by Nick Chidgey
From the pages of British anthology magazine 2000 AD comes a re-released collected edition of Rogue Trooper Tales of Nu-Earth 01 now available for the North American market. Rogue Trooper is a sci-fi tale following the adventures of a genetically engineered infantry soldier as he travels across the poisonous wastelands of Nu-Earth during a perpectual war between the Norts and Southers. Created specifically to survive the harsh conditions of this devastated planet, Rogue, who is the sole surviving Genetic Infantryman due to a traitorous massacre, scours the planet seeking the one who betrayed his brethren.
This first collection of Rogue Trooper stories features the work of its creators, writer Gerry Finley-Day and artist Dave Gibbons (of Watchmen fame), and is notable for including two stories by legendary writer Alan Moore, and chronicles the journey of Rogue, who’s accompanied by his three deceased comrades, their personalities preserved in brain chips retrieved at their death, and the provide companionship, advice, and sometimes a less than helpful attitude during Rogue’s fight across the desolation of Nu-Earth.
Each story is short and succinct, as is typical fashion for comic strips featured in 2000 AD, but its brevity does not lack in quality, and it allows for efficiently executed action scenes, thanks to the classic artwork of Dave Gibbons (along with other artists in the collection), while still making poignant observations on war in a few short pages that normally takes contemporary comics whole issues to illustrate.
TL;DR: While Judge Dredd tends to get the majority of publicity and recognition from the pages of 2000 AD these days, don’t discount Rogue Trooper by any means. It’s a fitting companion book to the man who is the Law!
Rogue Trooper Tales of Nu-Earth 01 is a new collected edition with writing by Alan Moore and Gerry Finley-Day with artwork by Dave Gibbons, Colin Wilson, Brett Ewins, Cam Kennedy, Eric Bradbury, and Mike Dorey. The comic comes from the pages of the award-winning British weekly anthology magazine 2000 AD and this collection comes from its publisher Rebellion UK. Ask for your local comic book shop to order it for you (distributed through Simon & Schuster) or you can support Spandexless by purchasing through our Amazon web store.
A review PDF of Rogue Trooper Tales fo Nu-Earth 01 was graciously provided to Spandexless by the publisher.
Nick Chidgey is a contributor to Spandexless.