2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Prog 170

This prog contains a notable first that has occurred slightly earlier than I was expecting; the first script written by Alan Moore. As you should know, Moore goes on to become the most well-known and respected comic writer of the last thirty years. Here, his beginnings are as modest as some might expect; a well crafted but understated Ro-Jaws' Robo Tale called Killer in the Cab drawn by John Richardson.

It's interesting to see how panel heavy each of the four pages are and how word heavy each panel. Moore seems to have squashed together as much plot and character interplay that, a few years later, he goes on to include in a twenty-two paged story. The current episode of The Judge Child seems spacious and brief in comparison.

The twist doesn't really work either. Ro-Jaws' Robo Tales are like specialist Future Shocks; short stories with a twist at the end, except they always feature a robot. The twist in Killer in the Cab is that the unseen character on the end of the CB Radio is an android, not really a surprise as the reader should be waiting for the robot to appear at some point, anyway.

This prog is actually an issue I encountered first time around and, although I remember the strip, it isn't as memorable as, say, this episode of The Judge Child. The experience isn't comparable to, a couple of years later, reading the first issue of Warrior, noticing that two strips in particular seemed good (Marvel Man and V for Vendetta), deliberately turning back the pages to see who wrote them and noting that they were both written by the same guy, Alan Moore.

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  • isn't that the same issue where, almost uniquely for 2000AD, a major character is killed and later resurrected?

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 1:53 pm  

  • Yes drhoz, but saying it like that makes it seem like a bad thing.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 1:59 pm  

  • just noting it as an unusual event. Mean Angel being the only really MAJOR resurectee, of course

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 5:27 am  

  • It is unusal for 2000 AD but not for mainstream comics. I'm glad they brought Mean back, though.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:36 pm  

  • *nods* hence the joke about DC and Marvel - "If you don't seem them shot in the head, on screen, they aren't dead. And sometimes not even then"

    I'm very glad 20000AD avoids such resurrections wherever possible - but also glad they made an exception for Mean :)

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 3:13 pm  

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