2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Prog 259

After a very long break, Robo-Hunter returns. This is the first, stand alone episode of his relocation to Brit Cit in which, without a penny to his name, Sam Slade manages to blag himself a hotel room and some office space. Interestingly to me, this is the final issue before a major re-launch prog which seems to be a funny place for a thrill to start.

I see that The Mean Arena is now being written by someone called A Ridgeway and no longer by long term script robot Tom Tully. I’m now starting to feel guilty for all of the griping that I’ve been doing about this thrill. I wonder what it is that led to Tully no longer being on the strip. After being encouraged by Tharg to turn it into a vengeance story and to use teams designed by readers, I imagine that being forced to bring in another female team mate is a step too far. Still, I can’t help but feel partly responsible.

Slightly off subject but not entirely, if you visit your local comic shop or newsagent this week, take a flick through 2000 AD prog 1559 and see what is the first thing you notice about it. That’s right, some character is walking around with his cock out. It’s not even an average sized cock in the style of Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen but a disproportionate one, perhaps even semi-engorged. Around the time of prog 259, subversion meant witty analogies of the Catholic church and contemporary governments without losing sight that this was a comic for children, but prog 1559’s idea of subversion is to get its smelly cock out and wave it in your face. What age group is 2000 AD aimed at these days? I ask because it can’t be under sixteen year olds, because of the cock, and it can’t be adults, because of its proportions. What are we going to see next? Judge Dredd shitting into Judge Anderson’s mouth?

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  • WTF??? Has 2000ad become a Spanish porno comic?

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 9:12 pm  

  • That is indeed startling. Then again, I was startled when I got back into 2000AD and found werewolf-vampire doggy-style sex scenes, and interspecies sexual affairs.

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 1:28 am  

  • I gave up in the nineties when they started using idiotic bastardisations (no pun intended) of real-life swear words. It reminded me of a painfully-trendy uncle trying to be down wit' da' kids.

    After reading today's blog post, I don't think I'll be returning to the fold.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 10:34 am  

  • Ken, that's what it looked like to me - a very needy issue of Heavy Metal.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:01 pm  

  • drhoz, maybe 2000 AD's arguement for allowing that is that they're not human, even if their synthi-gentitals look the same.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:03 pm  

  • stavros, I like the swear word substitutes like spug and drok. Its the lower catagory real swaer words I've noticed 2000 AD use recently that disappoint me. Yes, "trendy uncle". That's it! A trendy, slightly creepy uncle.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:05 pm  

  • Oh you misunderstand!

    I LOVE the made-up ones - 'Drokk' and Stomm' were the only things I could get away with as a nipper.

    But I remember an issue from the 90's that used 'funk' and 'funking' instead of 'fuck'.

    I think the former made-up swearies have style, the latter half-arsed profanity is crass. Either use swearies (fuck knows I do!) or don't - but I'd rather 2000ad didn't.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 8:40 pm  

  • at least we'll never , ever, see the Space Girls again, Grud willing.

    but I'm quite enjoying the Rebellion 2000ADs... certainly a big improvement on the late 90s

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 2:56 am  

  • drhoz, I never read The Space Girls. I don't know if they occure during the slog. Modern 2000 AD is great to look at, except when it's flashing at you.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 1:22 pm  

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