2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Prog 441

I think I may have been slightly dismissive of Peter Milligan's Future Shock stories in recent entries. The problem with anyone who replaces Alan Moore as the new definitive script robot is that they are going to seem, initially, like a disappointment. Very quickly, Moore established himself as popular amongst the vocal comic fan community and any astute editor would know that, given this, you allow someone with that regard as much movement within the constraints of the format of a Future Shock as possible. If Moore wants to use a reoccurring character then fine. If he wants the centre, colour spread then that's no problem either. Milligan's Future Shocks are more traditional; written, perhaps deliberately, as if Alan Moore had never existed.

This prog's, Doing Time, drawn by Robin Smith is pulled from the tabloid headlines of the day. Two young men take delight in committing crimes because the punishment when they are caught seems light. The strip ends with them being sent back in time to today, 1985, making crime "a thing of the past". It's just a daft, contemporary idea given a pop sci-fi spin but seems more in tone with Future Shocks from before Alan Moore. A better example is last prog's, Prisoner of Conscience. The reveal is a half page panel, which is a formatting trend that happened often in earlier Future Shocks (although on this occasion, the twist is run on the right hand page totally dampening the surprise). A reveal like this is more effective normally but it does make any possible collection of Milligan Future Shocks less likely because lots of half pages in a book is less aesthetically pleasing to the browser.

On the subject of past masters whose presence is still felt, the back colour page has been used recently to print art from the covers of Judge Dredd Eagle Comics drawn by Brian Bolland. This series of pin-ups is titled The History of Justice, as if the work was commissioned directly by Tharg. Personally, I have a fondness for the artwork being printed in this manner. Yes, the paper is cheap newsprint and the ink comes off onto you fingers but the size is bigger and the artwork all the more striking for it.

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  • The comment above links to nasty spyware. Don't click on it.

    By Blogger Mik, at 10:17 pm  

  • Cheers Mik. Bloody spam.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:48 pm  

  • The Dictators of Zrag have obviously cottoned-on to The Slog...

    By Blogger Stavros, at 12:40 pm  

  • D'you think Tharg running those Bolland pieces from the Eagle reprints were part of the disillusioning process that led to that bitter one pager in prog 500? I'd doubt very much if Bolland saw a penny at the time for this re-use.

    By Blogger Mark, at 12:42 pm  

  • Stavros, hopefully it's a one off.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 2:28 pm  

  • Mark, that may be the case but I thought the reprint laws in this country meant that permission from the artist is required...

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 2:29 pm  

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