2000 AD Prog Slog

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Prog 715

Junker reaches Grud knows what episode this prog as they’re not numbered for some reason. Whatever, it’s been running long enough for me to feel able to say that despite it being written by Michael Fleisher I don’t dislike it as much as I expected to. In fact, I would say I’m indifferent to it. Whether this is because my expectations have been lowered by Fleisher’s recent run on Harlem Heroes, I cannot say.

Dennehy is a Junker; a guy who salvages space wrecks for money. In this story, he and his lizard like partner, Raz, have been lumbered with escorting an alien woman to her home planet. The woman, whose name Donnehy has trouble pronouncing so calls Veejay, is carrying something in her handbag that makes anyone exposed to it delirious and sick. The twist, if it can really be described as one, is that Donnehy is a misogynist due, we learn this prog, to his ex-wife throwing her hairbrush at him once. I can understand why he feels this way about women. Yeah, the hairbrush missed him, but those things are heavy and it could have really hurt.

The best thing about Junker is the wonderful art by John Ridgway and Tim Perkins. I’m presuming that Ridgway does the black and white work and Perkins provides the paint. The result is lavish and wouldn’t look out of place running alongside The Trigon Empire in Look and Learn just as long as you don’t pay too much attention to the words.

EXTRA: In this prog’s Future Shock story, Bone Shaker, the protagonist travels by hover car to an extravagant futuristic dome-like city. The thing is, the story is set in the year 2000. I wouldn’t mind so much if it was made in 1921 but this is 1991. Surely, if the hover car is to be in such wide use by 2000 they would have been invented by 1991. And that city; wouldn’t it already exist?

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  • Actually, the episode number's in that little circle above the J in Junker. I'm afraid there are quite a few of the darn things.

    By Blogger Grant, the Hipster Dad, at 4:34 am  

  • Urg! You're kidding, Grant :-(. Still, nice artwork.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:11 pm  

  • Your right about Tim Perkins involvment. The art in Junker is lush, its just a pity the story is pure tosh.

    By Blogger Derek, at 9:35 pm  

  • Perkins and Ridgeway make a good team, derek.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:51 pm  

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