Based on an idea by Christopher McQuarrie
Story by Dan Capel
Written by Mark Long
Art by Mario Stilla
Colors by Howling Monkey Studios
Letters by Marshall Dillon
Archaia Entertainment/Archaia Black Label
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Cover Price: $14.99
Rubicon is the brainchild of Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Capel. Take the story of the Seven Samurai, bring it to Afghanistan, and appropriately, cast the US Navy SEALs in the role of the seven noble Samurai — a legendary story that has been playing out for close to ten years now.
Artist Mario Stilla paints a gritty world in a style which reminds me of early Frank Miller, only neater and less confused. The subjects that need to be gritty are almost lost in the detail of their clothing, but when addressing the women in the story, the lines are clean and even. Stilla displays both a proficiency at marrying different styles, and a clear intention that the art tell as much of the story as the words. Frame-by-frame, he shows you what to be focused on as writer Mark Long spins the tale.
You can tell right away that the creative team behind this issue are very familiar with (and in Capel’s case, actually familiar with) professional military. The military jargon is authentic and the banter is common trench dialogue. The story parallels the Seven Samurai, with one vast difference being what were rice farmers in 7S are Opium farmers in Rubicon. (In the Seven Samurai, the warriors were paid with rice… so I wonder how this tale will round out).
What can I say? I loved this comic from the very first page onward. It was very easy to ready myself for the story to come, as it is a familiar tale that has played out in dozens of stories and films throughout the years.
Given how authentic Rubicon feels, however they tweek the story you are sure to enjoy its telling.