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Name that Shock!
« on: 10 September, 2017, 02:29:08 pm »
Hi all,

I have a friend who noticed my copy of the Ultimate Collection Volume One and asked me about a story she'd read many years ago (probably late eighties / early nineties).  It's either a Future Shock or similar one-off and features an empire (presumably galactic) which has been in decline.  This is where it gets hazy, but it seems similar to the Plutonium Horde which ends up going around the galaxy, which is spherical, and ends up wiping out the remnants of a now decadent empire which ends up being its start point, but it's not that one.  From what she said I was also reminded of a shock (possibly from Starlord) where humanity retreats underground after a war, evolves into a subterranean creature and eventually emerges on the surface, ending up getting killed by a gardener as they're now moles.

Sorry, I know it's not much to go on, but any ideas?

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #1 on: 10 September, 2017, 02:49:18 pm »
The one about the moles is Tharg's Future Shocks: Subterraneans 2000 AD prog 365 by Pete Milligan and Jose Casanovas.
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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #2 on: 10 September, 2017, 03:03:48 pm »
What sounds most likely is that she's inadvertantly conjoined the two in her head...

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #3 on: 10 September, 2017, 09:59:30 pm »
If there was another Future Shock with an identical plot to The a Last Rumble of the Platinum Horde, we'd know about it. I think she is thinking of that one, and thinks it's another one, but it can't be.

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #4 on: 13 September, 2017, 12:46:33 am »
I perhaps should have mentioned that she told me what she remembered of it while we were at leaving drinks for some friends who have now left London *sniff*.  I started this thread with what I remembered of some stories that her account reminded me of at the time.  I've gone back to her and got her to tell me what she remembers of the plot while I'm in a state to pass it on...

"Our human 'heroes' return to a lost in legend Planet Earth to find it full of diseased ugly mutant humans. They decide to cleanse the Earth and return it to pure humans like themselves. So they kill, slash and destroy everyone and everything that doesn't look like them. Only at the end, as they stand triumphant and marvel on the purity they have restored, do we see them from behind.. The 'heroes' are also mutants - with lizard tails."

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #5 on: 13 September, 2017, 09:06:00 pm »
Ok that's not Platinum Horde then. But I'm afraid I don't recognise it. It does sound very 2000AD though.

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #6 on: 22 November, 2017, 12:15:32 am »
Sorry, just seen this.

Going by the description by Sheridan's friend of...

them from behind.. The 'heroes' are also mutants - with lizard tails."

...Stevie seems to remember this as being drawn by John Stokes. Don't have the progs at hand, but Barney suggests that it coud be either:

Oh What a Lovely War 1 episode (Prog 464) 4 pages
Script: Oleh Stepaniuk, Artist: John Stokes

Biological Warfare 1 episode (Prog 466) 3 pages
Script: Oleh Stepaniuk, Artist: John Stokes

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #7 on: 06 December, 2017, 03:41:04 pm »
"Oh What a Lovely War" is a play on time travel and the old Fighting Fantasy Books / computer games.  The revelation involves a child so it's not that one.  Biological Warfare is a play on alien invasion and advertising.  The aliens are lizard like and do burst out in the final panel but other parts of the story don't quite fit.

The other FS that springs to mind is one of Alan Moore's (I think) involving students at a lecture talking about life being wiped out.  In the denouement it turns out that the students are dinosaurs.  Not sure which prog though.

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Re: Name that Shock!
« Reply #8 on: 07 December, 2017, 12:38:57 am »
Thanks for the leads - I'll have to dig through my old progs and have a look...