by Jamie HEWlett and Peter MilLIGAN <<•>> NEW SOFTCOVER EDITION <<•>> While we’re on the subject of re-issues, we’d be remiss not to mention this dandy item. Originally appearing in 2000AD in 1990, this was collected once before about ten years ago, but has long been unavailable. This new edition is, to the best of our knowledge, the first time this work has appeared in hardcover form. The art contained in this volume was executed between Hewlett’s stints on Tank Girl, the work for which he is most widely known, and is among his best. He really goes to town here with wild colors, daring layouts, and a clever homage to Andy Warhol. Fun! (please note that the new softcover edition offered here has a slightly different cover image)
This book is a real wow! It could probably be titled simply Milligan and McCarthy, as it is pretty much all here in this Revolver-sized hardcover; and it's all good. Dark Horse has done a real favor to those comics readers under 30 who may not have had the chance to encounter this work due to almost all of it being out of print for over 20 years and most of it being published in relatively small print runs. McCarthy has long been a dazzling comics artist with a pyrotechnic style, pioneering a psychedelic vocabulary that ranges from clever mash-ups of pre-existent imagery to the forging of a boldly original synthetic – and occasionally synæsthetic – comics language which he employs to match Milligan's emphasis on difficult states of mind, ranging from the fantastic to the occult and religious through to mentally ill. The complete Paradax and Freak Wave and their masterpiece, Rogan Gosh are all here, along with odds and ends. Also included is their highly unusual collaboration with Carol Swain, Skin.