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on 7 April 2002
Back in the 80s, 2000AD script writer Alan Moore was asked to come up with a response to ET, in the style of the comic at that time. Moore, being a lateral thinking kinda guy decided to put a spin on the whole thing. The result was Skizz, which far from being a cuddly 'family' alien movie on paper became a somewhat depressing, emotional and classic tale. It is unmistakably British in both attitude and realism. From the Fonz-like Loz to schoolgirl Roxy, the characters are fascinating, albeit stylised caricatures crafted to perfectly fit the scenario they are in.
Alan Moore is arguably the greatest comics author in history and Skizz does nothing to taint that.
Jim Baikie's art is superb and really does fit the story. You know an artist is right for a script when you simply can't imagine anyone else drawing it, even 'better' artists such as Bolland or Gibbons.
One thing I must point out, is that this really is a piece of its time. It is set in the 1980s under Thatcherism with anti-establishment feeling rife throughout the piece. The references are easy to pick up on if you lived through that dark decade, but perhaps a little tough for a teenager today to fully understand what the underlying feeling behind some of the dialogue is. There are lovely little moments such as (from memory):
Van Owen "The police? now we're getting somewhere. What did she tell you about the police?"
Skizz: "She said... they're not as good as Madness."