2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, June 06, 2008

Prog 515

Now that Wulf Sternhammer is dead, God rest his soul, Johnny Alpha looks to be feeling around for a new partner. He's already spent some time with Middenface McNulty helping to avenge the murder of his "dawg", now he's working on a case with vampire-a-like, Durham Red. In Strontium Dog Bitch, the pair have been tasked with freeing from the Chinese, I mean Kaiakians, President Ronald Reagan, snatched from the year 1987 and held hostage on the planet Hong Kong, I mean, Kaiak.

Tharg has been at pains to point out in the Nerve Centre that although Durham's teeth are pointy and she has a barely controllable urge to drink blood most of the time, she is a mutant and not a vampire which is why she can walk around in daylight and eat garlic. Well, duh. What's interesting to me is that it's taken this long for a female mutant bounty hunter to feature in the thrill.

Of all the characters that have appeared in Strontium Dog recently, Reagan is the most entertaining and man, after a years worth of revenge driven obsession do we need some amusement. Is it ironic that, two progs ago, Michael Jackson's 2000 AD appearance ends up being disguised for fear of litigation while the leader of the free world is portrayed as an idiot with absolutely no attempt at concealing his identity?

Bitch contains scenes of drooling fools who are in charge of nuclear arsenals and the casual drinking of blood. There I am in 1987, hormones raging, reading a magazine article about the dangers of unprotected sex that my mother has left out for me while a documentary on the doomsday clock ticking towards midnight plays on Channel Four in the background. Thank God for 2000 AD, is all I can say.

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  • Maybe I'm lowering the tone here, but I like the way Durham Red's thighs figure prominently at least once an episode.

    And is she wearing anything under that little chain-mail thing around her waist?

    By Blogger Simon C, at 1:19 am  

  • ...Durham pink.

    Sorry. Tone lowered ever further.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 4:10 am  

  • Simon, of course not. There's no need for underwear in the future.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:27 pm  

  • Stavros, don't make me bar you :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:28 pm  

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