Friday, August 24, 2007


Here's how this works: I finish reading a comic collection, and I tell you about it, and I try not to go on too long.

Invasion! was a regular series for the first year (1977-78) of 2000 AD, appearing in its first 51 issues. It's about a resistance movement in occupied Britian in the far-flung future of 1999, after the Volgan Empire of Eastern Europe sweeps into power to control the oil in the North Sea. Leading the fight back is a trucker named Bill Savage and his trusty shotgun.

It's pretty damn dated, but incredibly fun, as the nigh-indestructible Savage plays a cat-and-mouse game against the bafflingly incompetent invaders. 25 years later, Pat Mills brought the character back in a more somber and realistic take on life under occupation. More on that another time, but this collection is an excellent time capsule of British comics from the late 70s, full of wild ideas and violence that don't always make the most logical sense, sometimes really straining credibility, but remain compelling and exciting. Recommended for readers familiar with the style.

(Originally posted Aug. 24 2007 at hipsterdad's LJ.)

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