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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Prog 1116 21/10/98

It continues to impress me after all these years that stunning new artists continue to appear in 2000 AD. It’s as if Tharg has a tap in The Nerve Centre that he just needs to turn on for a great new original artist to pour out of. We recently had Wayne Reynolds paint a couple of beautiful Slaine stories and now we have brush master Andy Clarke just finishing Nikolai Dante The Octobriana Seduction.

In The Octobriana Seduction, Dante and his mute brother Viktor are sent to France to investigate the death of one of the Tsar’s spies. There they meet the mistress of seduction, Octobriana for whom Viktor takes a special shine and Dante, like a good brother, helps to seduce.

Octobriana seems to be a non-copyright Russian character that pops up in comics every now and then. Although I don’t quite get what the appeal of her is, I did experience that silly little thrill of recognition. “Oh, look, it’s her. What’s her face from Luther Arkwright.” The Octobriana Seduction is another fun Dante story written by Robbie Morrison in which the characters continue to become increasingly likable.

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4 Comments:

  • Ahhh the subtlety of the cover. Did I ever mention I wAsn't a Dante fan?

    I know there's a good story therein Dante, I just can't get past the T&A.

    this comming from a chap who's spent the best part of the evening in henleys titty bar.

    Double standards to be sure.

    Rgds
    lok

    By Blogger OrLoK, at 4:35 am  

  • Arh but double standards are what makes it all fun.

    This phase of Dante is one I really enjoy. Still frothy and fun at times there's a gradual darkening of the strip as events turn.

    By Blogger Colin, at 7:17 am  

  • yeah, that cover isn't exactly subtle, like you say, Orlok.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:18 pm  

  • Good description, COlin - "Still frothy and fun".

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:19 pm  

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