REVIEW: Future Shock!
Being a comic book fan, I have great affinity to 2000AD. I collected for a long time back in the early 90’s and it was within those pages that influenced me with the comics I read and movies I watch today.
I was introduced to it by a former school teacher who I bumped into on a Saturday morning in a dusty comic book store in Liverpool in 1991. I didn’t like the teacher all that much and he didn’t like me, but I think his opinion changed of me slightly seeing me that day. Once returning to school he presented me with a stack of material from his own collection which included ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine & ‘2000AD’. I was instantly blown away by the artwork of 2000AD and more so the violence. It was unlike anything I’d seen or what was available. It was so different from the American super-hero comics and the British kids comics. Straight away I was drawn to the characters of Slaine, Nemesis and the infamous Judge Dredd. I loved that not only was it targeted at a more adult audience and uber-violent, it had political messages and reflected the times, especially in 80’s & 90’s Britain.
‘Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD’ superbly charts the origins of how a group of innovative British writers & artists changed the face of comics forever and basically threw the rulebook out of the window. People use the phrase ‘Game-Changer’ a lot nowadays in different media, but this truly was game-changing. The way people would view comic books and writing would never be the same again. The snobbery that looked down on comic books would be squashed and people would fully realised is was a major player in society and pop-culture.
Director Paul Goodwin masterfully chronicles the comics inception and chats to some of its heavyweight creators on how they not only invented an original piece, but basically created a movement who challenged the system. Nothing like it will ever be seen again, just like the birth of Punk, Python and Pink Floyd.
Future Shock! is informative, funny and inspirational. It tells of how we Brit’s were the frontrunners in comics and not only changed our own industry, but the world’s. The documentary is slick, well paced and everything you’d want if your a fan of comics or pop culture.
Metrodome have done a wonderful job with this documentary and it will be a great stocking filler this Christmas.