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    I haven't been able to get out to look for a copy yet -- anyone read it yet? Any opinions?

    Anyone who read MINISTRY OF SPACE knows, of course, that it's a subject close to what passes for my heart.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    No, but now that you mention it I'll be sure to ask for it.

    I'll get back to you..

    <a href="">- Z </a>
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    I'm looking forward to it, having seen a few scans already.

    Dan Dare has awesome eyebrows.
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    It's Garth in Reverent Mode. So no deviant sex jokes, no swearing, old-fashioned heroism where the hero is Correct and Good and Noble in the iconic sense while politicians are snivelling, two-faced and cowardly. It's a respectful revision as opposed to the angry, anti-Thatcherite revisionism of Morrison's late-80s version.

    You will like if this is the sort of thing you like.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    I didn't have high hopes for it but I picked it up just to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. I don't know anything about the character, but I liked what I read. The storytelling is pretty solid, definitely pulled me along enough to make me want to pick up #2. Less for the fight-the-aliens space story and more because there's a lot of really interesting post-nuclear politics and I'm curious to see it fleshed out.
    • CommentAuthorBill Reed
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    The only Dan Dare I've ever read was the Morrison/Hughes story, so I've probably got a skewed view of the concept. In a way, this seems a bit similar, with the "Dan must come out of retirement to save the world again" theme, but it seems far less bleak.

    I went in with no expectations and it ended up being pretty good. I'll be back for #2.
    • CommentAuthorRich
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007
    Really disappointing. I was looking for space battles, the Mekon in his hoverchair and high-falutin' space hijinks. This'll work in the trade, no doubt, but as a single issue it completely failed to grab me.

    I was hoping for more from Ennis.

    On the other hand, Erskine's work is as solid as ever and he does a fine Gary Frank impression.
    • CommentAuthorcfinn
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2007
    Ennis handles the story well but I've never liked Erskine's pencils. For an example, see the panel during the spaceship battle with a woman in the background waving her arms and going "Ahh!" Hopefully his art won't kill my interest in this like it did with Jack Cross.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    t's not bad at all! Exactly what the doctor ordered! It somewhat takes the same direction as Morrison's version, but more expertly and more in line with what you'd expect from a revival of an action comic in the modern day. Dare's bored (and his situation borders on the horrifying, honestly, but maybe I'm thinking too much about it and I won't spoil it for you), and his only hope to seeing active service again is by working with an idiot, self-serving Prime Minister in facing off an alien invasion force. So it bloody goes. Ennis does convey the sense of British pride as well as cynicism you'd wish from such a veteran character, honestly.

    I think the way the story flows though might lend itself to better reading once it's collected.
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    Fuck I didn't know this was out already...
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    Picked it up today. REALLY enjoyed it, very much a tonal brother to Ministry in Space (so much so that if you look at the pics on the wall in Dare's asteroid home, you'll see the HC cover for ministry of space in 2 shots. They are supposed to be pics of the space program and england's past, but I got a good chuckle out of it.)

    I think you'll quite like it Warren.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    for some reason while i was reading it it reminded me a lot of the battlestar galactica mini-series. Even if you do not count dan dare as rooted in your own personal pop culture (me not being english and all) you can feel in ennis' writing a reverence to the material. It's textured.

    • CommentAuthordookula
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    i had no idea it was out already...still surprised ennis is writing a book like this.
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007 edited
    I really enjoyed it.

    I have a passing association with Dan Dare, read a bit in my youth (not classic Dare, but the relaunched Eagle stuff) and played the amazing Spectrum games but feel I know the character better than I probably do (it's British comics osmosis, read enough of them and you feel like you know the lot).

    I liked Ennis stark, serious take on the premise and think the Digby revision has legs.

    Oh, and if anyone wants some 'new', beautifully realised, 'old style' Dare do check out Spaceships Away.
      CommentAuthorLee Newman
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    holy crap! Morrison wrote a Dan Dare, must get my hands on that.

    I liked the story a lot, similar in themes to the classic, but the tone was different.

    I do have to say that I hated the art. Erskine is not my favorite artist, his inks take over Army@Love and Jack Cross was quite possible the ugliest book I have ever read. Hopefully as with those two books, the story can continue to overpower the art.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Morrison's Dan Dare really isn't interesting, except for the art. It's Morrison being too obvious and not using a character to best effect, which is unfortunate for him.
    • CommentAuthorStitchy
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    I picked it up not knowing what to expect. I'm a definite Ennis zombie and I enjoyed it. I can see an opportunity for some great social commentary here.
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    battler britain in space . to bad bryan talbot isnt more involved
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    It's in my stack from this week, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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    I liked all, from the Eagle in the sky of the splash page, all that totally british stuff: the fox, the cricket, the darts, the beer, the uniformed scholar, doctor who and rose... (er... not, just joking).
    I liked that the second aboard the spaceship's named Christian (Mutiny on Board), pretty good anxiety in that scene.

    The bad side of that is... is just a comic book, too expensive for thirty pages and "to be continued". I really would rather buy some graphic novel with the character, or some black and white book on the Scott Pilgrim format.

    By the way. I loved MINISTRY OF SPACE.