Comic Review 137 // Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: War Dogs


Speeding through the series now! Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: War Dogs picks up from where the last graphic novel finished. At 144 pages a lot has to get into this story. The story begins with Johnny Alpha captured in a mutant ghetto and being lead away in custody. As discovered in the last story a group of rich "Norms" have taken it upon themselves to sterilize the mutant population and it is up to Alpha to rally the mutant troops and start another war, but not for equality this time, this time it is pure revenge.

I enjoyed a sneak peek into the mutant ghettos of New Britain and the fact that it was mostly set in Norfolk brought a smile to me, as that's where I grew up. The story is full of Wagner's political views based on modern Britain and of course the stunning artwork, we should have a compelling story. Sadly though it doesn't seem to ever hit its stride. Johnny Alpha isn't his normal well-written self, he seems colder, duller and very two-dimensional, whilst different aspects of the story seem painfully rushed. Wagner's writing for this story seems off and missing the mark, maybe he needed more pages to complete a fuller story, whilst Ezquerra seems to get bored of drawing explosion after the first couple which is a shame as it adds to the rushed feeling of the story.

Overall I want to score this high and say go get it, but I can only give it an average at best review. I am left a little disappointed, to be honest. Going to be starting Repo tonight which sees us heading back into Bounty Hunting stories and I hope we can leave the political epics behind us for now.

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