Prog 1180 16/02/00
In the story, the spaceship that Johnny Alpha is transporting his bounties on is hijacked by a group of anti-mutant arseholes who abduct the genetically curious pilot and leave the passengers and crew for dead. Only a small group manage to survive, led to safety by our steely focused hero.
Apparently, this is an adaptation by John Wagner of a script he wrote for a proposed Strontium Dog film that never happened. It does feel as if the overall arc is being considered more so than the rules that might normally apply to episodic story telling. Also, this is a reboot, and already a more successful one than Rogue Trooper and Robo-Hunter that precedes it. There’s also been some continuity rejigging going on and the inclusion of Milton, a sort of sarcastic iPhone that Alpha carries. I imagine that there are many readers irked by the return of a character killed off years earlier. Personally speaking however, I think as Strontium Dog’s creators, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra are morally entitled to pretend that death never happened, especially as they aren’t the ones who killed the character in the first place.