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That series stretched over a 32-issue story arc between 2003 and 2006, and the movie does not have the time for the cast of intense characters (such as too-cool sniper Cougar) to shine. It manages only to pick and choose a handful of points of humor and action that made the books so satisfying.

Even with superhero movie veterans in place, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the Comedian in “The Watchmen”) as Clay and Chris Evans (the Human Torch in “The Fantastic Four” and soon to be Captain America) as Jensen, the film looks more like a storyboard for the comic book than vice versa.

Best extras: The creators say the comic’s origins lie in trying to mimic classic action films, but their scope of brilliance and satire goes well beyond the genre.

A 10-minute featurette, “The Losers: Action-Style Storytelling” slightly points this out amid the marketing kudos for the film.

The comic-book creators’ interviews are supplemented with full-screen visuals of original panels from the series that tell a much richer story than the movie.

Read all about it: DC Comics compiles the first 12 issues of the comic book into the trade paperback “The Losers: Book One” ($19.99).

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