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Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: Today at 05:02:17 PM »
That’s my take too, FWIW.

Prog / Re: Prog 2264 - Rush Hour!
« on: Today at 01:21:53 PM »
people are still listening to fucking Abba? Seriously?
Given how gaga people were for Abba when I was at uni in the mid-1990s and given how gaga people still are for Abba today, I imagine that’s the least unlikely aspect of that entire strip.

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: Today at 01:20:39 PM »
Or: you finish that bit. Kingdom is done, but could continue. Brink finished, but continued. Abnett is really good at providing satisfying pay-offs and having series run over the long term. By contrast, series by other writers are so often left in limbo, or have a feeling of not going anywhere. (This is really frustrating when it comes to strips like Brass Sun, which clearly did have an ongoing narrative, and yet just stopped dead. And although there are promises it will return, well, so too was there for Dan Dare.)

Nemesis and Deadlock was so throwaway, with a twist that was telegraphed to the point you may as well have skipped to the end. Low Life was packed full of intrigue and double-cross. An easy win for Low Life.

Not keen on Blackhawk, but Killer was just dull.

Lilly MacKenzie—although where did it go?

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: Today at 09:32:18 AM »
the Sovs, always looking to undermine Mega City One would see this as a perfect opportunity. For me that one makes perfect sense
Perhaps it’s the execution. Deadworld of course gives us a different view of Death’s origins from what went before—it’s a soft reboot. Even so, it felt like a very different (and less—or at least very different) tech-oriented world from the MC-1 era we know. So dropping in Strato-Vs was a bit WUH? It just pulled me right out of the narrative and obliterated the atmosphere and reality that had been built up. (Revere did much the same thing for me in Indigo Prime.)

As for Gideon, I must find it sad. He’s now, what a helmet on a golem? I suspect he gets away with it because Gideon the character was mostly one-note and is also from a C-list series. It just feels so throwaway.

That said let's see were the whole thing goes as it might pull things back and justify why we are in Armoured Gideon's world and therefore justify his use to establish that. I'll hold judgement for now.
If that’s the case, and especially if it backdoors new Armoured Gideon, fair enough. But I suspect The Order is an awful lot of lobbing things at walls. That’s certainly how it reads.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: Today at 09:06:35 AM »
What is Star Warsy?

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: Today at 09:05:36 AM »
tales Armoured Gideon to almost completely unrecognisable place
This is a Kek-W quirk I’m not a fan of. It feels like he undermines his own writing with callbacks. Deadworld was much stronger before it was tied specifically to events within actual Dredd continuity (like the Sovs), which just felt a bit naff and like the ideas well had run dry (which wasn’t the case when you read the one-offs, say). Revere rocking up in Indigo Prime was one of the most unnecessary cameos I’ve seen in comics. And Gideon in The Order… well, I get that it’s at least thematically reasonably sound, but given the terrible rendering (sorry, John—I love the rest of your art) and the frankly bizarre scripting, I just don’t see the point. Why not have any other automaton? Why not have entire new creatures flying through the sky?

I’d be really happy to see a new series of Armoured Gideon. Alternatively, I’m perfectly OK with letting the series lie. These little hints/callbacks aren’t exciting for me—they’re just frustrating and distracting. Oh well.

Megazine / Re: Meg 440: Fully Loaded!
« on: 17 January, 2022, 12:45:59 PM »
Am I right in thinking that the floppie is the first part of Hawk the Slayer?
Yes. I’ve not read that yet.

Megazine / Meg 440: Fully Loaded!
« on: 17 January, 2022, 11:45:06 AM »
Ooh – wraparound cover. Alas, no print for me. (Is that the case for everyone?) Anyway, on with the strips…

Dredd returns to McConville’s time-travel shenanigans, which feels a bit like it’s talking place in an alternate time stream from the main Dredd strip, to some degree. (Although, TBF, that’s all Dredd these days.) Nice to see a range of judges (and no insulting stereotypes). The story itself seems good so far.

Death Cap lost me early on in fridging/murdering kids, but this episode is a little better. Nice art (not least the Carlos tribute), but it all feels a little empty to me. I’m not sure I care what happens to the protagonist, which is never a good thing.

Diamond Dogs III has some nice moments. It feels markedly less futuristic than Dredd. Remove the judges and much of it could be happening in a BBC 1 drama. For all that, it’s fine, and I might do a re-read at some point, to remind myself of how everything got to this point.

Interlude: Ennis chats about Hawk the Slayer and Steve White digs into his career on 2000 AD and beyond.

Lawless remains the Meg’s high point for me. I don’t know where Abnett’s taking this, but there’s plenty of intrigue and some wonderful character moments.

Surfer continues to build. Strange to see Wagner hiding away at the back of the Meg, but with this and Lawless it ends well.

Lawless > Surfer > Dredd > Diamond Dogs > Death Cap

Prog / Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 17 January, 2022, 11:38:46 AM »
A rarity this week: a prog without Dan Abnett—well, unless boy count the Feral & Foe III trailer in the Nerve Centre. So how does it all shake out?

Dredd is the prize for me this week, Niemand crafting an excellent, tense, exciting tale that feels very Wagner in its execution. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the protagonist – will she get away and perhaps becoming a recurring thorn in Dredd’s side, or will we next week discover how shit it is to be a single-parent MC-1 courier with a kid?

Proteux Vex further ramps up the world building. Lots of great design work too. I think I’m heading towards “might need a re-read” territory, but deft storytelling has enabled me to keep up so far. Not so much with The Order, which I’m increasingly baffled by. (And I see there’s another not to 2000 AD’s past here. Ho-hum. Not keen on the mining, TBH.

Kingmaker offers an interesting mix of styles and genres, with some great visuals, and Saphir looks like it should be fun. Roach’s art is, as ever, lovely.

There’s a natural downturn for me, in my favourite 2000 AD strip in the modern era having gone away, but the Prog remains strong – as does its anthology nature. Something for everyone, hopefully.

Dredd > Proteus Vex > Kingmaker > Saphir > The Order

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 January, 2022, 09:19:46 AM »
The current cunning plan appears to be to distract Tories by saying they’ll kill the BBC. If the BBC had any sense (it doesn’t), it would respond with saying how challenging this would make it to retain the World Service, Radio 4, nature programmes and shows for children.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 January, 2022, 07:44:22 PM »
Really, it’s all fake. That’s the thing. These people aren’t pro-monarchy. They don’t give a shit about the flag or the country. All they care about is themselves. The only reason there was an apology to the queen is because they know hurting her would negatively impact on the party’s support. (Note how Rees-Mogg tackled the proles—he said he mourned for them, and argued the COVID restrictions were the problem and what caused their pain, not the PM and his colleagues having broken said rules and laws.)

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