DAN DARE: THE 2000 AD YEARS Volume Two
Claw and order
released OUT NOW!
“Burn, you devils!” That’s the kind of interplanetary diplomacy displayed in this concluding collection of Dan Dare’s punk-era adventures. And that’s on a good day.
Comic book classicists may have shared such sentiments, seeing Frank Hampson’s clean-cut star pilot reborn as a blaster-happy tough nut. But for all that these 2000 AD stories stamp on the postwar decency of Eagle they’re enduringly thrilling, pushing each page to the absolute limit of imagination and incident.
The first half wraps up the Legion Of The Lost Worlds saga (imagine Inglourious Basterds glassing Star Trek in a pub ruck), pitting Dare against deadly doppelgangers, space worms and sub-aquatic Lovecraftian horrors. This run showcases some of the most dynamic work of Dave Gibbons’s career.
Dare’s revamped again in the final arc, rigged out in a Captain Marvel-style costume and given a Cosmic Claw, no less. You feel the character detaching forever from his ’50s origins – but also a pang that the strip, abruptly axed (thanks a lot, Tharg!), had the simple dignity of an ending stolen from it. Nick Setchfield
The 2000 AD strip was meant to end with their version of Dare cancelling his own existence in a time warp.
He regretted buying the Trump glove.