Tuesday, October 23, 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.

This is a really, really excellent collection of three stories serialized in 2000 AD over the last few years. It takes the premise that a large eastern European nation successfully invaded and conquered Britain in 1999. Five years later, a wanted "terrorist" named Bill Savage returns to England after working abroad, building contacts and becoming a legend among the resistance. What happens next is by turns heartbreaking, unbelievable and completely at odds with conventional comic drama, as Pat Mills reasserts his position as one of the medium's best writers after some years of below-par work. Highly, highly recommended.

(Originally posted October 23, 2007 at hipsterdad's LJ.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just read a copy of this recently and was stunned by how brilliant this was. It's the most haunting depiction of modern warfare I've ever read. The black and white art is beautiful and Pat Mills' writing can be a bit hit and miss but this was just stunning, ('we're already living in a science fiction dystopia') and the may be the best 2000 AD strip I've ever read, up there with Halo Jones, the Apocalypse War, Sooner or Later and Zenith book 3. It's shocking that this isn't better known, there's hardly any mentions of it on the whole of the internet...

I've been reading and appreciating your writings for ages by the way. Many thanks for many a good read!