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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Prog 324


There seems to be some nice displays of confidence happening at the moment. For example, Alan Moore’s Time Twister, imaginatively called The Time Machine and drawn by art robot Jesus Redondo, tells the story of a man drowning in a lake and revisiting moments from his life. It’s a touching piece but I kept thinking throughout it, isn’t drowning one of the most painful ways to die? If you were in fantastic pain in your final moments, would scenes from your life actually flash before your eyes? Here, time travel only occurs in the emotional sense and, actually, this isn’t a science fiction or fantasy story at all.

Another great display of confidence can be witnessed in Robo-Hunter by Wagner, Grant and Gibson. Sam Slade, or is it his clone Sam Scumm, spends the entire episode strapped in a chair abandoned in a busy Brit-Cit street trying to persuade passers by to free him. There’s something about a man in a chair shouting at people in the street inside a boys comic that feels eventful somehow.

The position for definitive Rogue Trooper artist seems to be between art robots Cam Kennedy and Brett Ewins. Recently, Ewins has been drawing Rogue in an almost iconic way; lean and fully rendered. His machines look like they’ve been sourced from a similar place that Jack Kirby draws his from, wherever that is, and his page designs are bold but simple.

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4 Comments:

  • That is certainly one of the funniest episodes of any comic, ever. It doesn't advance the plot an inch, it just makes Sam's life even more miserable. I love it to pieces. Poor Sam!

    By Blogger Grant, at 7:35 pm  

  • Wagner and Grant certainly seemed to have flexed their farce muscles with this one.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:08 pm  

  • I thought the common consensus was that drowning was the least painful way to die, no? like the Water Babies, lovely!

    By Blogger mike d, at 3:33 pm  

  • Mike, what do I know? I'm still alive.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:43 pm  

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