Rob Williams & Simon Fraser
Review by Seth
This is one of the earlier works by Dredd scribe Rob Williams that appeared via the House of Tharg. Nikolai DAnte co creator Simon Fraser supplies art duties on a tale of crime, super powers and revenge. Kind of the like “The Godfather” meets “Zenith”.
But with swearing.
And a bit of nudity.
Family had a brief run the Meg’ during 2003 in Meg’s 201-207, but clearly it was popular enough to warrant a hardback collection. A done in one with no sequel on the horizon – and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it is a bit of a curio in the history of the Meg’. Since this was published most non Dredd universe stories have been creator owned.
Odysseus City is run by a super powered crime family, crime is rampant, , the police are corrupt. Kurt A new recruit to the force unhealthily zealous thinks he will be different. Along the way he gets involved with a daughter of the Family. This is his first mistake.
In the meantime, members of the family are getting knocked off by someone who was sold out by the others and left for dead 20 years ago. Now he is out for revenge. The body count rises as the power struggle for control of the Family and the city gets more desperate, with our plucky hero caught in the middle.
Rob Williams likes super-powered characters, though not necessarily superheroes as such, (see also “The Ten Seconders”,” The Royals”, “Cla$$war”. It is ambitious, but doesn’t quite match its aspirations. Williams is a very witty writer, his characterisations are great and his dialogue is always excellent. The plot isn’t particularly original and as a strip it seems, too brief, hurried. It’s like the story doesn’t quite have enough room to fulfill it’s potential.
Artwise, Simon Fraser draws like a european Otomo. He’s fantastic, occasionally his characters can become indistinct, but he has always been a special talent, I’d like to see more of his stuff in the ‘Prog or the Meg’ (more Lily McKenzie puhleeeze?).
Rob Williams has gone onto better things, but this is a good read. Not sure if you would return to it though.