Wednesday, 13 March 2013

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Mean Team - John Wagner, Alan Grant, Alan Hebden, Massimo Belardinelli

Release Date: 14/03/13


In the year 2886, Death-Bowl is the most popular sport in the galaxy. In the history of the game, 'Bad' Jack Keller and his squad of hardened killers, known as the Mean Team, have racked up more wins than anyone else their incentive being the hope of freedom! But team owner Richman Von is not so eager to lose him champions, So Jack, Amok the alien Beester, the robotic steelgrip - and Henry Moon the telepath trapped inside the body of a panther - will have to bring their battle out of the arenas and out into the big, wide world!


OK you want tough action heroes that bring not only blood and guts to the arena but also to the world at large? Well look not further than Mean Team led by Bad Jack Keller who play capture the flag with bullets and blood, booby-traps and hand to hand weaponry. Its gruesome and yet works wonderfully for the reader as what I feel should become 2000AD classic material is brought to the fore in this compendium.

The story arc works wonderfully, the illustrations add to the overall effect and for me, the chance to spend time with a crew from this classic magazine that I’ve never encountered before all round gave me a thrill ride to hang on for.

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