2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Prog 231

After a blaze of pre-publicity, Rogue Trooper has now been running for a few progs. I say “blaze”, but really it was a few spot illos here and the occasional pin-up there; it’s a blaze of publicity by 2000 AD standards, anyway.

I would say that Rogue sits at the head table with most of the premier league 2000 AD characters, like Nemesis the Warlock and Strontium Dog, but unlike these thrills there seems to be more of a Marmite effect going on; he is either loved or despised. Personally, I have no strong feelings about Marmite either way.

As it happens, it’s a pretty good start for a brand new strip. It feels fully formed from the start, with short self contained episodic nuggets released every prog that reveal a little bit more about the characters and the war ravaged world that they populate each time. Dave Gibbons’ art is terrific and Gerry Finley-Day’s scripts are tight and do the job.

There are a couple of things that might be mystifying to readers. All of the characters seem to have been given suitable names before the massacre that made those names appropriate happened. Gunner’s nickname was Gunner before he was killed and his personality downloaded to a biochip and inserted into Rogue’s riffle (which happened, incidentally, before he actually went rogue) and became Gunner. Also, as Rogue is now rogue, how come he seems to have an unlimited supply of ammunition?

These could all be part of the thrill’s charm but because it is earnest and lacks the sense of humour that the other head strips have I think it risks becoming a bit wearisome before the end.

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:48 am  

  • During my own prog slog last year I remember thinking the reason Brett Ewins went mad and started worshiping a fish god was because he'd had to draw Finely-Days' Rogue Trooper scripts for so long. There was something oddly pedestrian yet fucked up about them.

    By Blogger Pete Ashton, at 6:28 pm  

  • Pete, it might explain why they totally rebooted the strip later as well. There is something wrong about it.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:53 pm  

  • wait till you get to the Fort Neuro storyline...

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 2:22 pm  

  • drhoz, warning receieved, mate

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:03 pm  

  • That Orwellian byline's a bit peculiar, considering this is Autumn 1981. What was that all about?

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 11:46 am  

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