Another repackaging of old strips? Yes, but this is a bit special. This is pre 2000AD “Strontium Dog” in a tasty hardcover, with the original colour spreads. Luke has all these in his “Starlords”, but he bought it anyway….
Published for FCBD, and not actually free, Luke takes Rebellion up on their offer of the specials delivered straight to his door, there by defeating the object of FCBD day. All because he is Rebellion’s bitch and has a pathological desire to give them his money.
Luke’s reading pile next to the marital bed is growing ever higher. Risking life threatening injury, he picks out 2000AD’s contribution to this year’s Free Comic “Book”( if you must) Day. Is it a worthy attempt to snare new readers? Or just a vain bid at drawing attention to the Prog’ and a dry run in a longer term plan to refocus the title?
Having stretched the definition of the term “potted history” to breaking point, Luke presents the final installment. Wagner & Ezquerra return to the strip they created, Luke whines about the whole resurrection thing and takes a brief look at some of the SD related tat available.
While Johnny was on his temporary dirt nap, there were quite a few attempts at spin offs, pre-death cross overs and the focus shifted to supporting characters in a vain attempt to replace our hero. There is a lot to cover, and some of it is…….. iffy. Basically, Luke’s looking forward to Wagner getting back on board full time in the final installment
Johnny is still in a bit of a dark place, but Durham Red comes along and provides a bit of light (and sauce). But that doesn’t last very long, and soon Johnny’s life becomes even more turbulent. Not to mention terminal. Coupled with creator changes, both visible and behind the scene the series comes unstuck.