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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Prog 935 14/04/95

All sorts of genre clashes seem to be taking place in at least two of the thrills at the moment. In Brigand Doom, which I have previously thought of as a vigilantly strip, vampires make an appearance, draining their victims’ bodies of their blood and bank accounts of their money. Okay, perhaps I’m being a touch selective here given that Doom himself is a reanimated corpse, but still, I have always felt that writer Alan McKenzie has downplayed the thrill’s supernatural aspects outside of the convenience of bringing back a popular character he had prematurely killed off.

Account Yorga – Vampire is awash with vampires inkily drawn by Dave D’Antiquis, looking as if they’ve been wrenched from a nourish film from the nineteen-thirties. I’ll be honest with you; vampires as a genre irritate the hell out of me. This sexual allure that they’re often portrayed as having strikes me as contrived. Give me Count Duckula over Twilight any day. However, this old fashioned quality the vampires have in Brigand Doom de-sexifies them and warms me to them; it’s as if they could all be my granddad when he was young.

Meanwhile, Finn looks to be turning into a superhero strip. Just this episode alone we see Finn blind tanks with his cloak of darkness and take out a helicopter with a spear. It ends with the appearance of The Crusader, a shiny character that flies around with his sword held out in front of him like Marvel Comics’ Thor.

For fans of the Third World War strip that appeared in Crisis from which Finn originates, characters Eve and Trisha also appear. Eve is now a TV journalist whilst Trisha is a policewoman. In this story, Eve originally doesn’t recognise Finn when he’s Paul the taxi driver and yet, in the tale before, he is telling Eve how he became the supernatural terrorist, suggesting that Tharg has committed some sort of scheduling cock-up. Perhaps in the past, Squaxx might not have minded the error, but that’s what you get from superhero readers; over attention to continuity.

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  • I dont really understand all the cock ups relating to scheduling of strips that happened around this time. To me an editor has one main job: get the stories into the comic. A big part of that job involves getting the right part of the story in. haw hard can it be to look back at the lat issue and see that it had part 4 in it and then put part 5 into the current issue!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 6:45 pm  

  • Its about as easy as checking your comment for spelling mistakes before posting it!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 6:45 pm  

  • if you're talking about the storyline with the tetra-ethyl mercury, then from the format of the pages it's almost certainly a story from Crisis that never got used since that zine folded - hence the sidebar art on every page to bring it up to 2000AD ratio

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 10:25 pm  

  • I agree with you, Vicotr... About the continuity stuff, not the spelling. (My spelling is dead ropey).

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 2:53 pm  

  • Drhoz, I'll have to take your word for that, and I agree with your reasoning. There's still a continuity mess-up.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 2:55 pm  

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