Thursday, February 23, 2012

Science Addiction: Swiftsure #1 (Harrier, 1985)

Now this is quite a cover, eh? I wasn't sure what to make of it at first...but anything combining a corpse, an exploding spaceship, and Stonehenge (in vivid color) is enough to awake my interest. Swiftsure #1 was a sci-fi anthology series and the second comic title released by UK-based Harrier Comics. Alan Moore endorsed the title as Editorial Consultant and referred to the series as "a channeling of some of the best new talent Britain has to offer into a solid and presentable format that will allow each to develop into their own unique way, without the restrictions of a given style or genre."

That premise really sounds great, but to be perfectly honest most of the first issue of Swiftsure did little to captivate me...until I landed on the last story, "Codename: Andromeda". Written by Bill W. Ryan and penciled by Dave Harwood, together they tell the story of Kris Prescott, a scientist who dies in a spaceship explosion and is found and revived by aliens. Check out the first episode below:

The premise of "Codename: Andromeda" is captivating and well written, and has me wondering how the story turns out. I'll have to pickup more issues of Swiftsure to find out, and although some of the stories in this series are hit and's gems like this one that light the imagination in the science fiction parts of my brain. Well done, Harrier.


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