Monday, January 15, 2007

Wagner's long walk

Man, there could be so many things to say with a title like that, couldn't there. Luckily, I don't have to report that John Wagner is retiring, or ending his tenure on Dredd, or anything like that. Instead, it's back to Tornado, and my favourite series in it, Wagner's Walk. It's credited to one R E Wright (along with Lozano and Mike White on art), who it turns out is actually Pat Mills - I was so hoping it was Wagner himself. I read somewhere that it's a pseudo-sequel to an old Battle series about German tankers fighting Russians in WW2. Makes sense, as Pat 'king (not Lord) of war' Mills loves to show how the fighting causes pain on all sides of a conflict.

Anyway, the Walk is a post-conflict tale of PoWs, who start out in a Siberian camp with little hope of returning to their families. How to escape under the radar? Why, on foot, of course! Classic Mills character bonding, absurd escapes from obvious death, and an enduring sense of hope mixed with hopelessness. Here's how it's played out so far in Tornado issues 2, 10, and 11.

I've not read any episodes beyond this point - I sure hope they escape the fallout...


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