Aviator and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Comics will be bringing legendary superhero Dan Dare out of retirement with an all-new comic book series. The monthly series, to be written by legendary comic author Garth Ennis (PREACHER, THE BOYS, HITMAN, JOHN WOO'S SEVEN BROTHERS), will premiere in November 2007.
Dan Dare has been an icon since 1950, when stories of his space travel and galactic battles first captivated postwar baby boomers. His adventures burst to the forefront of pop culture, selling nearly 1 million copies each week in the pages of the Eagle comic.
Virgin Comics' DAN DARE is set in the future, albeit not too many decades from the present day. Colonel Dare is still vibrant and courageous -- but now he's retired. His retirement is a self-imposed exile, the result of his disgust with politics and the post-nuclear warfare that has destroyed North America and much of Asia -- leaving the UK as the world's last remaining superpower. Readers familiar with Dan Dare stories will recognize many of the original cast, including a wiser and more experienced Digby; the innovative, brilliant and beautiful Professor Peabody; and of course the enemy of all that is good, the super-intelligent ruler of the Treens -- The Mekon, together with a mix of galactic evil beings.