PLANET OF THE DAMNED
Worlds of pain
released 10 March Publisher Rebellion
Writers Alan Hebden, Pat Mills
Artists Horacio Lalia, Pena, Alfonso
Azpiri, Cesar Lopez Vera
The main attraction in this double bill of late-’ 70s British SF comics about humans stranded on hostile alien worlds is Planet Of The Damned, which ran in the first ten issues of 2000 AD sister title Starlord. Its credited writer – “RE Wright” – was actually Pat Mills in the first instalment, but Alan Hebden thereafter. It follows the passengers of a plane lost in the Bermuda Triangle as they battle for survival on a planet of acid lakes, murderous mutants and stranded Nazis. Sacrificing subtlety for thrills and cheerful brutality, its restless inventiveness hangs off a simple, satisfying quest narrative.
Also included is Hebden’s Death Planet, drawn by Cesar Lopez Vera, which appeared in 2000 AD around the same time. It uses a different pulp SF staple as its starting point – colonists heading for another planet crash on the wrong one – but thereafter it follows a similar path, killing off the colonists at regular intervals. However, there’s a twist lying in wait, concerning a figure from the past of “ace space woman” Lorna Varn. Of the two, Damned is more fun, but this is terrific stuff, typical of the British SF comics boom. Eddie Robson
Well, he does taste like brandy biscuits.