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!