Being somewhat jaded with the current state of comics I have sought refuge in the 50c comic book bins of my local comic book shop Comics Etc. Periodically instead of dusting the store Nathan will dive into the cheap bins for me and find a gem that renews my faith in funny books, how did he go this week?
For the grand return Nathan from Comics Etc has pulled a book simply for the hair cut of the main character.
Let me present to you Strontium Bitch #2.
Now the thing about this book is that if you've ever been much of a Judge Dredd fan then there is a rather large probability that you've heard of Strontium Dogs as featured in 2000AD and the Megazine.
Personally I've only ever been a casual fan of SD and so I knew of the spin off Strontium Bitch but little more than that. The story is that Durham Red has been captured and put in chains on the "Island of the Damned" where some evil overload is using the sweat of the prisoners to produce a drug. Red has other plans.
The first thing that you are presented with is indeed the most awful haircut, a triangle with a spiky peak in the middle. It's the kind of thing that passed as science fiction hair in the 80s or so. It would take a lot of effort to get it like that so she obviously thinks it is stylish and with those fangs who is anyone to argue?
The art is by Carlos Ezquerra who is one of my favourite Judge Dredd artists and so I'm always happy to see his work. The story is by a little known writer Alan Grant who has probably done other work of note but you know there are so many comic book writers out there now it's hard to single them out.
Yes. I know who Alan Grant is.
Strontium Bitch #2 has all the trappings of a 2000AD serial and without even reading the first issue you can pick up and enjoy the story well enough. It has all the style of the future we would usually see in any 2000AD storyline.
The bad guy who has possibly worse hair than Red gets his comeuppance in the end and all the insane people on the island appear to live happily ever after.
Not too shabby.
Now how does this shape up as a 50c investment? Well I have no idea as I couldn't find a copy over on eBay. I found a couple of Strontium Bitch #1s as part of packs but no #2s. Does this make the book priceless???
Probably not but we can't fairly assess it at this point.
I'm going to give this a rating of