The Best of Milligan & McCarthy

Overview

One of comics' most fruitful collaborations gets its due in this deluxe collection of hard-to-find gems from Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix) and Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, The Zaucer of Zilk)! Collecting twenty years' worth of the pair's finest work from Vanguard Illustrated, Strange Days, 2000 AD, and Vertigo, this beautiful hardcover includes art that has been newly touched up by McCarthy and features original commentary by both creators. There is still nothing else like Freakwave, Paradax!, Skin, and...

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Overview

One of comics' most fruitful collaborations gets its due in this deluxe collection of hard-to-find gems from Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix) and Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, The Zaucer of Zilk)! Collecting twenty years' worth of the pair's finest work from Vanguard Illustrated, Strange Days, 2000 AD, and Vertigo, this beautiful hardcover includes art that has been newly touched up by McCarthy and features original commentary by both creators. There is still nothing else like Freakwave, Paradax!, Skin, and Rogan Gosh, and this volume is both the perfect retrospective for fans and the ideal starting place for new readers!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
This collection of Milligan and McCarthy comics is as surprising and helter-skelter as the surreal comics the pair first started creating in the 1970s. This nonchronological collection traces their journey, from the pair’s early art-school experimentation to their work at established publishers like Vertigo and 2000AD, all of it infused with the influences of mod music and symbolist poetry. The collection starts with Milligan and McCarthy’s alt-superhero “Paradax” and leaves their most powerful story, “Skin,” till the end. And while nothing here matches the shocking verve of the latter—it’s a brutally intense coming-of-age story of a disabled skinhead that swerves into horrific fantasy—the centerpiece of this book is undoubtedly the nightmarish “Rogan Gosh.” With a heavy Indian influence, the story showcases McCarthy’s dynamic sense of fantastic design. Not every story here has such impact, however: “Freakwave,” which is set in a wonderfully designed futuristic dystopia, starts out with a darkly witty self-awareness but subsequently collapses into itself. Although the writing establishes Milligan as an emerging talent with no fear of appearing too literary, it’s the art that dominates every page. Infuriating, beautiful, and complex, the collection offers an exceptional overview of two creators who together forged a vibrant and forceful aesthetic. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616551537
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,416,001
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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