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2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, April 10, 2009

Prog 808 07/11/92

Book One of The Legend of Shamana finishes this prog, Pat Mills’, Tony Skinner’s and Carl Critchlow’s revisit to the world of Flesh, one of the thrills to first appear in prog one. Nothing much has changed, the humans are still in the Jurassic period, farming dinosaurs for their meat and the dinosaurs are still railing against them. Except this time, there is Shamana, a young Tarzan like girl, who’s been raised by dinosaurs and now runs with a pack made up of various species. The humans are seen as being like an infection whilst Shamana and her gang are the antibodies.

I like the idea of Flesh and I’m really enjoying having it back. The story is pretty much the same as the one that ran for four months or so back in 1977. I particularly like the way Critchlow paints the dinosaur characters with pink gums, purple scales and blue head feathers. The age of the dinosaurs is so colourful. My only criticism is that characters on the side of the humans seem under represented. In general, they’re shirtless muscle men in jeeps being crushed by boulders or running to the city from the slavering jaws of a tyrannosaurus rex. I’m surprised that during this time of a more sophisticated 2000 AD Flesh is actually even dumber than before but then, I wonder if this is a deliberate act of good guy/bad guy subversion on behalf of the creators.

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2 Comments:

  • Just commented on this over at the 2000ad forum. So might was well repeat it here. Pretty much agree with what you said...

    "My re-read continues with the 800s and one of the first stories is 'Flesh: The Legend of Shamana'

    Ok this is almost opposite to Judgement Day, which I felt was a great story idea which didn't come off. This revisiting of Flesh should have been so wrong, everything about it should be terrible. A rehash of Flesh adding nothing to the original aside from some Skinner era Mills political preaching (modern life and science is terrible). Infuriating made up dinosaur facts, what on earth were those intelligent dinosaurs about aside from cranking in some trite ideas and that psycho-chamleon stuff, please! Carl Critchlow before he'd perfected his art during the brown paint times. Some shockingly cliched characters.

    All that and yet it was always nothing but readable. I really enjoyed it and for the life of me can't work out why. Go figure..."

    By Blogger Colin, at 1:53 pm  

  • Almost a shared assesment, I would say.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:40 pm  

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