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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Compilation, 12 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Steed and Mrs. Peel: The Golden Game (Paperback)
This is a compilation of the comic-strip stories that were presented in episodic form back in 1991. They were originally released as 6 comics and then later presented as 3 soft-cover books, which can still be found on this site. Boom Studios bought the rights and re-released the 6 comics again early in 2012. Here Boom have presented the stories complete in one book, divided into chapters. The stories are, of course, based on the original 1960s spy TV series "The Avengers", one of the most popular series ever made and shown over the years in just about every country there is. I believe the series still holds the record for the most countries sold to, although "Baywatch" has either equalled that record or is a close second depending on which report you read!

Due to Marvel comics copyrighting the name "The Avengers" in the USA in 1963 the name for these comic-strips has been re-titled "Steed and Mrs Peel." The Tv series copyrighted the name "The Avengers" in 1961 in the UK only. This was why the Marvel Comics Superhero film of 2012, known as "The Avengers" in USA and elsewhere was changed to "Avengers Assemble" in the UK. Most people assumed this was done to avoid confusion, which is true, but it was also done to avoid any possible legal action.

The 2 stories in this book are "the Golden game" and "deadly rainbow". The 1st was written by Grant Morrison and the 2nd by Anne Caulfield. The 1st story is about Steed re-uniting with his ex-partner mrs Peel to try and rescue his latest partner Tara King who has been kidnapped. In the TV series, in the 1st story of the final season (1968-1969) called "the Forget-me-knot", mrs Peel leaves the series to be-reunited with her long-lost fighter pilot husband. He had been presumed dead but had actually crashed in the amazon jungle. Tara King is introduced in the same story as a trainee agent who then becomes steed's new partner. The 2nd story in this book is a direct sequel to that story and follows-on directly from mrs Peel's final scene in the series.

Both stories are fun for those that are fans of the series as they can see the characters in new adventures. The 1st story has a familiar theme and seems to be loosely based on the Tv episode "Game", a Steed/King story that concludes with Tara King being kidnapped and Steed rescuing her. The kidnapper is a Board-game devisor and Steed has to play and win a series of deadly games before getting to her. This story has a very similar sequence but with different games.

The artwork on the stories is by Ian Gibson and is stylish and quirky, as the series was. However it has a caricuture feel to it which, I suspect, fans of the series will either love or hate. Added to this is the fact that the characters don't look anything like their TV counterparts which, for me, was a weakness. I just wish some photo-referencing of the actors Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg had been used as this would have lessened the distancing i felt while reading it. (Though having now re-read the stories in some panels there is a slight resemblance to Patrick Macnee but not at all of Diana Rigg). I suspect the intention was to reproduce the "feel" of the series rather than go for a true likeness of the Tv characters which might have restricted the artist. The result is that this is a complete separate entity in its own right. It is subjective whether that is good or bad.

I enjoyed this book as it is good to see the characters again and good to have the stories in one volume. I should point out that my copy has a different cover, showing mrs Peel in the foreground and a small-sized Steed in the background. I don't know whether there are different covers or whether the cover on amazon is incorrect. The cover shown was the cover of part 1 of the original comic-series.

Boom studios have now begun a new on-going comic series of "Steed and mrs peel" (from late 2012). It is interesting that in the new comics photo-referencing has been used and the characters look more like the actors in the Tv series. Perhaps Boom decided that this would strengthen the stories.

A good buy for fans of the Tv series or comics fans in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Peel... We're needed!, 20 May 2013
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When Tara King is kidnapped, and Mother tells Steed to trust no one, who is he going to turn to? Mrs Emma Peel, of course. This graphic novel collects the six-issue series from Boom which, in turn, is a reprint from an earlier publication. The story-telling and art-style is very much in keeping with the 60s Avengers and I would certainly recommend it to fans of the original television series from ABC or as an introduction to the Avengers. Copyright infringement prevents Boom calling this series 'The Avengers' as that title belongs to Marvel's 'The Avengers'... though I don't see a problem with Steed and Mrs Peel joining up with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk! After all, they were pitted on more than one occasion with the Cybernauts and don't they look like a recent foe in Doctor Who? Oh, now I come to think of it, Diana Rigg, who played Mrs Peel, also recently appeared in Doctor Who! Small world...
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