Written by David Page
Thanks to Barney for the cover image (and what better one to start off with?)
Привет и добро пожаловать Слишком прохладный, чтобы убить. Празднование и взгляд назад в пятнадцать лет российского Жулика!
Err sorry I meant to say Greetings and welcome to too cool to kill. A celebration and look back on fifteen years of the Russian Rogue!
I am David page keeper of the prog slog and I am going to take you through the highs and lows of the Russian rogues 15 years of thrills, spills and well other things ending in ill!
I was originally going to do this series on my own blog which a link will be provided also the original format of this was actually quite similar to the wonderful work Colin Taylor is doing with his Sinister/Dexter look back. Not wanting to copy him completely I junked most of the original work and instead decided to just keep my opinions on the stories.
But wait I hear you ask? If you junked most of your work what will you do now? Simple alongside my opinions on single stories I will also be adding facts, figures and other fun stuff. Think of this as the Nikolai Dante version of the dredd files which appeared in the magazine many moons ago!
So here is how things will pan out.
Each feature length story will of course be done in one. One offs or smaller stories will be bundled together dependant on how short they are. For example here is how the first four parts of this look back will pan out.
1: The Adventures of Nikolai Dante (Not the stories actual name but as a tip of the hat to the series original name that’s what I am referring to it as)
2: The Romanov dynasty
3 The gentleman thief/The Full Dante/Moscow duellists
4 The Gulag apocalyptic/Russia’s greatest love machine/Cruel Britannia
The format of the series will be thus
Story synopsis: Pretty self explanatory
First appearances. Places, people and tech it’s all here!
Last appearance: If a character is killed off it will be mentioned here
Missing presumed? If a character appears to die yet returns later it is mentioned here
Shout out: There are a lot of references to other works of fiction and real life as inspiration to characters. It’s all here!
Running gags: The series is chock full of them.
Foreshadowing: The series is full of these too
There will be short term stuff as well such as a special kill count for a certain family and stuff counting how many people Dante himself has killed and how many he has slept with. I hope this series will be as fun for you reading as it has for me writing!
See you soonish with Dantes Debut!
Thanks to David for suggesting and writing this. Really looking forward to reading these and it’ll probably give me that incentive to pick up the rest of the old Dante trades.
As mentioned, David also has a 2000AD blog where he looks at older issues of 2000AD which you can check out HERE