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General / Re: FFT - Quarter Final 3 - Strontium Dog vs Halo Jones
« on: 31 August, 2022, 11:11:00 AM »
Strontium Dog

General / Re: FFT - Quarter Final 2 - Kingdom vs Nemesis the Warlock
« on: 30 August, 2022, 02:47:46 PM »

Prog / Re: Prog 2295 - Burns Black
« on: 18 August, 2022, 10:17:04 AM »
There must, must surely be people wanting to adapt Brink as a TV series? I know it's not Marvel or DC but I can't believe it hasn't found its way onto some commissioning executive's radar. If I were Rebellion I'd be pushing for this to be the first show made in their new studios, not 'Mega-City One'.

And testament to the sheer range of 2000 AD that in the same prog it gives us one of its most disturbing offerings and one of its most hilarious. "Grud, that's a lot of suspect sausage..."

Jaegir for once trailing in third place but only because two other strips have delivered something so special.

General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - The Out vs Brink - Heat 02
« on: 16 August, 2022, 04:27:41 PM »
Yeah, tough. Brink's rigidly plotted narrative versus The Out's impulsive sprawl. Brink's crisp hi-contrast artwork versus The Out's messy frames spilling into each other. Brink's human race trapped (apparently) in the solar system versus The Out's colossal human diaspora. Brink's wrench attack versus The Out's Tankinar reveal.


Still can't make up my mind. Have to think about it some more.

Missed out on most of Dante. Loved all of Survival Geeks.

Survival Geeks

Meanwhile his bio-chips' data cores are gradually degrading and they're becoming completely insane. By now all they can do is scream


Obviously that would compromise Rogue's stealth abilities, so he puts their audio on a closed radio loop so only they can hear each other

Each new episode for thirty years is literally just him stumbling across another las-nest full of Norts and slaughtering them in exactly the same way

Would have loved it to carry on just with Rogue endlessly wandering Nu Earth in a perpetual quest to find the Traitor General until eventually he forgets all about him and carries on mindlessly killing Norts each week because, well, that's what he's been genetically programmed to do, then in prog 2000 or whatever someone says to him "Have you caught the Traitor General yet?" and he just stares at them blankly (or more blankly than normal, even) and replies "The what?"

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 11 August, 2022, 11:37:27 AM »
So hang on, you need like eight of those huge wheels? Wow.

From A to Z, it's Zenith for me

Prog / Re: Prog 2294: East Wired
« on: 11 August, 2022, 10:34:24 AM »
A couple of wonderful tribute pages to the much-missed Alan Grant. 

So Mega-City One is now involved in a hostile stand-off with Brit-Cit? Okay, interesting twist, I'm sure we'll get to see how that plays out. Have to say that as a precursor, 'Special Relationship' didn't quite have the impact of a Block Mania, but I guess the ensuing dispute is going to be a bit more dirty and low-key.

Fantastic denouement to 'Malice in Plunderland', one of the best Sin-Dex stories in a long while. 'Ferox' adds some interesting revelations to the history of Nu-Earth - thematically this might be a Heart of Darkness re-tread but it's throwing plenty of other things into the mix. Loved the panels where the bio-wire is probing Atalia's, um, orifices - very creepy, shame there couldn't have been a bit of it on the slightly tame-by-comparison cover. 'Valhalla' takes a welcome opportunity to not feature much Nolan Blake. And 'Mercury Retrograde' has been great overall, no doubts at all it will stick the landing.

Kingdom is pretty much my favourite strip since I came back to the prog in 2017. In fact, it was the cliff-hanger to the Kingdom episode in prog 2016, the first one I bought in 27 years, that persuaded me more than anything to buy the next one.

Thinking back to Rogue Trooper, it's a bit like Slaine in that it was only really the very early instalments that I massively enjoyed.

So while I'm grateful to Rogue Trooper for allowing Gordon Rennie to flesh out the world of Jaegir, the winner here is Kingdom.

Prog / Re: Prog 2293 - Leave no trace!
« on: 10 August, 2022, 11:49:08 AM »
Just off to buy this week's prog and realised I've forgotten to say anything about this one.

The cover is probably about the best Skip Tracer thing there's ever been. Apart from that it's one of those progs where the majority of stories maintain the same standard as the previous week (Brink thankfully picks up a little) so, all good.

To be fair, Ro-Busters and The ABC Warriors had excellent Alan Moore-penned stories in the annuals.

This is basically for the tournament win, isn't it?

Top-tier thrill that Slaine undoubtedly is (was?), for me the only time it really hit the spot was the run of McMahon stories (though Tomb of Terror was lot of fun). After that the epic storylines quickly started to meander. Whereas Strontium Dog was so sweetly written, the stories were a joy to read - from The Galaxy Killers right through to The Stone Killers, it was uniformly a prog highlight.

So, while recognising the awesome contributions made by the stellar art droids who worked on Slaine, my vote goes to Strontium Dog.

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