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Author Topic: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!  (Read 1714 times)

TordelBack

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Re: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!
« Reply #30 on: 24 September, 2017, 07:51:36 pm »
Even Cradlegrave, his best work for years, was really just an extended Future Shock.  (Heck, it probably would have been a Tharg's 3rillers if published today.)

You're entitled to your opinions of course, but if you really think Cradlegrave is just an extended Future Shock I think you completely missed what makes that strip special.  It doesn't even have a surprise/twist ending.

Out of interest, what was wrong with John's Dredds? 

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Re: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!
« Reply #31 on: 24 September, 2017, 07:55:57 pm »

Cow guy's right*. They should just replace Smith with one of the many writers who are like him.


* Cow guy is not right.

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Re: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!
« Reply #32 on: 24 September, 2017, 08:23:34 pm »
Waugh wasn't a bad read, but felt more like a Moffatt Who story than it did a Devlin Waugh story... I'm also wary it might be mining all those background things Smith threw in for flavour and putting them up on the big screen - see the Star Wars thread for more of that kind of thing!

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Re: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!
« Reply #33 on: 26 October, 2017, 12:10:46 am »
I've been thinking about why it is Smith's absence bothers me - it's not just the fact that the strips are being farmed out to other writers, although it does make me sad that he appears to have severed ties with the comic entirely. I think it's just a loss of one of those creative voices that will be always be unique and always bring something unexpected to the table.

For me, 2000AD has always been at it's best when it's a constant churn of ideas, crazy, high-concept stuff no-one has thought of before. Writers like Smith and Si Spurrier and Al Ewing are masters at this. I mean, they might not always have a 100% hit rate but when they were on, they were on.

I'm always just waiting for the next Lobster Random or Revere or Zombo, the next something that makes you go, "Wooooah, now this is different." but that's a feeling I experience less and less these days. That's not to disparage the work of any of the current droids, but I do wonder where all the madmen have gone(to work for bloody Marvel, probably).