Monday, August 27, 2007

Garth Ennis/DAN DARE announcement official now.

Here. Good choice of artist, too - Gary Erskine (even if my mental wish-list for the job went Chris Weston, Gary Leach, Ian Kennedy). Dig that accompanying Bryan Talbot cover (?) art, too. Also dig the accompanying blurb for the book, one that posits a rather nifty central conceit, allowing a version of the barmy imperialist origins of the character to work in this day and age: "Virgin Comics' Dan Dare is set in the future, albeit not too many decades from the present day. Colonel Dare is still vibrant and courageous - but now he's retired. His retirement is a self-imposed exile, the result of his disgust with politics and the post-nuclear warfare that has destroyed North America and much of Asia - leaving the UK as the world's last remaining superpower. Readers familiar with Dan Dare stories will recognize many of the original cast including a wiser and more experienced Digby; the innovative, brilliant and beautiful Professor Peabody; and of course the enemy of all that is good, the super-intelligent ruler of the Treens - The Mekon, together with a mix of galactic evil beings."
Sounds like this Dare will inhabit a middle ground roughly between the ideologies of the original and Grant Morrison's Thatcher-baiting revision.