on 31 August 2012
Having recently bought all 4 volumes in the series, they are excellent value and the used versions as good as new. My only complaint is to the publishers - many strips were orginally printed on the centre pages of TV-21. These reprints are on separate bound pages and the speech bubbles are often difficult to read because of mis-matches between each page. If RH books had taken a little more care or reformatted the pages, the stories would have been far more readable.
Once again, another fantastic collection of comic strips taken from the sixties comics TV21 and featuring Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Zero X. There is also a UFO strip taken from the seventies comic Countdown which also featured Jon Pertwee's Doctor Who unlike TV21 which also featured a Dalek strip on the back page. So the connections are all there in this unmissable series of graphic novels.
There is one underlying fault which cannot be corrected and consequently spoils the reading of the stories. In TV21, it was customary to spread a comic strip across two pages and as a comic can be pushed flat this was not a problem. In the reprints, imaging and some of the text is lost in the spine of the book and makes it almost impossible to read without breaking the spine. This is very unfortunate and something which is part of the reprint process. Despite this, I would still recommend these books to fans of Gerry Anderson's puppet series and comic book readers of old comics.