2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, September 18, 2009

Prog 900 12/08/94

This is the way to celebrate a centenary. Not with crappy free gifts but with a whole Roxilla’s Mix page about the Reconnaissance record label. Of course, I’m joking. What I mean is, a prog long story written by John Wagner, painted by John Higgins and teaming up two of the comic’s main characters; Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper.

In Casualties of War, a battleship is thrown back in time to 2116 Mega City One air space. Dredd, before his arrest for evidence tampering (I should have read this prog earlier in The Slog, damn it), is liaising with the ship’s commander and develops an interest with one of the crew who has been accused of cowardice during combat; Friday, the Rogue Trooper.

Unlike the tedious rolling cross-overs DC and Marvel insist upon persevering with in their comics, 2000 AD characters meet each other so infrequently that Nemesis the Warlock passing Johnny Alpha in a corridor can be the most exciting thing in the world. Of course there’s more to this story than an every day domestic incident.

What a great prog, although I wonder about the thinking behind sticking the Roxilla Mix column in there instead of a Future Scan.

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  • I know this flies somewhat in the face of popular opinion (and the evidence of people who know a lot more about these things than me) but I find John Higgins colours at this time really insipid and off putting.

    By Blogger Colin, at 6:39 pm  

  • Higgins doesn't seem to have created the art here using his usual method. More traditional looking to me. On one page, Friday is coloured normal flesh colour for some reason. Makes me wonder if someone else did the some or all of the colouring, Colin.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:41 pm  

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