Rogue Trooper #1 (IDW)


Rating: 4/5 – Characters from 2000 AD are still fun.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.

Rogue Trooper #1 offers nothing revolutionary that you haven’t seen before in other Rogue Trooper stories if you’ve read the character before (in his 2000 AD stories or their numerous reprints). It’s clichéd as hell, predictable, repetitive and is basically every futuristic world in a nutshell.  It’s a basic story you’ve read a million times before, but that is also its biggest strength.

Despite all the gripes mentioned above, the story is fun and enjoyable due to Brian Ruckley’s brilliant writing and Alberto Ponticelli’s art. The book is full of cool dialog and great interactions between the small cast.  Ponticelli draws a great hell-ridden Earth. The character designs are nice and the fight scenes have some bad ass visuals. The art perfectly matches the “Lone Survivor” tone set by the story.

At it’s core, Rogue Trooper #1 is a great story with great characters.  If you’ve never read a comic with this character before you can jump right in and enjoy this issue, everything you need to know is right there.  The characters and world are introduced seamlessly as the story unfold.  If you’re very familiar with the character it’s just as enjoyable, though tending to fall into the clichéd, as I mentioned above, since nothing particularly new or unique is introduced.  So, new reader or old, this was an entertaining comic and well worth reading.

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
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