Those who were on the scene in the 1980s – 1990s remember that Chaos magic gained its ‘street cred’ from referenced in the comic 2000AD.. where Alan More and Grant Morrison cut their teeth. I have met no small number of CM practitioners that admitted their initial introduction was through the comic – without this it probably would never have taken off and become the fad it is today.
I played a large part in Chaos magic’s appearance in 2000AD. I also appeared in the comic a number of times, although unlike Phil Hine I appear under my own name – as myself! – and have not been lampooned or killed off horribly. You can find me as Brother Nathaniel in Nemesis the Warlock, Book 3. In the only ever Nemesis photo-strip (1986) I appeared twice – as the punk in Forbidden Planet, and the loon on the moon who scrawled “Nothing is true & everything is possible” on the cell walls). More recently, a character called Nathaniel appeared in book 2 of Pat Mill’s Defoe, a story set in the 17th century, where I am seen flying around in angelic armour created by – and stolen from – Dr. John Dee.
Chaos Magic has been appearing again in the pages of 2000AD recently – the character Nemesis is long dead, but Deadlock remains alive in Pat Mill’s story ABC Warriors. The below page is from this week’s copy (artwork is by the incomparable Clint Langley).
Gosh. Deadlock sacrificing children? It is almost as if Pat Mills has been paying attention to the fact the ‘leadership’ of Chaos magic (i.e. the Illuminates of Thanateros) has fallen into the hands of ritualistic child abusers.. Deadlock almost appears to be quoting them.. And he’s being fought against by Tubal-Cain, whose name just happens to be a Masonic ‘Watchword’..
Support for our cause pops up in the most unexpected places, such as in a comic shop near you..