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2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Prog 721

Rogue Trooper’s first big story since the album driven opening reaches part 10 this prog. Normally, if you’re a regular visitor to The Slog you will know, I like to do a little summary of what the story is that I’m referring to but in the case of The Golden Fox Rebellion I’m not entirely sure that there is one. Friday (that’s the name Rogue is known by these days) aligns himself with a group of soldiers against another group who are holed up in a fortress of some kind. As Rogue Trooper for the nineties seems to have dispensed with the idea of sides representing good (the South) and bad (the Norts) Friday’s decision as to who he teams-up with has been motivated entirely by Gaia, the only woman on the planet apparently, being amongst them which, now that I think about it, probably makes a lot more sense. Shame she got killed off a couple of episodes ago.

Given that I despised his reinvention of The Harlem Heroes but thought his stories for the Annual seemed okay, it’s a shame that Michael Fleisher has fumbled this opportunity to redeem himself by writing a Rogue Trooper story that I don’t find the least bit compelling. On the other hand, Ron Smith’s art is superb. It’s actually great to see him working on a character other than Judge Dredd and I love his pallet’s bias for yellows and lilacs.

Meanwhile, Brigand Doom’s first story reaches its penultimate episode. Obviously, Alan McKenzie is an artist’s writer which explains why I have difficulty with Bradley but enjoy Summer Magic. McKenzie’s decompressed story telling allows Dave D’Antiques’ black and white artwork to shine. It really is stunning. One of my favourite ever single lines of 2000 AD dialogue appears in this episode; “In the country of the bland, the one-idea man is king.” Nearly as good as, “Grud on a greenie!”

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