Filed under: 2000AD, 8 Stars, Alan Moore, Bryan Talbot, Carlos Pino, Chris Stevens, Dave Gibbons, Dave Harwood, Ian Kennedy, Joe Eckers, Jose Lewis Ferrer, Kev.F Sutherland, Kevin O'Neil, Mike Dorey, Pat Mills, Steve Dillon
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