SOONER OR LATER
Back In The DHSS
released 7 April Publisher Rebellion
Writer Peter Milligan
Artists Brendan McCarthy
Jamie Hewlett The bulk of Sooner Or Later was originally published as a series of single- page strips in 2000 AD. That’s an unusual format for the venerable anthology. Then again, this is an unusual strip...
In Thatcher’s Britain, Swifty is jobless and broke. A chance encounter leads to him being whisked off to the 30th century, where he finds himself stumbling into all manner of surreal scrapes.
Together, Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy created some of the most intriguing British comics of the late ’ 80s/ early ’ 90s. Sooner Or Later feels slighter than, say, Rogan Josh; it’s largely a string of jokes and pop references. And yet it proved quietly revolutionary for the often battle- driven 2000 AD.
McCarthy’s art is stellar throughout, with a manic energy that threatens to erupt from every panel. The initial strips are crisply detailed – almost realistic – while things get looser and weirder in the colour episodes. Also included is the sequel “Swifty’s Return”, drawn by Jamie Hewlett.
Some of the jokes have lost their sting, but this volume is a fascinating time capsule, with a current of punk rage about the Tory government of the time. Maybe it’s time for a new series, eh?
Also included in the book are two solo interviews with Milligan and McCarthy about their history with comics.
With puns like that: please leave.