2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, April 23, 2010

Prog 1157 18/08/99

In Rose O’Rion, aliens kidnap the master thief’s sister and blackmail her into stealing a space folding device. She manages to do so by successfully boarding a spaceship parked in the heart of a sun. However, it’s all one big double cross. It looks like the aliens don’t have her sister after all and they’re using the device to launch an invasion by warping into Federal Space. Of course, one of the reasons Rose is so good at what she does is she trusts no one and so, hopefully, has a few tricks up her sleeve to save the day.

Like DR and Quinch starting out as a one off Future Shock before her, Rose O’Rion has been promoted from a single Pulp Sci-Fi to her own thrill. To be honest, Pulp Sci-Fi often feels like a testing ground for on-going thrills just as much as it is about pop ideas. I’ve developed a soft spot for strips written by Kek-W who often reminds me of a more accessible Pete Milligan or John Smith. Rose O’Rion itself feels even more traditional a thrill than I would expect from him, it not looking tonally out of place had it run during 2000 AD’s first four years. Andy Clarke and Dylan Teague’s art is detailed when it needs to be and is always professional. The story telling always comes first and it’s a relief to see a female character not being drawn with huge knockers, exposed arse and getting in to impossible positions where you can see both at the same time. This is definitely a thrill in which the character and creative team show a great deal of promise.

Update: In yesterday’s entry, I speculated that the D in DUR referred to in Downlode Tales probably stands for Downlode. Well actually, it stands for Department; Department of Urban Racketeering. So, there you go.

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  • Hmm, well Rose, does wear more, but for a super spy special forces does she neet to wear tights and low cut tops?

    Or perhaps it puts her enemies off guard?

    Guard 1: "There's one! set for stun!"
    Guard 2: "Phwoar! look at those
    Guard 1: "Crikey! that's no moon..."

    Bang! Zap! Kerpow! (off screen sounds of weapons and power armour clattering to floor)

    Cut to: close up of Rose blowing smoke away from end of pistol in a suggestive way.

    Rose: insert own sexy/witty/inane line here, preferably referring to her boobs.

    ok, im being harsh but although she's not as nude as most heroines in 2000ad she's still fairly rediculous, def no Halo Jones (and even she got in a leotard)

    The next time I go into combat, apart from my "huge weapon" I'll wear open bum chaps and webbing with no shirt on.

    Damn, I just described Rogue Trooper.

    Hold on, I need to have a think about this rant.

    *stumbles off confused*



    By Blogger OrLoK, at 5:50 pm  

  • I'm glad I don't go out with someone called Dallas Cockburn!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 12:54 pm  

  • Great script! You're hired!

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:35 pm  

  • Thanks, Dallas. See you tonight, baby.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:35 pm  

  • Victor, it's pronounced Co-Burn.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:36 pm  

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