2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Prog 949 21/07/95

The latest Finn story, Interventions, ends this prog and what an epic it’s been. Or rather, it’s been running for a long time; twenty episodes for about six months. That qualifies as an epic surely.

In Interventions, the alien Newts tried to bring about the second intervention with mankind only for Finn to eventually succeed in stopping it. Previously he had attempted to defeat their champion, the Crusader, unsuccessfully at first, destroy their mother-ship, which had succeeded with its bright lights in seducing and destroying over a 140 thousand new-agers, before eventually waking a slumbering dragon to aid him in his final assault. How convenient.

Interventions was packed with conveniences. Finn falls from the mother-ship in Earth’s atmosphere only for his descent to be slowed by an idiotic Crusader determined to kill him before he hits the ground. Finn dies but is brought back to life by Amanda, the Earth witch queen lady from the pub. All hope seems lost until Amanda suggests trying to enlist the aid of a dragon she knows asleep ‘round the corner. Yet the story remains entertaining despite these conveniences. In fact, what am I saying; the story is enhanced further by these events.

Special mention should be given to artist Paul Staples who painted all twenty episodes with only a relatively short break early on in the run. This is what 2000 AD has been missing outside of Judge Dredd recently; great big long runs with relatively no breaks and a sense of the epic. It’s far more common these days for a thrill to have lots of short runs, for the overall story to be drip fed to us, and for us, by which I mean me, to forget what’s going on. Well done, everybody.

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  • Far from it for me to make a banal point (...well ok...) but I always found the way Paul Staples did noses a bit annoying... no this does matter... really.

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:35 am  

  • I liked his noses .. .. .but Jason Brashill's noses! They used to really annoy me!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 12:12 pm  

  • Colin, can't say his noses bothered me, but I do like a McMahon nose.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:16 pm  

  • Victor, again, can't really remember Brashill's noses.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:17 pm  

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