The most exciting comic of the week? That’s more than likely the first episode of Zaucer of Zilk by Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy in the latest issue of 2000AD (Available in the US digitally now, with the print version due in a few weeks, I think); over at the Forbidden Planet blog, Ewing talks about the origins of the strip and offers commentary about the first episode:
Just over a year ago, Brendan sent me an email regarding a possible new series for 2000AD. We’d worked together before on a couple of Dredds, where he’d come up with the plots and I’d done the scripts, and while my stuff was a bit ‘wordy’ – I have a habit of erring on the side of dense, ‘old-school’ verbiage, which isn’t always the right way to go – he obviously liked the way I extrapolated on his ideas enough to bring me in. This time, he was after – I quote – “a new, wacky, totally surreal “Sooner or Later/Hewligan’s Haircut’ type of strip called THE ZAUCER OF ZILK… It will mix the surrealism of 60′s Dr Strange with a ‘Lord of The Rings’ imaginative scope. And with a bit of The Mighty Boosh in there too.”
The entire first episode was released online to CBR earlier this week, for those who have yet to read it; if you’ve never read a Brendan McCarthy comic before, you’re in for an experience you’ll not forget in a hurry, and Ewing’s script matches it in a way that hasn’t been seen since Peter Milligan in his prime. Just amazing work.