2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Prog 777

My last entry about Toxic was partly a preamble for Finn, Pat Mills’ latest creation for 2000 AD written with Tony Skinner. As mentioned there, Finn is the Third World War strip from Crisis reconceived for Squaxx Dek Thargo. Fantastical elements have been thrown in and all of that boring other stuff removed. Paul Finn is now more overtly a witch agent of the goddess whose mission is to flush out evil gods, The Newts, by killing enough of their human agents, The Shining Ones, to attract their attention.

I like Finn. I think of it more as the adventures of a descendant of Slaine than the continuation of Third World War. It also feels pleasantly free of laboured pretension, something that has weighed down other Mills’ strips, such as The ABC Warriors, recently. The painted art by Jim Elston and Kevin Wicks helps. Elston’s characters over act so that taking Finn too seriously is difficult.

I am also enjoying Tales From Beyond Science at the moment. This is the new vehicle for artist Rian Hughes where writers Mark Millar and Alan McKenzie relay the scripting job back and forth between each other. Each episode is a surrealistic tale of the unexplained hosted by Professor Hilary Tremayne.

Future Shocks can often be used as the venue to try out new creators. Sometimes this tactic undermines the strip’s perception so it’s nice to see Tales From Beyond Science, a Future Shock styled thrill, appearing regularly with a tight team of established creators investing creatively in it. Besides, I just like Rian Hughes. His comic artwork brings me joy.

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  • I quite liked Finn at the time, saw him as the modern day link in a Pat Mills-iverse, linking Slaine, Deadlock/ABC Warriors and Nemesis.

    By Blogger Mark, at 8:42 pm  

  • I love Rian Hughes, work so clean you could eat your dinner off it.

    By Blogger Joe, at 1:46 pm  

  • mark, yeah, that's how it feels. It all hangs together.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:27 am  

  • Joe, I'm gonna try that right now.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:28 am  

  • Bit late to this one BUT still well worth the effort (minimal though it is) to share some Rian Hughes love. Why his isn't regarded amongst the 2000ad greats escapes me.

    By Blogger Colin, at 6:37 pm  

  • Colin, Rian Hughes is indeed a cracking artist. I'd say most people rate him as a fantastic artist with a great design sense, but he didn't draw enough to for 2000AD to really be considered a great.

    A few one-offs and (the marvellous) Really & Truly are all I remember hiim doing.

    By Blogger Peter, at 10:57 pm  

  • Hughes also drew an enjoyable series of short back-to-basics Robohunter stories written by Peter Hogan, I believe. Somewhere in the 800s, maybe?

    By Blogger Joe, at 12:11 am  

  • Colin, it might be because relatvely, he produced very little actual comic work. Still, lovely though.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:16 pm  

  • Peter, and a cracking time on Robo-Hunter a little later.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:17 pm  

  • Joe and Peter, that's what I just said to Colin and Peter.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:18 pm  

  • Don't forget Hughes designed the credit box icons with the smiley faces holding brushes etc, which means his work probably appeared in more issues than certain name creators.

    By Blogger dave, at 6:23 pm  

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