2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Prog 765

For a blip, Alan Grant has been the main voice for 2000 AD having recently finished Anderson PSI Division Engram and currently writing Durham Red and Judge Dredd The Art Geomancy. In Geomancy, one of Stan Lee’s clan, the Wu Wang, travels to Mega City One all the way from China, to avenge the defeat of Deathfist in an earlier story. It involves the capture and then the torturing of Dredd by a martial arts lady nut job.

It’s an accessible tale from Grant with extra delights thanks to cameos from Stan Lee and Max Normal. Where in Engram his approach to the subject matter failed to engage the reader in the way that I think it should have, in Geomancy his method of writing is entirely right. It allows the stunning artwork from John Burns to shine. Everything about Burns’ work is right. The page and panel composition is effective. The drawing, finely crafted. The colour, vibrant and bright, as if he understands to compensate for the inadequacies in reproduction that have failed some of the fully painted artwork before it. On one hand, it’s no surprise that Burns has been drawing comics for years, on the other it’s puzzling that he’s a relatively new comer to 2000 AD.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tonight at 10 PM, More4 is broadcasting the documentary Here’s Johnny. It’s about 2000 AD artist John Hicklenton. Here at The Slog, we know him for his troubling work on Nemesis the Warlock which is really saying something given that he is a successor to Kevin O’Neill. More recently, I covered a Judge Dredd story called Black Widow, the grotesque themes of which he drew utterly appropriately. Seven years ago, Hicklenton was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The documentary follows how he lives with his condition including how it affects his drawing.

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  • I think Look-In magazine which Burns worked for almost exclusively in the 70's and 80's was on the skids by then, it might have even shut up shop

    By Blogger Derek, at 10:02 am  

  • You're right, Derek. I'm just surprised that Tharg didn't try and poach him.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:03 pm  

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