In Review: Thirteenth Floor returns in new collection from Hibernia

The Thirteenth Floor Volume 2 - Cover

 

Hibernia have teamed up with publishing giants Egmont again to bring readers a cracking second Volume of The Thirteenth Floor, the classic story that ran first in Scream comic and then in the new Eagle for many years, written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, with artwork by the late Jose Ortiz.

The Thirteenth Floor centres on Max, a computer installed into a block of council-run flats who has an overprotective attitude toward his tenants – and the the building, able to take revenge on any wrongdoers (and there are plenty of those) thanks to his mysterious “Thirteenth Floor” which can conjure horrors to terrify even the toughest of men.

This opening page from the volume succinctly pitches the story premise to new readers, with some terrific art from José Ortiz.

This opening page from the volume succinctly pitches the story premise to new readers, with some terrific art from José Ortiz.

Max exacts revenge on a heartless Council official in "The Thirteenth Floor".

Max exacts revenge on a heartless Council official in “The Thirteenth Floor”.

 

The quality of this limited edition is again top notch, as with previous Hibernia collections such as The Tower King, also drawn by Ortiz and the stories are great fun, developing the overall storyline as Max’s thirst to do what’s right puts his hypnotised minions at increasing risk – and when an electronics expert is called in to check on his circuits, will Max face shutdown?

If you remember the original stories you can enjoy them again in this great collection and if you don’t, then check out one of Britain’s rare attempts at a horror comic in a weekly comic – no easy task with management looking over editor’s shoulders, as Scream staff member Simon Furman recalls  in his introduction to the volume. Back in the 1980s, the public outcry over Action comic , stirred up by the tabloids, still haunted publishers and the editorial team had a difficult task placating their bosses while still offering a chilling tale readers would love.

The Thirteenth Floor Volume Two features the story at its height and this is a great collection that you should definitely check out.

A graffiti artist finds damaging council property has serious consequences!

A graffiti artist finds damaging council property has serious consequences!

Even the toughest of men finally break in Max's clutches...

Even the toughest of men finally break in Max’s clutches…

 

The bad news for those of you coming late to these collections is that The Thirteenth Floor Volume One is currently sold out – let’s hope a reprint is in the works for you…

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The Thirteenth Floor © 2014 Egmont UK

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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