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While I've tried to cover some of the breadth of the UK comics industry circa 1983 in my previous posts, many US fans think of a handful of creators when they say "British comics." And I know a few of you have been anxiously awaiting a post that would include one of them. Handily, the first three stories in "Warrior" #10 were all written by Alan Moore.





A special treat, the back cover is a "clean" version of the Garry Leach cover.






Mostly I just wanted to post that Marvelman logo. Mr. Cream has a running conversation with his dead great-grandfather about the contrast between his European demeanor and his African heritage.



Back at the flat, Mrs. Moran tries to work and worries about her pregnancy.



Mr. Cream sees the unconscious Big Ben land and shudders. He then catches up to Marvelman and offers to blast open the bunker doors. Marvelman looks at him with amusement and then just tears the bunker apart with his gloved hands. Inside, there's a massive laboratory with a weird-looking skeleton, retro-futuristic tech, and a picture of Marvelman as he appeared in the 1950s.

And next, we check in with chapter ten of "V For Vendetta", "Venom." The agents of the Nose finally realize that V's been systematically killing off everyone who worked at the Larkhill concentration camp. But there's one person left, if they can get to her in time...



Delia saw one of V's roses today, and he says he has another.




Those of you who've already read this will note I've completely omitted Mr. Almond and his sordid fate. Fortunately, V For Vendetta is readily available in finer bookstores.

And now a series that I don't think has ever been reprinted in America. "Warpsmith" is outright science fiction, about a group of beings who can instantly go anywhere, tasked with protecting the Gulfworlds from the Qys, a malevolent race that steals bodies as disguises. this chapter is "Cold War, Cold Warrior."

Tenga Dril, who had previously had his teleporting dermacircuitry damaged, arrives to find that Aza Chorn and his cluster-wives had been attacked by what they thought were Qys saboteurs wearing the bodies of children--but were actually children. They are summoned before the Black Warpsmiths.




What follows is a double-page spread of Tenga and Aza staring at each other while eldritch energies play over their bodies. They continue their mental duel until Tenga finally breaks and reveals his true form, which is promptly killed messily.

After the lesser Warpsmiths depart, the Black Warpsmiths discuss the matter, and we learn that the center Warpsmith had manipulated the Qys behind the scenes to expose the spy and test Aza Chorn's ability to battle what appeared to be a friend. The right Warpsmith decides to stay silent for a century in tribute to the elegance of the snare. Left and Center do, however, feel some pity for the children and Uxu Chil, also caught in the trap.


The Warpsmiths later showed up in Miracleman, as the technology used to create him was of concern to them.



Next time: Three more stories, not by Alan Moore.

Your thoughts, comments?

suggested tags:
character: Miracleman/Mickey Moran
creator: Alan Davis
creator: Alan Moore
creator: David Lloyd
creator: Garry Leach
medium: British comics
publisher: Quality Communications
title: Miracleman
title: V For Vendetta
title: Warpsmith
title: Warrior

Date: 2010-02-28 03:15 am (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
Warpsmiths seem to be slightly more advanced-consciousness Green Lanterns.

Date: 2010-02-28 03:37 am (UTC)
lisaquestions: Phoenix looking toward the viewer. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lisaquestions
Thanks for this - I've wanted to read some of the Warpsmiths stuff from Warrior, but as you said, never reprinted in America.

Date: 2010-02-28 03:51 am (UTC)
ulf_boehnke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ulf_boehnke
Actually, that Warpsmith comic was reprinted (and colored) by Eclipse Comics in Axel Pressbutton #2.

I can imagine that the issue is hard to find.

Date: 2010-03-01 06:18 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
It was also in A1 by Atomeka Press.

Date: 2010-02-28 03:56 am (UTC)
darkblade: (Ultimate Warrior)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR...IS...UTMOST DESTRESSED BY THE LACK OF...DESTRUCITY WITHIN THIS BRITISH COMIC THAT BARES HIS NAME.

THESE STORIES MAY CONTAIN MANY TYPES OF AWESOME BUT THEY DO NOT TEACH ON THE VALUES OF KNOWING THE VALUES OF BOTH REALITY AND DESTINY.

SKROOONK!

Date: 2010-02-28 04:14 am (UTC)
toby_wan_kenobi: (Helmet)
From: [personal profile] toby_wan_kenobi
Hush, Hellwig, or we take the steroids away again.

Date: 2010-02-28 06:18 am (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Very cool!

Date: 2010-02-28 09:53 am (UTC)
bradhanon: (Serious editor)
From: [personal profile] bradhanon
God, seeing that Warpsmiths story suddenly makes the plot arc of Miracleman/Marvelman click into place in a way it never did before.

THANK you.

Date: 2010-02-28 06:02 pm (UTC)
3goodtimes: (luthor)
From: [personal profile] 3goodtimes
Thanks for the scans and the Monty Python reference.

Date: 2010-03-01 05:18 am (UTC)
citygod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] citygod
"Utterly Weird Heroes" should be the title of Alan Moore's biography. Thanks for posting, great to see it again. (Bought it at the local newsagent, when it was first published.)

Date: 2010-03-01 03:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] phosfate
Oh my God, I loved Warrior so much.

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