Dare (#1 – 4, Monster Comics) – Grant Morrison

3 out of 5

Putting the punk rock, anarchist, 90s-era Grant Morrison on to a revival of classic UK Comics space pilot Dan Dare, matching him with noted draftsman Rian Hughes on art – a fine pick for following up on Dare creator Frank Hampson’s detailed rockets and architecture – was certainly inspired, though also maybe predictable for the “burn it all down” revisionist takes of the time.

The comic (original mostly printed in Revolver, then later collected and completed by Monster) follows that vein, seeming like an interesting modernized snapshot of Dare as an old man, relegated to posing for publicity shots for an incoming Thatcher-esque regime’s platform and reminiscing on adventures passed… but then taking a swerve toward rather generic conspiracies and middle-finger-toward-the-government snark.

While I’m not a big fan of Hughes blocky, streamlined design style, it works for casting an old-fashioned sci-fi aesthetic onto the book, and Grant’s script moves quickly, not really trying to pull the wool over our eyes regarding the reveal of shadowy government plans, but also reusing one of the most over-used variants of that formula in terms of how they’re planning on controlling the population. There is a fun, if inevitable, cliffhanger toward the end, though.

Not an essential Morrison read, by any means, but fairly fun and fast-paced and enjoyable.