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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Prog 895 08/07/94

This prog’s notable first is script robot Dan Abnett, who goes straight into the deep end and writes a Judge Dredd called Bad Blood. I was all ready to tear strips off of the guy but I’m disappointed to report that this opening episode to a two-part story is good.

Another notable first is Kevin Cullen painting a Tharg’s Terror Tale. We’re already a little familiar with Cullen’s David Lloyd styled black and white work for The Magazine but this is his first direct job for Tharg and it’s in colour. It really does look very striking. Whatever happened to this guy?

Slaine The Queen of Wiches hits it’s penultimate episode this prog. This hasn’t been a bad Slaine tale but it has felt like it could easily be forgotten. It’s as if Pat Mills wondered what would happen if Slaine teamed up with Boudica to fight the Roman army and the result is exactly what the Squaxx dek Thargo imagined it to be. No surprises there. However, Dermot Power does a sterling job of painting the entire series. His style is practical and yet sits somewhere between Glen Fabry and Simon Bisley. Very likable. Whatever happened to this guy?

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  • Quite enjoyed the Slaine Boudica story though its interesting that while Mills clearly does a lot of research for his Slaine storys for me this really emphasizes how much he twists this to suit his story objectives. Nowt wrong with that he has a story to tell and I think Mills is always very clear that he mixs and matchs his 'facts' and myths to suit his need.

    I happen to have read quite a lot about the events covered in this tale and to be blunt whats here is kinda wonky to say the least.

    When you know a bit about the back drop to the story being presented it does make you release that in fact Pat Mills presentation of history in a Slaine story is about as valid as Hollywood's take on historical events!

    Wow seeing that Dermot Power website doesn't half make you wish the fella would get back into comics!

    By Blogger Colin, at 9:14 am  

  • I believe Dermot Power went on to do production design in at least one of the new Star Wars trilogy. His costume designs feature heavily in this book


    I have not seen the other books in the series so cant say if he did more.

    By Blogger Jayleon, at 9:34 am  

  • Yeha its on the website that Paul linked to. It would appear he worked on Attack of the Clones - amongst many other films.

    By Blogger Colin, at 10:59 am  

  • Hi colin. I enjoyed it as well, it just seemed to lack some of the zip that other Slaine stories have had.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:53 pm  

  • Hi Jay. Dermor Power's website features a lot of his production work.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:54 pm  

  • Attack of the Clones... and some good films too.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:55 pm  

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