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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Prog 1184 15/03/00

It’s still a few issues away from its conclusion but because The Slog only has a few progs to go, I wanted to do a bit of clear up before the end. In Missionary Man The Promised Land, a Hell Trek crosses The Cursed Earth to where their religious elders believe to be, well, the promised land. Despite knowing that this wonderful place doesn’t exist, Preacher Cain agrees to be their guide so that they can get there and back with as few casualties as possible.

It’s another journey across The Cursed Earth adventure, and the convoy encounter all sorts of weird and scary things on their route as you would expect. Writer Gordon Rennie provides us with some real Judge Dredd like set pieces, such as the town Americaville, that cherry picks from the American constitution for its own bigoted convenience, and the genuinely unnerving Gila Bruja tribe.

The Promised Land tributes the very original Cursed Earth story by using a strong team of rotating artists such as Alex Ronald, Trevor Hairshine and Colin MacNeil. However, it reminds me more of a poorer HellTrekkers. In HellTrekkers, John Wagner and Alan Grant created a wide cast that the readers couldn’t help but invest in. In The Promised Land, Rennie hasn’t done this, so when we learn that another five travellers have died, my instinct is to shrug my shoulders and think, ‘well, as long as Cain is all right’. It’s a shame, because in every other sense the story works.

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14 Comments:

  • Now damnit that is a good point. I love the promised land but your certainly right that you don't really care about the travellers. But then it is Cain's trek and its always been his strip. Its Cain that we are invested in and the rest are there to emphasize the danger. Its a bit like in the Dredd epics typically there is a big body count. the victims aren't there to create a sense of sympathy merely to crank up scale of the threat to Dredd... I think that works.

    Damn the strip looks great as well. how you doing with Alex Ronald's art these days?

    By Blogger Colin, at 9:02 pm  

  • Ah i see the chinese spammers have eventually found you. They usually crop up on comments that you have to type the code in below.
    I don't do that and thus have been spared from their grips.

    By Blogger Rhinocerouslip Bumcrack, at 9:41 pm  

  • Off topic:

    Paul,

    If you can alter the captcha "type" that usually throws off the bots for a while.

    I dunno if blogger.com allows this, but def worth a peek.

    rgds

    L

    By Blogger OrLoK, at 1:21 pm  

  • You made Bleeding Cools news round up. WAYHEY!

    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/05/13/thursday-runaround-run-hero-run/

    By Blogger Colin, at 2:00 pm  

  • Y'know one day I'll get a mention on bleeding cool....

    I agree with you on missionary man its a good story but its hard to care for a chunk of the cast when you don't even know them

    By Blogger David page, at 4:18 pm  

  • Sorry for the aside, but I thought the readers here might like this

    http://twitter.com/garyerskine/status/13918848864

    For those who don't know, the "artist" in question makes a living selling cut and paste jobs of Brian and other artists' work for a living. I'm anxiously awaiting the photos. Hopefully Mick mcMahon and Cam Kennedy can nobble Gardar Eide Einarsson next.

    Chris

    By Blogger kennyevil, at 4:26 pm  

  • Colin, I found Ronalds work on this story a little cold. As for the supporting characters in dredd - I disagree. As Dredd is a remorssless inflexible arsehole, support characters are used for investment.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:43 pm  

  • Chinese spam removed, Rhino.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:44 pm  

  • The Slog doesn't tend to get too much spam, thanks orlok. Besides, i've no idea what captcha "type" is.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:45 pm  

  • I sent a press release 'round late last night and there's been some lovely coverage on comic sites todays. Blledin' Cool's seemed the slightest.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:46 pm  

  • David, you got a mention on Down The Tubes and the FPI blog, so not all bad.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:47 pm  

  • Chris, is this the guy whose 'work' some of the comic news sites have covered? It's a scandal!

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:48 pm  

  • He's one of them, although his range of source material is a lot wider than the Norwegian guy who lifted from McMahon, Kennedy, frame et al.

    They represent the absolute worst thing about the Pop Art movement, in that it produced a generation of lazy artists who believed that their "commentary" was a worthy substitute for creativity.

    I can't wait for Erskine's photos.

    Chris

    By Blogger kennyevil, at 7:31 pm  

  • The idea that these guys are considered more ligitimate than the original artists makes me want to smash.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:42 pm  

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