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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Graphic Novels (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080696
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of the renowned comic 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the comic in 1977, he co-created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, as well as a whole cast of other memorable characters. Wagner has worked extensively beyond the Thargian universe, originating and editing a number of British periodicals as well as writing many American standards. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence was made into a major film from director David Cronenberg.


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Pat Mills is the creator and first editor of 2000 AD. He helped in the development of Judge Dredd and is the writer/creator of many of its most popular stories such as Nemesis the Warlock, Slaine and A.B.C. Warriors. He created Battle Picture Weekly with John Wagner and Marshal Law with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen artist Kevin O'Neill. His science fiction graphic novel series American Reaper with artist Clint Langley recently appeared in the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is currently working on new 2000 AD stories, Flesh, Defoe and Greysuit, as well as Volume Eleven of his best-selling French graphic novel series Requiem, Vampire Knight, now available in English.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Meldrum VINE VOICE on 13 Dec 2012
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"Shako! The Eskimo word for the great white bear. It means simply... killer!" This gloriously over-the-top piece of narration (pure Pat Mills in every respect!) begins one of the odder sagas in 2000AD's storied history. Running originally in 2000AD Progs 20-35, 'Shako' was scripted by Mills and Dredd-creator John Wagner, and drawn principally by 'Flesh' artist Ramon Sola (with contributions from other artists of the era.) The story concerns an unfortunate polar bear, who has accidentally consumed a CIA-manufactured capsule containing a deadly bone-melting virus (which is about the extent of the sci-fi in the story.) The bear is then hunted by US agents who are desperate to retrieve the bio-weapon, but are unable to simply shoot Shako, lest the virus be spread. In the course of this, lots of people get eaten, clawed, ripped to pieces and maimed, whilst Shako himself also gets drunk, wields a gun and boxes a Russian.

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To my way of thinking, as a strip 'Shako' has two clear relatives in British comics. Its father is undoubtedly 'Hookjaw', the monstrous shark-with-a-lip-piercing from 'Action'. The connections are clear: Pat Mills, Ramon Sola, and a merciless force of nature crunching its way through humans either deserving of death through wickedness or stupidity, or simply through being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Indeed, the hero of 'Shako', Eskimo hunter Buck Dollar, is a fairly clear amalgam of 'Hookjaw's two main good guys, the Pacific island native Sharky and the ill-fated Rick Mason. Likewise, CIA-agent Jake Falmuth is pretty much 'Hookjaw's Red McNally in all but name. However, 'Shako's older brother as a strip is clearly 2000AD's 'Flesh' - again, Pat Mills, Ramon Sola, and dinosaurs on the rampage, as a merciless force of nature crunches its way....
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By Alan Smyth on 6 July 2014
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just as i remembered
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By darren on 20 Aug 2014
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good strip i agree with previous reviewer it is hook jaw in the tundra!!nice book that paves the way for the action comic annual.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sicdrone on 24 May 2013
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A sheer classic, this book is definetly worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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