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Monday, July 13, 2009

Yearbook 1994

I’ve left reading the annuals, I mean, yearbooks a little late this time. It was because I was waiting for an appropriate break in the weekly that seemed to take ages to come along. First up, I don’t like that cover. It’s certainly well painted by Mick Austin; I’m just not too sure about the main figures floating by upside-down.

There are certainly some very enjoyable original thrills in this year’s book. There’s a very smart Judge Dredd written by John Wagner that, perhaps, might have been more appropriately placed in last years more art themed edition given that ol’ stony face finds himself trapped inside famous paintings. There’s a prequel to the Tyranny Rex story that I recently finished reading in the weekly drawn by the excellent Paul Marshal. And there’s an enjoyable Robo-Hunter by the new and improved team of Peter Hogan and Rian Hughes which seems almost wholesome compared to the recent Mark Millar stories.

There’s Young Dave, by Millar, Grant Morrison and Steve Parkhouse, the adventures of Big Dave when he was a nipper. The tabloid editorialising that used to occur in the early stories seems to have been forgotten about in the newer adventures. It means that the strip sales even closer to the wind than before. I also get the feeling thanks to scenes where Dave has his dinner eaten by “two coloured lads next door” and another where we catch the tail end of a racist joke being told in a club that Young Dave could just as easily be used as propaganda for the right as it could be enjoyed as satire by the left.

For some reason, Millar and David Hall’s Rogue Trooper strip is set in the original continuity. This isn’t the first time that this has happened since the character’s reboot but before I could put it down to error or justified stubbornness on behalf of the long established and respected Brett Ewins being the artist. This time, it’s as if there’s a significant movement for undoing the re-imagining that took place a few years ago.

The biggest mystery in the book is The Burning Man by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. In it, a hired assassin learns that he’s been infected with a terminal disease with no idea as to how it occurred. It reads like the opening episode to a really good series that never happens.

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  • "It reads like the opening episode to a really good series that never happens."

    It was. Like Tracer, Canned Heat and Dinosty, it was prepared for the cancelled Earthside 8 comic.

    By Blogger Grant, the Hipster Dad, at 5:12 pm  

  • I've not read any of the years books BUT recently have been buying them up off eBay to read at a later date. Have to say I love the format. They are really well produced and look great. A great format for the annuals and something I'd really like to see return. I really love the gatefold covers when done well.

    Mind I dread to think how much they'd cost these days.

    By Blogger Colin, at 9:01 am  

  • Grant, I know nothing about Earthside 8. What's this?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:20 pm  

  • Yeah, Colin, I imagine if they were being done now they would be very expensive. They are a nice format.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:22 pm  

  • Basically, Fleetway concluded that there wasn't a "gateway" comic for 7-10 year-olds anymore to build a new audience for 2000 AD, and so they set to work on a new SF comic for readers in that age bracket, and then Fleetway changed their minds and pulled the plug.

    Details: http://thrillpoweredthursday.blogspot.com/2008/06/21-i-cannot-imagine-comic-worse-than.html

    By Blogger Grant, the Hipster Dad, at 11:54 pm  

  • Thanks Grant. I've quoted you in today's entry.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:12 pm  

  • I didn't like the yearbook format at all, they were too shiny and floppy and hard to find a space for on a shelf.

    By Blogger Derek, at 10:48 am  

  • Derek, there was something high-end mashion mag about the design which I liked when they were new but, yeah, I prefer the later hardback annual format too.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:56 pm  

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