the not too distant future the government is publicly endorsing
a genetics programme which was designed to create the next
breed of superhumans. This new breed came in useful during
war time but now they are forced to live amongst us. Some
can not and one is loose amongst us killing innocent women.
It is down to Marshal Law, a genetic mutant himself, to track
down those renegade members of superhuman society and bring
them to justice...
to see the subject of superheros tackled this way. If you
thought they were really a bunch of vain pussies, then this
will re-enforce that view. Although the irony of Marshal Law
being a superhero himself is not lost on Mills.
who is this mysterious killer? And can Marshal Law bring them
to justice? Well, of course he can but not without paying
a heavy personal price. Is America's self appointed king of
superheroes, The Public Spirit, tied up in all this and if
so how can Marshal Law bring him to justice without the public
rebelling? And there is an excellent twist or three to keep
amateur sleuths on their toes.
and Loathing reunites
Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill who 2000AD fans will remember
from their stint on ABC Warriors and Nemesis. O'Neill's
artwork is an acquired taste. When I casually flicked through
this novel I was really not impressed by the artwork. It reminded
me of a poorly drawn student comic I read many years ago.
once I started reading the images never once struck me as
poorly conceived and once I'd finished reading I flicked through
it again and couldn't understand why I had thought they were
poor in the first place.
storytelling coupled with O'Neill's excellent visual imagination
provide a damn good read.
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