Filed under: 2000AD, 8 Stars, Alan Moore, Brett Ewins, Cam Kennedy, Colin Wilson, Dave Gibbons, Eric Bradbury, Gerry Finley Day
Rogue Trooper is a classic 2000 AD comic strip that was created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. It follows the adventures of Rogue, a G.I. (or Genetic Infantryman) and his search for the traitor that ochestrated the massacre of his entire unit. What makes Rogue unique is that he has been genetically modified to be able to survive the poisons of new earth and that he carries the personality of 3 of his fallen comrades around with him in the form of biochips implanted into his helmet, Backpack and gun.
Rogue trooper is one of the classic series from 2000AD and ranks amongst my favorite strips. Considering it was originally published in the eighties it still feels fresh today. Most of the stories are pretty short with a satisfying start and end within only a few pages (designed for weekly comics) but there is an overlying story arc throughout all of them. Reading the stories in collected form really helps to hammer home the ongoing plot which I wasn’t as aware of when I originally read the weekly comic episodes. Rogue Trooper is a bit more serious than other 2000AD stories of the day.
In this volume the following issues are collected (all written by Gerry Finley Day).
- “Rogue Trooper” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #228, 1981)
- “Nu Paree” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #229, 1981)
- “Glass Zone” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #230, 1981)
- “Clash in Doomsday Valley” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #231, 1981)
- “Terror of the Decapitators” (with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #232, 1981)
- “Raiders” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #234, 1981)
- “Scum Sea” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #235, 1981)
- “Ascent To Buzzard-Three” with art by Colin Wilson (2000 AD #236-238, 1981)
- “The Rookies” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #239-240, 1981)
- “Blue Moon” with art by Colin Wilson (2000 AD #241, 1981)
- “Poison” with art by Mike Dorey (2000 AD #242-243)
- “Fear of the Machine” with art by Colin Wilson (2000 AD #246-248, 1982)
- “The Dreamweavers” with art by Dave Gibbons (2000 AD #249-250, 1982)
- “The Buzzard” with art by Colin Wilson (2000 AD #251-253, 1982)
- “The Petrified Forest” with art by Mike Dorey (2000 AD ##254-257, 1982)
- “War of Nerves” with art by Colin Wilson (2000 AD #258, 1982)
- “Bagman Blues” with art by Colin Wilson and Eric Bradbury (2000 AD #260-262, 1982)
- “The Body Looters” with art by Cam Kennedy (2000 AD #265, 1982)
- “All Hell on the Dix-I Front” with art by Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy and Brett Ewins (2000 AD #266-277, 1982)
- “Assassination Run” with art by Cam Kennedy (2000 AD #278-279)
- “Hats Off to Helm” with art by Cam Kennedy (2000 AD #280-281)
- “Marauders” with art by Colin Wilson and Cam Kennedy (2000 AD #282-289)
- “Fort Neuro” with art by Brett Ewins and Cam Kennedy, (2000 AD #290-310)
- “Major Magnum” with art by Brett Ewins (2000 AD #311-315)
- “Bigfoot” with art by Cam Kennedy (2000 AD #316)
- “Bio-Wire” with art by Cam Kennedy (2000 AD #317)
Two Specials written by Alan Moore
- “Pray For War” with art by Brett Ewins (1983 2000AD Annual)
- “First of The Few” with art by J Rendondo (1984 2000AD Annual)
There is great B/W art throughout and surprisingly for a long running comic series there is great continuity between the different artists. Out of all the artists I liked Bret Ewins the least and Dave Gibbons the best. At times Ewins art seems a little heavy handed compared to the rest but it did not detract from this excellent collected edition.
My favorite stories in the book are “All Hell on the Dix-I Front” and “Marauders” and these really are up amongst the cream of classic 2000AD stories. The longest story in the book is “Fort Neuro” which reminds me a lot of the “Robohunter” or “Judge Dredd” style of writing. It has more of a comedic style which at first felt out of place to me but the story got better as it progressed and the end was very satisfying. The two Alan Moore stories are a nice bonus but I prefer Gerry Finley Day’s take on Rogue Trooper.
This book is highly recommended to British SCI FI comic book fans. [ISBN-13: 978-1906735340]. 8/10
Filed under: 7 stars, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra, Ian Gibson, John Nadeau, John Wagner, Star Wars
This Omnibus collects the following:
- “Boba Fett : Enemy of the Empire” with story by John Wagner and art by Ian Gibson and John Nadeau. The artwork and writing in this story is excellent especially if you are a fan of 200oAD. Some people may find Gibsons art to be a bit cartoonish but I really like it.
- “Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika” with story by Mike Kennedy and art by Carlos Meglia. A pretty good story with a whole host of familiar Star Wars characters and nicely colored cartoony art.
