Paragon Annual 2016

PARAGON annual cover 2016Paragon Annual 2016

Published by Paragon Comics
December 2015

68 Pages – hardcover
available from Lulu.com – £12.50(ex VAT)
Paperback – £2.95(ex VAT)
Digital – £0.95(ex VAT)

Edited by Dave Candlish

Cover Art: Dave Candlish
Colours: Jim Cameron

Genre – Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror

Paragon is a British Anthology focusing on SciFi, Horror and Fantasy. Some top Small Press and Professionals have contributed to the regular issues.

This is Paragon’s Annual. A throwback to the good old days (Annuals you can buy now aren’t quite the same…).

I mistakenly read this without a bowl of Brazil nuts.

Jikan: To Boldly Go…
Script – Mark Howard & A Wallace
Art – Alex Mines
Letters – Ken Reynolds

Dimension jumping ronin, Jikan, lands on the set of Star Tek.

Delightful!

Very tongue in cheek as befits anything with Star Trek involved. The dialogue is spirited and amusing.

Forgotten Heroes – Doug McLure
by Davey Candlish

An article about one of my favourite actors from my childhood. I loved his action films.

The Paragon Paradox
Script – Greg Meldrum
Art – Scott Twells
Letters – Jim Campbell (part 1) Dave Metcalf e Carr (part 2)

Split across the annual in separate but fluid acts, something old Annuals used to do.

This story features a number of characters from different strips that feature in Paragon. Gannesh, Bulldog and Spencer Nero join forces to fight evil in a dimension where the Greek Gods banished a Demon. Said Demon kidnapped Spencer’s Uncle,

The Case of the Temporal Manipulator
by Jim Cameron

A time travelling incompetent with low morals… what could go wrong?

As this story has a twist ending there is little I can say about the plot – though it works. The art is of a cartoon style that in no way detracts.

Cushing and Sons
Script – Mark Howard
Art – Dave Candlish
Letters – John Caliber

With in-world Bookplates and Adverts introducing the story we meet Lorrimer Cushing, a Private Expedition leader who ran his business from Hammer Street.

Was he avoiding Taxes or did he really know more than most about the horrors that lurk just out of sight?

A ripping yarn parodying the explorer tales from boys-own comics of the 40s and 50s.

The Journey
by Stephen Prestwood
Letters: Owen Watts

A brilliant story of a questing Knight who should perhaps have been a little more questioning of his path.

Classic Bulldog: The Memoirs of Wellington Bulldog
Uncredited

I think this story is uncredited by design.

This seems to be masquerading as an old fashioned text story from early comics. These were uncredited and in many cases the creators names are lost to history.

Firepower
by John Osnorn and Jim Cameron

A one page story of a world cursed by over proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The twist is inspired.

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