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"Dare" by Grant Morrison,
This review is from: Dare (Perfect Paperback)
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.