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on 7 July 2003
This is the complete story originally published in the UK's 'mature'comic "Revolver" back in 1990.
Based on Frank Hampson's 1950s creation,Morrison reveals an ageing retired Dare living in an England far removed from the green and pleasant land portrayed in "The Eagle".
This England has parallels with the 1980s;mass unemployment,a gaping North/South divide,food shortages and an uncaring power hungry government led by a female Prime Minister (an obvious characterization of Margaret Thatcher.
Bullied into becoming the new figurehead for the upcoming election,Dare is forced to confront the true nature of this government by his old comrade Digby after the apparent suicide of their mutual friend Jocelyn Peabody.
Unlike most "updates" of classic comic book heroes,Morrison has not tried to make Dare more gritty;rather he has changed his environment and he produces a sombre,sad tale in which we can feel sympathy for Dan Dare,a man no longer sure of his place in the England around him.
Morrison reintroduces old characters and villains with the Mekon making an eventual appearance.
However traditional Dare fans may be upset and shocked at the outcome of their battle and how Morrison interprets the final fate of Colonel Dan Dare.
Rian Hughes'graphic art-deco style supports the story very well, his colours allowing Dare's red and green uniforms to contrast well against the bleak scenery.Old Dare fan's shouldn't expect the painted pictures that Hampson was renowned for.
Although it's a short story (only 80 pages,with 4-5 large panels per page),this is a must for any Dan Dare fan and a good read for the 'mature' comic book book fan.
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on 1 December 2011
I just wanted to add one comment to the other reviews. Morrison has noticed one key element in the original Dan Dare stories which is the prominence given to Food and Eating in several stories. Thus the original Venus story Classic Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Part 1 is centred upon the idea that the Earth is dying from a Malthusian crisis and only food imports from Venus save us. ROGUE PLANET Classic Dan Dare: Rogue Planet is entirely centred upon the different foods consumed in the system of Los. The warlike, fascistic Phants are converted by consuming the pacifist food of their Crypt prey. And of course there was the running jokes about Digby`s greed. (There`s probably a PhD thesis to be written (already written?) about how this all relates to Frank Hampson`s own High Anglicanism)

Here Morrison brings food to the fore again, brilliantly linking it to the sinister, perversly strange fruit of GOBLIN MARKET by Rossetti, with nightmarish results. It is this observation of the precise details of a particular mythos that is Morisson`s forte. He knows how to at once reinvigorate and subvert, which is why this book is such a masterpiece.

(PS As an eight year old I read ROGUE PLANET as it appeared in 1956/7 with a passion that has never left me. RESPECT! Grant Morrison)
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on 7 July 2003
This is the complete story originally published in the UK's 'mature'comic "Revolver" back in 1990.
Based on Frank Hampson's 1950s creation,Morrison reveals an ageing retired Dare living in an England far removed from the green and pleasant land portrayed in "The Eagle".
This England has parallels with the 1980s;mass unemployment,a gaping North/South divide,food shortages and an uncaring power hungry government led by a female Prime Minister (an obvious characterization of Margaret Thatcher.
Bullied into becoming the new figurehead for the upcoming election,Dare is forced to confront the true nature of this government by his old comrade Digby after the apparent suicide of their mutual friend Jocelyn Peabody.
Unlike most "updates" of classic comic book heroes,Morrison has not tried to make Dare more gritty;rather he has changed his environment and he produces a sombre,sad tale in which we can feel sympathy for Dan Dare,a man no longer sure of his place in the England around him.
Morrison reintroduces old characters and villains with the Mekon making an eventual appearance.
However traditional Dare fans may be upset and shocked at the outcome of their battle and how Morrison interprets the final fate of Colonel Dan Dare.
Rian Hughes'graphic art-deco style supports the story very well, his colours allowing Dare's red and green uniforms to contrast well against the bleak scenery.Old Dare fan's shouldn't expect the painted pictures that Hampson was renowned for.
Although it's a short story (only 80 pages,with 4-5 large panels per page),this is a must for any Dan Dare fan and a good read for the 'mature' comic book book fan.
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on 6 August 2015
Good seller but the artwork is rubbish and to me is insulting to the Frank Hampson/Don Harley/Keith Watson standard that you'd expect. This will be in the charity shop box before no time
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on 2 December 2014
Fantastic graphic novel!
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