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General / No Prog?
« on: 03 September, 2018, 06:54:15 pm »
No prog in Brum, and no thread?  Anyone seen this weeks?

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Other Reviews / The Vigilant
« on: 11 August, 2018, 11:31:01 am »
No one else get their copy yet?

First up, the art on the back up strips deserves a shout out - some great work going on there, fitting in with Coleby's style whilst not copying it in any shape or form - well chosen synergy going on there!

As for the story, I'm variably familiar with the characters this riffs on - not sure this adds anything to any of those characters and doesnt feel like anything we havent seen before(the Death Wish one was fun though!).   I'm kind of with Alan Moore on the idea of comics designed to keep the 12 year olds of 50 years ago occupied perhaps not having the greatest weight for supporting an industry

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Books & Comics / LOEG: The Tempest
« on: 14 July, 2018, 08:17:00 pm »
No one else got this?  I was surprised to find it in FP this afternoon... need a reread of the Black Dossier I think before tackling this

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Help! / NAME THAT SHOCK!
« on: 04 July, 2018, 08:29:34 pm »
A shop switches over to a new computerised ystem that predicts demand and it starts sending them supplies in advance of them being made due to being linked to so many other computers - then it sends them some Nuclear War survival stuff as it has heard the big one is about to start?

Whaat prog?

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Games / DUNGEON DEGENERATES
« on: 04 July, 2018, 07:39:36 pm »
Board game time (this is the right place yeah?)!

It would be remiss not to point fellow squaxx in the direction of the Dungeon Degenerates Kickstarter (second printing)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/seanaaberg/dungeon-degenerates-hand-of-doom-second-printing

As someone who backed first time, I have been pleasantly surprised by just how this ticks all the right boxes for me - the designer has said that it is inspired by the same things as early GW, namely Punk and Metal, Monty Python and our very own 2000AD! 

If you have a love of the above, then I'd urge you to jump on board!

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Prog / Prog 2087 - Dogs of Gore
« on: 23 June, 2018, 12:14:50 pm »
McCarthy cover is great, good to have him back here and the Meg

Dredd... wish Barney was still up to date, if only so I could work out if Rory McConville wrote all thsoe otehr Dredds with a great premise that the strip tells us about rather than shows us.  Loving Rory's Devlin in the Meg, so not sure why (if those other Dredds were his!) the Dredd fails - well I do know, I just said it - show don't tell.  Don't shortcut the plot with explanatory text to fit it into six pages, spread it out over two parts.  As I say, I have seen this before in Dredd, where an interesting idea was squashed into too small a space - not sure if they were all Rory's, but even so.

Skip Tracer - lost me now - it feels like someone read Junker and thought (not unreasonably) "I could do better than that!".  Well, it is better than Junker but that isnt much to recommend it - adding unexpected Psi-abilities is pretty much where I bail on any strip.

The Order is a story I never kept up with and reading the bit on teh Nerve centre didnt get me reading this or keen to read what I had previously skipped.

Dredd finally turns up in Deadworld?

Red is the highlight - it isnt spectacular, but is the best use of the character in a long time, and I'm including the original Stront run in that - lots of potential.

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Prog / Prog 2082 - Out For Blood!
« on: 19 May, 2018, 10:12:31 am »
Broxton's cover is marvellous - looking forward to new Red as someone who has never been comfortable with either the original or Abnett incarnations

Dredd is looking for a tablet, I am reminded to buy the Avalanche

Survival Geeks looks lovely and although I fnd the on the nose geek refs a bit of a tired way of generating humour (and I say this as an early adopter via Spaced etc), it is always good to have an out and out humor strip in the prog

Red also looks good, and I can now see that the style Ben Willsher ha used  should merge quite well with Lee Carters - set just after the second mutant war, which is in itself an interesting pick love the Carlos creds!

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Prog / Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 14 April, 2018, 11:08:12 am »
The Dredd is OK, but a couple of things seem off - firstly, would the Judges allow a pro-Booth demonstration to spontaneously occur?  There are permits for that kind of thing, and they could riot foam them all for unlawful assembly straight off - also, why is no one in Justice Dept talking to the journalist?


Jaegir is OK, but not thrilling me as much as some of you lot - just seems very slow going this episode

Anderson has lost me entirely, dpsite the refreshing change from the admirable old school of Roach to the admirable old school of Collins/Robinson. It feels like a US superhero team thing, where it's a groupof ssuperheros versus the super baddies that I have no interest in the outcome of.

Stront is fab as usual, with a nice halluci-Wulf appearance - got to love the Big Fellah!

Sin Dex will get read


I am enjoying this run more variably than when it started with Anderson and Dredd and Jaegir to a degree are starting to lose me, something Pat Mills stories rarely do in terms of making each episode a readable chunk

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Prog / Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 17 March, 2018, 10:49:34 am »
Well that's a chunk of thrillpower - hopefully that will help quell the unrest that some have felt during the last run.

Haven't read it all yet, but Wagner....he doews it again

I'm reading page 1 of the new Stront and thinking - the new Director is a bit of a cliche and there he goes and Wagners it once again! That's thrillpower right there - the ability to confound your expectations, to almost know ehat the reader is thinking before he has thought it.... Excellent!

