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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sci-Fi Special 1992

In this year’s Sci-Fi Special, Tharg explains that a software error occurred, mixing up script robot assignments. This means that John Tomlinson, who you would normally associate with Armoured Gideon, is writing Brigand Doom while Alan McKenzie, who normally writes Brigand Doom, scripts Armoured Gideon. I like to imagine the selection of script droids standing at a starting line and a clanking, old, over the top cockney robot shouting at them, “Run around …. NOW!”

It’s an interesting experiment. For example, John Smith writes a Robo-Hunter story which manages to be even less charming than Mark Millar’s version. When Sam isn’t falling into skips filled with headless torsos and severed limbs he’s telling the reader about three escort girls he had booked for a “quiet night in”. It does suggest that this grotesque interpretation of Robo-Hunter used at this time is the consensus.

Mark Millar writes an equally unpleasant Rogue Trooper which sees Friday captured and tortured, including, at one point, talking about having his lips sliced off. Actually, I say “Friday”, but old school Rogue artist Brett Ewins seems to wilfully ignore the reboot that the character has gone through recently and draws the original version, including Mohican and bio-chips.

My favourite stories are Strontium Dog by Peter Hogan with artist John Ridgway and Armoured Gideon by Alan McKenzie. It’s always nice to encounter a new Johnny Alpha and Wulf adventure especially now that they’re both dead while McKenzie, the artist’s writer, works with the man who can draw absolutely anything, Sean Philips, and the result is fun.

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  • I don't remember this, so maybe I was that out of the loop with comics at the time that it passed me by entirely. Doesn't sound exactly like I should be rooting through Ebay for it either.

    By Blogger Mark, at 8:05 pm  

  • Hmmm. I agree with you about Sam Slade - doesn't sit right really with the character. Is there a general consensus that says the more adult, the better? If so, I think it's flawed. Being able to write a great edgy story that a 10 year old can pick up and read(like Flesh or Charley's War) is far more satisfying and probably more challenging.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 1:18 pm  

  • Mark, it's not really eBay worthy.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:43 pm  

  • dmstarz, more about Millar's Robo-Hunter soon.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:44 pm  

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