It's 2012, and the world is once again consumed by war. After
13 years of carnage in the trenches of France, the fascist
superstate of continental Europe has nearly worn down the
resources of Britain and America, but neither side can break
the stalemate on the battlefield - until an experimental new
technology appears that promises total domination for whoever
possesses it. For the Allies, there's only one person capable
of retrieving this new weapon from inside the heart of enemy
territory - Corporal Mary Malone, better known as Bloody Mary...
Mary collects together the two Helix miniseries
Bloody Mary and Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty. Both
stories have a great black sense of humour (what else do you
expect, being penned by Garth Ennis) and are fantastically
illustrated by one of my favourite 2000AD artists,
Veteran of countless missions and one of only two survivors
from the greatest kill-team ever assembled, Corporal Malone
is getting tired of fighting - unlike her combat-addled, gung-ho
British colleague The Major. But this assignment has an extra
incentive: the mercenary peddling the war-winner is her old
commander Anderton - the man who betrayed his own team to
go freelance in the profiteering business. Even with the odds
of survival falling somewhere between slim and none, it's
too good an opportunity to pass up. Beating Anderton, however,
will take more than guts and skill - and success may turn
out to be worse than death.
second tale sees Mary up against a mad cult leader who has
convinced thousands of his female followers to sleep with
him to repopulate the world with his seed. Stopping him won't
be easy, as there are thousands of his loyal cult members
who will die to ensure he carries out his plan.
two tales are neatly tied in together and flow really well
as one long narrative. While this might not be up to the standards
of Ennis's work on Preacher, Bloody Mary is
still a thrilling read.
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