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The 86ers

01/05/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy The 86ers in the USA - or Buy The 86ers in the UK

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Rogue Trooper takes to the air (well, to space, actually), in the latest graphic novel from 2000AD, the pen of Gordon Rennie, and the brush of Paul J. Holden. War rages across the galaxy in an ever bloody conflict between the Southers & the Norts. Enlist with fighter pilot Rafaelle - aka Rafe - Blue and the 86th Air Support Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the 86ers, stationed in the Acoma System.

Centred around the ore-rich moons of the gas giant Acoma lies a supply route, vital to the Souther’s war effort. The protection of which, falls to the 86ers who’ve been branded as the dumping ground for every freak or failure by all the major players of this fierce conflict.

Gordon Rennie is one of 2000 AD and the Megazine’s creators, with co-creative credits for Caballistics, Inc., Glimmer Rats, Missionary Man, Necronauts, Storming Heaven, Rain Dogs and Witchworld. He has also written Judge Dredd, Harke and Burr, Mean Machine, Past Imperfect, Pulp Sci-Fi, Rogue Trooper, Satanus, Terror Tales and Vector 13.

The 86ers

Rennie has also written for anthologies Heavy Metal and Warhammer Monthly, as well as Species, Starship Troopers and White Trash.

Paul J. Holden has illustrated Judge Dredd, Tharg’s Future Shocks, Dead Signal, Rogue Trooper and Johnny Woo for 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Magazine. He was also a regular contributor to Warhammer Monthly and drew the four-issue series Fearless for Image Comics. As well as co-creating The 86ers, Karl Richardson has also illustrated Judge Dredd for 2000 AD.

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