Published in 2002 and completely bypassing your correspondent, although sometimes he would miss 50 ft neon signs and national holidays celebrating a launch. Luke witters on about his holiday reading.
By Pat Mills, Debbie Gallagher, Wayne Reynolds and Len’ O Grady
For those of you who aren’t aware, the ”Redeemer” is based on a character from the “Warhammer 40,000” table top war game.
“Warhammer” published by Games Workshop, was a originally a Tolkien esque fantasy war game. In the late eighties a version set in the same universe but set in a far flung future was launched. The “Warhammer 40,000” game is set where a human empire overcome with religious fervor is combating alien races and battling the alien races and and the forces of chaos.
This concept may sound familiar to some of you.
Quite a few years ago, Games Workshop decided to muscle in on the comics market They released a number of titles all based around their “Warhammer” universe.
Both “Warhammer” and it’s far future spin offs are insanely popular, though being lacking in the patience department I only got around to painting the miniatures – I still have a few “Space Marines” dotted around my abode.
Who better than to write and raw some of tehse titles than established comic creators, some of which have worked for the Galaxy’s Greatest, Gordon Rennie, Colin MacNeil (I’ve seen pages for sale – they are awesome) Dan Abnett (the classic “Insurrection” looks suspiciously like a rejected “Warhammer” universe proposal), and of course “Uncle” Pat Mills.
According to his bio Klovis the Redeemer of the title is , “a noble of House Cawdor, based in Hive Primus. He has leads a band of zealous followers through the Underhive and out into the Ash Wastes with the aim of spreading his beliefs among the area’s outcast inhabitants.” (https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Klovis_the_Redeemer)
All of which means diddley squat to me. I jumped ship from “Warhammer” around 1990. Despite this you can get by without any knowledge of the universe really. I know I did. Not having anything to do with “WH40k” for many years, I could have been lost at sea, luckily I am very familiar with the concepts of blowing shit up and the hacking and the slaying.
This collection of the mini (with a bonus short story at the back sees Klovis battling his way through the Underhive, when his forces are confronted by the Caller, the leader of the Rat Nation and empowered by the ”Bloodmare stone” The Caller is drawing the other Underhive adversarial factions to him, a significant threat to Hive Primus. Assisted by his (occasionally reluctant and veering on mutinous) troops and his obsequious and unctuous assistant Malakev, our narrator like Peter Lorre in a habit.
Everyone knows who Pat Mills is, and he didn’t have to do a lot of research to get “into character”. This is all a bit “Terminatory” (As in “Nemesis the Warlock”, not the milked drier than the Gobi desert sci fi franchise). Columbo I am not, but I have found little on Debbie Gallagher on the internet. She co-wrote Slaine “the Banishing” (http://www.2000ad.org/thrillpower/2kad15s.html) and worked as co writer with Mills briefly before moving into novels. Script wise, the main feature reads like Mills. It’s not a difficult plot to follow, and there are the typical Mills like quips and put downs.
Wayne Reynolds has popped up in the Prog and the Meg quite often. He drew a few episodes of “Slaine”, but is probably more widely known for his “Judge Dredd” work. His art is very expressive, exaggerated cartoony thing. Think Ken Reid and Simon Bisley’s love child. It’s nice art, dynamic figure work and layouts but spoiled by the overly murky colouring, yes I know it’s underground, but still… Reynolds colour in the back up story is far better
Hardly essential, but fun. Light, but riotous. An “Iron Maiden” single as comics.