GRAPHIC NOVEL
Strontium Dog
Portrait of a Mutant

Authors: Alan Grant & John Wagner
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Titan Books
RRP 11.99
ISBN 1 84023 479 2
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In the future, Strontium-90 nuclear fallout has created a sub-race of mutants and freaks, despised and mistreated by 'norms' - humans unaffected by the radiation. Seen as fit for only one kind of work, some mutants have become bounty hunters - or Strontium Dogs.
Johnny Alpha is one such mutant...

Those familiar with Jonny's exploits in 2000AD will relish the chance to discover Alpha's creation. Portrait of a Mutant is a 19-part story which explains everything you need to know about Alpha's upbringing and why his father hated him so much. There is also a very funny seven part story which features Adolf Hitler.

With the excellent Big Finish Strontium Dog audio productions having been recently released this graphic novel will help fill new fans of the origins of one of 2000AD's greatest characters.

There is also a brief appearance from a young Middenface McNulty

The artwork is Carlos Ezquerra at his best - although one thing about this artist which has always frustrated me is that his images of men all look the same, so there were a couple of pages where it appeared that Johnny's father was being shot when in fact it was just a guard. Another small gripe I had was the quality of the paper this book was printed on, which made it look like an old 1980s bad photocopy.

But, those minor moans aside this is an enjoyable read which will appeal to both long standing fans and those coming to the series for the first time.

Solid story telling from beginning to end.

Darren Rea

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