01/03/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
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The first of the three issues of 'Spaceship Away' for the year is out and as you can tell from the cover, Dan Dare and Digby are happy you can join them. Mind you, if they looked inside the cover at the opening story of 'Green Nemesis' and how their spaceship was magnetised to the larger spaceship, he might at least raise his eyebrow. His escape is interesting although they aren't out of the woods yet, especially when there's a need for an adequate oxygen supply.
Charles Chilton's 'Journey Into Fear' is continuing a pace as Jet and Lemmy, disguised in the faceless or rather blank masked enemy armour are in the process of rescuing their crewmates from them. The boy king isn't very happy with them and has ordered that one prisoner be killed every hour until they are caught or killed.
The reprint of the Daily Mirror 'Gareth' story 'The Bubble Man' continues apace with our leading strong man shifting the spaceship's gyro-unit out of alignment to force the aliens to give them safe passage to a planet. Lucky Gareth, as his goddess girl-friend, Astra, is running the place but now he might be endangering them as well as the Nomods see this as a weakness. Frank Bellamy's art is as exquisite as ever and John Ridgeway's colouring gives it an extra dimension.
The centrefold this time is a very detailed cut-away of Dan Dare's Anastasia spaceship by Graham Bleathman with Bruce Cornwall and Don Harley supplying the technical info although I have to say there's a lot of stuff in such a compact craft. The only thing missing is the exact scale although I reckon the length is about 60 feet.
'Nick Hazard: Interstellar Agent' reaches the end of his adventure with this issue and anything I say is likely to be an obvious spoiler. Suffice to say that if you like stories in the 50s vein, you won't be unhappy.
There's a new 'Ex Astris' strip from John Freeman and Mike Nicholl but the opening pages are too early to see where it's going.
Tim Booth's Dan Dare story 'The Gates Of Eden' enters multiverse proportions with a touch of Perry Rhodan about it. Whether the team takes up on the offer or not is left in the air but they might not have any choice.
As ever 'Spaceship Away' gives you a lot for your time and money and garnering new fans all the time. Make sure you're one of them.
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