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Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing (Marshal Law) Paperback – 24 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New Ed edition (24 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840234520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840234527
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.4 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..this cannot fail to find favour with all fans of less conventional comic book titles. -- Whats On South-West, MAy 2002 reviewer JT

Long time collaborator Pat Mills provides the perfect script, turning in the sharpest, most vindictive superhero satire out there. -- The List (Glasgow and Edinburgh) 25 April 2002

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Pat Mills has written countless comics stories, including 2000 AD's Judge Dredd, Slaine and A.B.C. Warriors, as well as earlier classics like Charley's War. He also created Marshal Law. Kevin O'Neill's work includes A.B.C. Warriors, Batman, Metalzoic and, more recently, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also available from Titan Books.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "sableunadorned" on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill have given us some of the most original comics of the last twenty years, from 'Nemesis the Warlock' to 'Metalzoic'... and now this (well, about twelve years ago this, actually, but it's good to see a reprint). Here we see the pair to some extent biting the hand that feeds with a savage satire on superheroes and what they say about a society's culture.
Set in a near-future west coast US where everyone is (or wants to be) a superhero, this touches on similar themes to Alan Moore's 'Watchmen', but where Moore is sympathetic to his subjects, Mills and O'Neill use their proxy Marshall Law to 'beat the (censored) out of them'.
This groups together the Marshall's first six outings - the original 'Fear and Loathing' series, which deals with the not-Superman character The Public Spirit. Later editions would go on to deal with the not-Batman character Private Eye, a collection of not-The-Punisher, not-the-Avengers, not-the-Justice-League-of-America, and even a run-in with Clive Barker's 'Pinhead' character from the 'Hellraiser' movies. However, it was diminishing returns after the first six episodes, with the art and storylines becoming ever more caricatured.
This is worth reading - you'll never look at superheroes in #quite# the same way again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
In Marshall Law, Pat Mills has created the ultimate anti-hero, a man with a deep and powerful hatred of super heroes and in particular, The Public Spirit - San Futuro's number one super-hero. Loved by the masses, enganged to a beautiful super-heroine and in Marshall Law's eyes at least, a phoney, a liar and worst of all, a possible serial killer.
This book follows Marshal Law on his quest to topple The Public Spirit and stop the killer known as The Sleep-Man. With wonderful art by Kevin o'Neil throughout, this a superb reversal of the super-hero type, in a city full of heroes nobody wants, Marshal Law, the cape-killer keeps the peace in his own, fair but, violent style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan VINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2008
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Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing showcases the creative talent of Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill at the absolute top of their game.

The book is outrageous, nihilistic, multilayered and much besides. It easily meshes an exposition of the indestructable superhero icon with some of the most colourful and lurid images you will see in a comic book. It has exaggerated caricatures and, at the same time, a huge attention to detail.

It's also got the page turning qualities of a good murder mystery - a tightly plotted story that was absent from later installments.

Precious few comic books feel as fresh now as they did when they were first released. This is one of them.
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