2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Prog 497

ITEM: Currently, Slaine, accompanied by Nest and Ukko, is going through a series of tests for heroes themed on the Signs of the Zodiac to see if he is worthy of becoming king of his tribe. Although entertaining enough as a tale, we all know that really, it's just a prelude to the all Glen Fabry drawn story beginning in Prog 500. Because of this anticipation, the artwork by Mike Collins and Mark Farmer seems vague and temporary; unsurprising in the circumstances, I suppose. That's not to say that the thrill doesn't have its moments, such as this prog's genuinely unnerving encounter with a unicorn. It freaked me out twenty two years ago and has freaked out again this morning. Mills, Collins and Farmer have to take credit for that.

ITEM: I notice for the first time that the pseudonym of T B Grover has been dumped from Judge Dredd and replaced by the script robots' real names of Wagner and Grant. This isn't, however, the first time that this has happened and, feasibly, their real names could have been used for months now, but it's an indicator that the old ways are being dispensed with at the Command Module...

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