Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future
Prisoners of Space (Hardback)

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 16.99, US $24.95
ISBN 1 84576 151 0
Available 25 November 2005

When two new cadets accidentally transport themselves to Space Station XQY they are captured by the evil Mekon. Dan Dare bravely sets out to save them and is plunged into the Mekon's latest plot to re-conquer Venus, and then take Earth. Can Dan, Digby and two cadets save not one, but two planets?...

As with previous releases in the Dan Dare range of graphic novels, Prisoners of Space is only really likely to appeal to those who grew up on The Eagle's most famous character.

While this is a great collection (made even better by the quality treatment that Titan have lavished on it) it has aged a little less gracefully that it could have - even though, for a kids comic series, it was well ahead of its time.

Extras in this collection include an introduction by Sir Tim Rice; Working With Frank Hampson - a retrospective feature by Bruce Cornwell, who was responsible for fleshing out the majority of the machinery and technology in the original strips; and a Who's Who in Dan Dare run down.

Another classic slice of nostalgia which will be welcomed by all Dan Dare fans.

Ray Thompson

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