Dan Dare #1
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Dan Dare #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Gary Erskine Publisher: Virgin Comics Release Date: November 28, 2007 Critic Reviews: 7
6.9Critic Rating
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  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 5, 2007

    Ultimately, Ennis's resurrection of Dan Dare is about honor and idealism. The stumbling bureaucracy in this sci-fi story is meant to mirror the corrupted governments of the West with which we're faced today. Dan Dare lives in a version of England that saw great men as its leaders. Digby laments the lack of leaders and the need for someone strong and true to step up. I couldn't agree with Ennis more. I look forward to future issues, as it seems that Dan Dare will be about how we can revisit the potential and greatness that was once only part of our history. Dan dreams of returning to a simpler, better time. So does Ennis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Nov 25, 2007

    I suspect that Eagle purists will probably not get on with this, but while the modernisation of the concept is definitely a bit uneven in places, theres enough potential in the update for a strong writer like Garth Ennis to exploit. I would have hoped for a more stunning debut, but its a good start. Four tentative bullets. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Nov 25, 2007

    As I said, Ennis probably has me hooked on this series, but my interest is almost more academic than visceraland that cant be a good thing for either Dan Dare specifically or pulp heroes in general. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Nov 25, 2007

    If there is any criticism to be made of this issue, its that it seems a bit slow out of the gate. However, for the first chapter of a seven issue run, I think it still works, especially since by the end of the issue we have a fully established threat, and all the main characters and themes of the story have been introduced. From here on out I expect a story that moves more quickly and should satisfy both old-school Dan Dare fans and any new readers curious about the character. Its not slow enough to knock it down to an average 3 bullet rating, but its not quite up to speed enough to give it the superior 4 bullet rating. Dan Dare #1 is a good introduction (or re-introduction) to the characters and their world that lays solid groundwork for an exciting, old-fashioned space adventure to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Nov 25, 2007

    Its hard to judge the quality of this issue as a discrete comic because it so clearly is setting up future issues. But theres a lot of promise in this comic. When it all gets collected together, Dan Dare could be a real winner. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    IGN - Richard George Nov 28, 2007

    The concept of a disillusioned hero isn't a bad one. Ennis pulls off a related revelation with great effect, but it's basically the only remotely interesting scene in the entire issue. Due to his isolation, Dare doesn't have much of a supporting cast. Nor does he have much of a personality aside from his hostility at life. It works on some levels but grows old and I honestly don't care to read about a bitter, dull hermit. Every other character in the series hits a very generic note, as do the villains and overall plot. In essence there's no reason to read this book. Even Gary Erskine's art hits a relatively monotone note, recalling older '60s and '70s books but lacking any real flair or power. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Nov 25, 2007

    I think I will wait for the trade on this one. It just didnt keep my interest. Read Full Review

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