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2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, January 15, 2010

Prog 999 05/07/96

The most satisfying Judge Dredd super epic for a long time comes to a double sized conclusion this prog with the sector wide riot being quelled, Warrens’ greed leading to his death, drug addict Lee dying in the line of duty, Patel contradicting Dredd’s leniency and sentencing his own father to one years suspended ‘encubement’, crazy Priest putting his gun to his own head and crime lord Fonzo Bongo being sentenced to twenty five years for non-payment of traffic fines. Sector 301, or The Pit as it was once referred, is as corruption free and well run as any other sector in Mega City One now.

It’s not been a completely smooth read however. As prolific an artist as Carlos Ezquerra is, even he found it impossible to provide all thirty, six paged (sometimes seven) episodes by the required deadlines. So, stepping in to help have been Lee Sullivan and
Alex
Ronald
.

It’s important in a story like The Pit which features a large cast of characters who look very similar to each other once in uniform that their defining physical features are maintained. Sullivan manages this and even though his style is very different to Ezquerra’s he proves himself to be a worthy understudy drawing the brutal landscapes, vehicles and characters that make up the Dredd-verse confidently. Unfortunately, Ronald doesn’t succeed so well. Many of the characters look very different and he seems less inclined than most artists to Dredd-land. Many panels are drawn at a dizzying forty five degrees perhaps to compensate for the lack of background or detail work in the hardware. Maybe this is down to deadline pressures and it does seem a little cruel of Tharg to push a brand new artist into playing with the headline act. However, every now and then, Ronald disarms me with a panel that feels utterly naturalistic suggesting that on a lower profiled strip with looser deadlines he will become a strong art droid.

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4 Comments:

  • Well I've already made clear my love for Alex Ronald's work and much like Sinister Dexter all I can say is wait to see whats to come!

    (Mind a lot of other people don't like that so you might not too?!?)

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:22 am  

  • My 2000 ADs are in boxes of a hundred so I was sorting out the next pile after posting this entry yesterday for the slog. I happened to see some of Ronald's later work and...? (To be continued) :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:29 pm  

  • Uh you tease you. I hope it was towards the end of the 1000s. During this 1000 issues his works ungoes a great transformation and it isn't until right towards the end that he's in full stride.

    By Blogger Colin, at 6:30 pm  

  • It was earlier but I liked what I glimpsed. I stand by my comments about his work on The Pit, though.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:59 pm  

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