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The Losers Issue 12

Yesterday was the glorious kind of New Hampshire day where the sun was shining, the temperature was moderate and there was no sign that we would be hit with a massive snowstorm as we likely will in the next couple of weeks. It happens like that every year and every year, for generation after generation, New Hampshire-ites fall for the climatological feint and end up getting get sucker punched every time. I guarantee you, in a couple of weeks when the snow is knee-deep, I’ll be saying. “I can’t BELIEVE it’s snowing again.” It’s a tradition.

Bottle of Firehose RieslingIn the meantime, I was going to enjoy the run of springlike weather as long as I could and I did what any decent, hard-working American would do on such a glorious day: I opened up a 2006 Firehose Riesling, went out on the porch and read issues 7-12 of The Losers.

I know what you’re thinking: The Losers? With a Riesling? It’s not a serious wine, not a heavyweight contender. It’s semi-sweet (or semi-dry depending on whether your glass is half-full or half-empty), and girlfriend, you’re a red wine kind of gal.

All of this is true, of course, but the warmth and sunshine always brings out the white wine side of me and a light wine was just what was called for.

With The Losers, of course.

The Losers promo still

The L Team

If you’re not familiar with The Losers, it’s a Vertigo comic by writer Andy Diggle and illustrator Jock about “an elite U.S. Special Forces unit that served as the covert bloody hand of America until they stumbled across a C.I.A. secret they couldn’t ignore. The C.I.A. tried to kill them, but they’re about to learn that it takes more than one try to eliminate The Losers.” (www.dccomics.com). The plot’s great, the dialogue smart and the artwork fabulous. It’s everything I want in a comic.

So, after the first few issues, I was hooked on The Losers, and I got a deal on about 25 of them, so I have every issue now.

I you’ve seen the movie, it’s all exciting, fast-paced and there are lots and lots of explosions. Without his Comedian mask, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as Clay (in his pre-Neegan days), was way more yummy than I ever realized. And after I watched the trailer, I wondered if he will boldly go where Capt. Kirk wasn’t able to go with Uhuru in Star Trek. And by Uhuru, I mean Zoe Saldana who plays Aisha.

Morgan isn’t the only veteran comic-to-movie role actor: Chris Evans who plays Jensen was The Human Torch before he became Captain America; and Idris Elba, who plays Roque, is in the Thor movies.

Page from The Losers issue 3

Cougar

Lemmy from Motorhead

Lemmy

Oscar Jaenada in The Losers

Oscar Jaenada

Rounding out The Losers is Columbus Short as Pooch and Óscar Jaenada as Cougar. The casting for Cougar threw me because, from reading at least the first few issues, I had pictured him kind of like Lemmy from Motörhead, who I’d seen photos of in a Spin magazine that had been left in my hotel room in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. But Jaenada looks nothing like Lemmy; when I finally saw Cougar’s face in the comic, I realized he looks nothing like Lemmy either. And after seeing Jaenada, I’m totally embracing that casting call.

Hey, I’m middle-aged, not dead. Or blind.

Whatever. I’m looking forward to this one and to continuing my expedition through the pages of The Losers, which hasn’t let me down yet. If you haven’t read The Losers, you can start here with a free download of issue #1. I’d pair it with the Riesling.

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