October Books 10) Strontium Dog: Bad Timing

10) Strontium Dog: Bad Timing, by Rebecca Levene

I admit that I only bought this because I was at college with the author, and have read very little 2000 AD in the last twenty years. It’s a novel about Johnny Alpha, hero of the Strontium Dog series, being sent on a quest by sinister criminals who have fallen out with each other, with a bunch of other mutants. It reads in style very much like a Doctor Who novel (Rebecca used to edit the New Adventures series) but of course with much more freedom to experiment with the setting. Good characterisation, with means and motivation of each of the characters individually entirely consistent with the setting (rare in books of this genre). Good fun as well, and not too demanding; perhaps I’ll look out for more Strontium Dog next time I’m in the comics shop. I’ll certainly look out for more Rebecca Levene.

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