Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition

by Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neill
     
 

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In the spirit of JUDGE DREDD and the current hit series THE BOYS, MARSHAL LAW is a violent, satirical series about a futuristic law official charged with policing super-heroes gone rogue by any means necessary, all while fighting his own self-hatred for being the thing he hates most: a super-hero. Featuring

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A New York Times Best Seller!

In the spirit of JUDGE DREDD and the current hit series THE BOYS, MARSHAL LAW is a violent, satirical series about a futuristic law official charged with policing super-heroes gone rogue by any means necessary, all while fighting his own self-hatred for being the thing he hates most: a super-hero. Featuring art by Kevin O'Neill, illustrator of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, the centerpiece of this massive volume is the original six-part tale in which Marshal Law hunts down the Sleepman, a serial killer who is somehow connected to the popular hero known as The Public Spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bullets fly and bodies splatter in this collection of writer Mills and artist O'Neill's (League of Ex-traordinary Gentlemen) late-1980s satiric cult series, which does Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 inversion (the fireman who starts fires) one better with the title character being not a hero but a hero-hunter. The setting of an earthquake-ravaged and gang-infested future San Francisco (now called San Futuro), crawling with butchers and psychopaths, will be familiar to fans of contemporary urban dystopias like Frank Miller's Ronin and Judge Dredd, the latter of which both Mills and O'Neill worked on. Law himself is a sarcastic dispenser of deadly justice, which really just boils down to one thing: he hates superheroes. There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek psychoanalysis here, with Law's bondage-style outfit played against the sadomasochistic traumas of the heroes he now hunts down. Like Law, the "surps" were engineered creatures bred to fight a savage war in South America, now cashiered out and wreak-ing havoc. While Mills's anti-imperialist edge and highly specific deconstruction of the psychotic na-ture of many DC heroes is welcome, the grinding ultraviolence becomes wearisome and, by the end of its exhausted run, verging on hypocritical. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401238551
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
562,143
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Pat Mills is one of Britain's most popular writers and comics editors, and is often credited for having revitalized the comics industry in Britain in the 1970s. After working on several war titles, Mills developed  morally ambiguous heroes including Nemesis the Warlock and the ABC Warriors. He continues to write dark science fiction series like Slaine and American Reaper, as well as several Doctor Who radio plays.

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