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[Robo-Hunter: The Droid Files Vol. 1] – (John Wagner, Alan Grant, Ian Gibson, Jose Luis Ferrer)
August 5, 2010, 10:18 am
Filed under: 2000AD, 9 stars, Alan Grant, Ian Gibson, John Wagner, Jose Luis Ferrer, Robo-Hunter

Robo-Hunter is my favorite comic character of all time. This collected edition was a real treat for me as it includes story arcs that I have never read before. The first story arc “Verdus” is fantastic and has all the great hallmarks of the series. I cant believe I have never read this . The second story is One of my all time favorites in the shape of “Day of the Droids” . The final stories are based in “Brit City” and include “The Beast of Black Heart Manor”, “The Filby Case” and “The Killing Of Kid” and they are really good. I wish they would do a deluxe version in color but even in its original black and white Ian Gibson’s artwork is a real treat.

“Verdus”  was originally published in 2000 AD progs 76 to 82 & 100 t0 112 with artwork by Ian Gibson and Jose Luis Ferrer and script by John Wagner . it seems 2000 AD were unhappy with Ferrer’s artwork and got Ian Gibson to redraw some of it and retouch other bits. There is an interesting explanation here on Gibson’s website.

“Day of the Droids” was originally published in 2000 AD progs 152 to 174 with artwork by Ian Gibson and script by John Wagner.

“The Beast of Black Heart Manor” was originally published in 2000 AD progs 259 to 265 with artwork by Ian Gibson and script by Alan Grant.

“The Filby Case” was originally published in 2000 AD progs 266 to 272 with artwork by Ian Gibson and script by Alan Grant.

“The Killing Of Kid” was originally published in 2000 AD progs 275 to 281 with artwork by Ian Gibson and script by Alan Grant.

This collected Edition is a  great example of  2000 AD at its finest.   [ISBN-13: 978-1906735210] . 9/10

[The Stainless Steel Rat] – (Harry Harrison, Kelvin Gosnell, Carlos Ezquerra)
August 1, 2010, 10:40 am
Filed under: 2000AD, 9 stars, Carlos Ezquerra, Kelvin Gosnell

The Stainless Steel rat graphic novel is a collection of the 2000AD comic strips that were based on the books by Harry Harrison. “The Stainless Steel Rat” (2000 AD #140-151, 1979–1980), “The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World” (2000 AD #166-177, 1980) and “The Stainless Steel Rat for President” (2000 AD #393-404, 1984–1985). I first read these stories over 30 years ago and I was pleasantly surprised just how well they had stood the test of time. Kelvin Gosnell did an amazing  job of putting these stories into graphic format and the scripts are witty and extremely well written. Special mention must also go to Carlos Ezquerra’s artwork which is absolutely spot on and does a wonderful job of imagining a superthief (James Bolivar DiGriz) in a very futuristic and at times bizarre universe. This is yet another classic SCI-FI series from the golden age of 2000AD with fantastic writing and great art. They have also done a great job of reproducing the 30 year old comics without all the problems that the “Robusters” collection had.  [ ISBN-13: 978-1906735517] 9/10

[The Complete Robusters] – (Pat Mills, Alan Moore, Chris Stevens, Carlos Pino, Dave Gibbons, Ian Kennedy, Jose Lewis Ferrer, Kevin O,Neil, Kev.F Sutherland, Dave Harwood, Steve Dillon, Bryan Talbot, Joe Eckers, Mike Dorey)

The Monthly UK Comic book Starlord was a huge thing for me when I was a kid. It was unlike any other comic I had ever read and I instantly became hooked. I still vividly remember the first issue that my mum bought me to read on a train trip to visit my grandparents. One of my favourite story lines in Starlord was “Robusters” and it is great to finally see it collected in one large TPB. The good news is that the adventures of Rojaws and Hammerstein are as good as I remember them to be. The bad news is that the book is just Black and White and I seem to remember some of the stories were originally in Colour. The other bad thing is that the book looks like it was made by photocopying the original comics. Some of the pages have blurry bands running down the middle and occasionally information is cropped off the top of the page.
Robusters is sort of like Thunderbirds but with ill behaved Robots and tyranical human bosses. It has that typical Pat Mills feel to it where every story has a not so hidden undercurrent that pokes fun at the class system, politics, the publishers or other social issues. The writing is witty and the artwork excellent for a comic series.

My favorite story is the “Terra-Meks” that features the writing of Pat Mills and the artwork of Dave Gibbons.  A true British Comic classic. [ISBN-13: 978-1905437825]. 8/10

[The Complete Nemesis the Warlock Volume 1] – (Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neil, Jesus Redondo, Bryan Talbot)
This one really takes me back to early 2000AD. The smaller print format can make some of the complex drawings difficult to view. They certainly seem more cluttered than I remember first time round but my eyesight isn’t what it used to be. A good nostalgic read. (ISBN-13: 978-1905437115).  7/10