Item: That’s more like it; Not Dan Abnett setting the comic’s tone by providing three stories but John Wagner doing it, this prog, with two. Wagner writes Judge Dredd, obviously, and new thrill The Balls Brothers. It’s too early for me to comment on The Balls Brothers just yet but the thought of John Wagner being the dominant script robot makes the comic feel more like 2000 AD to me.
Item: The sinister atmosphere in current Dredd story Scorpion Dance is so thick you could slice the end off and fry eggs in it. Wagner’s writing is menacing, mature and very effective. Or so I thought until I saw the cover to next week’s prog painted by Jason Brashill advertised on the back of this and reproduced here for your perusal. Painting DeMarco with her knockers pretty much out demonstrates to me either a limited reading ability or the sort of sexual disorder suffered by the drivers from On The Busses.
Item: Graeme Mitchell asks in the Input page if readers are getting shorter as WH Smiths has moved 2000 AD from the top to the middle shelf. Amusingly, Tharg replies, “/2000 AD/ isn’t a top shelf /comic/ - despite Bish-OP’s best efforts to the contrary.” If Tharg’s intention was for 2000 AD to be racked next to Loaded then he must be disappointed as my local WH Smiths has been racking it in the cult TV and film section for years. For me, the comic being associated with Starburst and SFX is worse than when it was with Viz because at least it’s a comic. Ideally, of course, it should be in the same section as The Beano, The Dandy and those Panini Marvel reprint comics, like it used to be in the good old days.
Labels: 2000 AD, Beano, Dan Abnett, Dandy, Jason Brashill, John Wagner, Judge Dredd, Marvel, On the Busses, Panini, SFX, Starburst, Tharg, The Balls Brothers, Viz Comic, WH Smith's