The art is uniformly ace - from classic old timers you know you can count on, to "dark days" artists like Coleby and Ronald whose current work makes you eat your words - I'm tempted to say Alex Ronald is the answer to fixing that woeful America II colouring right there, but then, put him on a strip, pronto!

Then there's Dan Cornwell also proving that Wagner and Tharg were right to put their trust in him - every job is a leap and a bound forward.

Now I just need time to read the bulk of it!

 

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Film & TV / So Bradley Walsh isn't even news to you people anymore???
« on: 23 October, 2017, 05:00:46 pm »
When did we stop discussing Dr Who? 

Did everyone finally take on board those "If you don't like it, don't watch it" comments?

That said, reading the frankly toxic and moronic comments on the BBC site (the ones that weren't moderated!) and I perhaps see why...

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Prog / Prog 2049 - The Final Shades of Grey?
« on: 16 September, 2017, 11:04:38 am »
Nice end to the Dredd - I say that, the actual end end is a bit tacked on, but other than that all good - though the art can waver a little cartoony for the subject matter, Dan's story telling is a great asset and that's a real mean Lawmaster shot on the penultimate page.

Alienist trys to evoke that Sapphire and Steel/Dr Who vibe, but sometimes veers a little too close to source, whilst leaving things on a cliffhanger that side steps the established "sick" things (?) threat a little too much for me to follow as a casual reader - that's probably my fault for not engaging more with it - as others ahve said, it's OK to have around, especially in terms of art, but fails to leave a lasting impression that gets me into it more than surface

Greysuit isnt going to change anyones mind about Pat, and you get the sense that's just the way he likes it!

FS is a really good simple tale, with Jake's art really doing the business on what could have been visually a bit bland.

Hope - Nope - at least, I might go back and reread, but lost me this run, possibly lost me last run!


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Prog / Prog 2010: The Eye of the Storm
« on: 03 December, 2016, 12:34:34 pm »
DREDD: Carrol and Currie make a good thrill, though seems like two ideas not quite long or strong enough to hold a story on their own mashed together - we had a previous (Rennie?) Dredd about Necropolis deniers I recall?  It is a fun conceit, but given that both disasters were City wide, they dont hold up to a great deal of scrutiny - I doubt there are any astronauts who deny we landed on the moon for instance?

Flesh fails again, and I am sure it is the art that has one this for me - i enjoyhed and could follow it back when it was hand drawn, for all the drawbacks that art style had in comparison to this technically more impressive stuff

Savage works really well for me - bring on the cliff edge of craziness that Savage's world morphing into Ro Busters etc will bring.  The idea of an inane future impinging on the past to make itself happen is very Millsy and is just about perfect - to see Savage caught up in that - perfecter!

Counterfeit Girl sseemed a bittoo long for the story it needed to tell -dropa couple of the chase episodes and i would feel a lot warmer towards this I think - solid enough though

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General / Hunted
« on: 28 October, 2016, 05:24:13 pm »
So my son Joe, who is 11 has been introduced to 2000AD stuff over the past year via the complete Dredd mags initially (he is up to about the mid 400s) and the first 15 or so Best ofs... (bear with me!)

He is massively taken by the supposedly old fashioned even for its time Rogue Trooper - more so than anything else he has read, he has really got into it.  He has read all the GFD stories up until the end of the Horst storyline and I got to wondering...

Is Hunted an attempt to create a world for Post Traitor Rogue that explains some of the events of both the Re-gene/Horst/The Hit period?

Specifically, we have the idea of a bigger alien threat that humanity needs to unite against - and who was behind the Hit?  a shadowy bunch of aliens! And just who owned that weird alien looking hand that claimed it was the "bigger threat" to the galaxy in the Return to Millicom storyline.

I may have been guilty of reading too much into Grennies Rogues in the past, but if this isnt leading somewhere, or at least informed by those unresolved post Traitor threads, then it would be something of a shame!

I havent reread the post Traitor stuff for some time, but having my son loving it, and with Hunted striking some similar notes, I think I will have a reread!

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Prog / Prog 2002: Retaliatory Strike!
« on: 08 October, 2016, 08:45:57 am »
Early prog!

Cover - Very nice Jim Murray cover - I was never as big a fan of his art as most (beautiful paints, but overly cartoony popping eyes,in the same way Jason Brashill), but this plays to his strengths and is dare I say it a welcome return


DREDD:  As is Trevor Hairsine, this tie with Dylan Teague and looking a bit more like the Hairsine we know and love - good to see it isnt all revenge, but no big twist with the Judge in hiding

FLESH: Story starts, but really, no new story here.  The art is the usual fristrating mix of "how did he do that?" and "Why did he doe that?"

ROGUE:  Burning General is quite GFD in going for spectacle over sense but needs more talking hats.

SAVAGE:  A lot more story than FLESH, but not sure of Savage's jukebox - I mean, I love Tom Waits and PJ Harvey, but would salt of the earth Bill?  War has changed him!

COUNTERFEIT:  Very Milligan set of ideas make this ideal for Rufus - always love a prog that spills out onto the back page!


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General / Love...
« on: 28 June, 2015, 06:15:26 pm »
There ought to be a law against it.


This is really bugging me - what classic Dredd strip has that line in it/at the conclusion?



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