2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Prog 1141 21/08/99

Item: Judge Dredd begins Return of the Assassin, advertised as a seven part story that actually continues into a new epic. Like most epics of recent years, this one runs in both 2000 AD and The Megazine but unlike them, they run in a consecutive manner that means you don’t need to have read one to appreciate the other. In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve read both versions of the story having bought the graphic novel collections published a few years ago, and I still happen to have a copy of the edition featuring the Megazine strand of the epic. For Slog authenticity, I’m just going to read the story in the progs, but it’s reassuring to know that the graphic novel is there should things get confusing.

Item: Nikolai Dante seems to have taken over the position of the double-episode run previously occupied by Sinister Dexter. Of the two, I much prefer Dante. It’s always a lot more fun and less eager to please. However, don’t panic SD fans feeling pangs for the thrill thanks to its absence as satires of the characters appeared in the previous Dante story, The Hunting Party. Snake Lonnegan and Roaul Duke were hired to assassinate the mother of the Romanov clan (who also happens to be their aunt – don’t ask) but failed thanks to Dante’s roguish interference. Fortunately, before being put out of their misery, Lonnegan and Duke share one last passionate French kiss. Homage, piss take and pretty damn obvious but fun just the same.

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  • Yeah the Sinister Dexter 'appearance' in Dante was a really nice bit of cheeky fun. I did wonder if there was almost a sense of playful rivally between the two writers as they knew both new the strips were 'competing' for top spot (post Dredd) in the comic. After all Slaine is dispatched pretty quickly.

    Thats' probably more a function of my desire for this sort of thing to happen rather than the truth with is probably closer to Robbie Morrison thinking

    "oh they're a couple of characters that I can have some fun with and christ would the two of them just get it on already"

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:36 pm  

  • Maybe a bit of both, Colin. I didn't mention the Slaine tribute in the same story that is satired equally 'cruely'.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:20 pm  

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