Why 615? Well its 1am on the 15/06 so I either went for 1506 which seemed a bit new, or go arse backwards american dating and pick 615.
Lets set the tone with the 20th best selling single of Feb 1989
You ladies need a moment? We’ll wait. It’s fine.
So, cover by Rhian Hughes who co-incidentally gets an interview in this months Megazine. Like it though it’s incredibly 80′s…. which is fair enough as that’s when it was published. Looks like it should be framed up on someone’s wall in a John Hughes movie. Extra points for the fucking awful “dozen” pun on it as well.
The letters page has two drawings, one of Judge Roger Rabbit and one of a slightly trannie-ish Judge Anderson and also the following poem from reader David Furness
Tharg your face is green
A bit like a sucked bean
I think your boots are very cool
and your comic makes me drool
How do you stay so dudish
Words we can all take meaning and inspiration from, I’m sure.
First strip? Anderson Psi Division Helios Part 2 by Alan Grant and David Roach.
Short version – Anderson goes clubbing. Some guy comes in and goes postal apparently due to an external influence. She disarms him but it ends with a cliffhanger as he starts to strangle her. Orlok would mention Nigella Lawson here. I’m classier than him.
Unlike the rest of this prog I had read this before having owned both the Anderson Psi-Files. From memory this is from the second volume which wasn’t my favourite due to it being less about fun stories and more about Anderson’s soul searching. Nothing wrong with that, I just didn’t enjoy it as much. That said as a one off read this was cool. Anderson in a disco taking down a nut job is enjoyable stuff and lets be fair… Mr Roach can seriously draw the ladies. Some really nice character work on the rest of the story’s cast as well and great moody lighting, though of course I’m posting a pic of Pans People Anderson complete with Psi Judge accessory. Really, can we get him back drawing Anderson?
Next, Fast Forward written by H.Robinson and D. Francis with art by John McCrea who is currently kicking all kinds of arse drawing Mars Attacks. It’s a one and done that you’d now expect to come under the Time Twisters banner. Was Fast Forward an ongoing thing back then? I can’t remember. Anyway in this a guy robs a bank and uses a time machine as his getaway. Unfortunately the time machine is on the top floor of a University building which in the future has been knocked down so it ends with him taking a dive. Clever idea and well illustrated. Art is a bit cartoony (somewhere PJ Holden is grinding his teeth) but in a good way. Suits the story and is all kinds of kinetic. 2000AD doing what it does best. Full story in four awesome pages.
Next, Swifty’s Return from Pete Milligan and Jamie Hewlett. Basically its a time travel story with two mates who end up stuck in redneck central where the fact one of them is black causes what’s known in the trade as “a slight fucking problem”
Being mid arc this wasn’t the most entertaining to read as a stand alone installment but … well… it’s Jamie Hewlett innit? Getting to read four pages of his artwork I hadn’t seen before was a hell of a treat and is making me think it’s time I nicked the missus’ Tank Girl books for a re-read.
Next we get Dredd : Crazy Barry Little Mo from John Wagner and Chris Weston and T. Frame (is it Tom? I think so) on letters. And why am I mentioning the letterer this time? Because of my new favourite gun sound effect
So, the story is about Barry Kurten, a Judge with a little blue demon living in his head that makes him do bad things. Not sure from this opening part if it’s a figment of his imagination or some paranormal bastard but either way it makes for a really fun story and I’m gonna have to dig out the Case Files with the full arc. The art is…. well, lets say Chris Weston has REALLY come on. This isn’t terrible but it’s not aged well, especially the colouring and seeing this you wouldnt guess what a fan favourite Mr Weston would become. Well… I wouldnt have anyway
Next, Night Zero by J. Brosman and Kev Hopgood. I have no fucking idea what’s going on in this. You get a guy who looks like one of those “Lets try and make Action Man cooler by giving him a silver arm” toys who fights some scythe armed druids in a meccano lift shaft and… thats about it really.
Our hero seemed to be enjoying himself though
Fighting druids gets him REALLY excited.
Last up… part 8 of Strontium Dog : The Final Solution by Alan Grant and Simon Harrison. Weirdly as a 2000AD fan who has the Strontium Dog phone books, I’ve never read The Final Solution. I’ve heard about it. Holy god have I heard about it. This of course being why I’ve never felt the urge to buy the trade.
Anyway, Feral and his guys kill some norms, Alpha and Middenface seem to be locked up in the Doghouse but instigate an escape.
I’ve heard a lot about the art on this. None of it positive to be honest but that said I kinda liked it. It’s fucking out there but so is Ace Trucking Co and everyone loves that. Cant get enough of the story from this installment to decide if I wanna take the plunge and finally read how Alpha buys it but from this look the artwork wouldn’t be putting me off.
Last up… Mix, which is a page of record reviews by Roxilla. A single, one line review jumps out
“Man in the Moon by Voice of the Beehive – Fortunately my copy was too warped to play”.
So I’d like to end by saying “FUCK YOU ROXILLA” …. coz I like Voice of the Beehive. Granted I like them more after a few beers but thats no bad thing
Actually I should probably end with what my fave was so think I gotta go for Anderson. Others had good story or good art. This had both.