Return of the Rogue!
Can’t wait for the hotly anticipated Rogue Trooper movie and need some future war action courtesy of the chem-shrouded battlefields of Nu Earth?
Or perhaps you’re a newcomer to the adventures of the ultimate blue-skinned warrior, the last G. I. (Genetic Infantryman), Rogue Trooper and would like to learn more?
Look no further then, reprinted here is the very first Rogue Trooper strip from Prog 228 (5Sep’81) written by Gerry Finley-Day, and drawn, of course, by the mighty Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Give Me Liberty).
The Rogue Trooper first appears to a Souther unit, on the chem-shrouded battlefields of Nu Earth, who, some believe, is just a myth – a story to scare the enemy Nort troops – but are soon dragged into a deadly firefight, and need the blue-skinned genetic infantryman – the last G.I. – to pull their less experienced butts out of the fire. With a newfound respect for the lone, clone trooper the Souther recruits now have a great war story to tell their grandkids – if they survive the grim reality of future war that is!
We have also included a couple of early Dave Gibbons covers, featuring Rogue and his ever-present bio-chipped buddies (in essence the personalities of his fallen comrades stored in computer chips, housed in his equipment): Bagman, Gunnar & Helm.
- First ever Rogue Trooper cover (Prog 228, 5sep’81) – Dave Gibbons.
- Classic cover (Prog 241, 5Dec’81) action featuring Rogue’s bio-chipped buddies, Bagman (backpack), Gunnar (rifle), and Helm (helmet) by Dave Gibbons.
Last, but by no means least, Rogue returns in this year’s summer special “The Thousand Days”, from the all-new, female creative team of Alex De Campi (w) & Sam Beck (a).
G.I. vs. SD!
High-class artwork from top art droid, the incomparable Chris Weston, for Hachette’s new Ultimate 2000AD Collection (as seen on TV!) – featuring an intensely intriguing barroom arm wrestling contest between two of the galaxy’s hardest – Johnny Alpha, the ultimate bounty hunter and the Rogue Trooper, bred specifically for war by the future’s finest military minds.
Who has the edge: Alpha with his psychic abilities or Rogue’s strength and battlefield tactics, who’re your credits on…?
2000 AD Prog 1022 – Cover Date 17th December 1996
Shooting Star – Venus to the rescue in ‘Rogue Troopers’
Cover art by Jason Brashill, based on a design by Greg Staples
Published 20 years ago this week!
To all things an ending, specifically this week a final, never-to-return ending for both Rogue Troopers and Mambo. Despite both series promising more to come they will never return.
Rogue Troopers gets the cover – more accurately Venus Bluegenes get the gets the cover – as she rescues Friday from the clutches of the Karvannu and together they fly into the black hole to take the fight to the enemy. The final page promises “Rogue Troopers will return!” – but they never have…
Rogue Trooper Friday, 1989 – 1996
Meanwhile in the rest of the prog we have what is probably the first time Garth Ennis wrote former Battle (and recently reassigned to Titan Comics) star Johnny Red – aerial ace of the Eastern Front. This is a fun little cameo as part of this prog’s Time Flies episode. Roger Langridge does a great job of homaging the original series artist John Cooper.
And finally, in Judge Dredd – the big reveal is… revealed. Anyway, it’s zombie Judge Dredd from the City of the Damned story from yonks back. I can’t remember if I’d already figured this out at the time but I suspect I might’ve.
To round off we have a bizarre advert from Nintendo recommending that you DON’T get anyone else’s video game console for Christmas 1996 because in three months time you’ll be able to get an N64! I was happy enough with my Sega Megadrive to be honest.
In this prog:
Mazeworld: The Hanged Man part 9 – By Alan Grant & Arthur Ranson / Lettering by Ellie De Ville
Time Flies: Tempus Fugitive part 8 – Script: Garth Ennis / Art: Roger Langridge / Colours: Simon Jacob / Letters: Steve Potter
Rogue Troopers: Friday part 9 – Script: Dan Abnett and Steve White / Art: Alex Ronald / Colours: Dondie Cox / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mambo: Fleshworks part 9 – Script: Dave Hine / Art: Dave Hine / Letters: Ellie De Ville
Judge Dredd: Darkside part 6 – Script: John Smith / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Alan Craddock / Letters: Tom Frame
Havok: Nexus Troopers – Script: Robbie Morrison / Art: Robert McCallum & David Millgate / Lettering: Annie Parkhouse
2000 AD Prog 1021 – Cover Date 6th December 1996
Deathmaze – Adam Cadman Faces His Inner Demons!
Cover art by Arthur Ranson
Published 20 years ago this week!
Havok debuts this prog! I don’t rightly remember what this is meant to be pushing. I think it’s toys? A board game? Either way,probably not worth impinging on Arthur Ranson’s cover art.
Rogue Troopers threatens to get exciting next week, reuniting Friday and Venus! Something to look forward to!
Hmm, I think this is the second part 4 for Judge Dredd: Darkside?
In this prog:
Mazeworld: The Hanged Man part 8 – By Alan Grant & Arthur Ranson / Lettering by Ellie De Ville
Time Flies: Tempus Fugitive part 7 – Script: Garth Ennis / Art: John Beeston & Roger Langridge / Colours: Simon Jacob / Letters: Steve Potter
Rogue Troopers: Venus part 8 – Script: Dan Abnett and Steve White / Art: Alex Ronald / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mambo: Fleshworks part 8 – Script: Dave Hine / Art: Dave Hine / Letters: Ellie De Ville
Judge Dredd: Darkside part 4 – Script: John Smith / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Alan Craddock / Letters: Tom Frame
Havok: Karn Troopers – Script: Robbie Morrison / Art: Robert McCallum & David Millgate / Lettering: Annie Parkhouse
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