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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Prog 882 08/04/94

The Grudge Father is the creator of the world’s clones only there’s a finite number of souls to go around. Consequently, the clones are now warping into grotesque beasts and it’s up to The Grudge Father to stop them. Writer Mark Millar does seem to be accessing his inner nine year old hopped up on sugar to write this. And then this happens, and then this, and then this. At one point we learn that the pope is a clone of Saint Peter which is an idea a like but as a revelation seems to come from nowhere. It’s a bit like listening to a boy talk about some computer game he’s been playing. His enthusiasm is enjoyable up until the headache starts. Any more than six pages a prog and The Grudge Father could push me past the tipping point and have me telling it to shut up, it’s time for bed. Thank God for Jim McCarthy whose iconic art tones the whole thing down.

Regular readers of The Slog will know that I think of Mark Millar as a more appropriate companion writer to John Wagner of Judge Dredd than Garth Ennis. Although it’s early days, another one to watch is “Sonny Steelgrave” also known as Alan McKenzie. McKenzie seems to have a pretty good grasp of Dredd’s voice but I also like the fact that he’s willing to deal with subplots that Wagner has introduced in The Megazine. Current story, The Manchu Candidate, for example touches upon the tensions between Dredd and Chief Judge McGruder without going into a level of detail that might alienate Squaxx dek Thargo who don’t buy The Megazine. I like that.

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2 Comments:

  • "Writer Mark Millar does seem to be accessing his inner nine year old hopped up on sugar to write this. And then this happens, and then this, and then this."

    The trouble is there are times when he still does this today. When he talks his foot off the gas so to speak, and stops trying to impress everyone with now big and extreme and exciting he can be he can be a damned fine writer. I think (which I suppose means I guess from the very limited outside knowledge I have) he's a classic case of a writer who needs a good editor to calm him down!

    By Blogger Colin, at 12:53 pm  

  • You might be right, Colin. When he's focused, he's very good.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:35 pm  

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