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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Prog 824 27/02/93

Return of the Gronk, the second run of Garth Ennis’ Strontium Dog take, Strontium Dogs, finishes this prog. In it, the fearful, cute, little alien who once worked as Johnny Alpha’s medic and suffered a heart attack every time something frightening happened returns. He’s been reinvented as a decisive bounty hunter, like Alpha, after a hit on the head earlier in the story. The Gronk wants to know who killed “Johnnys” and his first stop is Purnell’s World to meet a drink addled Feral.

Since Alpha’s death and Alan Grant supposedly wanting nothing else to do with it, Strontium Dog/s has seemingly been stripped of its assets. Both Middenface McNulty and Durhum Red have had their own solo tales, written by Alan Grant, leaving Garth Ennis, now the official inheritor of the strip, a limited list of characters to call upon. Reinventing The Gronk in the way he and artist Nigel Dobbyn has is a good idea. Feral, by definition, needs a level headed mentor to look up to and if that happens to be a furry alien who at the next hit on the head could return to his natural, fearful self, then so be it. Personally, I think it’s a strong dynamic that is full of possibilities. Let’s just hope Alan Grant doesn’t turn up wanting either of these characters back.

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4 Comments:

  • I think that Garth Ennis' revived Strontium Dogs has so much to enjoy. A great reinvention that Millar (refering to the previous post) could have learnt a lot from. Sure he had to 'pervert' the Gronks original character but he does it in such a fun way, very much in fitting with the tone of the original Strontium Dog stories that it works a treat.

    Add to that Nigel Dobbyn who I think is absolutely brillant and very underrated. I met him at Bristol last year and he's doing a lot of commerical work these days. He showed me some brillant pictures of toads he was doing for reasons I forget... but anyway THARG GET THIS FELLA BACK ON BOARD.

    Sorry for shouting!

    By Blogger Colin, at 9:34 pm  

  • I always hoped they'd do a Gronk / Grobbledonk crossover, it could've been the best weird animals with silly names team up ever, surpassing even the cerebus / TMNT one

    By Blogger Tam, at 9:36 am  

  • Colin, don't worry about the shouting. Dobbyn is great. I've commented here a few times about that.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:43 pm  

  • Colin, I always found the Grobbledonk much more irritating than The Gronk.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:46 pm  

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