As both a comic connoisseur and someone interested in military/middle eastern issues, this series seemed right up my alley. Perhaps because I had such high hopes, I had set the series up with some unreachable goals. Some things that resonated with me both positive and negative:
-Art: Spot on, but still a little generic, which is hard to avoid in the comics world.
-Dialogue: Excellently researched military jargon. You could tell the amount of time the author had spent immersing himself in the world of private military contractors, learning the lingo, references, and personalities.
-Authenticity and Setting: Oozes out of the page. This is the highlight of the series! Setting accurately deals with the sectarian divide in Iraq, as well as the intercine and shifting tribal and political alliances. It also (presciently) projects a civil war, which, to be fair, is hardly out of left field.
-Characterization: Flat as a iPad. This is where the book begins to bog down for me. The characters are not just one-note, they're stock types. There are the burly contractors, the shifty Iraqis... and that's it. Perhaps the development got lost in the shuffle to use all that cool jargon.
-Plotting and Pacing: Moves glacially, really for no good reason (again... gotta fit in that jargon). No dramatic arch of any sort, and seems to violate the obvious cardinal rule of visual media (show, don't tell).
In summary, I prefer... you know..."story" in my comics. I was expecting something in the vein of "The Losers," or "Queen and Country," but what I got was a cross between a textbook and an army field manual. That's not to say that the series doesn't have potential, but I hope that the writers wake up and start to read some classics for inspiration.
I give it a C+.