Synopsis: For the first time in human history, the solar system is at peace and Dan Dare, pilot of the future, is bored out of his mind – and praying for something to break the monotony of peace. When an unknown alien vessel of biblical proportions arrives in the solar system and obliterates a moon of Saturn in a show of strength, Dare finds himself thrust back into a new adventure that threatens not just Earth – but all life in the entire universe!
Review: Dan Dare is back and thanks to Titan Comics can live again in the comic book format that birthed him.
In this first issue, we see Dan and his friends moving along with their lives after a prolonged period of world peace. The first few pages lay out the story and we get a flashback story to the last time Dan and friends battled the Mekon. But in the present, the Mekon appears to no longer be contemplating world domination but instead has taken an interest in growing his own vegetables in a garden. During his incarceration, there is at least one attempt to break Mekon out, but Mekon chooses to stay in prison and even goes as far as to help week out the bad element.
As a result of this long-lasting peace. Dan Dare is bored and praying for something exciting to happen.
This opening story by Peter Milligan is laying some pretty solid foundations for things to come, but as a story, it seems a little by the numbers. Sure it is fun to think that it may be possible for the Mekon to be rehabilitation. But you also know deep down that Mekon is up to something. Milligan captures the voicings of the different characters really well and its a bunch of fun reading the exchanges between Mekon and Dan Dare.
Alberto Fouche’s artwork in the issue is pretty cool. I especially like how he draws the Mekon and some of his action beats work well as well.
Overall this is a pretty solid first issue and I’m invested enough to want to check out issue 2. Hopefully, we’ll see a bit more action in the second issue too.