Rogue Trooper: Brian Ruckley / Alberto Ponticelli (Review)

AuthorBrian Ruckley Bio

Artist: Alberto Ponticelli web site

Nu-Earth, just another planet ravaged by a galaxy-wide war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. Created to fight in such conditions were the G.I.s – genetically engineered infantrymen. But now only one remains, the man known as… Rogue Trooper. Join noted author Brian Ruckley and artist Alberto Ponticelli in this all-new story.

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Review:

When I first saw this title on Netgalley i knew i had to ask for a copy, this is my youth revisited. I grew up with my older brother buying 2000AD in the 70’s and by the late 70’s i was also an avid collector. My attic still groans under the weight of thousands of issues, and monthly megazines, and despite gifting many many annuals to the kids of friends i still have loads left. 2000ad has in my opinion helped shape the fantasy and SCIFI genre of today, so many tales have influenced the great books and programmes we now enjoy, and many many brilliant authors if asked will confess to being past fans or buyers still.

Does this latest offering live up to the stories of old? Yes it does, in fact for a while i felt that this was a modern re-drawing of an original storyline, it was only seeing that the story had been produced by the excellent fantasy writer Brian Ruckley that made me rethink and see that there were new nuances to the story, a few new ideas with the war dogs, coupled in with the classic grumpy old Rogue and his bio chips.

I think the writer and artist have managed to capture a piece of the past and give it a modern colour and twist, i felt much more the sense of PTSD and the despair of the Rogue Trooper, but maybe that’s age. Either way its a brilliant graphic novel.

(Parm)

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