Dandridge: Return of the Chap by Worley, Pleece & Davis-Hunt

DandridgeDandridge: Return of the Chap
Published by Rebellion

Digital First (no paper version) November 2015

Available via 2000AD WebshopAndroid Ap,
2000AD iOS App

£7.99 (£3.99 in 2000AD shop until 4th November 2015)

Writer: Alec Worley
Artists: Warren Pleece, Jon Davis-Hunt
Letterer: Simon Bowland

This is the story of Dr Spartacus Dandridge, gentleman investigator, deceased. 2000AD have dubbed this ‘Spookpunk’. A mix of superbatural and technology. Its an action packed supernatural comedy romp.

This is another ‘Digital First’ release from 2000AD where a title is collected for the first time and released on digital platforms before a paper version has been released.

Ben Smith, Rebellion Publishing’s head of books and comic books, said:

“The ongoing success of our 2000 AD app-and-web-comics brought Rebellion to the watershed moment this year when we could expand our output by launching new story collections digitally alongside our ever-expanding print list. With a vast catalogue of comics from our 38 year history we now have the chance for our dedicated digital team to bring out extra Thrill-power.”

If readers have a 2000AD ID they can buy a copy on one platform but access their purchase on any other platform without a further cost



Dand 1A special investigator, Dandridge was a ghost hunter who captured escaped spirits. In the alternative time-line the story is set spectral forms were collector pieces and more. He died in 1905 but now he is back, brought startling back in to the world in the thoroughly modern 1981.

With his trusted servant, a re-animated corpse named Shelley, he continues his professional occupation post-mortem. His luck isn’t always constant, yet even when all seems to be against him you can rely on some quirk of fate coming to his rescue.

Dand 2The action is almost non-stop and I think it works better in this collection than in the episodes presented in 2000AD.

This isn’t a story heavy in complexity, its a bit of fun.

The character of Dandridge is uncomplicated and familar. Support characters and villains are at times quirky and sometimes just simply unexpected.

From an artistic perspective this story gives the artists a chance to draw characters and action without being tied to the rules that apply to how a living character moves and interacts with the world. This can lead to some interesting panels.Dand 3

CONTENTS
Past Imperfect: AntIques Phantasma
Script: Alec Worley
Art: Warren Pleece
Letters: Simon Bowland
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 1631

Return of the Chap
Script: Alec Worley
Art: Warren Pleece
Letters: Ellie DeVille
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1710 -1714

The House That Dripped Devilry!
Script: Alec Worley
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Letters: Simon Bowland
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1726 -1730

A Christmas Ghost story
Script: Alec Worley
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Letters: Ellie DeVille
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 2012

The Copper Conspiracy
Script: Alec Worley
Art: Warren Pleece
Letters: Ellie DeVille
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1824 – 1831

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