2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, January 04, 2010

Prog 979 16/02/96

All non-Judge Dredd thrills conclude this issue including the supernatural strip Darkness Visible by Nick Abadzis and John Ridgeway. In it, private investigator Alec Perry is hired to find the missing daughter of a client. The case leads Perry to a black magic sect made up of the privileged who resurrect the dead for their own dark purposes. The story finishes with the mystery of Perry’s own missing daughter unresolved and a witch foretelling that they will meet again.

Five weeks is a short run and Darkness Visible feels very much like an opener for a series of tales that, unfortunately, never come. So we never find out what happened to Perry’s daughter and he never meets the alluring witch again. Still, it’s always great to see Ridgeway’s artwork although it remains mystifying as to why Abadzis doesn’t provide a greater amount of upfront work for the house of Tharg.

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  • Nick Abadzis is great, but I wonder if he wasn't / isn't a little too higbrow fro 2000 AD?

    Or is that being mean to Tharg.

    By Blogger alexf, at 10:45 am  

  • John Ridgeway is just the perfect artist for this strip. So atmospheric.

    Alexf I'm pretty confident that 2000ad has space for more highbrow strips. I've said it before and I'll say it again its the very diversity it has that keeps it fresh.

    By Blogger Colin, at 11:26 am  

  • Maybe Alex. Laika is great, if you haven't read it.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:28 pm  

  • Colin, we all love the Ridgeway!

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:29 pm  

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