Author: Peter Milligan
Artists: Brett Ewins & Steve Dillon
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 485 7
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Veto Skreemer is the most feared killer in Earth's futuristic gangsterland. With the other gangs poised to topple his empire, Skreemer has set in motion a plan that will change the world for good...

It is 10 years since Skreemer was first published and this reprint, in the wake of the events of 11 September 2001, give the story a new twist. The future events constantly refer back to the fall - an event not explained, but one that changed the current state of the world order and replaced prime ministers and presidents with gangster warlords.

This is one of those great graphic novels that needs to be read again to appreciate its finer points. After reading it the first time I was compelled to read it again and I know I'll come back to it again and again in the future.

Peter Milligan's script is cleverly weaved between different timelines and Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon help breathe life into what is a grisly work of art. There are more than a few scenes, including Dutch's lucky(?) escape after a rat tries to bury into his face, that the artists bring to life without being too graphic.

I fantastic graphic novel that tackles numerous issues including religion, alcoholism, free will, predicting the future and the futility of life and death.

One of the most original and thought proving works I have read for some time - a timeless classic.

Nick Smithson

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