The Art Of War

Brett ewins’ zar­jaz legacy lives on

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Ini­tially a pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ru­fus Dayglo and Brett Ewins, new Bad Com­pany se­ries First Ca­su­al­ties has turned into a trib­ute to the lat­ter af­ter he passed away ear­lier this year. Start­ing in 2000 AD Prog 1950, it will see pen­ciller Dayglo joined by re­turn­ing writer Peter Mil­li­gan and inker Jim McCarthy.

“Brett and I had started work on a Bad Com­pany pre­quel idea around 2004, but due to his ill- health, it was shelved,” Dayglo tells Red Alert. “Then two years ago, I talked to Peter about do­ing a Bad Com­pany se­ries where we could get it back to ba­sics and do a war story. The idea was for Brett to act as art di­rec­tor as he couldn’t draw it all. We fi­nally got it to­gether and had it ap­proved, and sadly we lost Brett on the first day I started the se­ries.”

Set a decade af­ter the con­clu­sion of 2002’ s last Bad Com­pany in­stal­ment, Danny Franks and some of the re­main­ing mem­bers of Bad Com­pany are now vet­er­ans, liv­ing out a med­i­cated life in a vets’ com­pound.

First pub­lished in 1986, the early Bad Com­pany tales were in­flu­enced by the two World Wars and the Viet­nam War. With Mil­li­gan de­scrib­ing cur­rent con­flicts such as in the Mid­dle East as “wars of il­lu­sions and lies”, First Ca­su­al­ties takes its lead from the rapidly chang­ing na­ture of war­fare. “The wars the world finds it­self in now are even more com­plex,” says Mil­li­gan. “The story in­volved our he­roes try­ing to find the truth that lies be­hind their med­i­cated fog of war. But in these post- mod­ern times, the truth is a move­able feast.”

Bad Com­pany be­gins in 2000 AD Prog 1950 on 30 Septem­ber.

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