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Crisis

1988

Comic: Crisis

Creator: Pat Mills, Steve MacManus

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I bought this as part of a deal with a mate in 1988/89. He bought 200AD I bought this. I was a more trusting soul then ...
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I read it on original publication.
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It was out when I was at college in Bournemouth. 86-87, I guess. I was in my early 20s.
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In Depth

Crisis

2000 AD's frighteningly serious sibling.

Inspired by the success of Alan Moore's Watchmen, and a growing sense that comics might not be "just for kids", Fleetway Publications ordered the creation of a spin-off title from 2000 AD, aimed at mature readers. Thus came Crisis.

A fortnightly title, it initially sported two 14-page strips, designed to be repackaged as separate 28-page monthly titles for distribution in the US.

2000 AD founding editor Pat Mills wrote Third World War. Set 12 years in the future, it told of a time when multinationals had formed a peacekeeping force to maintain the equilibrium - and cheap crops - within the Third World.

John Smith wrote the second story, New Statesmen. More overtly influenced by Watchmen, it weaved a confusing tale based around super heroics and genetic engineering.

Although both series were politically clued up, they were somewhat po-faced in execution. Sales of the comic plunged from 80,000 to 25,000 in a matter of months. Crisis' line-up quickly changed and more accessible fare arrived. However, despite the inclusion of some cast-iron classics (Grant Morrison's controversial The New Adventures of Hitler and Garth Ennis' treatise on The Northern Ireland Troubles, Troubled Souls), the venture folded after 63 issues.

Work nominated by MsAmeliaUnderwood.

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