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Dragon's Claws [Paperback]

Simon Furman
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6 Oct 2008
The elite law enforcement team of the far future returns! In the dystopian year of 8162 Greater Britain desperately needs heroes; warriors willing to do whatever it takes to safeguard mankind. Consequently, the shadowy government agency N.U.R.S.E. (National Union of Retired Sports Experts) reinstates ""the greatest game players in the world"" to bring order to chaos.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905239998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905239993
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quite brilliant British comic 4 Nov 2009
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Dragon's Claws, as far as the UK comics market was concerned, was ahead of its time. First published in 1988, it ultimately ran for ten issues before poor sales saw an end to what was a brilliant comic.

Set far in the future, the world is slowly but surely dying, order starts to break down, poverty increases and so on. The World Development Council (a successor to the UN..?) responds to this by inventing The Game, an action-packed and violent 'sport' played across the globe by teams consisting of, well, mercenaries it seems. The Game spirals out of control and due to the increasing casualty rate and obvious psychosis of some of the players, Dragon's Claws, arguably The Game's greatest and most honourable team, retire.

It soon becomes clear that the world is descending into even worse chaos, so the National Union for Retired Sports Experts (N.U.R.S.E. - great, isn't it?) reforms Dragon's Claws and deploys them as a commando squad to eliminate the various terrorist threats around the world.

Although written 20 years ago by Simon Furman (who went on to write for Marvel in the US on a number of their flagship comics), the themes featured resonate just as well now. The action is mainly centred on Greater Britain (as it apparently becomes) and is wonderfully drawn by Geoff Senior. The characters, especially the team's leader, Dragon, are all fleshed out and the over-arcing plot was building up to be quite epic before the comic sadly reached the end of its run.

This book includes all ten issues plus one issue of Death's Head (which did a crossover with the Claws). It also includes the covers and other items of art included with the originals. Obviously worth buying if you remember the comic, and even if not, it doesn't get much better than this for British comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 27 Nov 2010
Took me back to my comic reading years, love the story, love the art. Tis a great shame the story was never concluded, at least Death's Head had closure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brill 10 Sep 2011
this was a great comic and i would love to see it come back, what i wouldnt do to see the evil dead get back in print. love this collect works and am very greatful for the fast posting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best UK comic ever produced! 8 Dec 2013
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I picked up this comic book from my local shop when it first came out. Other than the usual and to me, boring comics for younger kids in the uk, this looked interesting. I was absolutely delighted with the art, the stories and the humour at times too. So very disappointed when it ended at issue 10. As a Marvel comic collector die-hard I cannot understand why rhe comic was never revived. Just ordered the graphic novel and I can't wait to receive it. This to me is the only really successful British title by Marvel that is not an American reprint. It is on par with some of the best of 2000 AD stuff - buy it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but fun 80s action comic 29 April 2009
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In the future, teams of renegade gladiators terrorize cities. So Dragon's Claws - the greatest team ever - has been reactivated to hunt them down.

First off, this book is just as cheesy as it sounds, with heroes and villains out of central casting and lots of amusing battles. There's an evil government conspiracy, a team member with a mysterious past and leader with divided loyalties.

But it's fun. The art by Geoff Senior is properly gritty without ever becoming unclear. Simon Furman comes up with entertaining villains and situations. It's like a Die Hard or James Bond movie, it's not deep but you know what you're getting and that it will be pretty good.
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