2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, March 18, 2010

prog 1097 03/06/98

Item: I’ve seen some pretty freaky Judge Dredd chins during my time on The Slog but the latest painted by Julian Gibson (an otherwise fine comic artist in the painty style) has to be the freakiest. It looks like the stump of an arm. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder why nobody is throwing Dredd out of Mega City One for severe mutation.

Item: After really enjoying the last Sinister Dexter story, Dan Abnett manages to write one that irritates me from beginning to end. Queenpin Demi Octavo goes to her local gym to use the sun bed there (which goes some of the way to explaining her flip-flopping skin tone but doesn’t explain why someone of her affluence doesn’t have their own sun bed at home). She’s been tipped off that somebody’s out to whack her there so she’s taken Sinister and Dexter with her for protection. (If you know somebody’s out to kill you, then why go in the first place?) The two gun sharks that pride themselves on their professionalism start behaving like elderly hormonal boys from the Carry On films, peeking through the door at a naked Octavo (cor!) and getting distracted by big titted lady assassins (pheor!). At one point, Sinister is mesmerised by the button between a lady’s cleavage pinging off of her top to the actual sound effect of ‘poink!. Abnett and Paul Johnson aren’t even being ironic here. It’s supposed to be funny in a ‘I can’t get any work done in the gym because it’s filled with sexy women’ and ‘we get like this, don’t we, lads; incapable when there’s a sexy woman nearby’ way. This is how witless this episode is; it even ends with Octavo walking back to the car when all the brouhaha is over in a dressing gown. What, doesn’t she wear clothes to the gym or does she throw them away after every visit?

Item: Now that Vector 13 is pretty much over, the new series of one-off thrills with a twist is Pulp Sci-Fi. It’s pretty much the same as Tharg’s Future Shocks except without The Mighty One. If Tharg were present, then that might suggest that 2000 AD is aimed at less mature readers and we can’t have that, can we? (See the Sinister Dexter story referred in the item above). Actually, the two I’ve seen so far have been pretty good and if this new strip features more stories written by Kek-W then I’ll be more than happy.

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  • The S & D story reminds me of Vis' "Nude Motorcycle Girl", but with a shallower plot.



    By Blogger OrLoK, at 6:08 pm  

  • Ha! yeah, and less ironic.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:01 pm  

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