2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Prog 1021 10/12/96

Item: It must have felt like a scoop luring Garth Ennis back to 2000 AD considering his success in America with Preacher at this time. Unfortunately, he’s writing a second Time Flies story and not something as substantial as his Vertigo series. Little seems to have changed in Time Flies during its years away. The characters are still zipping up and down the eras and blundering into real events. What makes this series truly enjoyable is the art. Original artist Philip Bond draws the opening episodes in his chunky and energetic way. If you don’t like Philip Bond then you don’t like life, is what I say. Surprisingly though, when the unthinkable happens and he’s replaced by another artist, John Beeston, the art maintains that Bond momentum but with greater intricacy.

Item: In Mambo Fleshworks, Rachel Verlaine and Captain Rickard are investigating a series of murders that have taken place in Hyperspace by the comic’s creepiest villain for a long time, Skinhead. Hopefully, the current regime at 2000 AD appreciates the talent they have in a creator like Dave Hine who not only writes but draws his own strips. Fleshworks has a great balance between pop ideas, shocking moments, over the top abilities and character interplay. Although, I would like to point out, we never did find out how Jaydee and Rachel experienced their unlikely rescue floating in space above Fleshworld t the end of the last story.

Item: There seems to be some confusion behind the scenes of the current Judge Dredd story, Darkside. First, the opening two episodes are mistakenly credited to John Wagner instead of John Smith, then episode five is classified as ‘Part 4’ again. Tharg never made this type of error, know what I mean?

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  • They didn't lure Ennis back, BishOP was still burning off previosuly commissioned work at this point due to Fleetway's rule that all work paid for must be printed. Another example of this is the upcoming Judge Janus story by Morrison & Millar. The reason the artist changes halfway through is that Philip Bond basically gave up on it and even Ennis distances himself from this second series.

    I agree about Dave Hine, although sadly this series is his last work for the House of Tharg. Happily he went on to have a pretty rock solid career writing for Spawn.


    By Blogger kennyevil, at 6:44 pm  

  • Errors aside I'm intrigued to know what you think of 'Darkside'? I really enjoyed it but I know this is far from a popular opinion.

    Still I do worry that I'm a bit of a Smith groupie

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:57 pm  

  • I would marry Philip Bond.

    By Blogger Peter, at 9:07 pm  

  • Thanks for the facts, Chris.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:50 pm  

  • Colin, I really enjoyed Darkside first time around, and am enjoying this time. More later.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:51 pm  

  • Peter, I hear he's spoken for.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:51 pm  

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