If you have not read Button Man. Do yourself a favor… PICK THIS UP!!!! HOLY FUCK IT’S GOOD!!!
There is not a single book in the US Market today that has excited me a bit (Maybe Batman: Earth One) this year. Even tho Button Man is an old 2000ad book, it is fantastic!
Thank you, Mr.Wanger & Mr.Ranson!
It really is that good. As the film is in development now seems the best time to catch-up on the four Button Man graphic novels.
After many years away from reading 2000AD I recently picked up a bunch of collections in graphic novel format, namely Button Man and Mazeworld. Both of which were done by the artist Arthur Ranson and they look spectacular. This re discovery of British comics has awakened a beast inside me and now I am on a mission to re-read a lot of old greats. With the Dredd movie out in September it is a good time for nostalgia.
And not just nostalgia, Tharg is pumping out the hits as we speak.
It’s a good comic, so it is.
Thanks for that, an excellent review:
Button Man: Killer Killer is a great comic, and I think I might go and give it a reread just because it is such a pleasure to see this thing done so well. Intelligent action, basically, with brilliant writing and art.
Now the film seems to be back on the front burner, it would be the perfect time to re-read this story or have the pleasure of reading it for the very first time.
It’s Old Art O’clock at Irving Towers this sticky, sweaty, British evening. Due to all my latest arts being under wraps for the moment, and due to those arts taking up all my drawing time, I have nothing new to show you curious kitties.
To fill that gap I am offering you a cover to 2000AD 1551, which heralded the start of “The Hitman’s Daughter”, the 4th installment of the “Button Man” series created by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson (dear Arthur drew the first 3, whilst I got the gig for volume 4, lucky scamp that I am).
The cover depicts Adelle, the aforementioned Daughter of the Hitman. Adelle was initially based upon my fellow comic artist Fiona Staples (who also did the colouring on the interior pages of the strip) which is partially why I chose this image to post, having just read SAGA from Image Comics. If I can spread the Good Word about a Good Comic, then I will do so using pictures.
I’m also itching to do some fanart for it, most likely “The Stalk”. Maybe when my current workload has eased off a bit I will attempt a morning warm-up doing just that.
Now if it would just rain a little…
Don’t forget all four Button Man volumes are out now. With the film adaptation seemingly moving off the back burner, now is the perfect time to catch-up on the series.
Arthur Ranson, Judge Dredd (I need to read this)
You do, it is some seriously impressive work.