THB

    (Horse, 1994-1997)
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From The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide:

Paul Pope seemed to spring out of nowhere. In the time it took him to self-publish three thick black-and-white volumes of his futuristic teen-adventure story THB he’d gone from small press unknown to one of the most fêted new comic artists. Although you can see his art developing over the first couple of issues (a delightful process in itself), he is obviously a talented artist from the start, drawing in several styles, using watercolor and washes for particularly atmospheric scenes, but returning frequently to an elongated brush style reminiscent of the Italian adventure tradition. His page design and pacing owe something to Moebius and Jean Claude Forest, but he’s also taken tricks and effects from the likes of Alex Toth: an excellent selection of influences that never overwhelm his natural drawing abilities.

THB is packed with the escapades of H. R. Watson, the precocious young daughter of an important scientist who, on the cusp of adulthood, is one minute the intrepid adventurer and the next an impulsive schoolgirl. To protect her from people who might want to attack her father through her she is given THB, a giant genie-like bioconstruct concealed in a tiny pill. Just add water and you have an instant body guard. Sometimes, however, water is hard to find, especially as the series is set on Mars. Pope, with all the enthusiasm of an science-fiction fan, has mapped out the minutest details of his extraordinary yet often anachronistic future, which helps create a thoroughly engrossing, if often mystifying, read. ~FJ

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#1

  10/1/1994
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#1 - 2nd printing

 
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#2

  10/1/1994
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#3

  1/1/1995
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  2/1/1995
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  3/1/1995
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#6 Variation A

  10/27/2000
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#6 Variation C

  12/30/2000
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#6 Variation D

  1/1/2002
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#69

  10/1/1994
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Giveaway #1

  10/1/1994
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