Review: Rogue Trooper Classics #1
Clone war! Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. In this battle-scarred landscape, the Norts and Southers fight where only the Genetic Infantrymen can survive unaided. Rogue is one such soldier, and these are his tales… Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), this series features the earliest stories surrounding one of 2000 AD’s best-loved characters, all in color for the very first time!
The first part of the Rogue Trooper’s earliest adventures are colorized and collected over the course of 12 special issues begins this week with the release of IDW’s Rogue Trooper Classics #1. The story is written by Gerry Finley-Day with art by Dave Gibbons. Dave Gibbons and Bill Nuttall handled lettering. The classic stories are getting a burst of color thanks to Adrian Salmon. Judge Dredd has benefited from the release of some classic storylines updated with color, but does Rogue Trooper follow in Dredd’s footsteps?
We’ve seen Rogue Trooper’s latest adventures in the freshly launched series from IDW, but now it’s time to see some of the stories that started it all. Five of the original Rogue Trooper stories are collected together and show us the origins of the blue-skinned hero who wanders Nu-Earth in search for answers. We actually get to see the massacre that made Rogue the last of his kind and turned his kit into bio-chip enhanced items housing the consciousness of his fallen brethren. As Rogue goes from battle to battle in his search for answers behind the massacre that made him the genetically enhanced man he is today, we get to see what makes him tick and why he won’t stop his quest no matter how rough things get. Will Rogue ever find out what really happened that fateful day? Can he keep his lone wolf campaign up, or will he finally walk into a fight he can’t win?
I’ve said it with Jude Dredd, and it goes double for Rogue Trooper- these are called classics for a reason. Finley-Day and Gibbons create some great sci-fi covered in a war story wrapper. These five stories lay out the origins of Rogue Trooper and even offer a glimpse at his bio-chip sidekicks before they were voices coming out of his gear. The art is from Dave Gibbons, so you know it’s good. The colorization by Salmon does a fantastic job of staying faithful to the art and the time period it was made in, while still being bright, colorful, and smoothing some things out to make for really crisp visuals.
Bottom Line: If you’ve been enjoying Judge Dredd Classics or the new Rogue Trooper series, this one is well worth picking up. Great stories and art, mixed with some fantastic coloring makes this a really great blast from the past. 4.5/5
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