Comic Review 12 // Bradley is Out

Hey readers just finished another comic, no surprise there. So today's comic is a 2000 AD Showcase: Bradley is Out! Which I picked up for a dollar at Comet Comics here in Ottawa. Was surprised to find it but stupidly happy to pay only a dollar for it.

I remember reading Bradley progs in 2000 AD as a young teenager (maybe 13ish) and though I loved the artwork, I couldn't really remember anything else about. So I purchased the comic and started reading it straight away. Before I get into the review here are some Bradley facts:

First Appearance: Prog 533 in August 1st, 1987 (I was only four then lol).

Theme: It follows Bradley a diabolically ill-behaved alien child.

Creators: Alan Mckenzie and Simon Harrison.

Physical Appearance: The comic itself has a gloss card cover featuring the above image. It shows the demented main character Bradley, with his wild multicolored hair and classic onesie outfit. The comic has no date of publish that I can find, but is 32 pages long.

The tales included in this volume are based on ''Bradley's Bedtime Stories'' arc. Which mostly involve Bradley telling his younger sister Annabella, his version of popular fairy tales. Guess which classic tales might fit these titles:

The Ice Queen
The King's Birthday Suit


As far as storytelling goes; these aren't anything special and are easily forgotten, relying on a pre-existing story and always ending on a twist. The high point for this comic is the great artwork, it is truly wonderful. Full of detail and a bit different from the norm found in 2000 AD. For me the artwork really saved the lackluster stories and reminded me why this character didn't stick in my head.

In all it took maybe ten minutes to read cover to cover and I won't be re-reading it anytime soon (so if you want it feel free to contact me). As to how I would score it:

2 Bradley's out of 5
and only that because it had great artwork!

Thanks for reading!

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