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Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: Today at 05:26:48 pm »
I mentioned Cullen to my 12 year-old son by way of a paternal cautionary tale about not listening to unsavoury nutters on You-Tube - and he responded in the weary, despairing tones of youth: "oh Dad, you haven't been watching that idiot".  So that at least was reassuring.

I take Bear's point about tweaking my YouTube experience through 'not interested's, which I do a lot of, but my experience has been that (for example) watching a lot of Star Wars content means I keep getting served up the same kind of spittle-filled beard action no matter how many times I try to persuade it to filter out wanker content.  I imagine the situation is similar (worse?) for Dr Who. 

General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: Today at 01:36:54 pm »
Hot damn, those are some very fine additions.  Jason Davies' Judge Burdis is a particularly good likeness!  This thread though, it's been amazing.

Prog / Re: Prog 2100 - Anderson's Darkest Hour
« on: Today at 01:32:12 pm »
Hmm, I haven't seen it in the flesh yet, but while I originally felt the image was a little bland (if you wanted something in similar style but with more feel for the characters, just get Robin Smith back!), I actually think it looks pretty great when plastered in all that busy cover dress.  And if it drags in a few wandering DC fans, job jobbed!

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: Today at 01:22:06 pm »
Yep, that's a very good reading there.

I should clarify that my mild disappointment relates solely to the general irrelevance of the Stupid Gun, on which many earlier panels were lavished: otherwise the storyline engaged me throughout, building nicely over a number of linked stories, well-integrated into Dredd's past and present, and with a real sense of weight and relevance. It relied too heavily on Hershpositon, but dear Grud that's a feature of almost every story since Chaos Day.  All that aside, it's definitely one of the best stories of the post-Trifecta era. 

And while I do agree that Dredd's intention within the story is a cruel sentence (and poetic justice to publicly leave Booth's half-mutie son is left  bleeding in the wasteland his father created), I doubt it's the author's long term intention... this Son of Booth will rise again!

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: Today at 10:14:45 am »
You're a bit hard on Defoe, Funt!  He fights to stop the zombie hordes from overwhelming London, and secretly works to keep the nobs in line. In between he provides valuable public transport services.

(And Absalom is playing a long game).

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: Today at 09:29:59 am »
I already miss the old days, when you could criticise Doctor Who, online, without any backlash.


Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: Today at 09:24:54 am »
Linus,  not Booth.  Apologies.

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: Today at 09:24:32 am »
I’m in the “Dredd either has a plan or is giving some sort of homage to that early prog” camp re that Dredd ending. I don’t think he would have missed those reporters standing there though...

Seeing as they only were there because he sent them to Booth with the fake footage which he had them shoot, I'd say it's a certainty.

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 21 September, 2018, 08:05:32 pm »
He left both essentially at liberty, or at best in the care of distinctly unreliable gaolers. A weird robot and a farm?  It was bad judgement which came back to bite him,  as he later admitted in both cases.

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 21 September, 2018, 01:33:11 pm »
The Booth Conspiracy didn't quite stick the landing, mainly because the Even Stupider Gun subplot didn't go anywhere* - we only got one panel of its effects, and really none of Linus' titular conspiracy had any pay off.  Unless of course we take the title to instead refer to Dredd's ruse, which is quite cool; mind you, that was a drokk-up to, one that left at least four judges moronified. 

OTOH Linus' punishment seems perfectly apt to me, and is in line with a long history of Dredd making stupid sentencing decisions, choosing poetic justice over a swift bullet to the head, and thus leaving Owen Krysler, P. J. Maybe, R. L. Booth and countless others free to menace him again.  As to Malik & Co, presumably they are free to go since they'd set Linus up on Dredd's instruction.  On the question of incriminating footage, well Dredd also has a history of wanting the truth to come out - after an appropriate interval. 

There are some real positives to take from this story, and the mild disappointment I felt at the end: first, I was invested in this storyline, I was busily speculating about how it would end - it was the first story I read this week, which hasn't happened with Dredd for quite a while.  This one felt well integrated into Dredd's world, it had memorable (and surviving) supporting characters that weren't Judges, ex-Judges or foreign Judges, and despite employing the over-used Baddie: The Next Generation reveal, it felt fairly momentous.  These are all good signs for the Eglington as a up-and-coming writer, and for the strip in general.  I hope we see Linus again - and definitely Malik.

*The Stupid Gun was always nonsense, even as a kid I couldn't work out why it was any better than any other gun - but expanded to a larger area of effect, and in Linus' hands, it actually had a point: not just removing lots of judges, but making Justice Dept look stupid.  Even the alternative, some kind of ironic misfire highlighting Linus' stupidity, didn't really happen. 

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 11:34:11 am »
I'm sick and tired of that Cullen dickfer showing up as recommended after I watch anything genre based that has a hint of diversity/equality. The thumbnail and titles are enough to put me off. Feck knows how much I would get if I actually clicked on one of his vids while logged in.

It ain't good,  I'll tell you that much.

Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 21 September, 2018, 11:00:54 am »
The second he knowingly aligned it with Halo Jones (and it's pretty clear he's very media-savvy, not least with his sound-bites and slogans), it becomes something else entirely – riffing off of a property he doesn't have ownership of, and repositioning one of 2000 AD's very few prominent female characters in a manner no-one would ever have done under normal circumstances.

Like I say,  I don't approve at all, for largely the same reasons as you, but at the same time I'm not going to let it outweigh Gibson's body of work or how I'd be happy to see more from him in 2000AD.

I personally don't think that print had anything to do with Halo Jones,  it looked nothing like her and everything like a standard Gibson cheesecake poster, so the real misdemeanour was labelling it as such to shift some extra units - wrong of course,  but this is Gibson's art and artists have to eat, so after a decade I cant really sustain my indignation.

Far less rationally: Halo Jones is special, and seeing the character re-purposed in an inappropriate way irritates me in the same way Before Watchmen does.

Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 21 September, 2018, 09:22:12 am »
Love to see Gibson back in the prog,  one of the all-time greats, later books of Halo and Robohunter standing as some of the best art to ever grace the comic. As he has always been a cheesecakey artist (Maze Dumoir a well-established fave of my adolesence), Tharg has paid him to draw a fair few boobs in his time, and artists have to make a living,  it's hard to hold the Halo business against him. However much I personally disapprove of that treatment of a unique and special character.

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 09:08:28 am »
The worst thing about this is that with all of the fan boy rage over the casting, it's going to be hard to be appropriately critical about the finished product.

Too right.  Nothing really grabbed me about that trailer,  other than a vague feeling that Whitaker was basing her Doctor on the superb Martha Howe-Davies-off-of-Horrible-Histories.

Then YouTube figured I might be interested in Irish vlogger Dave 'Forever Computing' Cullen's thoughts on the matter. 

Somehow I have lived in happy ignorance of the hideous stain on my country that Cullen represents, but suffice to say if I hold any opinion, moral position or belief, Cullen holds the perfect,  loudly repeated, opposite. So after his rigorous expert analysis of the past,  present and future of Dr Who (based,  as far as I could tell, on the past two seasons alone. ..) I am now rendered incapable of doing anything but wholeheartedly championing the coming season.


Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« on: 20 September, 2018, 01:50:45 pm »
Regarding that cover, and more specifically that strapline: "flowed", surely?


Maybe it's 'flown' in the sense of 'sprayed through the air from daystick beatings and gunshot wounds'...?

Nah, me neither.

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