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Zenith: Bk. 1: Tygers (The Best of 2000 A.D) Paperback – Mar 1988

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (Mar. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852860308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852860301
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Adamant on 22 Feb. 2007
Zenith is the only active superhero in Britain so rather than fighting crime and rescuing people he makes crap records appears on chat shows and parties with glamour models. His world falls apart;however; when he's forced to help Ruby Fox a surviver of the sixties supergroup that his mum and dad belong to before they died.

This is the comic that really made Grant Morrison in the UK (yes I know he's done JLA and X-men in the states). I's a mad mix of HP Lovecraft monsters, Nazi genetic experiments, sixties kitsch, Thatchers Britain and superheroics. In it's way it's as fresh and original as Watchmen (though without the boring Pirate story in the middle) albeit less ambitious.

Steve Yeowell does an excellent job following on from Grants Original designs (some of which are reprinted in this volume as a bonus). Unless someone gets the rights to publish Morrisons writer artist venture Gideon Stargrave from AD-Astra this is about as early an example as you're going to get to the start of Grants madcap comic genius
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sauchieboy on 5 Jan. 2014
The story contained in this volume encompasses everything from the occult roots of Nazism, sixties counterculture, politics and pop music, to horoscopes and Welsh nationalist terrorism.

Morrison's introduction to this book pretty much cops to all the different sources he plundered in creating his first major published work - with the notable exception of Brendan McCarthy's Paradax, which is so like Zenith it's probably actionable - but he displays the storytelling flair which has made him one of the most lauded creators in comics in weaving the disparate elements together into something truly unique.

This volume is still probably the best way to appreciate Steve Yeowell's superb artwork other than owning the original issues of 2000ad in which the story first appeared, but for anyone who doesn't have £120 burning a hole in their pocket 2000ad have just made the first two volumes available, after the stories being out of print for the last twenty years as a result of an ownership dispute. These books are only available from 2000ad's own online shop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great series... 10 Jan. 2010
By M. O'HARA - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember first reading the Zenith series in 2000AD and thinking it was a great change from the usual superhero stuff. The supers in Zenith were much more human - flawed, scared, unsure etc and all of those other things. Put a lot of that down to great writing by the good Mr. Morrison.

So Zenith is an egotistical rock star type who just happens to be able to fly, is very strong etc. His attitude gets him into all sorts of trouble (reads just like a tabloid) but then real trouble appears and you wonder what he'll do about it.

I have books 1 and 2 but the full set are very hard to come by (big hint for some reprints folks). Those who like Kingdon Come by Mark Waid and Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczinski should enjoy Zenith.
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