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2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Prog 364


At the back of 2000 AD, Rogue Trooper has decided that he can’t trust the recently re-gened Gunner. Who can blame him? The new Gunner is younger, fitter, stronger and, to add insult to injury after all he’s done for those ungrateful bio-chips, Helm and Bagman are gushing about how great he is. “Oh, aren’t Gunner’s new psychic skills fantastic?” says Helm. “Let Gunner carry me,” says Bagman. To make matters worse, Gunner seems to be constantly placing Rogue in dangerous situations with the Norts, which, he claims, is the real reason that he doesn’t trust him.

If Gunner is deliberately placing Rogue in danger then I can’t blame him either. At the beginning of this story, You Only Live Twice, Gunner was supposed to have been smashed to smithereens and was left for dead by the others. In fact, it was only the gun that was destroyed. The bio-chip, all that is essentially left of Gunner from the Quartz Zone Massacre, was intact and later found by the soldiers that re-gened him. Rogue not checking the bits to see if the bio-chip is intact is like a fireman not checking the wreckage of a car crash to see if the driver is still alive.

At a time where 2000 AD is running the thoroughly conceived Slaine, the amusing DR and Quinch, the satirically sharp Judge Dredd and the emotive Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper holds up pretty well. This is partly down to the Cam Kennedy, now the definitive art robot on the strip, who creates Nu Earth environments that feel hostile and cold. When I read this first time around, I thought of Rogue Trooper as the weak link in the current chain of thrills, but re-reading these episodes now in quick succession, I find it very enjoyable.

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4 Comments:

  • So, is this gaffe bad writing by Finley-Day, or bad editing by McManus? Or did they just think no-one would care enough to notice? "Hey, it's a kid's comic, they won't care about this gaping plot hole!"

    By Blogger Mark, at 12:53 am  

  • I'm thinking that it's more a case of the story being made up an episode at a time :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:41 pm  

  • In the Nerve centre this prog, Tharg goes on about the Strontium Dog story will overload our thrill-circuits. But there's nothing special about the story, unless he means the appearance of the Styx brothers. Was Tharg getting ahead of himself - it was later in this Dog tale that Johnny's father Nelson Kreelman returns?

    Funny Dredd story and funny DR and Quinch. Was 2000AD ever this funny before?

    In DR and Quinch, a lot of the faces are supposed to be caricatures of Hollywood stars. can anyone identify them? Marlon Brando obviously. The Blues Brothers are at the top of the third page. But who is G.D. based on? at the bottom of page 3, i think that's Goldie Hawn in the lower left corner but can't work out who that whispering in her ear is supposed to be.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 10:10 am  

  • Simon, I think 2000 AD has often been funny for a couple of years by this point. Some of the strips are laugh out loud, I think.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:26 pm  

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