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Friday, October 17, 2008

Prog 672

ITEM: Rogue Trooper has buggered of again after only five more episodes to be replaced, unexpectedly, by the return of Universal Soldier. Fortunately, this new story isn’t being drawn by Will Simpson this time. So far, Friday (that’s Rogue’s name now) has smuggled himself aboard an aircraft heading for Highside as, internally, his dialogue continues to occur in bits. Even William Shatner’s speech in his spoken word cover versions arrive less fitfully than Friday’s internally musings.

ITEM: The reboot of Harlem Heroes by Michael Fleisher, Steve Dillon and Kevin Walker started last prog. I feel that, in the interests of balance, it’s a little too early to comment on fairly although it does seem as if everyone involved has wasted no time in making it as awful as possible. I am interested to know how this reboot came about when, according to my understanding, Pat Mills has always been resistant to allowing strips that he’s created being written by anyone else. Is it fair to assume this has been done either with his permission or without his consultation altogether?

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  • I've a feeling that Mills didn't start complaining about this until later on. Plus he may not feel he has full ownership of Harlem Heroes since he didn't write any more than the first episode or so (I think).

    Also, I rather liked the new Heroes at first, when they're stuck in prison. (Hey, I was 11!) It gets a bit shonky after that.

    By Blogger alexf, at 12:03 pm  

  • I liked the harlem heroes at first too, it seemed exciting and action packed. It was kind of like a story from Battle like CI6 with a few sci-fi elements thrown in. after a while though the flaws in the writing showed through.

    Regarding Mills not complaining over it, I think he didn't feel any sense of ownership over it as he was editor it was up to him to develop concepts and then give them out to other writers.

    I think it was a later series of Flesh that really got his ire up then in the andy diggle era I think it was a Satanus series that got him worked up.

    By Blogger Derek, at 7:22 pm  

  • Editor when harlem heroes was first conceived in 1976/77 I mean :)

    By Blogger Derek, at 7:33 pm  

  • Apart from the shoddiness of the story the other awful thing about Harlem Heroes at this time, apart from wasting Steve Dillon, was it's length. It seemed like it would never end!

    By Blogger Dan Turner, at 7:58 pm  

  • Alexf, you might be right. Perhaps Mills considers stuff he wrote from the start of the comic 'public domain'.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:09 pm  

  • Actually Derek, now that you mention it, Flesh surely is one of the thrills he created as editor and therefore is up for grabs according to the logic I used in my previous reply...

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:11 pm  

  • Dan, I've read six episodes so far and that's exactly how I feel.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:11 pm  

  • The difference with Flesh is that Mills wrote the whole first series rather than just the first couple of episodes.

    Plus he introduced Satanus during the Cursed Earth sage so Mills sees Satanus as one of his creations.

    By Blogger Derek, at 11:14 pm  

  • Oh yeah, he loves satanus.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:50 pm  

  • Yeah, there have been I think three volumes of Blood of Satanus in the Meg recently and they've all been dogs dinners.

    I reckon he's just keeping the trademark alive at this stage in the vain hope of getting a film adaption or Satanus or Flesh.

    By Blogger Derek, at 11:19 pm  

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