First appearing in 2000AD comic, 1981, ‘Rogue Trooper’ became a favourite of mine in an almost odd, anti-hero way.
I only really caught on to Rogue Trooper late-on in the UK, a5 sized comic reprints. I’m not sure where I got to in the storyline but it’s still a title that holds an interest for me.
Incidently, in 2005, in a friends loft space, I found a whole stack of about 200 issues of 2000AD among which was a copy of 2000AD PROG 228, COVER DATE: 5th September 1981, Price: 16p!
One thing I was surprised to hear of was the release of the ‘Rogue Trooper’ game in 2006. I guess there is a strong fan base out there.
Rogue Trooper – The Game (EIDOS)
Rogue Trooper is a science fiction strip in the British comic 2000 AD, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. It follows the adventures of Rogue, a G.I. (or Genetic Infantryman, a genetically modified, blue-skinned, manufactured elite soldier) and his three comrades (in the form of “biochips”, into which a G.I.’s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval) — Gunnar, mounted on Rogue’s rifle, Bagman, on his backpack, and Helm, on his helmet. He is immune to every poison gas known of in the story. His skin is not affected by strong acid.
The story is set on a planet, Nu-Earth, where a perpetual war between the Norts and Southers is being fought. During the war all form of chemical and biological weapons have been used poisoning the planet and the troops of either side must live in enclosed cities and fight in protective gear. The Southers have, through genetic engineering, developed a race of warriors who are immune to the deadly atmosphere and will therefore be superior troops. The Souther High Command deploy their secret weapon, the Genetic Infantry, in an airborne assualt but a traitor has betrayed the secret of the G.I. to the Norts and they are massacred during the drop.
With Rogue the only surviving G.I., he goes AWOL in order to track down the Traitor General responsible. Along the way he thwarts numerous Nort schemes, discovers and inadvertently destroys the only portion of Nu-Earth not contaminated by chemical weapons, and is betrayed by every female character he encounters.