2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Prog 626

After what seems like weeks of whining here at The Slog about reprints, house ads and inappropriate creators setting the agenda for 2000 AD, this prog reminds me completely why I hung around during the recent lean period. Firstly, there’s the start of The Horned God; the Slaine saga fully painted by Simon Bisley. It looks like the art could be by Frank Frazetta only instead of his work appearing on the sleeves of ad-hoc sword and sorcery paper backs and in the occasional art book collection it’s here, six pages of it every week!

Then there's the Nu Earth Flash Back, Cinebar, by John Smith, Steve Dillon and Kevin Walker; the best Rogue Trooper story for years, maybe so far even. Zenith returns in a prologue to Phase III. Yippee! I’m even pleased with this prog’s Tales from the Doghouse by Stuart Edwards and Mick Austen in which a mutant that looks like a mouse scares his bounty who looks like an elephant into a tree. It’s a fun idea pulled back to the right side of ridiculous by the story’s deadpan delivery. Finally, ‘demoted’ to the black and white pages at the start of the comic; Judge Dredd, by John Wagner and Jim Bakie. Every time another thrill out profiles it, Judge Dredd handles the challenge with aplomb. This time, Dredd foils a burglary without getting out of the bath.

Yes, definitely a good issue. I just don’t remember Tharg keeping up the good work.

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  • Blimey! I don't believe I've read it since it came out, but I can remember almost every page of that Dredd strip. And I remember the shock of realising the narrator of Slaine was Ukko (doh!, of course), an old, old Ukko. Now I think about it, I can picture the Doghouse story too. Cinnabar was a cracker too. What a top prog is must have been to come back to me so clearly. Thanks Paul!

    By Blogger Jez Higgins, at 4:48 pm  

  • The Horned God was definitely the main draw for me.

    Those first couple of episodes were just breathtaking!

    By Blogger Kevin Levell, at 5:20 pm  

  • That really is a great prog. "Cinnabar" ends up being revealed, in the cold light of day, to not be that novel of a plot, but it's a very effective, grisly story if you don't look at it too closely.

    And "The Horned God"... well, it really is special, and that reveal of Old Ukko telling us "For he is gone from us now" is genuinely stunning.

    By Blogger Grant, the Hipster Dad, at 7:47 pm  

  • You're welcome, Jez :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:47 pm  

  • They sure are, Kevin. I expect to write more about book one over the next few days.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:48 pm  

  • The old Ukko "he is gone from us" opener is definately a great way to engage the reader. Cheers, Grant.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:49 pm  

  • Its a pity that Slaine didn't end with the Horned God story, that would have been the perfect end to the Slaine saga.

    By Blogger Derek, at 12:58 am  

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