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Nikolai Dante The Romanov Dynasty (DC/Rebellion)

First Published: November, 2004
Price: 12.99 Earth money
Cover: Nikolai Dante by Simon Fraser

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Includes covers of Progs 1035, 1039, 1044, 1074, 1080 & Nikolai Dante: The Romanov Dynasty as published by Hamlyn, plus a sketch page featuring Jena Makarov and Nikolai Dante.


ISBN: 1904265200

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REVIEW BY JAMES MACKAY

Future Russia, where the Tsar rules a world empire with an iron fist. His nobles conspire against him for their own advantage, and everyone's on the take.

Enter NIKOLAI DANTE - a womaniser with a taste for the high life, a man equally handy with his tongue and his sword, and the greatest thief in the empire. Dante has dedicated his life to simply enjoying himself, which makes it awkward when a series of chance events leads to his discovering that he is an illegitimate son of the family Romanov, one of the most powerful groupings in the land. Genetically bonded with an alien weapons-crest that advises him on strategy and creates a sword (or 'bio-blade') when he needs one, Dante soon finds himself up to the neck in palace intrigue, battling to stay afloat in an unfamiliar world. And he isn't helped by the powerful siblings he never knew he had, most of whom aren't exactly happy to meet their new brother...

This Flashman-style tale of Russian swashbuckling revitalised 2000AD. And with hindsight it's easy to see why. Writer Robbie Morrison (Batman, The Authority, Shimura, White Death, Shakara) and artist Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Hellhouse, Shimura, Family) created an anti-hero that stood out as a fully-fleshed character from the first moment he appeared on the page (and incidentally contrasted nicely with the tough guys who make up the majority of comics heroes). Book II, Tsar Wars, may have more emotional impact, but it means nothing without this enjoyable romp that sits just the right side of parody.