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2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Prog 679

There’s been a lot of short term strips popping up recently including Chronos Carnival and The Universal Soldier. From an editorial point of view, I can see how these might be preferable at this time given the increased colour content, the expansion of the line and the amount of work this all requires. The best of these thrills recently has been Shadows by Peter Milligan and Richard Elson which, this prog, reaches part eight of its run.

Shadows is like The Net movie starring Sandra Bullock except from five years earlier and much better (probably. I’ve never seen The Net, actually). In it, Nina Coltrane, whilst surfing “The Zone” for information gets too close to uncovering a secret project called “Falls The Shadow” and, as a result, is dropped as if she never existed. Consequently, her boyfriend and mother have been mysteriously killed and she is now a “Shadow” (or a tramp) who has teamed up with the frustratingly enigmatic Hood to uncover the reason for her excommunication.

In comparison with other thrills, Shadows seems wordy but this is perfectly acceptable when these words are written by Pete Milligan. Although by no means a glitzy and glamorous artist, Elson seems focused on telling the story which, given the conceptual landscapes he’s been asked to represent, is an admirable achievement. The most entertaining thing about Shadows however is seeing with the benefit of hindsight what is essentially the internet being represented in such a way only a few years before it becomes widely used.

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6 Comments:

  • You missed a trick there not mentioning the nerve center which mentions an indigo prime story which never made it into the actual issue. It ended up having both parts appear in the same issue several issues later which I think was a first for 2000ad

    By Blogger David page, at 5:29 pm  

  • Shadows is one of those secret gems that no one ever mentions. Its got a good story thats complete in one volume and like you say its ahead of its time.
    I think its the first colour work by Elson as well and its more ethereal than his later work which conveys the theme of the story rather well.

    By Blogger Derek, at 3:23 pm  

  • Yeah, I noticed that, David. in fact, Tharg seems to have been in a bit of a muddle altogether with Indigo Prime in The Nerve Centre recently.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:08 pm  

  • I think the colour might be by someone credited as "Perkins", Derek. And the story ends a bit sadly.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:10 pm  

  • Chalk me up as another big fan of Shadows. However, Neuromancer had been out for about five years by then, so it's not that original.

    By Blogger Peter, at 4:23 pm  

  • Neuromancer... Oh Yeah.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:54 am  

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