THE OLD GUARD — Rucka & Fernández

Publisher Image Comics (Dark Horse Imprint)
Genre Action
Narrative voice First-Person
Pairings F/F, M/M, F/M
Content warnings Death, Blood & Gore, Violence
Maturity rating 16+
Rating 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

“War never takes the wicked man by chance, the good man always.”

— Sophocles, Philoctetes

Soldiers Live. They Wonder Why.

The concept of The Old Guard, sketched out in the exposition and then built upon throughout, is that everyone dies — just for some, their time hasn’t come yet.

The soldiers in this group aren’t immortal, they’re simply not dead yet, and that’s what elevates this from origin story to something more akin to fate — it’s time that’s getting longer instead of running out, and it’s as unpredictable as death has always been and will be. What binds them is war, is knowing that everyone they love will die, is that they will never know which bullet is going to be the last. They get torn apart and put themselves back together, until they don’t. They love and they lose and they search for purpose. They find each other in their dreams, and sometimes they find dreams in each other’s hearts.

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