The Old Guard #1
Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNÁNDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die…and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find—and aff ord—their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard #1 Details

TitleThe Old Guard #1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 22nd, 2017
PublisherImage
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics, Urban Fantasy, LGBT, Historical, Thriller

The Old Guard #1 Review

  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    Real Rating: 2.5* of fiveSo I've watched The Old Guard and was whelmed. Decent little boom-blam-bang too-long but pretty piece of stupidity. The vaunted gay representation is, to put it mildly, pale and weak-kneed, delivered by actors devoid of any discernible chemistry. This apparently big-deal scene goes like this: An actor I've never heard of delivers a sentimental speech *about*, not even to, another actor I've never heard of and they share a totally faked (or carefully digitally obscured) k Real Rating: 2.5* of fiveSo I've watched The Old Guard and was whelmed. Decent little boom-blam-bang too-long but pretty piece of stupidity. The vaunted gay representation is, to put it mildly, pale and weak-kneed, delivered by actors devoid of any discernible chemistry. This apparently big-deal scene goes like this: An actor I've never heard of delivers a sentimental speech *about*, not even to, another actor I've never heard of and they share a totally faked (or carefully digitally obscured) kiss for ~10sec before being forcibly separated by brutal assholes for absolutely no logical reason. They're RESTRAINED in the back of an armored vehicle! They can't touch each other! They're fucking immortal, so why is the Arab guy even worried about the Italian guy in the first place?!Go, Hollywood. Way to do it. *snort*The moral bankruptcy of the capitalist shitheel Dudley Dursley plays, evidenced from the first by the planned murder of some violent murderers, was as expected...the film's anti-capitalist message is very agreeable to me...but it also makes Chiwetel Ejiofor's character into irredeemable scum for participating in it. Arguably he enters into an atonement spiral by the end but the planned and thus sanctioned killing of a dozen (admittedly violent and murderous) men really negates any possession of high ground for this character to return to. Also, is this really the best moment to spread a doctors-are-all-Mengele-at-heart message? AND be anti-gene-manipulation since that's most likely the best way forward out of COVID Crisis-land?Charlize Theron's part here is to be tough and repressedly furious. Job done.The young Black actress is fine in her role, whatever it may be. I really couldn't tell you how she became a badass supersoldier since she started out as a regular ol' Marine...nothing was made of her previous specialness. At least she gets with the supersoldiery program in record time, apparently intuiting what her role in the team is and what exactly she should do in a given situation without more than a nod and a wink! Just amazing, that.And she's set up to be The Boss after Charlize eventually dies (there's a story, don't sweat it since it's arbitrary and unexplained, as to her loss of immortality)...despite the two gay guys being A LITERAL THOUSAND YEARS more experienced than she is. Mm. Because the straight guy who's two hundred years more experienced than she is isn't leadership material? Mm.If anyone ever wonders why I don't like comic books and/or their movies, this is the short version. I don't like the fascist Übermensch tones of superheroes; I don't care what color their skin is, what plumbing they sport, or the nature of their private sexual peccadilloes. It is inherent in the genre, this illiberal message, and it never won't bother me. I don't want to count the corpses that need burying/burning/exposure to the vultures; these are humans with families, mothers and fathers, and not every one of them can be unloved. Yes, yes, I know I'm not supposed to think about that. I do anyway, and it makes this sort of film/comic deeply distasteful to me.And yes, the books built on similar lines as well as the damn near ubiquitous trope of women as rape objects and children as props to be harmed are off my plate as well these past several years. (I've always felt this way about animals.) I don't want to read this stuff; I don't want to watch this stuff. In my mind, this is part of the culture that makes #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter as well as the endless, underreported violence against QUILTBAG people, normalized background noise.I dissent; I decline to participate.ETA This backstory-filling "featurette" (horrible word, up there with "novelette" ptui) explains some stuff. Knowing the French guy's history makes me feel more like the situation leading to the whole film shoulda been seen coming by people with such enormous experience of human nature.
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    January 1, 1970
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    I find the idea interesting, and I love the use of a women of color. While it is violent, the violence does not feel like it is there for effect, if you know what I mean.
  • David Dalton
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it!Heard about this series as a new Netflix series looked promising. So I checked out the first free issue. Going to download issues 2 to 5 and finish the first arc.
  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this. There's a lot happening but I felt the title balanced the info dump with the right amount of mystery. There's a lot of characters and each got a chance to express who they are without the story seeming busy. Rucka's a pro with the crime noir/drama and I'm happy to see that translate to a modern day war-setting. I didn't mind the nod to Frank Miller in the art, though I'm glad the sexualization was kept at the beginning. It seems a trait of the old guard, and I think the "new guar I enjoyed this. There's a lot happening but I felt the title balanced the info dump with the right amount of mystery. There's a lot of characters and each got a chance to express who they are without the story seeming busy. Rucka's a pro with the crime noir/drama and I'm happy to see that translate to a modern day war-setting. I didn't mind the nod to Frank Miller in the art, though I'm glad the sexualization was kept at the beginning. It seems a trait of the old guard, and I think the "new guard" might be very different. I'm game for that and hopeful for future issues keeping or surpassing the momentum.
