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2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, July 11, 2008

Prog 564

In yesterday’s Slog entry, I asked if script robot Pat Mills now wrote his thrills in the spirit of grim reinvention which is all the rage in American comics at this time. It’s just as likely that the age of the target 2000 AD audience has been raised and, consequently, the dark motives of his characters previously only alluded to can now be written about overtly.

Currently in Nemesis Purity’s Story, Mills tells of the first encounter between the alien rebel leader and who goes on to be his only human friend. Purity, thanks to some of Nemesis’ hocus-pocus and her own feminine charms, has been working on winning over Torquemada’s confidence by wooing the grand master. However, now she is exposed and on the run from Mimesis, a monstrous parody of the thrill’s main character.

For me, after the The Two Torqumadas story, where the Goth-metre pointed towards Marilyn Manson instead of Robert Smith, Purity’s Story is more successful. Much of this is down to art robot David Roach. His style might initially seem more traditional in comparison with his predecessors but he can tell a story well. The story itself is accessible too. The motives of the characters and its objectives are clear. These are all things, in my opinion, that Nemesis needs right now.

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2 Comments:

  • David Roachs art was very nice and crisp and very much under-rated. I think he got rather forgotten amidst the Hickleton craziness.

    Roach had a really nice run on Anderson a little later on before Arthur Ranson got the gig.

    By Blogger Derek, at 10:00 pm  

  • I went through my collection over the weekend I noticed that there is lots of strips that I had forgotten about. That Anderson run is one of them.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:04 pm  

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