Ramon Sola

2000 AD 27 (27 August 1977)

It’s an issue of endings and new beginnings. Well, more like one ending and a lot of multi-part stories. Harlem Heroes whimpers out of the series, hopefully for good. Tully has this terrible moment where the Heroes mourn a lost teammate, then jump for joy at the thought of their next adventure. Finley-Day reveals the […]

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2000 AD 16 (11 June 1977)

All in all, not a bad issue. There’s actually danger in Dan Dare, for example, and a couple good pages in M.A.C.H. 1. A little makes a big difference with 2000 AD, apparently. Invasion isn’t terrible. It’s mostly action, with Pino doing decent work on a shootout between the protagonist and a bounty hunter. Very […]

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2000 AD 15 (4 June 1977)

It’s another weak issue. Mike Dorey’s art is real lame on Invasion, but the writing’s worse. Finley-Day actually relies on a huge truck of acid to solve the problem. Flesh is weak too; Sola’s art is distressingly underwhelming. It might just be too rushed–all the art this issue is rushed in some way or another–dinosaurs […]

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2000 AD 12 (14 May 1977)

Carlos Pino does the art on Invasion. He does pretty well, though Finley-Day’s script has all these analogues to the Nazis. It seems inappropriate and somewhat insensitive. Flesh has good Sola art and a lame script, as usual, from Gosnell. They should’ve just done it without dialogue. Gosnell even manages to butcher pop culture references. […]

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2000 AD 11 (7 May 1977)

It’s another less than impressive outing. Ramon Sola does the art for both Invasion and Flesh, so those strips look good. Invasion’s really boring; I suppose Flesh would be too, except writer Kelvin Gosnell tasks Sola with drawing hundreds of dinosaurs. They make up for it. Wagner’s Judge Dredd story isn’t bad (it’s the issue’s […]

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2000 AD 7 (9 April 1977)

Poor Judge Dredd. Even with a great page or two from McMahon–he does better with full scenes, not trying to summarize–the story ends on a lame pun from Shaw. Worse, there were some obvious better ones. Invasion has decent art from Sarompas, Flesh has a possibly good setup for the next issue (at least in […]

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2000 AD 6 (2 April 1977)

More hard going this issue, even though the art’s much better overall. Invasion has decent Ian Kennedy art and a not bad idea from Finley-Day, his execution is just weak. He doesn’t plot it for his page count. Sola does a small dinosaur versus cowboy battle in Flesh. Not a lot of opportunity for the […]

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2000 AD 5 (26 March 1977)

It’s a distressingly tepid issue. Even with Judge Dredd fighting a giant robot gorilla–or maybe because of that emphasis on absurd bigness. The Dredd story does look good though–Carlos Ezquerra bakes dry humor into every panel. The opening Invasion story is a bore. Finley-Day’s just writing dialogue for action scenes and he’s not particularly good […]

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2000 AD 4 (19 March 1977)

Pat Wright takes over the art on Invasion and it’s immediately less interesting. Gerry Finley-Day’s writing isn’t terrible, but without dynamic art, the cracks show a lot clearer. Flesh still has great art from Sola. Ken Armstrong’s writing is even worse than usual, especially the dialogue. And they rip off Westworld whole sale. It’s a […]

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2000 AD 3 (12 March 1977)

Ramon Sola does the art on Flesh and all of a sudden it looks great. The dinosaurs, the landscapes, even the cowboys. All the strip needed was good art to make it palatable. Belardinelli handles the art on both Dan Dare and M.A.C.H. 1. He doesn’t do a good job on either, but Dare is […]

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