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2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, July 03, 2009

Prog 863 27/11/93

It feels as if Garth Ennis has taken his time getting us there but, at last, Feral Jackson and The Gronk make it to planet Lyra to enact their revenge against the bone faced necromancers that killed Johnny Alpha. Personally, I feel that if you’re going to kill off the main character but continue the strip without him with a new creative team then the best thing to do would be to draw a line after what has gone before rather than dwell on it.

Strontium Dogs The Darkest Star has seen Feral sent down to hell to retrieve the soul of head necromancer, Charn-el, while The Gronk has spent weeks climbing out of a blood filled pit he fell into earlier in the story. At one point he encounters a contorted, tortured frame that claims to be Johnny Alpha fused into a mass of writhing figures begging for death. In a scene that proves more successfully moving than his first death (and I wonder if this is the moment that Simon Pegg’s character refers to in Spaced), The Gronk reluctantly obliges him.

Despite my reservations, Garth Ennis again writes a Strontium Dogs story that features all of the right triggers while Nigel Dobbyn’s art just gets better and better with each new thrill he draws.

ANNOUNCEMENT: This prog features a couple of advertisements for Judge Dredd The Poster Prog. This is the first of a short series of poster magazines that 2000 AD release which go on to include Strontium Dogs, Slaine and Rogue Trooper. I refused to buy these at the time as they were priced £1.50 each and only featured six pages of strip. However, this isn’t the only reason why I won’t be covering them as part of The Slog; it’s because I’ve been unsuccessful getting any for a reasonable price on eBay.

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6 Comments:

  • I think the continuation of the story after the shift that happened in both creative teams and characters was very important. nIt summarised one of the great things that sets 2000ad apart. Death happens and its the real thing (of course there's a certain irony saying that in relation to Strontium Dog!) and life goes on. So 2000ad does its thing and acknowledges death as an end but not necessarily the end of story.

    All this is especially easy to say when its done as well as it is here. Brillant story, loved it.

    By Blogger Colin, at 10:34 am  

  • what would you define as a "reasonable price on ebay" for the poster progs? I've never seen any on there at all to be honest...

    By Blogger john, at 10:36 am  

  • Colin, it is a good story. I was just expressing the thought that it might have been effective to see the two characters established together in their own right.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:24 pm  

  • I have seen them on eBay but that was a while ago and they seemed to sell for more than I was prepared to pay for them. I didn't want to spend more then a quid each, including postage. I only wanted them from the POV of The Slog being completist. Why? Have you got them for sale.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:27 pm  

  • Actually, after some Googling it seems that I have the 2000AD poster magazines which are distinct from the Judge Dredd poster magazines (unless I've got it very wrong somewhere). I'd sell you those, but you don't want to pay enough :p)

    By Blogger john, at 5:11 am  

  • Hi John. It might be worth you sticking the magazines on eBay in that case. They didn't fetch lots but they are scarce enough I think to get more than I am prepared to pay.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:17 pm  

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