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Follow your host Hilary Tremayne on eight surreal journeys into the unknown. Discover the truth behind the mysteries of spontaneous human combustion, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost 13th month, and the real reason men have nipples. Drawn by Rian Hughes and written by a Rogue''s Gallery of Britain''s finest comic writers including Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Wanted), Alan McKenzi Follow your host Hilary Tremayne on eight surreal journeys into the unknown. Discover the truth behind the mysteries of spontaneous human combustion, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost 13th month, and the real reason men have nipples. Drawn by Rian Hughes and written by a Rogue''s Gallery of Britain''s finest comic writers including Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Wanted), Alan McKenzie (The Harrison Ford Story), and John Smith (Devin Waugh), this hardcover volume collects the complete series.


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Follow your host Hilary Tremayne on eight surreal journeys into the unknown. Discover the truth behind the mysteries of spontaneous human combustion, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost 13th month, and the real reason men have nipples. Drawn by Rian Hughes and written by a Rogue''s Gallery of Britain''s finest comic writers including Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Wanted), Alan McKenzi Follow your host Hilary Tremayne on eight surreal journeys into the unknown. Discover the truth behind the mysteries of spontaneous human combustion, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost 13th month, and the real reason men have nipples. Drawn by Rian Hughes and written by a Rogue''s Gallery of Britain''s finest comic writers including Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Wanted), Alan McKenzie (The Harrison Ford Story), and John Smith (Devin Waugh), this hardcover volume collects the complete series.

44 review for Tales from Beyond Science Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Tales From Beyond Science is an anthology of short comics that originally ran in one of 2000AD’s publications from the early ‘90s, written by Mark Millar, John Smith and Alan McKenzie and drawn by Rian Hughes. They’re basically like the Twilight Zone in content featuring “weird” stories about a guy whose music lyrics become reality, the dead calling from beyond the grave, the missing 13th month, and the man who created outer space, to name just a few. Despite their unusual concepts though these Tales From Beyond Science is an anthology of short comics that originally ran in one of 2000AD’s publications from the early ‘90s, written by Mark Millar, John Smith and Alan McKenzie and drawn by Rian Hughes. They’re basically like the Twilight Zone in content featuring “weird” stories about a guy whose music lyrics become reality, the dead calling from beyond the grave, the missing 13th month, and the man who created outer space, to name just a few. Despite their unusual concepts though these aren’t very interesting stories and, less than 24 hours after finishing this book, I’ve already forgotten most of what I’ve read! Rian Hughes’ art though is very good (think Darwyn Cooke in style) and his overall design of the book is clever, mixing fictional and real ads from pulpy magazines to divide up the stories. If you’re a Millar fan, he only writes half the stories here and they’re a long way from his best efforts so it’s not really worth it. I can see why Tales From Beyond Science is among Mark Millar’s least known books!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    Reading this hyper packaged graphic collection of unrelated short stories reminded me of a project that might be put together by a bunch of school friends. The idea is fun at the beginning and everyone promises to participate, but in the end many people fail to deliver and the project ends up feeling kind of half-assed. There is, however, usually someone whose talent shows through and their efforts nearly carry the day. In the case of TALES FROM BEYOND SCIENCE, that person is illustrator Rian Hu Reading this hyper packaged graphic collection of unrelated short stories reminded me of a project that might be put together by a bunch of school friends. The idea is fun at the beginning and everyone promises to participate, but in the end many people fail to deliver and the project ends up feeling kind of half-assed. There is, however, usually someone whose talent shows through and their efforts nearly carry the day. In the case of TALES FROM BEYOND SCIENCE, that person is illustrator Rian Hughes. His work illustrating the stories is good but where he shines is the myriad of mock 60’s & 70’s supernatural comic book covers that pepper the book--marvelous images of Stonehenge or the heads from Easter Island coming to life to ravage mankind. Each cover is unique but clearly and cleverly of a type to convey the theme of the book—recreating the 60’s & 70’s American supernatural comic as if they originated in England. While this is mostly achieved, the stories remain lackluster. Mark Miller’s work (my favorite being THE MEN IN RED or THE SECRET MONTH UNDER THE STAIRS) comes off best but even his stories seem a page or two shy of a good thing. Beyond the myriad covers, what makes this feel hyper packaged is the inclusion of 10 pages (a lot in an 86 page book-plus inside the front and back covers) of faux advertisements spoofing the often spoofed ads at the end of comics, i.e. hypnotism, ventriloquism, shrunken heads etc. Humorous for the most part, my favorite being for liquid carpet-CARPETFLO, the net result is that the stories themselves feel like an afterthought. That should certainly never be the case in a story collection. If this book was a house, it would have no floor—nowhere for me to pour out my CARPETFLO.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    The early efforts of some talented writers and artists doing a "Twilight Zone" riff. It wasn't enough to be a solid alternative to any of the more institutionalized British magazines. The early efforts of some talented writers and artists doing a "Twilight Zone" riff. It wasn't enough to be a solid alternative to any of the more institutionalized British magazines.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Like all 2000AD's attempts to replace Future Shocks - and indeed, like Future Shocks themselves - this collection of short tales is madly patchy in script terms; Mark Millar's contributions are better than his recent work but still occasionally show the same laziness, and Alan Mckenzie was never more than a journeyman, but the John Smith contributions are at the more coherent range of that great half-lost genius-loon's work. This collection, though, is a lovely, lovely book - with the starting p Like all 2000AD's attempts to replace Future Shocks - and indeed, like Future Shocks themselves - this collection of short tales is madly patchy in script terms; Mark Millar's contributions are better than his recent work but still occasionally show the same laziness, and Alan Mckenzie was never more than a journeyman, but the John Smith contributions are at the more coherent range of that great half-lost genius-loon's work. This collection, though, is a lovely, lovely book - with the starting point of Rian Hughes' clean, fifties-go-odd style to unify its aesthetic, it's packed out with fake covers and detourned vintage ads, beautifully bound, and generally a delight to leave lying around to frighten visitors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This book was so much fun to read! I love that each issue is a completely different story, and none of them tie into each other. Each story was about 5 pages, super easy to follow. All of the stories were definitely beyond science, and visually really fun to look at. Definitely for you if you're into weird, different, or just sci-fi comics. I'm one of those people that loves comics, but those weird, obscure ones are where it's at for me. This was pretty great, and I would definitely recommend it This book was so much fun to read! I love that each issue is a completely different story, and none of them tie into each other. Each story was about 5 pages, super easy to follow. All of the stories were definitely beyond science, and visually really fun to look at. Definitely for you if you're into weird, different, or just sci-fi comics. I'm one of those people that loves comics, but those weird, obscure ones are where it's at for me. This was pretty great, and I would definitely recommend it. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Brady

