2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Prog 741

Rogue Trooper The Saharan Ice-Belt War ends with Friday and his friend managing to escape from The Dome just in time to avoid a big explosion. It all sounds very exciting but really I can’t see what all the fuss is about. I’m going to use my break from The Slog again as the excuse for losing track a bit.

In the story, Friday goes to Africa and teams up with some guy (whose name I can’t remember or find) in an attempt to penetrate The Dome (for some reason). Once inside, Friday and his buddy (who I thought was Australian because of the way he talked but turned out to be African because, well, they’re in Africa) learn that the people inside plan to do bad things so they blow it up.

Michael Fleisher seems to be trying to write Friday as more human. Perhaps we have the first person captions to thank for that. Artist Simon Colby is still drawing all of his characters with the same preposterous body type as he did when he drew that Universal Soldier story. As stated then, all he does to make them look different is give one guy blonde hair, another a crew cut, another a waxed moustache and so on. Basically, Colby, with his oversized muscle men and weaponry, undoes any humanity Fleisher has conceded to include. But then, Fleisher’s nod to humanity is so tokenistic that even Walter the Softy pencils finished by Alan Carr inks could undo it.

Meanwhile, the latest Bix Barton story Love Sick World also comes to an end. It’s the perfect antidote to the meat-headed dumbness of Rogue Trooper and my favourite so far. Every Pete Milligan penned line is comedy gold. In fact, why hasn’t Bix Barton Master of the Rum and Uncanny been made into a sitcom?

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  • When I returned to reading 2000AD a few years ago, one of the first things that amazed me was "oh look, Simon Coleby learnt human anatomy!".

    He's great now, but back then he used to draw human heads WITH NO BLOODY ROOM FOR THEIR BRAINS.

    By Blogger Mark, at 7:56 pm  

  • Really? Colby's better now? I like that. (It has been 17 years though). That's right, his heads narrow towards the top.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 2:36 pm  

  • i'm re-reading these progs too and Rogue Trooper didn't seem as bad as i remember. Its no masterpiece, sure, but some decent action and the story rolls along okay. Seems better than the later G. Finley-Day's stories from progs 400+, though not as good as the early Rogue stories.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 5:01 am  

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