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2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, August 11, 2008

Annual 1989


The weekly comic might be going through a period of change but the annual remains a bright and tidy hard backed unit of thrill power. Only the new logo and the presence of Bradley in Simon Harrison’s contents painting indicate that this is meant for 1989. Bad Company still patrol Ararat and John Wagner and Alan Grant still write together. In the past I’ve criticised the annuals for feeling old fashioned and out of date compared to what’s been happening in the weekly but now, for me, it’s an asset.

Interestingly, just as Moon Runners begins in the weekly, what I believe to be the last episode of ACE Trucking Co appears. Ace returns to his home universe by flying into the heart of a collapsing star only to find that Feek the Freak has turned ACE Trucking Co into an amoral, money making organisation. The story finishes with Ace locked in a prison cell and abandoned in space… And all in just six pages!

4 Comments:

  • I love this Ace episode... even though Wagner and Grant reused the end of "Sam Slade's Last Case," it's still ridiculous and wonderful.

    By Blogger Grant, the Hipster Dad, at 5:39 pm  

  • You've got to love that cover...

    "Look, we have to make the design fit around an awkward logo box - so let's just bloody do it!!"

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 10:24 am  

  • Grant, I didn't notice the similarity with Sam Slade. It's a great little strip.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:07 pm  

  • Ken, Ewins certainly enjoyed filling the space left by the logo.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:08 pm  

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