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Monday, June 29, 2009

Prog 856 09/10/93

I think John Smith wants us all to know that, although we might believe ourselves to be free thinking, independent human beings with an imagination and emotions, we are in fact just meat machines. Sacks of meat wandering around which, at any moment, could be carved up just like all the meat we see on display in a butcher’s shop window. I get the impression that Smith turned vegetarian a few years ago and has been having a hard time of it ever since. For God’s sake, have a lamb chop or something. Just stop going on about it. You’re putting me off my dinner.

Tyranny Rex is back! The once narcissistic artist who joined a nunnery at the end of her last adventure is now, seven years later, under attack with her fellow sisters by The Dammamites who, for some reason, want The God Skin. (Skin, incidentally, being the organ that holds all our meat together and which could easily split spilling its contents across the floor).

There are two things I really like about this run on Tyranny Rex. The first is the art. The opening four episodes are by Mark Buckingham whose work is a thing of beauty. There’s something about the way that he orders and colours the page which makes it a joy to behold. The most recent episodes are by Paul Marshal with Gina Hart. Marshal draws comics with a deceptively simple assurance and clarity.

The second is the nuns. There’s such a diversity of alien looking holy women that they remind me of The Green Lantern Corp, except in habits. There’s a nun with a fish head, one with the face of a racoon and another that looks a bit like George from the old children’s TV programme Rainbow. Seeing them drawn this way reminds me of how scary nuns are in real life. In fact, now that I think about it, I can’t remember the last time I saw a nun, which makes me think that they no longer wear their habits and walk among us in civilian clothes; a truly terrifying prospect. This is really the sort of thing that Smith should be writing about once he’s finished eating that rare steak.

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  • Tyranny looks like Dan Dare (Dave Gibbons style) on that cover.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 10:49 am  

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