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on 24 May 2012
This collected edition of the Mazeworld stories contains all three volumes of the saga, originally published in 2000AD. The book was reprinted due to massive fan support on 2000AD's website, which prompted their publisher, Rebellion, to release this premium collection. The book itself is well made with a nice glossy feel to the pages, making it seem much more of a collector's item than some graphic novel reprints.

The story concerns Adam Cadman, a convicted murderer, who becomes the first person sentenced to death by hanging in 30 years since it was outlawed. The hanging is botched and Cadman finds himself at the end of his tether (quite literally) and drifts between two worlds. His body remains in our world, but his consciousness seems to travel to the Mazeworld, where he finds himself embroiled in a rebellion against the Maze-Lords, the corrupt ruling body of this fantasy world. The theme of mazes is utilised heavily with the corrupt Maze-Lords building them to use as dungeons to punish those who dare speak out against them. Mistaken for the legendary 'Hooded One', a figure from Mazeworld's history, Adam finds he has a second chance at his life, allowing him to find redemption for his crimes in our world and to become a hero.

The story is very well written by Alan Grant, who doesn't delve too deeply into the history of the Mazeworld or its politics, letting the reader piece together the mythology themselves. Where the story really sets itself apart from other fantasy strips published in 2000AD is the amazing artwork by Arthur Ransom, whose photo-realistic art immediately draws you into each panel and believe in this world of Mazes. The inclusion of Ransom's artwork elevates what might have been a standard fantasy story of travelling to another world into something much more.

There are some amazing double-page spreads, such as the moment where Adam Cadman (still wearing his execution hood from our world) hijacks a flying lizard and flies above the Mazeworld, giving the reader a 'lizards-eye' view of the various mazes that comprise the realms. This image is so iconic to the series that it is given the honour of becoming the cover artwork to the book.

Out of the three volumes collected, I found the second, "The Dark Man", to be the most entertaining due to the villianous Dark Man, who becomes Adam Cadman's nemesis. The beginning of the book opens up with an interesting prophecy that 'one will live, but not live and one will die, but not die' and you read through the book wondering how this bizarre prediction will come to pass.

I would recommend this to recent fans of 2000AD who are unaware of the comic's long history of brilliant comic series, especially ones not set in the future, but then I would also recommend it to fans of the 'dungeons and dragons' fantasy genre too, as it is a unique take on that style of storytelling. All in all, this is 2000AD at it's best and one of the series that I had wanted reprinted for some time!
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on 20 October 2015
One of the nice things about comics as a medium is the spectacle of the artist and writer egging each other on to greater heights. Mazeworld is a perfect example of this, with Alan Grant raising his (never less than admirable) game to match Arthur Ransom's luscious artwork. They'd already worked together on other 2000AD strips, but this is more akin to a European fantasy comic. The story is unusually grim and dark for 2000AD, and the whole thing builds inevitably to an extraordinarily powerful, and entirely earned climax. All of the invention of Grant's better known work is on show here, but in a very different setting.
There is nothing wrong with this comic: it's as flawless as they come.
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on 9 July 2012
An absolute work genious. Super story. Unfortunately, nowadays way too many graphic novels (and comic books) lack dramaturgy and a sense of chronology. Mazeworld is one of the rare exceptions. This isn't your average "wet" comic, rather one that leaves you thinking about the story long after you have finished reading it. While the artwork isn't as precise as a Segrelles one it supports the story well.
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on 13 March 2012
I love Arthur Ranson's art and I had to have this item. Having read this story in 2000AD, years ago, I had forgotten how it finished and I am glad it has been released as a trade paperback. The gorgeousness of the cover is Mr Ranson at his brilliant best and the story is well worth a read.
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on 29 November 2013
what a good read ,,all right its a comic but a good old 2000ad story brill just as i remembered .
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on 22 February 2013
I expected more from this but I found it very disjointed and pasted together from what I think was a bit filler for 2000AD
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on 25 December 2011
This is so good I dont want to spoil it for you , if your a fan of button man and the judge Anderson shambalia you must get this graphic novel
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