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Friday, January 09, 2009

Prog 743

First time around, Killing Time, was unexpectedly enjoyable and, second time for The Slog, it still is. In it, a group of well to-do Victorians take the first ever trip back through time in a train. Amongst the passengers is Indigo Prime agents, Winwood and Cord, and Jack the Ripper. The cast try hard to maintain standards as saucy Jack murders women in their carriages and scary creatures attempt to get on board as they continue their journey to the birth of the universe.

Previously, I had felt John Smith stories to be often unnecessarily spiteful. I found the stream of consciousness nastiness he often deployed irritating and off putting. But in Killing Time (and Devlin Weugh for Judge Dredd The Megazine which, also, is published around now for the first time) I was won over. The nastiness is still present but it’s balanced by an advance in story pacing and characterisation which makes all the difference.

The art is good which helps as well, obviously. Chris Weston’s work is glorious to look at but, also, is full of personality and imagination. His characters are emotive, his landscapes are surreal and his creatures are unnerving.

The credit roll for Killing Time reads Smith And Weston suggesting that these two creators are fated to work together. Although this turns out not to be a career lasting partnership, on this occasion they’ve spun gold.

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3 Comments:

  • Killing Time seemed liked it was specifically designed to press the pleasure buttons of my teenage self: gothic, bizarre, a little bit abstract while still making sense and with a nice chunk of gore thrown in for for good measure. All the progs are sitting on my shelf, and I've never dared revisit it in case it fails to live up to those memories.

    By Blogger Joe, at 12:11 am  

  • Joe, I think it might. Give it a go.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:16 pm  

  • I thought Killing Time had a lot of potential that it didn't really live up to. Great set-up but the story never really got going. And it ended with just some gory stuff. Weston's art was superb though.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 4:58 am  

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