I would recommend purchasing this issue of TV21. It easily follows on from the last issue back in 1969 and brings back great memories.
1st CLASS HAPPY MEMORIES OF THE TIME OF MY CHILD HOOD...FAB
Well what a throw back to my childhood this issue of TV21 was. My dad used to buy me an issue of the original comic when it came out. I would wait eagerly for him to bring it home with him on his way home from the shops. Reading through this new version brought all those happy memories back. The art work is just as good as are the stories. Thank you so much to everyone involved with producing it.
Imagine this: It's your birthday, and your other half presents you with her gift - a hideous, hand-knitted multi-coloured monstrosity of a pullover that even NOEL EDMONDS wouldn't be seen dead in. The sleeves are too long, the trunk too short, and it hangs off you like an unsecured straitjacket that someone's vomited over. Then she asks "Well, what do you think of it?" while fixing you with that puppy-eyed look of expectation, relying on you to validate her knitting 'skills'. Not since she asked you "Does my bum look big in this?" have you found yourself in such an awkward spot. Do you give her an honest assessment of her handiwork, or do you lie through your teeth to spare her feelings and ensure your own peace and quiet? I now find myself in a similar situation. I recently acquired the special 'universe edition' of TV21 #243, which was originally produced for inclusion with a Blu-ray boxed set of GERRY ANDERSON puppet shows a few years ago, and which is now available on its lonesome. The verdict? Well, while not in the same category as the above-described item of knitwear, I find myself divided in my reaction to it. How can one be so thrilled and disappointed by something at the same time? It's a joy to see, to hold, to own, but - compared to TV21 as it was in its heyday, it's hugely disappointing. The artwork, with the exception of the LADY PENELOPE, THUNDERBIRDS, MARS SPACE PROBE, and ZOONY The LAZOON pages, is nowhere in the same league as days gone by, and the shape of some of the speech balloons is dire. I find myself wondering how they could get it so wrong, while at the same time feeling grateful that they did at at all. Even GERRY EMBLETON's art on STINGRAY falls far short compared to his work on the strip back in the '60s when he took over from his brother RON. However, allowances can be made for the fact that he must by now be an old man, so perhaps it's unfair to expect the standard of work he used to deliver. MARTIN BAINES' art is really nice, though his TB2 shape isn't too accurate, and the difference in size between TB1 & 2 is unclear in one panel, leaving both craft looking more or less equal. BRIAN WILLIAMSON's art is okay, but doesn't capture the mood of the original AGENT 21 strip. The FIREBALL XL5 strip, while not bad, cries out for the hand of MIKE NOBLE, and one wonders why he wasn't offered heaven and earth to produce the one page required. As for MARTIN CATER's and MARTIN ASBURY's art on the ZERO X and CAPTAIN SCARLET pages - leave it out boys, you're 'avin' a larf. Cater's art is amateurish, while Asbury's betrays his later career as a storyboard artist for movies. Only the colouring (by 'SPECTRUM') saves it from looking like not much more than a 'rough' layout. And yet... and yet... this is a collectors' item and you should grab one while you can. Despite my reservations with some aspects of the comic, it's still a thrill to see TV21 resurrected for one more issue. (Though FANDERSON beat them to it in 2010 with their own version of the 'next' ish - see below.) So ignore my negative reaction to parts of this special edition and order your copy from this link today. (If only they'd put The DALEKS on the back page, I'd have been a very happy man.) If you're a fan of the original TV21, then you'll be thrilled to hold this issue in your hands - though I reckon you won't be able to shake off a measure of disappointment at the same time. Still, don't let it get away.
Absolutely fantastic, this should be a monthly publication. I would definitely subscribe to receive 12 of these through my door annually.