The second of two Prog reviews this week from Orlok, who is finally catching up after being waylaid by Daredevil…
A nice use of the greys here to bring the orange of the central figures out. If this is Orange Is The New Black then Feo is apparently Crazy Eyes. I guess that makes Bulliet “Piper”.
There’s a lovely parade of aliens here including the small one banging Birdy’s leg.
Inside, Yewtree Tharg gives us the run down on the FCBD signings and we get a look at the Dredd in that illustrious publication penned by Tharg hisself.
Apparently Nixon is keeping a journal which implies two things. Either she must either survive in order to recount this (although that is technically a memoir) or between the freezing, starving and fleeing hostile ice she still has time to get a pen and paper out. The journal is a good narrative tool but only works when it is feasible.
There was a nice moment here where Sinfield preps his people to fight the Sovs, knowing that they are still Judges under the surface. This of course raises an interesting point about Sinfield’s command potential. He got the gig as Chief after Francisco was sidelined and then used the opportunity to keep himself there.
If these are bent Judges then why would they even follow Sinfield? Even if they do have some love for the city they must really hate Sinfield as he’s represented corruption at the highest level. Hell, he may even have sent a few of them there. But we’ll take it on faith that they obey the muppet and that makes their execution at the hands of the Sovs even more tragic.
Also, the Sovs recognise that even an ex-Chief Cheese is a strategic asset so zap the fool. It seems clear that since the Sov mothership survived, then Sinfield must have been transported aboard. Nobody gets to kill him but Wagner.
Astonishingly Nixon has made it to the second base and (as expected) it has a landing platform that the Sovs are going to use. Once there she finds an alien power source that she dangles in front of the Sovs.
Of course this is all moot as the Department nukes the sites, setting off a chain reaction. This is risky since it could potentially start a war since the Sovs may have had people down there. Still, fuck ‘em.
Nixon cannot be dead which raises the question how she survived. Did she somehow merge with the creature that emerged and then get aboard the ship? I’m not going to ask how the ship survived the nuke.
Since this strip ends with a big “to be continued…” we’re not getting any answers soon but the smart money is on the icy shit in the shuttle being Aimee related. It may even be Aimee now. I might be mis-remembering things but didn’t the Prog 2015 Dirty Frank story have a snow-swept city that was set after the events here and featuring an icy version of Aimee? With the ice spreading to the Black Atlantic, it’s all going sub-arctic.
Yeah, the art’s fucking great and the icy spider that begins climbing out of the hole is creepy as hell. I loved the nukes going off on the planet and it reminded me a lot of the TADS detonating on a peaceful Earth in the Apocalypse War.
The wackiness continues with some troweled on spoofs. The Drover’s Return and Bogan’s Hero raised a subtle smile but the Tank Girl cameo was laid on thick again. The Mad Max one was just cringe worthy.
In an explanatory turn we see the thing dropped last week was a message pod which shows a poor use of the breaks in between segments. It could have been structured much better than this.
It also beggars belief how consummate professional Orlok can’t keep a handle on Jiri unless this has descended into all out farce. I’m beginning to think it has since the Black Widower has survived (Apparently this is “not the first time the Black Widower has tasted his own venom”. I’ll bet it isn’t, mate) and runs Orlok over in a tank.
Still, Orlok’s now dead and history has been changed. Block Mania, The Apocalypse War and Chaos Day won’t happen. Huzzah.
It needs to go now, as it’s becoming harder to shift than herpes.
I’m finding the art to be drifting again from beauty to inconsistency since Orlok seems to have a different face in each panel.
In a continuing mindfuck, Slaine’s dad has gone to icy hell, prompting some great angry eyes from Slaine on page 2. As this is a drawn out process and script, Gododin summons up some Trojans to kill the ever living fuck out of Slaine.
Meanwhile, the junkie damage is hammered home as Sinead raids a tomb to get her fix of gak.
Like a lot of Slaine of late, not a great deal happens, but it does look fucking gorgeous.
Hahahaha. Abnett made a lady garden funny.
Like Slaine before it, nothing really happens.
In a bizarre “homage” to Star Trek VI, one of the little alien peeping toms accidentally gets into a pagga with a bigger alien. Bully steps in as a Jim Kirk knock off and starts looking for the big boy’s knackers. Assuming he has them, and they are sensitive to attack.
What I will say about the art is that it is effortless and flows beautifully. The lighting in the fight scene is my particular favourite.
Well it stands to reason that Johnny will fool the dumb as hammer yokels into blazing away blindly with a magic flare. In the ensuing gun battle, flesh is torn and lives are lost; none of these affecting Johnny in the slightest.
Johnny then hooks up with Precious to discuss important plot points and there’s a bit of abject racism leading Johnny to assume that all the Stix are alike and will turn on each other for the right price. He’s apparently right, so the stereotyping is spot on.
Johnny seems back to his old self and all it takes is the right incentive be it the freedom of his friends, fucking off the Stix or motorboating three puppies. To be fair, that last one would have cheered up Robin Williams.
He’s even laughing and joking at the end of this with the Wheatus interruptus line.
Very James Bond.
Great art from Carlos. He’s phenomenal.
I’m giving it to Dredd this week.