Prog 1182 01/03/00
Gordon Rennie does a pretty good job of conceiving the story and the grim remorseless logic of the place. Glimmer Rats often reminds me of Bad Company only gorier and with less clearly defined characters. Mark Harrison’s fully painted art is as spectacular and as difficult to decipher as his work on Durham Red. It’s often impossible to see what is going on and there are only the occasional characters that I can tell apart from each other. Funnily enough, the effect of the art is to make the whole war zone seem even bleaker and crueler than Rennie’s script already does. However, I might have had more empathy towards the cast had they been more clearly defined by both the artist.
Also concluding this prog is Badlands, written by Dan Abnett and painted by Kevin Walker. Badlands is a Western and Dinosaur mash-up in which a gun-slinger and scientist find themselves trapped in a land that time forgot. Badlands reads like only a partly formed idea that might have been quite good had the creators lived with it for a bit longer. Instead it’s an unchallenging thrill that could have read a lot better with more work but still manages to look beautiful.