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  • Anamelia Regan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up to 4Interesting premise, seems like it's got some really good ideas, looking forward to reading more. Not sure about characters yet as haven't seen enough of them yet!Not really a fan of that art. Great use of shadows, and some panels are really good but I don't like any of the faces, and a lot doesn't feel uniform outside of the colour and shadow usage. I'm extremely picky wirh art though 😊
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  • A.M.
    January 1, 1970
    I saw this in the free list and it pinged as it is the most recent action movie… w Charlize Theron in the lead. [half my twitter stream is flailing over this movie]This is the comic, so it’s only 35 pages - and set-ups a few threads: who are they, how can they live in a tech world? Who is onto them?3 stars
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  • T. Scott
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic start to a series! I loved the art - the quirky faces and beautiful landscapes remind me of the great Queen & Country series. The story sucked me right in. I can't wait for this to come out in trade! A fantastic start to a series! I loved the art - the quirky faces and beautiful landscapes remind me of the great Queen & Country series. The story sucked me right in. I can't wait for this to come out in trade!
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  • DOUGLAS J BERRY
    January 1, 1970
    Immortals are fighting small battles and killing time.Good color artwork,image freebie. Greg rucka tells a story of immortals and how they are fighting a lot of small battles to kill time. A New immortal has appeared and their existance is threatened.
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  • Ken
    January 1, 1970
    excellent storyFollow an immortal band if warriors. Much more than a good yarn. Well developed believable characters. Great plot and super arc. Can’t wait to read the next installment
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this comic strip and thought it was a good start to the series! Doesn’t tell you too much about the story or the plot but there’s enough to keep you intrigued! The only reason I dropped a star is because of the drawings of the people’s faces... they were all just w bit bizarre 😂
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  • Clarissa
    January 1, 1970
    Saw the movie first...However, this was worth the download. I am usually hesitant about reading a comic after seeing film as they don't usually match up, but this is awesome. For once, they nailed it.
  • Debi Overstreet
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent artworkI picked this up because I saw (and loved) the movie on Netflix. There were some minor differences between the two, and the movie goes past this point, but I will definitely be reading more in this series!
  • Feywatcher
    January 1, 1970
    Graphic novelSave your $0.99! Not worth the money. Very short teaser on a much longer novel. Unless you are already familiar with the story, and in my opinion even if you are, it doesn't catch your interest.
  • Marisa Carpico
    January 1, 1970
    This should absolutely be for me. The art is strong and the storytelling is fine, but this just didn't draw me in. Don't think I'll read another.
  • Fran Gilmore
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpected :-)The story was straightforward and engaged my attention after the 1st scene. I like this way better than Whiteout. Thumbs up!
  • Carl
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting take on immortality....
  • Anita Fajita Pita
    January 1, 1970
    Interested enough to continue
  • Gavin McHugh
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one. A great, intriguing beginning with superb colouration and interesting characters. And a shit ton of violent, kinetic action.Think I've found a new series!
  • Abdullah
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah, no.
  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Great set up to this series. Series looks to off to a great start with this first issue... I want to know more about this world.
  • Rehema M
    January 1, 1970
    It was good!I liked the story, loved the pace and illustrations. Will definitely be reading the next book In the series. Nice!
  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic story full of action, I love the graphics and color, I am very intrigued by the plot and what will happen, a new guard? or as part of the team? cannot wait for the rest of the chapters.
  • Mary Marie Brown
    January 1, 1970
    New twist to the immortal soldier Interesting premise, Andy is a badass chic. Can’t wait to see where they take the story and if new immortals are introduced.
  • Nédu
    January 1, 1970
    interesting start
  • Satyajeet
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping and Fantastic...The storyline as well as the illustrations are first rate...Love it...
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This is exactly the movie, they did a good adaptation. I wish I had known about these earlier!
  • Andrew Shaffer
    January 1, 1970
    Yikes. This one was NOT for me. *runs screaming*
  • Hazi
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, I watched the movies first and then I ordered all the books before the last credit rolled. [Psst. The first ones free on Kindle]
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed the movie so was very excited when I learned it was based on a comic.
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