Review: Smash! Special 2020

From Rebellion and The Treasury Of British Comics is a summer special full of adventure!

The Spider by Rob Williams (w) John McCrea (a) Mike Spicer (c) Simon Bowland (l)

A cracking start to the issue, with a lot of explaining to do. I like the twists in the tale and the way it was all planned out. The Spider is an interesting character and his anger is justified. I look forward to more of this!

Thunderbolt the Avenger by Helen O’Hara (w) Valentina Pinti (a) Jim Boswell (c) Ozvaldo Sanchez (l)

This was a good ‘passing of the torch’ story, with a legacy moving on. It works really well and the commentary adds something special .Some decent action with the story too.

Johnny Future by Anita Break (w) Tom Raney (a) Gary Caldwell (c) SG (l)

Also dealing with the legacy aspect, this was an interesting primer for Johnny Future. I like the way it introduces him and the build-up to the potential problem. Why we haven’t seen him until now?

The Steel Claw by Charlie Higson (w) Charlie Adlard (a) Simon Bowland (l)

This may possibly be the most acronyms I’ve seen in one story. Some classic spy stuff with some Nick Fury style story telling. Excellent!

Mytek the Mighty by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (w) Anand Radhakrishnan (a+c) Deeganto Joardar (c) SG (l)

Very interesting of digging up old myths. I like the hints toward potential destruction and who do you trust? The art is perfect for the story as are the hints of power.

Cursitor Doom/Jason Hyde by Maura McHugh (w) Andreas Butzbach (a) A. Cult (l)

A good Hellboy-style story of the occult. I like the introduction and the use of the mythologies. The art is excellent, as is the ending.

The House of Dolmann by Simon Furman (w) Chris Weston (a) Jim Campbell (l)

A good teaser of a story. Re-introducing a character and adding something more. Something I expect we will never get an answer for. Good action and good personalities.

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