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Action Special 1992

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Leigh S:
And so unlike Millar to write beloved legacy character in such a way...  :lol:


--- Quote from: abelardsnazz on 06 August, 2021, 03:10:14 PM --- I mostly enjoyed this, with the exception of The Spider, who Mark Millar for some reason rewrites as a psychopathic killer.

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JayzusB.Christ:
I loved it.  It was one of the most unrelentingly grim specials Tharg has ever put out.  I wasn't very familiar with the characters beforehand, and thus didn't mind Mark Millar's Spider at all; but for my money the standout piece was Cursitor Doom, which for me was John Tomlinson's best strip ever.  It managed something comics rarely do for me - it was scary, especially when you realise that the TV host is in an infinitely looping self-built hell.  (The weird thing is, I thought he totally deserved it at the time - these days I have a lot more respect for Randi-type skeptics who debunk 'psychic' con artists.)   It was also very clever in that it lampshaded the fact that it was in black and white, something that Tharg was thankfully beginning to reintroduce to the prog.

The hired assassin version of the Steel Claw was brilliant too.  Oddly, the John Smith story was, for once, not one of my favourites in a special - still a decent read, though.













Barrington Boots:
Inspired by this thread I dug out my copy of this and read it for the first time since 1992.
When it came out I remember it being fascinating and very very dark but since then I've mainly remembered it for Mark Millar's abomination rewrite of The Spider. On a re-read it's better than I remember it: The Cursitor Doom story is excellent and there's some lovely art on Doctor Sin and Steel Claw from John Burns and Sean Phillips respectively. The Doctor Sin story is pure horror, it could almost be in Books of Blood or something.
It is extremely joyless throughout and very 1990s but a lot better than it's remembered, I think and well worth exhuming.

The Corinthian:
Millar did set the trend of having every revival of The Spider involve him busting out of an incredibly high-security prison, but it does give off the vibe - not unique to Millar - that everyone on 2000AD had been really impressed by 'The Silence of the Lambs' and couldn't think about anything else for the next three years.

GordonR:

--- Quote --- but it does give off the vibe - not unique to Millar - that everyone on 2000AD had been really impressed by 'The Silence of the Lambs' and couldn't think about anything else for the next three years.
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You have no idea how painfully accurate this is. I wasn’t writing for the prog then - still blacklisted, I think - but I remember two then-young scriptdroids of the time being obsessed with two things - Silence of the Lambs (or serial killer stuff in general) and Grant Morrison.

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