The Old Guard #1, Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernández
They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Working in the book industry for as long as I have now, I can attest that nine times out of ten this is true. That being said, “they” aren’t always right, and that’s exactly the case with The Old Guard. I bought The Old Guard because of the cover. There’s something aesthetically pleasing about a person in modern military garb wielding an ancient-looking, dual-headed axe. And I’m proud to say that Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández’s story holds up to the cover’s badass-ness.
The trials and tribulations of immortality is a story that has been told time and time again. Novels, video games, movies, television … you name it and it’s been done. The underlying theme always seems to be something along the lines of: immortality really blows. Because, lets face it, living forever would get a bit tedious (i.e. super depressing). The Old Guard doesn’t escape this trope, but it does put a new spin on it.
Andromache of Scythia and her comrades (Nicky, Joe, and Booker) have figured out how to capitalize on their immortality. They’re soldiers, and have been for a very long time, although we don’t yet know the why or how. While they’re well practiced in the art of war, the 21st century is a dangerous place for immortals and it’s when the Old Guard let their guard drop (har-har) that they find themselves in a bit of a sticky situation. And as if that weren’t troubling enough, it turns out Andy and her buds aren’t the only ones with mysterious, regenerative abilities. Overall, The Old Guard is a wild, violent romp to say the least and I can’t wait to find out when in time the rest of Andy’s comrades are from, and what’s in store for them next.