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2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, August 22, 2008

Winter Special 1


A strong enough start for the Winter Specials. It opens with an eight paged Zenith Interlude, not drawn by Steve Yeowell but by unfamiliar artist M Carmona, which summarises, in part, what happened in Phase I for those of us that were there but didn’t really follow what was happening properly.

Zenith is followed immediately by a reprint of a Rogue Trooper story set during his Nu Earth days serving as a reminder of how much better the strip used to be. There are some filler pieces as we’ve come to expect from specials and annuals. There’s an interview with comic fan Paul Thompson, the host of ITV’s Night Network. My question isn’t what ever happened to him but who the hell was he?

The second half is made up of new strips written by Alan Grant featuring the reliable work horses of Judge Dredd, Anderson PSI Division and Strontium Dog. If it wasn’t for the proficiency of Grant at this time I wonder what state the expanding 2000 AD line would be in.

The Special is a nice format; card cover with glossy interior, and yet, for £1.95, you would expect perhaps a lot less filler content. Still, Fleetway seem to be flirting with an even more upmarket production for the comic which, if you’re going to do, you should do with the specials and not the weekly.

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8 Comments:

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    By Blogger Kevin Levell, at 4:54 pm  

  • The winter specials were nice additions to the stable and the higher production values I remember being pleased with at the time...

    ...just around the corner though, soft-back, year-book nastiness where my damn annual should have been... I'd like to see a return to proper hard-back annuals again, as opposed to the '2000' yearly bumper issue specials.

    By Blogger Kevin Levell, at 4:59 pm  

  • I agree with that sentiment. The DOCTOR WHO storybook does great business every year; I buy god only knows how many hardbacked "graphic novels" a year: the time has come for the return of the proper 2000AD annual, Tharg! Make it so!

    By Blogger Mark, at 10:11 am  

  • Kevin, I've been wondering if Rebellion should think about doing a nostalgia type annual like those Look-In, Jackie type books that have been published over in recent years.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:47 pm  

  • Mark, see my comment above.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:48 pm  

  • Got to disagree. I think the current Prog 200x is the perfect amalgam of festive one-parters and intriguing lead-ins to the next load of stories. Especially when compared against some of those old annuals that were just a reprint of the Black Plague or whatever.

    Oh, and coming soon:
    http://tinyurl.com/6d6wvm

    By Blogger Peter, at 11:09 pm  

  • Paul - there is a Jackie style giant hardback coming out very soon, from the same company as released the Jackie book(s?)

    I'd often thought the same, and now Tharg has!

    By Blogger Leigh, at 9:01 am  

  • Leigh, thanks for that. In my mind's eye it has the original logo...

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:53 pm  

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