Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future
Marooned on Mercury

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 14.99, US S19.95
ISBN 1 84023 847 X
Available 21 January 2005

Believed dead after they successfully saved the Earth from the threat of the Red Moon, Dan and his friends have crashed on Mercury and fallen into the hands of the rock creatures that inhabit the planet! To make matters worse, Dan's nemesis, the dreaded Mekon, is once more on his trail and Dan is again caught between a rock and a hard place...

Titan take us back in time (or forward depending on your point of view) with the latest Dan Dare collection Marooned on Mercury.

This graphic novel opens with the human race mourning the death of Dan and his crew, presumed killed after their successful attack on the red moon. However, as luck would have it, they are alive and well but stranded on Mercury.

The stories are engaging, the art work beautiful and the colour vibrant, but... I've said it before and I'll say it again. It's questionable whether this collection will appeal to the younger generation of comic collectors. However, if like me, you are a bit of an old fogey (in your mid-30s or older) then this will take you back to the days when the UK had a decent comic industry.

As fans of this series have come to expect there are a few additional extras including part three of an interview with Frank Hampson; a look at the art of Frank Hampson; and a Who's Who in Dan Dare.

Worth getting hold of for nostalgic values alone.

Ray Thompson

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