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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 286

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look a two-part look at a neat issue of Garth Ennis’ recent Dan Dare mini-series…

Okay, so the gist of the story is that Dan Dare’s old enemy, Mekon, is back and Dan Dare is called out of retirement to take control of the British Intergalactic Navy (or whatever it’s called). On the way to taking his command, however, his escort ship hears an SOS from a local colony planet. This being Dan Dare, he is not going to let the cries for help of innocent people go unanswered, so he goes to the planet. He discovers that colonists are being killed by a giant demon-like creature. Dare manages to kill it, but not before he discovers that the colony is about to be besieged by hundreds of these creatures.

So now, in Dan Dare #3 (by Garth Ennis and artist Gary Erskine)…

Due to an electrical storm, only a few transport ships are able to escape – so about 200 people (50 marines and 150 civilians) are stuck waiting for a stampede of horrific demons…

Later, while waiting for the attack, Dare talks to an orphaned boy who lost both of his parents to the demon-y creature Dare killed last issue…

“The” moment was definitely Dare “firing” the jerk Captain, but I figured the little bit with the kid was worth sharing, as well.

Tomorrow we see what happens when the creatures arrive…


“Our hero.” Heh.

That’s the Garth Ennis I enjoy. He always seem to be at his best when doing war stories (even SF ones). Even his humour, which I find questionable at most situations, has worked perfectly here.

Shame Virgin went under, I could go with more Ennis Dare!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

i would go with the kid and dan giving that liltte bit of the mezon is the way he is because some people are born bad. too bad Garth does not offer the series to a new publisher to contiue


I believe Dynamite picked up the Licence.

They were the ones who put out the hardcover Omnibus, anyway…

It was a good update to Dare as well, though I would have liked to see Chris Weston on art instead…

There’s an awful lot of cool moments in the run.


It’s not Ennis’s licence to pass on…

I had no idea Garth Ennis did Dan Dare.

Dan Dare doesn’t know it, but I like the Mekon.

(I wonder if anyone reading this even recognises that quote.)


A lyric from a song? I’m guessing Bowie, but probably wrong…


Humans are from Earth
Treens are from Venus

Why are there still children left on the surface? Did Britain forget “women and children first” sometime in the future?


October 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Why are there still children left on the surface? Did Britain forget “women and children first” sometime in the future?

They filled up the ships with Women and Children – you’ll notice women and children being the only one’s in line to the ships, and the only one’s beyond the coward captain in the ship.
BUT, the ships couldn’t take anyone more, electrical storms and an impending battle have tied up the rest of the fleet, so these are the people who are left.
(You’ll note the kids on the ship are all sitting in mum’s laps, the kids left on planet are a bit older).

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