/Thrill-Power™ From The Archives:Welcome To Indigo Prime!
Spilling from the fevered imagination of script droid,John Smith,Indigo Primestarted life as a one-off Future Shock:A Change Of Scenery(Prog490,4Oct’86)and was initially known as Incidence Incorporated(a division of Void Indiga™)Art:Nik Williams.
Introduced by top Scene-Shifters,Jerry Basalt and Harry Foundation:the pair arrive on Earth to warn of an extinction-level threat from a particularly unpleasant alien invasion fleet,and offer their services to disbelieving world leaders,for a small fee of the Pacific Ocean and a crate of breadsticks!
After the Earth is saved,it’s leaders inevitably decide to renege on their deal,offering a major lake instead of the promised ocean;unsurprised and unimpressed Incidence Incorporated pass on Earth’s details to an even more deadly,war-like invasion fleet,leaving Earth to a terrible fate!
After four long years Void Indida™returned as Indigo Prime™,(although freelance psilencers Lionel Fervent and Dwayne Lobe and Sauron assassin Tyranny Rex did have spin-off series’),starting an incredible run of stories with art droid Chris Weston able to show off his intricate eye for detail and weirdly wonderful style.
The Smith and Weston droids introduced other Indigo Prime™operatives and Divisions;
- Directors-Clive Vista and Major Arcana
- Sceneshifters-Sean Fegredo and Trevor Brecht
- Seamsters-Max Winwood and Ishmael Cord
- Imagineers-Lewis Rheinhart and Pearl Larkin(unused)
All except Rheinhart and Larkin would go on to feature prominently in the annals of Indigo Prime,with Fegredo & Brecht and in particular,Winwood and Cord starring in their own adventures;
- Fegredo & Brecht How The Land Lied(Prog682,9Jun’90)
- Winwood & Cord Downtime(Progs680-81,26May-2Jun’90)
- Killing Time(Progs735-44,15Jun-17Aug’91)
And it would be this second Winwood & Cord outing,Killing Time,that would cement the popularity of Indigo Prime™,making it one of 2000AD's best-loved strips,largely due to Chris Weston's stunning full-colour Victoriana artwork and Smith's gore-filled Jack-the-Ripper,time-travel tour-de-force.
The cliff-hanger ending,that sees Winwood viscerally blinded and Cord quite literally armless,was so powerful that it would be another twenty years before we saw the fate of the duo and a new Indigo Prime™adventure!
However the latest installments;
do not disappoint..
Art droid Edmund Bagwell's Kirby-esque visuals,brilliantly capture the madcap goings-on in the multiverse-spanning,reality-saving business that is Indigo Prime™-highlights include newbie Danny Redman's daily freak-out,capturing a stampeding bewilderbeast and sinister baddie,The Nihilist!