2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Prog 1023 30/12/96

Item: Well, after bigging up Rogue Trooper(s) a couple of entries ago, it turns out that it was all for nought as it’s run finished mid-story last prog never to return. Why this is I don’t know. Perhaps everyone just gave up on it. Ever since the character’s re-invention nobody’s really known what to do with it and I’ve always been slightly baffled by important aspects of it. (Like, is this the same Nu Earth the original Rogue was on or a different one? I thought it was a future version of our actual planet but there’s a black hole next to it). It’s all a little curious as it was only recently that they published a Rogue Trooper Special (which I couldn’t be bothered to cover for The Slog. Sorry).

Item: This issue is a Christmas prog and we’re celebrating by being charged an additional twenty pence for eight extra pages. However, we’re only getting an extra two pages of actual strip, the rest being taken up with bumf, and we have to wait two weeks for he next issue. Merry Christmas to you too.

Item: Mazeworld ends this prog after a ten week run. Over thirty years after the end of the capital punishment, Adam Cadman is hanged for the murder of his brother and then, after his death, is transported to a fantastical place called Mazeworld. Still in his hood and noose, Cadwell is mistaken (or perhaps not) for ‘The Hooded Man’ by the oppressed locals, a hero supposed to help them in their rebellion against the Maze-Lord. Unfortunately, Cadman is a selfish man concerned only for his own well being… or so it seems.

I like Mazeworld. It’s cosily reminiscent. It reminds me of half remembered thrills from the first year or two of 2000 AD when the comic was still forming. A protagonist of questionable morality with a hood stuck on his head and a noose around his neck that tightens whenever he does something selfish; it’s ridiculous, just like the Visible Man. A character transported to another world at the moment of death, just like The Meltdown Man. Arthur Ranson’s art is spectacular, packed with detail and intricate design. It’s probably some of the best work I’ve seen from him. Alan Grant’s story is strong but strangely incomplete. The world seems only glimpsed and I want to know more about the circumstances surrounding the restoration of the death penalty. It feels as if there are a lot more Mazeworld stories to come, none of which ever do.

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  • Friday starts off on our Earth, but moves over to Rogue's Nu-Earth in the Dredd crossover in Prog 900. Mind you, I think there may be a confused reference or two after that.

    There are two more Mazeworld series, though the plot and setting never do seem to blossom the way they should.

    By Blogger James Moar, at 6:16 pm  

  • While I didn't miss Rogue Trooper too much at all I did wish they'd wrapped things up as there were some interesting ideas left hanging. Still I do understand why everyone just seemed to throw their hands up in despair and give up.

    As for Mazeworld here's the thoughts I posted on the 2000ad forum not too long ago.

    "Absolutely loved Mazeworld and beautiful Arthur Ransom art aside not entirely sure why? I wasn't convinced at all by the lead character Adam Cadman and his path to redemption. There seemed to be a rebellion, cos that's what happens in these things and the baddie was well... just such a standard baddie. Roll it all together and it should have all been a bit of cliched nonsense (and maybe it was?) BUT somehow it hung together really well and even given the fact that its hard to not love something drawn that exquisitly its really is greater than the some of its parts. "

    By Blogger Colin, at 6:27 pm  

  • I didn'[t think to include the Dredd cross over, James. I just thought that was a bit of fun. :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:49 pm  

  • Good review, Colin.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:51 pm  

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