2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, October 26, 2009

Prog 923 20/01/95

Item: Like Red Razors recently, The Corps is another example of a thrill set within Judge Dredd’s world that might have been more appropriately placed inside The Megazine. The story follows a six man unit Fireteam 1, part of the military arm of Mega City One’s Justice Department. Their mission on this occasion is to undermine the Klegg/Sino alliance by faking a fire-fight between the allies on a space fort. Unfortunately, this mission is too delicate for some of the team who are more used ‘no prisoners, no survivors’.

I really like the art by Paul Marshal and Colin MacNeil. It’s big and bright and the Kleggs look particularly excellent. And it’s interesting to read an earlier example of one of Garth Ennis’ military-dynamics themed stories. My only criticism is that the suits the team wear prevented me from identifying and relating to the characters. It wasn’t until the penultimate episode that I realised that they are all colour coded but still, it might work for the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, not necessarily here. However, it’s a strong strip, superior to most of the back-ups to appear in The Megazine recently and the fact that it was run here rather than in Dredd’s own comic says more about that publication than it does about 2000 AD.

Item: Shaky 2000’s art (as he’s known here) on Soul Gun Assassin is noticeably even better than his work on the previous thrill, Soul Gun Warrior. In the comic, the whole strip is credited to him but if you look at 2000 AD website, Barney, the script seems to have been written by Alan McKenzie. It’s further evidence that supports my theory that McKenzie is an artists’ writer. I often find myself feeling respectful of him for it. Soul Gun Assassin is such an out there concept, involving a pilot with multiple out of body lives, Robert Oppenheimer’s ghost and the devil posing as the president of the United States, that it’s not entirely surprising an outside writer was brought in to file down the spiky edges of Kane’s idea.

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  • Ah I came back to 2000ad for a little while because of Soul Gun Warrior and Shaky Kane being in 2000AD. this was a very enjoyable series and definitely needs reprinting

    I remember enjoying the corps at the time but I read a couple of years ago that Garth ennis got so fed up with it that he subcontracted the final part to another writer to do.

    By Blogger Derek, at 9:45 am  

  • ENnis suncontacted out the end of The Corps to another writer? How awkward; that's when it got better.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:30 pm  

  • yeah, in tpo ennis admitted that it was probably the most shameful thing he's done in comics but he just wasn't feeling the story

    By Blogger Derek, at 1:49 pm  

  • It was only six episodes! Why didn't he just throw it away?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:02 am  

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