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New Statesmen

Summary
New Statesmen was a "political superhero series" featured in British comic Crisis, created by John Smith and Jim Baikie, which lasted for fourteen episodes from 1988 to 1989. Publication history Sean Philips and Duncan Fegredo were brought in to cover for Jim Baikie on issues five, thirteen and fourteen and issues seven and eight, respectively. New Statesmen was the story which, along with Third World War, launched 2000 AD's sister comic Crisis. The series was published in Crisis from issue #1–14 with a reappearance in issue #28. It was also repackaged for the American market as a five-issue prestige format limited series released in 1989. This had been part of the business plan for Crisis from the start but only the early series, like New Statesmen, got this treatment. In 1990 the story was collected into a trade paperback. Plot Set in America in 2047, the series told the story of a number of genetically modified "optimen", created with superhuman 'hard' and 'sof
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