Recent issues have had a slightly stronger bias, I think, towards adventure strips, with 'John Blake' returning to the weekly comic's pages, as well as supernatural western 'Frontier', the stone age fables of 'Mezolith' and the Edwardian mysteries of 'Mirabilis'. All these are enjoyable strips, but the last two especially capture my interest with their rich imagination and depth of plot. I like adventure that unashamedly introduces some complexity into its structure, and find such tales highly rewarding. Indeed, it's the kind of thing I like to write myself, and gives me some confidence that my own strip, 'Nazaleod' will not be too far out of place in the pages of The DFC, something I had considered.
That's not to say anything less about any of the other strips, and the more comedic tales have been particularly good recently. The funniest, for me, is 'Super Animal Adventure Squad', and if a jade baboon with rubies for a bottom doesn't make you laugh, then the best joke involving a spoon I've read in ages (if I've ever actually read one before) definitely will. And 'Fish Head Steve' featured a boy milking his own head, which caused guffaws. 'Vern and Lettuce' continues with its high-quality artistry in both illustration and writing, and new-comer 'Bodkin and the Bear' is simple and entertaining. And I mustn't forget 'Good Dog Bad Dog', already a DFC classic with some top-tier cartooning, and 'Lazarus Lemming', the James Bond (or Woodrow Wilkins) of the animal kingdom.
Not every story in every issue's a winner, but from the above you get a taste of the diversity which is becoming The DFC's strength. Rather than spreading itself too thinly in many areas, the richness of the contents mean there's something of quality for everyone in every issue, and its constantly changing shape to surprise you in new ways.
What could be better, really, than a weekly package of such absorbing entertainment flopping through the letterbox every Friday? No adverts, no cheap plastic rubbish taped to the cover in the guise of a free gift. All story. You can see some previews here, and subscribe through the website here. I heartily recommend it!
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