2000 AD Prog Slog

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Prog 1047 17/06/97

Further to my last entry, it’s not just Nikolai Dante that the adolescent sexual preoccupation I talked about is present; I just thought that this thrill was just a good springboard onto the subject. For example, the latest episode of Slaine The Grail War opens with a large panel of a giant woman exposing her arse to a bunch of worshipers. Naked shapely women are becoming increasingly common place in Slaine, often as an offer of what awaits the Goddess’ bravest soldiers in the afterlife.

In Slaine The Grail War, Slaine and Ukko join Simon De Monfort in his crusade against The Cathers in Southern France. The Cathers seem to be the forerunners to Judge Death believing, as they do, that life is Hell and the only way to escape it is by dying.

The Grail War might have been just another Slaine story if it wasn’t for the discovery that De Monfort is Niamh, his eternal love, reincarnated. Seeing the two mighty warriors react to the discovery like a pair of uptight rugby players in a changing room has been quite amusing in a strip where the main character has been a bit of a Goddess bore recently. De Monforte and Slaine‘s attraction is proving to be an interesting narrative that I find myself hoping sees the two of them get together by the end of, whatever genders they are.

Steve Tapper is the robot who provides the fully painted artwork. Tapper is a perfectly competent artist, who might not have the surface appeal of the likes of Simon Bisley and Dermot Power, but paints as a strong story teller and for reproduction. I would like to see him on Slaine more often, I think.

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  • That cover headline : 'Darkest Phoenix' is dreadful. Referencing crappy X-Men comics isn't big or clever...

    By Blogger Tam, at 10:21 am  

  • Not being particularly on topic with this post, but following on from the general theme of vague dissapointment of the progs.

    I had an idea (rare I know). Rather than the mag spitting out new thrills to appeal to a more modern and current readership, what if they reimagined (a little like 3000ad)
    some of the classic strips to conform to a more grown up standard.

    ie Judge Dredds encounters with "whitey" the judge killer.

    Take those really early stories that now are incredebly naieve but did have a flash of genius to them (devils island for eg (was that its name? im referring to the prison suurounded by freeways))

    One can argue that Invasion has done this, but to me, its still the volgs always being unable to fire assault rifles straight and harry(?) just mowing down masses with his updated shotgun.

    A really good idea that could have been dark and gritty like "Button Man" but has just gone down the good vs bad guys road.

    Anyhoo, are there any thrills that you would like to have seen redrawn/rescripted and which ones would appeal to a newer audience in my opinion?

    Personally I'd like to see the whole of Rogue trooper Redrawn by Colin Wilson (no offence to Cam Kennedy and others) as the scripts he worked on, for the most part) really suited the future war theme.

    Id also like to see Fort Neuro re scripted with a less comedy slant to it and more insanity.

    Or do you think thrills like the Cursed Earth with Bollands art are like the grail and are to be left undisturbed?

    Im rambling again.

    My point is, that there's enough good ole thills that could be reworked and would keep true to the spirit of 2000ad (alongside new thrills, lets not be to snobby).


    By Blogger OrLoK, at 3:27 pm  

  • I missed that Tam. You're right.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:52 pm  

  • I've never thought about classic thrills being re-written and drawn before, OrLok. Initially, my rection is that I'm happy with how they are. In fact, I feel that strips like The Cursed Earth, say, are pretty timeless and difficult to improve upon. The only one I can think of is a bit backward - I would like to have seen The Horned God drawn by Mick McMahon.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:58 pm  

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