Rampage (UK) #13 (Story 1)


Rampage was a UK-only magazine for the teen market. Each issue featured a couple of short out-of-continuity stories with Marvel comic characters. The rest of the issue was filled-out with puzzles, posters and fact files, along with a solid helping of comp-ad-titions and promo-mercials for Marvel products, along with Star Wars and other non-Marvel movies and games.

The creative team from Rampage seems to cycle through the same basic list of UK creative talent that produces the Spidey stories for Spectacular Spider-Man (UK Magazine), so it's perhaps not surprising that the look and feel of the Spider-Man stories is very similar between them.

Spidey doesn't appear in either of this issue's two short stories, but we'll review them anyhow.

Story 'Savage Safari!'

  Rampage (UK) #13 (Story 1)
Summary: 02-Nov-2005 (Spider-Man References, X-Men Story)
Publisher: Panini Comics
Editor: Tom O'Malley
Writer: Ferg Handley
Pencils: John Royle
Inker: Lee Townsend
Lettering: Peri Godbold
Colorist: Jason Cardy

The first story is an X-Men adventure in the Savage Land. Sabretooth is working for an outfit called "Weapon Plus" who is capturing mutates in order to turn their powers into salable weapon systems. Kazar runs into trouble and calls the X-Men for assistance. The X-Men crash land their plane as usual - do they even bother putting landing gear on this things? Wolverine has to come in as second rescue team, and they save the day. Well, if by "save the day" you mean, end up letting the bad guys go unpunished.

General Comments

Oh what silliness. It seems we're back to the usual illogical drivel that these UK magazines tend to rely on. Bizarre consequences, convenient confessions, nothing that makes any sense at all if you give it more than a superficial thought.

Overall Rating

The Spider-Man story gets one and a half webs. That's probably the same as I would give the X-Men tale, which was equally as daft in every aspect.