2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Prog 475

Bad City Blue is the current thrill written by Alan Grant, probably with assistance from John Wagner, using the pseudonym of “Craig Lipp”. Set on board a city in space, it's the story of a below average intelligence hit man for the state who discovers that all of the "category A" citizens (rich people) have left the city because it's on the verge of being sucked in a black hole. Bad City Blue seems to have been written especially for ex-art editing robot Robin Smith to draw. Smith isn't an artist that I’ve always like but here, he has clearly taken a lot of effort and pride in his work on the strip. Unfortunately, as good as the artwork might be, I'm not finding the thrill itself particularly engaging. Fundamentally, the idea for the story is sound but there's something about the way that Lipp is unfolding the tale and the language he is using which is deadening it.

To make up for it, Grant, almost definitely with Wagner, wraps up another corker of a Judge Dredd two parter, The Law According to Dredd. By chance, Dredd uncovers a mutant in the Cursed Earth who is impersonating him and passing off the cuff laws along with cruel sentences. What follows in one hell of a law man versus mutants brawl in the irradiated dirt drawn by the mighty Kevin O'Neill. Yes, I know, I thought he had left 2000 AD to draw American comics too and, like you, I'm not expecting the pound I contributed to his leaving present back any time soon.

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  • Best 2000AD cover ever in my book....

    By Blogger doppelganger, at 11:35 pm  

  • Doppel, it sure is a beaut!

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:53 pm  

  • Gotta admit, I loved Bad City Blue. Though it was definitely so narrowly scoped that it would have been impossible to continue for more than a few issues -- they could have done a lot more with it.

    By Blogger David J. Williams, at 11:53 pm  

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