It appeared in Extremes 26, 27 and 28
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Have to say I read this recently and while it starts off fine it doesn't hold up for too long.
I suppose, the lesson from t'other thread about bad stories is that it's all subjective really. The violence builds to a crescendo throughout, along with the body count. There are some interesting theme's around the expendability of even the greatest players- all churned up for the greed of the profiteers, their death and maiming eagerly and callously consumed for 'entertainment' by those who call themselves fans.
There's something of the original 'Rollerball' film in it that pisses all over the tedious football strips of the day (you know, the pedestrian crap that was in pretty much every other dull comic around that era, with endless pictures of balls pinging around between tiny figures which never had a hope of recreating the drama and tension of real football games). Money, drugs, violence, murder, corruption, vengeance and vendetta, it had it by the spade load.
Though I can see why some might feel the arc with the Mother Vlad's Vampires team is silly, why should 'realism' matter in a scifi-fantasy-action strip any more than Harry (fucking) Potter or Batman (as if there isn't anything utterly ridiculous about either of those)?
I can suspend my disbelief for a rollicking good yarn and a tall-tale is as good as any other (for me). Love it- action, ideas and larger than life characters- many of them utterly psychotic, even Tallon's own team is full of unlikable bastards who initially despise him and fear he is using them in his quest for revenge, which he is. Thought-provoking subtexts and some pretty atmospheric art from Mike White, as well as a great run on 'season 2' with the Jensen Gang from Steve Dillon.