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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.8

You might think, quite reasonably, being the comedy strip (I think this is what it’s supposed to be) sitting between the Judge Dredd genocide and Devlin Waugh slaughter that you wouldn’t have to work very hard at being funny. Introducing Soul Sisters, the only humour strip that succeeds at not providing light relief even in the midst of these ideal circumstances!

In Soul Sisters, nuns Susan Hope and Jocaster Faith leave their convent and become Brit-Cit vigilantes. It isn’t long before they encounter a robot pope called Bob, a two headed gangster and, I don’t know, some other stuff. (Actually, once again, by describing a poor story, I’ve made it sound better than it actually is.)

After the complete script stink that was The Straitjacket Fits, you might think that even Megazine editor David Bishop would be hard pressed to top (or bottom) that, which might explain why Soul Sisters is co-written with Dave Stone.

“Dave, I want to write a strip that’s even less funny and engaging than The Straitjacket Fits. Can you help?”

“I’ll do my best, boss.”

In typical Straitjacket Fits fashion, the art is by Shaky Kane is great. His Jack Kirby inspired stylings are imaginative, bold and colourful. In fact, like Roger Langridge before him, it’s surprising that someone this good got hired to just draw the gig when he should be writing it as well.

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  • Presumably coincidentally they left their covenant, but I assume you meant convent (else I'm being an arse.)

    You only need to click on that cover to instantly be sent into a reverie of a truer, better world where Shaky Kane draws Judge Dredd and Batman on alternate weeks.

    By Blogger Peter, at 2:47 am  

  • Love that cover - like a cross between Kirby and Nick Fury era Steranko. Great!

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 1:37 pm  

  • Yikes! Thanks, Peter. I'll correct it. Perhaps I should send you my blog entry every time so you can proof read it.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:58 pm  

  • dmstarz, the real cover is even better. That scan makes the gold ink look green.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:58 pm  

  • Completely agree with your assessment Paul, Stone and Bishop really made a dogs dinner of this strip and Shaky Kane is completely wasted on it. He or perhaps Alan Mckenzie should have been writing it.

    Shaky Kane was responsible for getting me into the genius of Jack Kirby and for that I'll always be grateful. Shaky is one of those "lost" great artists of 2000ad/the meg. He really should be working in comics, when you see people like Mike Allredd, Tom Scioli and Dan Mcdaid all doing that style...shaky was the first of the new wave of kirby inspired artists.

    I don't think he was ever properly appreciated by the fans of 2000ad/the meg

    By Blogger Derek, at 4:41 pm  

  • n arguement could be made that Shaky Kane wasn't so much inspired by Kirby but imitating?

    I like his work but always hoped he'd develop a little beyond the Kirby tribute artist he often appeared to be?

    By Blogger Colin, at 9:17 am  

  • Derek, I think Shaky Kane self publishes his own comics every now and then. Worth keeping your eyes open for.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:37 pm  

  • Colin, I would say that Shaky Kane has his own, very strong voice that screams below the surface and very obvious Kirby-ism.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:38 pm  

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