Review: Rogue Trooper Classics #2
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!
Rogue Trooper is back in action this month with the release of the second issue of the new color classics series. The original stories were written by Gerry Finley-Day with art by Dave Gibbons and Colin Wilson. Adrian Salmon and Charlie Kirchoff provide colors to update the stories of the genetically modified infantryman. The first issue was full of hard-hitting and explosive action, but does the second installment keep up that level of intensity?
Still on a mission for answers on who is responsible for the Quartz Zone Massacre, Rogue Trooper is trekking the desolate lands of Nu-Earth looking for any clues he can find. He’s helping Southers when he can, but Rogue is a man…well, a genetically modified infantryman, determined to do what he’s set out to accomplish. When a run-in with the Nort Navy gives Rogue a big lead, our blue-skinned hero starts to piece together what happened during that fateful mission in the Quartz Zone. There is a traitor in the Southers’ ranks, a high ranking one at that, and Rogue is determined to make him answer for the deaths of his genetically altered brothers. As Rogue gets closer to the traitor, he finds out that he might not be as prepared as he originally thought. Will Rogue be able to find the answer he so desperately seeks? Can he weed out the traitor?
This issue is absolutely jam-packed with equal parts action and plot. There are some amazing battles between Rogue and the Norts, but there is also a massive amount of plot development and revelations on the Quartz Zone Massacre. Because these are colorized reprints of the 2000 AD Progs, they’re served up in bite sized installments that really ramp up the tension and drama with each passing page. Finley-Day, Gibbons, and Wilson wrote classic Rogue Trooper stories (and 2000 AD stories in general), so it’s worth checking out these comics in general. Salmon and Kirchoff’s colors are just a bonus that puts the entire thing over the top. Things are dark, grim, and just desolate. It fits in perfectly with the stories and settings, but there are also some surprisingly bright dashes of colors here and there as well. The rusty sea is a real standout this month. It’s just a beautifully colored section.
Bottom Line: Rogue Trooper Classics are well worth the price of admission. The new series from IDW and these color classics serve as a great one-two punch to get your Rogue Trooper and 2000 AD fix. 4.5/5
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