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There are quite a few British strips that sadle have not been collected into trade editions. This is a list of the comics that I would most like to have a collected edition for on my bookshelf. Hopefully Rebellion or Titan can help fill in a few of these gaps:-

Mind Wars
This strip appeared in Starlord from issue two, and ran until the final issue of the comic with a firm conclusion (hence it not crossing over to 2000ad along with Starlord and RoBusters). I think had it appeared in 2000AD it would be considered a classic, and Jesus Redondo's standing with readers would be a lot strong. A strong, adult story for this sci-fi epic and some truly fantastic artwork by Redondo, the fact that Rebellion have not collected it yet seems rather odd. Apparently David Roach owns most of the origional artwork, so if he lets Rebellion scan it all in, a really fantastic collection could be produced.
 
Laser Eraser & Pressbutton
First appearing in Sounds Magazine drawn by Alan Moore (yes, that Alan Moore), before moving onto Warrior with Steve Dillon producing some of his best art ever, this strip written by Steve Moore is brilliant, and it's a crime that it's never been collected. Brian Bolland, Gary Leach and Cam Kennedy provided the art for the back up strips, Zirk and Ektryn. Given all that amazing talent involved, I'm astonished that this has never been collected as a trade.

Third World War
I would love to reread this just to see how it holds up in todays political climate. I think it actually may be even more relevant. Originally appearing in Crisis, and featuring some mouth wateringly beautiful painted art by Ezquerra, writer Pat Mills does lay on the political commentary with a trowel. It is also remarkable similar to Martha Washington, which Miller and Gibbons produced after.

Night Zero
A real fun generic dystopian sci-fi action yarn from film critic John Brosnan with some solid art by Kev Hopgood. I find it peculiar that this hasn't been collected by Rebellion.

Outcasts
A 12 issue DC comic written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, with art by Cam Kennedy. American readers just didn't get it, but I suspect that British fans would lap it up. A lot of ideas from Judge Dredd get recycled in this, but that still doesn't stop it from being a lot of fun. It apparently wasn't a success, hence DC never collecting it. Can't they licence it to Rebellion?

The New Statesmen
I remember finding the plot to this impenetrable when I read it in Crisis. I suspect it will all make a lot more sense if I was to read it again in a collected edition. 2000ad's attempt at a Watchmen style deconstruction of the Superhero genre, with and added political slant. Great painted artwork by Jim Baikie and the new comer Sean Phillips.

The Driver
A love it or loathe it strip that appeared in Toxic! from David Leach and Jeremy Banx. This strip made me laugh out loud, though the final pages brought a tear to my eye.

Time Quake
Very much a case of great plots and art wrecked by a dismal, two dimensional central character. Jim Blocker was every bit as awful as his name suggests, a low rent Bill Savage, but the stories, particularly the second featuring time travelling Nazis, where great. One of Starlords lesser strips, but if stuff like Turbo Jones can get a collected edition, then there is no excuse for Rebellion not putting this out.

The Tower King
I remember when the Eagle was relaunched in the eighties, I was excited from a new sci-fi comic from the publishers of 2000AD. Sadly it was pretty juvenile, with horrible fumetti photo strips. However, there was one brilliant strip, that could easily have featured in 2000AD, and that was the post apocalyptic tale, The Tower King. Always dependable art by the late, legendary artist Jose Ortiz.

Finn
No idea why this has never been collected, or reappeared in 2000ad. Pat Mills says he has many more stories for the character. The follow on from Third World War, Mills manager to not quite hit you on the head with the politics this time, and keeps his fantastic humour throughout.

Rogue Trooper: Friday
OK, this was a mess. A dull story from Dave Gibbons, and even worse scripts from Michael Fleisher. but the art from Will Simpson and Ron Smith is gorgeous, and for that alone I'd like a collected edition.

The House Of Daemon
This is one that I have never read, which I regret. I stopped reading Eagle once The Tower King finished, and as a result I missed this tale, from John Wagner, Alan Grant and Jose Ortiz (the team who would later give us The Thirteenth Floor). I don't know if it is good or bad, but a horror strip from that team certainly has my interest.

Dan Dare
The revamped Eagle version of Dan Dare was written by John Wagner, Alan Grant and among the artists where Ian Kennedy. I only have fuzzy memories of it. But given the talent behind it I'd love to read it again.

Rose O'Rion / Tyranny Rex /  Synnamon
None have enough material for a collection, but the three could be put together for a collected edition showcasing strong female heroines from 2000ad.

Strontium Dog
OK, this is already available. However, when the strip first appeared in Starlord it featured painted artwork. When the strip moved to 2000ad, for a period the comic was printed on better quality paper, again allowing for paited art on the tale Strontiym Dog Goes To Hell. This has been repeatedly printed in black and white. I'd love to see a collected, hardcover edition along the lines of the Mek Files, which retain the origional colour of the strip.

Nick Jolly: The Flying Highwayman
I have never read this, but it sounds utterly bonkers, and the perfect vehicle for Ron Smiths talents. A 17th century highway man is transported into the 1970's by aliens just for the hell of it, and given futuristic weapons and a flying robot horse to battle supervillains and get into scraps with the police. Add that Dave Gibbons was the fill in artist when Ron got behind, and this makes for a comic that I'd love to see.

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General / Request To Rebellion: Non 2000AD Graphic Novels
« on: 09 July, 2013, 11:40:38 pm »
There is a ton of great stuff out there that isn't available in a proper collection. From comics such as Warrior, Starlord, Toxic, Near Myths etc.

Great stuff that is sadly being ignored and not available in proper graphic novel format.

The news of a proper ZENITH graphic novel has thrilled me no end, but there are a couple of other comics that I'd love to see collected. Of course top of my list is Marvelman.

Anyway...

What about the two superb sci-fi strips by writer Alan Hebden and artist Jesus Redendo:
Mind War, which appeared in every issue of Starlord except for the first, is superb, and worthy of a proper collection, as is their 2000AD series, Return To Armageddon. Perhaps both in one collection?

What about another great, but overlooked, Starlord series, Planet Of The Damned? And Time Quake?

Rebellion must own the rights to all the Starlord stuff (correct me if I'm wrong), but how about looking into some of the other awesome stuff still out there.

Laser Eraser and Pressbutton: Fantastic series from Steve Moore and Steve Dillion, from character created by Alan Moore. The stuff in Warrior was mind blowing, add in the Eclipse series plus Alan Moores work on Sounds, and you've got something very special (and with Alan Moore and Steve Dillon's names attached, should sell very well).

The Spiral Path wasn't ground breaking, but it was a good solid read. I'd love to see this old Warrior strip back in print.

Is the Adventures Of Luther Arkwright still in print? Seriously, the best graphic novel ever. Rebellion should call Bryan Talbot up and try snapping this up.

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