This issue of Wild’s End has a simply lovely cover by I.N.J Culbard whose art in this series has been one of the main reasons it’s worked so well. What’s also helped is the fine script by Dan Abnett which mixes Victorian valour with some 21st century sensibilities. We pick this issue with our group of characters trying to escape the alien invaders and run into Mr. Fawkes who draws up Clive’s military expertise to help him with his attack on these aliens.
The group manage to evade the aliens in order to head towards Upper Deeping, a nearby village in the hope of finding a telephone to alert the authorities to get some help. Sadly the aliens get there before they do and as all British people would do in an emergency, they head to the pub.
This is a wonderful little comics which really deserves more praise for spinning a Boy’s Own adventure on the surface, but really has more lairs to it than that. For one it’s not advisable to become attached to characters as they may not be around for long, and for another it’s not a story of square jawed heroes fighting aliens but ordinary people trying hard to find out what’s happening to them at a time when the idea of alien invaders was utterly insane. This really is a fine comic and I’d advise picking this up before the the trade collection.