Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic by Howard Tayler

The Body Politic by Howard TaylerThe Body Politic is a master class in how things can go terribly wrong even when they are going even better than planned. Captain Tagon and his group of mercenaries attempt to play several entities against each other in order to get paid twice for the same job. Then it moves to three times, and then to four. Serendipity seems to be on their side when his schemes work out over and over.

However there are puppet masters pulling the strings behind the curtains and maybe it would be better if things didn’t just fall in your lap.

I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand the story is much tighter than some of the other Schlock Mercenary stories — this is an artifact of Howard Tayler learning form experience how to tell a story — on the other hand it ties up too tidy and nice at the end. Just when things start to feel like the story is about to explode into violence and action it gets resolved much more neatly than I would have expected.

I still had fun reading it. The humor is great. The artwork is passable — I don’t read comics for the art — I read them for the entertainment. I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I have others but I would still recommend it. Or if you don’t want to read this one then jump in wherever.

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