Thursday, 15 September 2011

2000 AD Prog 1751 (Wednesday 14th September 2011)

I haven't blogged for a while but I was finishing my third novella. I still have about 16,000 words to type (the writing is completely finished) but that's boring technical stuff.

Anyway I'm going to say what I thought about issue (prog) 1751 of the 2000 AD comic (or as they say, magazine).

In the order they were printed:

1. Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos Part 2: I hate not starting a story arc at the first chapter, episode etc but the last line of the "In this prog" inner cover page the last line sums it up well: "Now, East-Meg agents are plotting a strike against the city..."

"You're nicked sonny Jim"

As for the installment itself, I enjoyed it and plotwise the arc as a whole has potential. It's pretty much a Judge Dredd cold war analogy with intrigue, terrorism and possibly espionage along the line. Good stuff.

2. Ampney Crucis Investigates: The English Assassin Part 2: I really liked this story, it really appealed to me. It was very sci-fi in my opinion i.e. verging on a threat from the cosmos and the colour was striking in the right places.

"What do you mean I have to have a permit to do some sleuthing on a tentacled monstrosity?"

3. Indigo Prime: Everything and More Part 2: This one reminded me of my friend Paul's comic work as found here which has wonderful art but also lots of interesting descriptions of things.

"I didn't mean to do it, it was an accident!"

In Indigo Prime, I particularly liked the following usages of language.

  • "He has the delusion we're all fictional characters in a penny dreadful written by some mad demiurge from a higher dimension."

  • "Entropy reefs", "timelocked in stasis gel", "global sporewar", and "dreamfever decontamination".

  • "The summer of love gatecrashes the Winter Palace."

This week's Indigo Prime deserved the sole double paged spread in the issue of 2000 AD. Not only was it vivid but it really was a depiction of the cosmos, it had what I call beautiful chaos.

4. Angel Zero Part 1: To my relief, this is the first installment of Angel Zero. Watch out pardners there's a new backwater planet heroine who has entered the comic world, backstory dangerously approaching her.

"My good lady, do you know any decent local hunting spots?"

5. Low Life: The Deal Part 2: One of the things I like about the Judges of Megacity is their near omniprescence. Equally from this story I enjoyed the "trying to blend in with society" (and possibly the dregs/ underdogs of the Judges) as I shall describe it, of the so called "Wally Squad".

"Arrr! Thar be fish fingers! Or I may have found the One Piece"

And now over to Norman Osborn for his approval!

"Cheers Geordie Green Lantern. Whey today am ganna' approve of summat, but before that, the bloke above looks a bit shifty like. Before I continue I need to ensure our protection by summoning a special force. Whey aye it's the Uncanny X-men! There said it."

Hang on a minute Norms, have you been absorbing some of me geet mint Geordie accent like?

"Aye Geordie Green Lantern, an it might carry on if I am to make an approval for Sugar Glider Issues 1 and 2 soon, ye knaa."

Areet, but for now get on with your approvals will you?

"Aye. Theday I approve of two things, the proper class 2000 AD comic and the reet canny Tales of the Hollow Earth comic."