    I like Rian Hughes' art, but I wasn't that into the stories here, a series of Twilight Zone-ish bits of weirdness. There's one about an obsessive Hollywood memorabilia collector and a clone of Marilyn Monroe that's not bad, but I can barely even remember the plots of any of the others; they all seem to feature some guy stumbling into scary secrets about the way the world works. Worth a look if you like Hughes, but otherwise I'd give it a pass. I like Rian Hughes' art, but I wasn't that into the stories here, a series of Twilight Zone-ish bits of weirdness. There's one about an obsessive Hollywood memorabilia collector and a clone of Marilyn Monroe that's not bad, but I can barely even remember the plots of any of the others; they all seem to feature some guy stumbling into scary secrets about the way the world works. Worth a look if you like Hughes, but otherwise I'd give it a pass.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joe Planck

    Good collection of twilight zone/outer limits type tales. I enjoyed the retro comics feel. Recommend, but it's a quick read, so save your money and get it from your local library. Good collection of twilight zone/outer limits type tales. I enjoyed the retro comics feel. Recommend, but it's a quick read, so save your money and get it from your local library.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jay Eales

  9. 5 out of 5

    Navia

    Great book to read when bored

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karl Hickey

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jason Reichner

  13. 4 out of 5

    P.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eyeball Monster

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suren Raja

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shadowcthuhlu

  21. 5 out of 5

    John

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Palazetti

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Hyde

  24. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Ferguson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josep

  29. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Small

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  31. 4 out of 5

    Yasir Husain

  32. 5 out of 5

    Allen Rubinstein

  33. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  34. 5 out of 5

    Mike McLennan

  35. 5 out of 5

    James Niven

  36. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  37. 4 out of 5

    Mithun Gangopadhyay

  38. 5 out of 5

    Jon

  39. 4 out of 5

    Joey Aulisio

  40. 4 out of 5

    Apollo Creed

  41. 4 out of 5

    Angela Groves

  42. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  43. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  44. 5 out of 5

    André Dadi

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