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Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future
Rogue Planet (Hardback)

Authors: Frank Hampson and others
Artists: Don Harley and others
Titan Books
RRP: 19.99, US $29.95, Cdn $37.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 413 5
ISBN-10: 1 84576 4137
Available 24 August 2007


It's chocks away once again as Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, returns.
Dan, Lex and Digby - with their alien guide Lero - finally make planetfall on Cryptos, but Flamer is missing. Unfortunately, there's no time to search for him, as the Phant invasion has begun. With a new friend - the alien creature Stripey - in tow, our heroes begin a dangerous quest to stop the Phants... a quest which will take them to the Phant homeworld, and a showdown with their leader, Orak! Can Dan and his crew fight a desperate battle to save two worlds?...

Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, and his unforgettable crew take to the stars once again in Rogue Planet. From the pages of legendary UK comic, Eagle, these classic adventures of one of the best known, loved and influential of British comic characters continue in these beautiful library editions. Featuring the timeless artwork of massively influential Dare creator Frank Hampson, this epic tale is just as thrilling today as it was on its debut in Eagle in February 1953.

Dan, Lex and Digby - brought by the alien Crypt, Lero - have made planetfall on Cryptos, Leto's home planet, but they have lost cadet "Flamer" Spry in the process. Now they must help Leto stop the evil Phants invading, in a planet-spanning epic that will take them to Phantos - and a showdown with both the Phant high priests, the Kruels, and their supreme leader ORAK.

This collection also features a look at Frank Hampson's comic-strip life of Jesus, The Road of Courage, featuring rare artwork and Hampson's own recollections of his journey to the Holy Land.

For those that have been following this series, Rogue Planet presents another collection of must own strips from the '50s. However, it won't be to everyone's tastes. Younger readers may find it more than a little dated.

Ray Thompson

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