2000 AD Prog Slog

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Prog 729

There seems to have been a number of short run serials recently. I blame the increase in the colour page count increasing the length of time it takes for a story to be completed. Finishing this prog is Nemesis and Deadlock: The Enigmass Variations. In it, Nemesis and Deadlock (obviously), now that it is established that they are both warlocks and share the same universe, attend a sorcerers’ convention together. It turns into a murder mystery of sorts when a demon is set lose and the cast try to work out who is responsible for it before they all die.

It’s been an okay little yarn, I suppose. More like a fun filler between epics rather than a thrilling team-up in its own right. Carl Critchlow’s painted art is accomplished but the reproduction, even on this improved whiter paper, is often murky and difficult to decipher. The story itself, written jointly by Pat Mills and who I think of as his apprentice Tony Skinner, has often felt like two people interested in magic sharing an in-joke. The Enigmass Variations has been an improvement on recent Nemesis stories but it still feels like there is some way to go before a full return to form.

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  • IIRC we are on the cusp of the first appearance of one of my all time favourite 2000ad finds - Richard Dolan and his magnificent run on Mean Machine...

    By Blogger Kevin Levell, at 10:01 pm  

  • That's running right now Kevin...

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:56 pm  

  • The enigmass variations is the start of a long bad patch for Pat Mills.

    Also you mentioned the shortness of various serials. Your on the right track there, in tpo thargs of the time mentioned that the switch to full colour (to rival Toxic) caused huge scheduling problems due to the longer lead time needed by artists to do painted work rather than pencil/ink work

    By Blogger Derek, at 9:41 pm  

  • Cheers Derek. Toxic has started, has it? I can't find my copies anywhere! What was I thinking selling those years ago?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:56 pm  

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