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Nikolai Dante: The Romanov Dynasty [Paperback]

Robbie Morrison , Charlie Adlard , Henry Flint
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Nov 2004
Year of the Tsar 2674 AD and bastard son of the Romanovs Nikolai Dante has bonded with a cyberorganic Weapons Crest - an alien combat computer which allows him to extrude lethal bio-blades. Following the civil war, Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror is strengthening his control over imperial Russia and he's appointed Dante as his troubleshooter.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401203957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401203955
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 18.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,984,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robbie Morrison is one of 2000 AD's most popular writers, having co-created The Bendatti Vendetta, Shakara, Shimura and Vanguard, and has chronicled the adventures of Judge Dredd in 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is also co-creator of fan-favourite Russian rogue Nikolai Dante, which won an Eagle award for 'Best UK Character', beating Judge Dredd to this accolade for the first time in almost twenty years. In the US, he has written Spider-Man's Tangled Web for Marvel and The Authority for DC/WildStorm. His and artist Charlie Adlard's critically acclaimed graphic novel White Death has also been hugely successful in both Europe and the US. John Burns' painted art has graced several 2000 AD series, notably Judge Dredd and Nikolai Dante, as well in as his own co-creation, The Bendatti Vendetta. He has also contributed to Black Light, Doctor Sin, The Scarlet Apocrypha, Vector 13 and Witchworld. Outside the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, he has pencilled Eclipse's ESPers and the James Bond miniseries, A Silent Armageddon. Simon Fraser is best known to 2000 AD fans as the co-creator of Russian rogue Nikolai Dante, whose adventures have been a staple of the comic since his debut in 1997. Fraser is also the co-creator of Family in the Judge Dredd Megazine, and has drawn Judge Dredd and Shimura. His best-known non-2000 AD work is Lux & Alby: Sign On and Save the Universe, a collaboration with Scottish post-punk author Martin Millar. Fraser's creator-owned project Lilly MacKenzie and the Mines of Charbydis is still in progress. His website is www.simonfraser.net. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hell and High Water 13 Sep 2008
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You wouldn't be blamed for not having heard of Nikolai Dante before; he seems only to be famous amongst those who've already heard of him. In fact, he's barely left the pages of weekly British anthology "2000AD" since his first appearance in 1997. If you've never had the pleasure of sampling his cheeky exploits in a semi-futuristic alternate Russia, there's no time like the present with this sixth book, newly released by the "2000AD" team.

"In the aftermath of the war, Imperial Russia entered a time of terror. Purge Squads cut a massive swathe through the land, as the Tsar wreaked his revenge on those who had betrayed him..." So begins the latest graphic novel, drawing a run of Nikolai Dante strips from 2002 to 2005. It follows Nikolai's roguish exploits following the long, dark story arc of the Tsar Wars, in which the disgraced member of Russian royalty led troops to battle against the mighty Tsar.

Artists Simon Fraser and John Burns return, bringing levity or drama to the stories when required; the book is written by the unparalleled Robbie Morrison. Great stories that strike a perfect balance between humour and the darker emotional side of Dante, as well as pivital back-story about his family and childhood. Excellently written, beautifully drawn with real class and flair. A great book in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still too cool to kill 5 May 2005
Set in 27th century Russia, volume two of 2000AD's terrifically entertaining series builds on the set-up from "The Romonov Dynasty." Deprived of the element of surprise, Morrison stages a series of vignettes to introduce the extended cast and their special abilities. These feel a bit like bridging stories between the intro and the main plot but are still fast and funny and the last story is, if you're in the know, utterly hilarious. Make sure you've read a little Sinister-Dexter first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honour be damned! 21 Feb 2013
Nikolai Dante first appeared in 2000AD. It's the future and the Russian Revolution never happened. In 2666 AD Nikolai Dante, son of a pirate, swashbuckler, rogue, seducer, swordsman, thief, vagabond is in Imperial prison. Pardoned in return for completion of a misson he finds his heritage fighting alongside Jena, daughter of the Tsar. On board a downed Romanov (rival family to the Tsar) spaceship he comes across a strange weapons crest which merges with him, granting supernatural powers and revealing his mysterious origins. Great fun, well scripted and drawn
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for Dante! 2 Aug 2008
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Excellent, excellent, excellent. 'Sword of the Tsar' is fantastic stuff.

The book opens with two all-time classic Dante romps, 'How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life', set in the not-so-swinging London of mad monarch Henry Windsor McKray, and 'Primal Screams', set in an African casino run by talking humanoid animals, which put a great big happy smile on my face at the outset that still hasn't faded several hours later.

Most of this seventh volume of the Dante chronicles, however, is devoted to the conclusion of the pirate storyline started in 'Hell and High Water', and a triumphant conclusion it is. I found the seafaring stories collected in the previous book to be somewhat sedately paced, certainly by Robbie Morrison's standards. Here, though, it all comes together and builds to a rip-roaring climax. Dante's tortuous relationship with his pirate-queen mother, which I thought was harped on slightly too much in earlier installments, works brilliantly here and becomes genuinely moving.

John Burns's artwork is simply astonishing. Well, it always is, as far as I'm concerned, but this book contains some of the very best work he's ever done. And Dante co-creator Simon Fraser is also bloody excellent on the title story.

Nikolai Dante is the best fun in comics today and will surely rank among the immortals. The loveable rogue himself is a classic character and is ably abetted by a remarkably broad and vivid pantheon of co-stars and supporting players: beautiful feisty women, colourful villains, scoundrels, schemers, waifs and buffoons.

For those who are new to the saga, this book is as good a place as any to start.
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