicle, and actively bleeding from a bullet wound by passing a naked photo of herself over with her ID. It backfires later when one of the guards identifies her specifically because the event cemented her appearance in his mind.
20th Mar '16 7:34:05 AM moloch
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* ArtShift / DependingOnTheArtist: With ten different artists across the series, this was inevitable, so this trope can occasionally hit quite hard. Tara herself is depicted as everything from rather "girl next door", to attractive, to gorgeous ([[{{Stripperiffic}} even wearing crop tops into the office]]), but Tom Wallace seems to be the most commonly affected.

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* ArtShift / DependingOnTheArtist: With ten different artists across the series, this was inevitable, so this trope can occasionally hit quite hard. Tara herself is depicted as everything from rather "girl next door", to attractive, to gorgeous ([[{{Stripperiffic}} supermodel-gorgeous ([[FridgeLogic even wearing wearing]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} crop tops into the office]]), but Tom Wallace seems to be the most commonly affected.
17th Mar '16 7:35:23 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 she can guarantee she'll come back. When Tara realizes she can't say that, she 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 she Tara can guarantee she'll come back. When Tara she realizes she can't say that, she Tara breaks down in tears.



* FeelingTheirAge: Though she's only 33 at the time, normal aging and her many injuries have caused this to happen to Tara at the start of ''The Last Run''. For the first time ever, she fails part of the physical refresher course that all Minders have to take periodically, and she notices that her reflexes have begun to slow as well. She tenders her resignation from the post of Minder and requests a transfer to Mission Planning, pointing out that because of her length of service, she's effectively been compromised as an agent.

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* FeelingTheirAge: Though she's only 33 or 34 at the time, normal aging and her many injuries have caused this to happen to Tara at the start of ''The Last Run''. For the first time ever, she fails part of the physical refresher course that all Minders have to take periodically, and she notices that her reflexes have begun to slow as well. She tenders her resignation from the post of Minder and requests a transfer to Mission Planning, pointing out that because of her length of service, she's effectively been compromised as an agent.



* 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''. [[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 ''The Sandbaggers'' set their D-Ops as the protagonist, while Queen and Country primarily follows the character arc of one of the field agents.



* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: [[spoiler: After she finds out she's pregnant in ''Private Wars'', Tara requests a year's leave to have the baby. Crocker not only denies her, but insinuates she should either have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. She ignores his repeated denials and keeps asking, but after he refuses her a fourth time, she quits on the spot.]]

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* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: [[spoiler: After she finds out she's pregnant in ''Private Wars'', Tara requests a year's leave to have the baby. Crocker not only denies her, but insinuates she should either have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. She ignores his repeated denials and keeps asking, but after he refuses her a fourth time, she quits on the spot. It's left ambiguous whether he was really being a hard-ass or if he was trying to force her to quit, but the end result is the same.]]



* WeaponOfChoice: Subverted; Minders are only allowed weapons ''outside'' the UK.

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* WeaponOfChoice: Subverted; since they are part of the foreign intelligence branch, Minders are only officially allowed weapons to carry guns while on duty ''outside'' the UK.
5th Jan '16 5:47:04 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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** TortureAlwaysWorks / TortureIsIneffective: Tara thinks this to herself [[spoiler: during her experience in ''Private Wars''.]] Torture ''will'' always extract information, though eventually the person being tortured will begin to invent things to stop the pain, at which point it fails. Crocker and C assume this when [[spoiler: Tara is captured in ''The Last Run'',]] though it isn't seen as a blight on her character or strength of will. It's simply taken as a given that ''everyone'' will eventually break and tell their captors everything they know, because the human body and mind can only take so much. Tara even lampshades it when she thinks that while people ''endure'' torture, no one ever ''survives'' it.

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** TortureAlwaysWorks / TortureIsIneffective: Tara thinks this to herself [[spoiler: during her experience in ''Private Wars''.]] Torture ''will'' always extract information, though eventually the person being tortured will begin to invent things to stop the pain, at which point it fails. Crocker and C assume this when [[spoiler: Tara is captured in ''The Last Run'',]] though it isn't seen as a blight on her character or strength of will. It's simply taken as a given that ''everyone'' will eventually break and tell their captors everything they know, because the human body and mind can only take so much. Tara even lampshades it when she thinks that while people ''endure'' ''survive'' torture, no one ever ''survives'' ''endures'' it.
29th Dec '15 9:05:48 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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** TortureAlwaysWorks/TortureIsIneffective: Tara thinks this to herself [[spoiler: during her experience in ''Private Wars''.]] Torture ''will'' always extract information, though eventually the person being tortured will begin to invent things to stop the pain, at which point it fails. Crocker and C assume this when [[spoiler: Tara is captured in ''The Last Run'',]] though it isn't seen as a blight on her character or strength of will. It's simply taken as a given that ''everyone'' will eventually break and tell their captors everything they know, because the human body and mind can only take so much. Tara even lampshades it when she thinks that while people ''endure'' torture, no one ever ''survives'' it.

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** TortureAlwaysWorks/TortureIsIneffective: TortureAlwaysWorks / TortureIsIneffective: Tara thinks this to herself [[spoiler: during her experience in ''Private Wars''.]] Torture ''will'' always extract information, though eventually the person being tortured will begin to invent things to stop the pain, at which point it fails. Crocker and C assume this when [[spoiler: Tara is captured in ''The Last Run'',]] though it isn't seen as a blight on her character or strength of will. It's simply taken as a given that ''everyone'' will eventually break and tell their captors everything they know, because the human body and mind can only take so much. Tara even lampshades it when she thinks that while people ''endure'' torture, no one ever ''survives'' it.
29th Dec '15 6:51:19 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Happens to several characters, unfortunately.
** ColdBloodedTorture: Zahidov's specialty in ''Private Wars''; tellingly, Tara is the only person shown to be capable of angering him while he's doing so. The [[spoiler: Iranians also try this on Tara in ''The Last Run'']]
** TortureAlwaysWorks/TortureIsIneffective: Tara thinks this to herself [[spoiler: during her experience in ''Private Wars''.]] Torture ''will'' always extract information, though eventually the person being tortured will begin to invent things to stop the pain, at which point it fails. Crocker and C assume this when [[spoiler: Tara is captured in ''The Last Run'',]] though it isn't seen as a blight on her character or strength of will. It's simply taken as a given that ''everyone'' will eventually break and tell their captors everything they know, because the human body and mind can only take so much. Tara even lampshades it when she thinks that while people ''endure'' torture, no one ever ''survives'' it.
** TorturePorn: The level of detail in what Zahidov does to his victims in ''Private Wars'' easily crosses into this.
8th Dec '15 3:57:37 PM moloch
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* FunWithAcronyms: A ''hurricane'' of acronyms, most of them real, like D-Ops. You have to pay ''real good'' attention to understand what most of them mean, too.

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* FunWithAcronyms: A ''hurricane'' of acronyms, most of them real, straight from ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', like D-Ops. You have to pay ''real good'' attention to understand what most of them mean, too.
8th Dec '15 3:52:56 PM moloch
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: 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 she can guarantee she'll come back. When Tara realizes she can't say that, she breaks down in tears.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: 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 she can guarantee she'll come back. When Tara realizes she can't say that, she breaks down in tears.
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