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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Prog 945 23/06/95

Once again, Strontium Dogs seems to be going through a change with Peter Hogan apparently being appointed head writer of the whole franchise. We’ve already seen him write a Durham Red story and a Strontium Dogs tale drawn by the continually improving Nigel Dobyn, but now the two thrills have, quite rightly, been amalgamated.

I’ll be honest with you; I feel that Strontium Dogs has been directionless for a long time. Garth Ennis before wasn’t on the strip long enough to get his teeth into it while having Alan Grant dip in occasionally with his own Durham Red and Middenface McNulty stories seemed to dilute the thrill’s definition. For me, it goes back even further than that, to when it was just called Strontium Dog, to around the time John Wagner and Alan Grant stopped writing it together and Carlos Ezquerra left.

With Strontium Dogs High Moon, Hogan attempts to bring clarity to the line and so far, six episodes in, seems to be succeeding. He doesn’t have the same dark sense of humour that writers prior to him have had and brings sentimentality to the otherwise cruel world those before him avoided like the winter vomiting virus. However, these furry, pale skinned, ridiculous looking characters have a dignity to them that has me invested in them more so than for a long time. It’s just a shame that, if memory serves me right, Hogan doesn’t get to see his ideas through to the end.

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2 Comments:

  • I have saidit before and will say it again. I really liked Peter Hogan's strontium tales (especially when mark harrisson was doing them) and I was saddened when his final story was cut to ribbons and wrapped up. It was a pretty lame thing to do.

    Editors eh!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 2:22 pm  

  • Some editors are good, others are not so good.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:38 pm  

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