Daily Archives: December 5, 2007

Truth For Dare

Dan Dare #1
“1: Under an English Heaven”
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Gary Erskine
Colors: Parasuraman A.
Letters: Rakesh B. Mahadik
Cover artists: Bryan Talbot & Greg Horn
Editor: Charlie Beckerman
Publisher: Virgin Comics
Price: $2.99 US/$3.75 CAN

Dan Dare is a British sci-fi/adventure property dating back to the 1950s, and from what I can gather, it’s as beloved over in the UK as DC and Marvel’s super-heroes are in North America. I know Dark Horse offered up something of a revival a few years ago, but since I didn’t read it, this new Virgin Comics incarnation is my first foray into the world of the “Pilot of the Future.” What really drew me to the book, though, was Garth Ennis’s participation in the project. The Irish writer has been a standout in the comics industry for more than a decade now, and I’m a fan. His efforts here are as strong many others to have come before it, but nevertheless, it’s a much different sort of script than what one normally expects from Ennis. There’s a softer side to his writing here, less edgy and harsh, but just as engaging. The property and premise may be one revolving around science fiction and a war in outer space, but the real content is about idealism and tradition — and how those concepts have been lost or twisted in the 21st century.

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