Strontium Dog: The Final Solution (2000 Ad) Paperback – 15 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Alan Grant was John Wagner's co-writer for many years, scripting hundreds of Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson and Strontium Dog episodes for 2000 AD. He has also written Batman, Lobo and The Bogie Man. Colin MacNeil's sumptuous painted artwork has graced classic 2000 AD stories such as America and Devlin Waugh. He has also illustrated Calhab Justice, Chopper, The Corps, Devlin Waugh, Heavy Metal Dredd, Judge Dredd, Maelstrom, Mega-Ciry Mania, Missionary Man, Satanus, Shimura, Strontium Dog, Tales of the Doghouse, Tales of Mega-City One and Tharg's Future Shocks. Simon Harrison has earned a place in 2000 AD notoriety with his work on the controversial Strontium Dog strip 'The Final Solution'. He is also co-creator of Bradley and Revere, and has illustrated several Future Shocks.
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I have to conclude they are dead on the money - its killed by Simon Harrison - dreadful , awful artwork
I was spoiled by the Artwork from Carlos Ezquerra in the previous case files ( whom I first knew from Battle in 1975 )
Johnny and Middenface look like nothing you could recognise most of the time in the 1st 1/2 of the story - and its really hard to follow
what actually was taking place in the artwork , its that vague and bad for the story
I also think the Writer gave up with the story pretty soon after it commenced - as its nothing like the old superb stories written in the past
The only good thing about the second part of the book , is Colin MacNeil - that man can draw and create a story worth of Jonny Alpha
( I also met him this year in Edinburgh for the 2000th issue celebration in Waterstones in Edinburgh )
Final Solution is a filler book , that bridges the old Case Files of Strontium Dog and the modern , excellent stories that run to this day from John Wagner - and thankfully always have the superb artwork from Carlos Ezquerra ( I also met these 2 , this year in Manchester in May this year )
So breathtakingly bad is Harrison's art-work that it has to be seen to be believed - though not by veteran Strontium Dog fans, who'll probably view the entire book through floods of tears. (Mind you, that might make the images clearer...) With a story about mutants battling unscrupulous "normals", you at least need to tell one from the other. With Harrison's "art", it's often difficult to tell any human life from the surrounding buildings. The results are tragic for long-term followers of the character and a travesty of all that's gone before.
So what of the plot? Well, Alan Grant was always going to have to produce something extraordinary for Alpha's swansong; but, at best, this is a noble failure. There are some good, intriguing passages, but the whole thing just seems too much of a re-tread of the previous, far superior, Portrait of a Mutant.
Perhaps the story of Johnny Alpha had gone as far as it could go; but I'd have preferred it to be left hanging - for us to be left wondering exactly what happened to Alpha, or for Johnny to have walked off into the sunset with Durham Red - or maybe just disappeared to a far-off solar system without trace. His demise in this tale just doesn't cut it with the necessary drama, pathos and poetry - not script-wise and certainly not artistically - and it's no surprise that Grant is on record as regretting the whole endeavour.
God only knows what Carlos Ezquerra made of it all...
The story line is as usual excellent, but a definite lack of continuity is created by the new standard of art work, that is not in keeping with the more classic 2000A.D style of Carlos.
The second half of the book is the saving grace as it is drawn by Colin Macneil and sees a return to the style of art seen in the previous Strontium Dog progs. The coup De Grace of the book is provided when two od 2000 A.D's best characters (Dredd and Alpha) have a face off in the bonus material contained at the back of the book, somewhat making up for Harrison's butchering of a beloved character.
This is also my fav' story arc of Strontium Dog and well worth buying. You'll not be disappointed.
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Worst decision 1: Giving the artwork to Simon Harrison. Not only did this see the dramatic fall in quality from Ezquarra's artwork, but...Read more
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