Monday, November 10, 2014

I was considering saving this for the end of the year:

Sometimes, a good plot engine will eventually have to be replaced: eventually, Gilligan has to get off the island; or the viewers will get sick of watching characters continually get nowhere. Hunting someone for revenge? Pretty good plot driver, especially for a Genetic Infantryman accompanied by his three biochipped comrades on the battleground planet Nu-Earth. This new plot, though...from Rogue Trooper #41, "The Hit, conclusion" Written by Steve Dillon, art by Chris Weston.

The current premise was, aliens approached Rogue with the opportunity to possibly end the war, by assassinating certain key figures. Out of a dozen, Rogue's finished eleven, but is confronted by Ingrid, who had been tailing him for some time: she had discovered the aliens' intent was less than altruistic, and they were in fact manipulating not just Rogue, but just about everyone, to destroy themselves and clear the aliens' invasion.

The last target had been collaborating with the aliens, so Rogue gives him a one-way ticket to Nu-Earth. But Rogue's tired of war, and since he thinks the aliens will be coming after him, he leaves his friends Helm, Gunnar, and Bagman with a friendly scientist, who puts their biochips in new, infant bodies. This would be the conclusion of the current plot for Rogue Trooper, and most of his appearances afterwards were either flashbacks or an entirely new continuity.

Also this issue: a couple chapters of Ace Trucking Co. They're horrible. Any British fans remember them fondly? Were there extra pages in 2000 AD that needed filling? I know the weekly has been all killer, no filler for the last few years...


Dale Bagwell said...

I remember you talking about the bio-chip thing with his buddies. That really is a good angle, but yeah, eventually it'd have to be resolved and it seems like it reached its logical conclusion here.

Like you said, where else could it have gone right?

How many issue of this or even 2000AD do you have?

googum said...

Hardly any 2000 AD's proper, but Fleetway/Quality reprinted a ton of stuff in the 80s-early 90s. The paper/print is not super high end, but it was a great way to get started on them.

Dale Bagwell said...

I got a 2000AD free comic book day sampler last year, and they seem to still be putting out some good stuff.