2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Prog 268

Just as the tide seems to be turning for Mega City One with The Apocalypse War rattling towards its conclusion, it disappears from 2000 AD altogether. Instead, in its place, is a reprint of an old Judge Dredd story called You Bet Your Life. According to Tharg, the absence of Part 24 is down to Zragian sabotage (boo!) although, between you and me, I think it’s because too much drawing has turned Carlos Ezquerra’s had into a claw or there’s been a postal strike in Spain or something.

It’s amazing to me how dated You Bet Your Life looks already in comparison to recent episodes of The Apocalypse War. A quiz show where the contestants get killed seems almost quaint in comparison to the mass slaughter going on in Mega City One right now. Anyway, I didn’t read it this time around as I will have almost certainly have read it during the last year even if I can’t quite remember it.

Meanwhile, taking over the colour centre spread is Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ Future Shock. With only two pages within which to work, a Future Shock can be nothing more than a joke, really. It’s set-up and, before you know it, time for the punch line. Still, it’s an entertaining and well told joke, in the circumstances. Graffiti scrawled on the wall at the edge of the universe, indeed.

New droid, DJ1, produces the first in a proposed series of columns about modern music. He’s the first of three new robots responsible for articles in 2000 AD. Next week, a robot with faulty optical sensors produces a column about science fiction books. Why he couldn’t have been built so he didn’t require glasses in the first place, I don’t know. I like DJ1. His music tastes are totally driven by anything with a sci-fi connection which, in a science fiction comic for children, is as it should be. Unlike some of the music columns that come years later in the comic. If you didn’t feel totally alienated and uncool before reading them, then you did after.

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