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"Out here, all morality seems... alien.",
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This review is from: Bad Company: Goodbye, Krool World (2000 Ad) (Paperback)
Bad Company didn't run for anywhere near as long as other 2000 AD stalwarts like Strontium Dog & Rogue Trooper but it's still an iconic & powerful series, which has stood the test of time more than most.
The first story is set on an alien world, where humans are losing a war against the aptly-named Krool. When his unit is over-run by the Krool-created zombies of dead earth soldiers (a literal horror of war), Danny Franks is rescued by, & drafted into, Bad Company.
Most of Bad Co. are former POW's who were subjected to Krool genetic experiments, including Flytrap (half man, half plant), Dogbrain (pretty self-explanatory) & Thrax (just funny-looking & psychotic). All of them are battered, weary & have literally had most of their humanity cut away. But all are eclipsed by their Leader, Kano.
Utterly obsessed with killing Krool, Kano cares nothing for the lives of his men, who are dragged along on increasingly suicidal misisons while their numbers dwindle. He is equally obsessed with a black box he keeps with him at all times & frequently stares into during rare breaks in the fighting.
There is plenty of action but warfare is never glamourised. Old-fashioned war comics & propaganda are even sent up via the character of Mad Tommy, who speaks as though he's fighting 'jerry' in WW2.
The 2nd story has the last remaining pockets of the human race clinging for survival, having effectively lost the war. Danny Franks is determined to rebuild Bad Co. & fight on, even though "we can't win. Humans are a dead race... I'm just killing because it makes me feel batter." His new team are even more eccentric than the original, consisting of a masochistic torture victim, a rich elite who fights purely for his own entertainment & a mysterious alien with unfathomable motives.
Kano, meanwhile, is wrestling with his sanity. When he rejoins Bad Co., he will take them on a journey to the very heart of the darkness...
Brooding, thought-provoking & original with slick Brett Ewins art, Bad Company has none of the cheesiness of other 2000 AD reprints. In fact, it's utterly, utterly dark.
Now if only they'll reprint Zenith as well...