2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Prog 471

John Wagner and Alan Grant have always been prolific but now they’re writing everything for 2000 AD between them. I say everything but there’s the back page thrill Sooner or Later written by Peter Milligan. Still, everything except for a single page remains an impressive quantity and none of this includes the work that they are producing for elsewhere such as, for example, Doomlord for Eagle. I’ve always felt that 2000 AD is at its best when there is a consistency of tone and usually this is achieved when all the thrills are produced by the smallest team possible.

The least engaging thrill at the moment is ACE Trucking Co. It feels as if the story of the two Aces attempt to smuggle class A drugs, I mean, Boozlbugs to Uckpuck the chicken planet is over running. That’s not to say that it doesn’t still manage to be entertaining and everyone involved isn’t having fun but I have a sense that Wagner, Grant and Belardinelli are procrastinating so that their return to the less successful Mean Team is delayed.

The best thrill continues to be Judge Dredd. In this prog, The Exploding Man returns to Mega City One to blow up a sector house in memory of his young family killed during The Apocalypse War. John Higgins, whose straight artwork has always been underrated, does a great job drawing this tale. Considering the writers’ output at the moment I find it amazing that Dredd has been enjoying such a long and diverse run of self contained stories recently.

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  • Hope you're going to cover 'sooner or later' at some point. I really disliked the strip as it appeared but remember rereading it in one go afterwards and seeing how great it was; one of the first and best 'yob' strips! funny story and lovely art. Real shame they never collected it, together with the sequel, Swifty's Return...

    By Blogger Tam, at 3:57 pm  

  • Swifty's Return... I had completely forgotten about that, Tam. I wrote about Sooner or Later in today's entry. I was the same as you; like it much more this time around.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:06 pm  

  • Sooner or Later may have only been one page, but what a page! Pete Milligan rocks.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 5:00 pm  

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