2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, April 02, 2010

Prog 1120 18/11/98

Tharg’s current favourite, the thrill he’s working hard on making succeed, Sancho Panzer, finishes another story, Worms, this prog. Sancho Panzer is set on a planet wracked by civil war. Panzer and his maintenance man, Tool, drive around a really big tank for hire mainly to small peaceful communities for who the war is encroaching upon. On top of this, they’re being pursued by an over eager journalist, Henry McGee in The Incredible Hulk style, determined to expose the mythology of the tank and its driver.

Sounds great and looks great too. This thrill seems to have been co-created by the excellent Henry Flint, or with him in mind at least. Admittedly, I feel the tank looks ridiculous with its giant wheels for speed but every other aspect of the strip is as visually pleasing as you would expect.

However, it’s written by Dan Abnett whose Sinister Dexter, as you know, I find enjoyable and annoying in equal measure. A recent episode of S&D features the two characters laughing for its entire length at the name of Caribbean mob boss, Uranus Hertz. These are characters whose writer constantly fills their world with lame innuendoes. They drink in a bar called Floppy Dicks for God’s sake. I would have thought they would have been used to it by now.

Sancho Panzer is fun and a touch intriguing but Abnnet’s irritating penchant for innuendo and laddy humour is becoming more apparent with each new episode. I feel that there’s only enough space for one Abnet thrill of this type in the comic.

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  • Ah, so this must be why DC gave Flint the HAUNTED TANK gig.

    By Blogger Mark, at 9:18 pm  

  • Strangely enough though, Flint was very toned down and conservative on the Haunted Tank

    By Blogger Derek, at 1:57 pm  

  • Mark, Flint must like tanks.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:35 pm  

  • I've never seen his Haunted Tank. Did it have giant wheels?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:35 pm  

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