2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Prog 539

Thanks to the extra-media coverage comics were getting at this time a friend of mine was being switched onto the joys of the art form. He had already discovered Love and Rockets, The Spirit and Cerebus the Aardvark, now I attempted to turn him onto 2000 AD by giving him a copy of this prog. Not long after, he returned it saying he didn’t like it. He has always been deeply resistant to being recommended anything by his friends but I’ll run through the contents of this prog just the same to see if his dislike was for good reason.

First up, Zenith. Undoubtedly confidently written but script robot Grant Morrison is unravelling the story in a casual manner leaving any reader encountering a single episode out of context disinterested.

Then, Universal Soldier. Great artwork by Will Simpson but the concept of a soldier imagining he’s in a situation to enable him to deal with another, equally dangerous, encounter must seem, well, stupid.

Tales of mega City One. Latest in a series of single paged Judge Dredd gags. Perhaps a little too poppy although, personally, what’s not to like?

Judge Dredd Alabammy Blimps. The final part of this story featuring Dredd’s showdown with Big Mammy and the rest of her cannibal tribe of women folk. Fun in context with the rest of the story, bewildering, I imagine, if read alone.

Tharg’s Future Shocks Occupational Hazard. Man sneezes inside space suit in single paged gag strip drawn by Simon Harrison. Again, what’s not to like?

Mean Team. I can see how this thrill might be an acquired taste.

And finally, Tharg’s Future Shocks The Jigsaw Man. Best artwork from Mike Collins I’ve seen so far (inks himself here). Two page build up to a terrible pun which, to the uninitiated, must be unforgivable. I can barely forgive Collins myself.

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  • I always found Love and Rockets fans of the 80's to be more interested in (deep breath) getting their quiffs straight, before attaching Grolsch bottle tops to their brogues for a night dancing to crappy Smiths records and failing utterly to get off with that cute sister of Davie's - than appeciating genuine comic quality.

    Or was that just my experience?

    By Blogger Stavros, at 8:11 pm  

  • I never liked Fantagraphics as a company, they always had this attitud e that they're comic were "sophisticated" and "mature" and so far above those superhero comics ....then when they got into financial trouble they rescued themselves by flooding the market with porn comics.

    By Blogger Derek, at 11:05 pm  

  • Stavros, I think it was just your experiance, mate :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:49 pm  

  • Yeah but Derek, you're talking about a company who published Love & Rockets, Eightball, Hate and Acme Novelty Library. Thanks, in part, to them, the real media still sees comics as vital. If it was left to Marvel, DC and, dare I say it, 2000 AD, the comics industry would be even smaller than it is today.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:54 pm  

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