- “Empire #7: Sacrifice” with story by John Wagner and art by Cam Kennedy. A good short story with good artwork too.
- “Empire #28: Wreckage” with story by Ron Marz and art by Adriano Melo. A not bad short story with pretty good artwork. Most of the story is very light on dialogue but the ending is well written.
- “Boba Fett : Overkill” with story by Thomas Andrews. This is a well written and enjoyable story. The artwork is good but quite simplistic with almost Anime cartoon styled characters and backdrops. This does tend to detract from the story a bit.
- ” Boba Fett : Salvage” with story by John Wagner and art by Carlos Ezquerra. A good single shot story with excellent art by Carlos Ezquerra and great coloring by Cary Porter.
- “Boba Fett : Twin Engines of Destruction” with story by Andy Mangels and art by John Nadeau. A pretty good story about a Bobba Fett Impersonator with average artwork that didnt really capture me.
- “Boba Fett : Death, Lies and Tradedgy” with story by John Wagner and art by Cam Kennedy. Another good Hutt based story but with horrible looking art. The art itself isnt that bad but the coloring is really nasty. It looks like a photocopy of a cheap newspaper strip. Definitely looks out of place in this book.
- “Boba Fett : Agent of Doom” with story by John Ostrander and art by Kam Kennedy. A good short story about Boba Fett trying to regain some respect with good artwork.
Although I am not a huge Star Wars fan I am a big fan of John Wagners writing and Ian Gibson’s and Carlos Ezquerra’s art work so I purchased this omnibus for their work. I wasnt dissapointed by any of their contributions and the rest of the book was good too. This Omnibus has a wide variety of artistic and writing styles but works well as a whole and it is a light and fun read. The only fly in the ointment for me was the presentation of “Death, Lies and Tradgedy” which really didnt match the quality of the rest of the book. [ISBN-13: 978-1595824189 ] 7/10
Filed under: 9 stars, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra, Eric Bradbury, Gerry Finley Day, Joe Colquhoun, John Wagner, Mike Western, Pat Mills
I never read “Battle” when I was a kid and read their rival “Warlord” instead. It looks like I really missed out on some great stories and this book provides a taste of what I missed. I enjoyed all the stories in this book and they capture the cream of British war comics admirably. The Black and white artwork is excellent throughout and even the B/W printed versions of the color strips look good. The only strip that I had read before was pat Mill’s excellent “Charley’s War”.
My only real criticism is that because they included so many different stories it meant that all you got was a short taster of each. It was annoying for instance that theyonly included 3 out of 6 episodes of “Hold Hill 109”. I hope they will produce some “Complete” versions in the future.
Included in this collection:
- “D-Day Dawson” written by Gerry Finley Day and Ron Carpenter with art by Colin page.
- “Day of The Eagle” written by Eric Hebden with art by Pat Wright.
- “The Bootneck Boy” written by Gerry Finley Day and Ian MacDonald with art by Giralt.
- “Rat Pack” written written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
- “Major Easy” written by Alan Hebden with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
- “Fighter From the Sky” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Geoff Campion.
- “Hold Hill 109″ written by Steve MacManus” with art by Jim Watson.
- “Darkies Mob” written by John Wagner with art by Mike Western.
- “Panzer G-Man” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Geoff Campion.
- “Johnny Red” written by Tom Tully with art by Joe Colquhoun.
- “Joe Two Beans” written by John Wagner and art by Eric Bradbury.
- “The Sarge” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Mike Western
- “The Early Adventures of Hellman of Hammer Force” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Mike Western.
- “Crazy Keller” written by Alan Hebden with art by Eric Bradbury.
- The General Dies At Dawn” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by John Cooper.
- “Charley’s war” written by Pat Mills with art by Joe Colquhoun.
- “Fighting Mann” written by Alan Hebden with art by Cam Kennedy.
- “Death Squad” written by Mark Andrew with art by Eric Bradbury.
This book is highly recommended as an introduction to the golden era of British war comics. [ISBN-13: 978-1848560253]. 9/10
Filed under: 8 Stars, Cam Kennedy, Darick Robertson, Dougie Braithwaite, Garth Ennis, Joe Quesada, John McCrea, Punisher, Steve Dillon, Tom Mandrake
Fantastic collection of punisher stories by Garth Ennis in an absolutely humungous hard cover book. Not as hard edged as the MAX series but no worse for this. Garth really is the master of the Punisher. The artwork is also very good. The only slightly weak area in this collection was where Superheroes were included. I think Garth really struggles with superheroes and I thought the final superhero showdown was pretty week. Garth’s take on Wolverine was also horrible. This book is an amazing collection and it collects the following:
- PUNISHER (2000) #1-12
- PUNISHER KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
- MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #1,
- PUNISHER (2001) #1-7 and #13-37.
(ISBN-10: 0785133836). 8/10