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General / Re: A confession
« on: Today at 01:36:11 pm »
You should read Ladykiller (PJ Maybe story by Wagner and Ezquerra, progs 1991-98, not collected yet), Strontium Dog:The Son (by the same, 2073-81), Hope... For the Future (there's a recent graphic novel now), and when the next Kingdom collection comes out then do get that.

Also Judge Dredd stories Harvey (2024-29), which is a prequel to the story starting right now in prog 2115 (and you'll kick yourself if you miss that), and War Buds (2045-49).

Also Dominion (grim, bleak, non-comedy Dark Judges story by Wagner and Nick Percival, a sequel to Dark Justice which I assume you read before you lapsed), and the third story in that trilogy is going on in the Meg right now, so worth getting Megs 400 to present (404) just for that. And also for Lawless and Storm Warning in those issues.

Also the last Dredd mega-epic, by Michael Carroll, was collected in Every Empire Falls not long ago.

Ezquerra's last ever Dredd was in prog 2023.

There was an excellent Zenith text story (in the form of an interview with Zenith) by Matt Smith in prog 2050, if you like that sort of thing. Also a good Rogue Trooper one-off in the same prog, with fabulous art by Leonardo Mancini which would be a crime to miss.

Durham Red (2082-89).

Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: Today at 01:14:13 pm »
I'm very excited about where this Dredd story is going, not only because of the robots but also the other thing.

A very promising 3riller, maybe because even if there wasn't going to be two more episodes the first episode would work perfectly well as a one-off Terror Tale. I think the 3rillers work best when they're told in distinct chapters like this, because then it feels like there's a reason for three episodes, instead of like one episode stretched into three.

Brink and Droid Life good as always. Fiends was okay, but overshadowed by Brink and Dredd. I think I've had enough of Skip Tracer now.

Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 14 January, 2019, 08:03:23 pm »
Grey Area has had a number of conclusions and then started a new story.

Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 13 January, 2019, 11:20:22 pm »
I wouldn't worry; someone that prolific will have some new story idea up his sleeve soon, if not already.

General / Re: John Wagner topic - can we have some more, please?
« on: 13 January, 2019, 09:58:08 am »
From Bleeding Cool:

"JW: I would like to write his death story, and have suggested it to Rebellion. I’ve thought about it for some time now. Fans have even suggested pooling their money together to get me and Carlos to create that comic. But, I couldn’t do it without Rebellion’s agreement. You never know. there may be an Elsewhere like story one day.

OM: Like Dredd’s Dark Knight?

JW: Yeah. It would be a lovely story to tell, but I would have to give it a lot more though, something like that. Not an epic, but maybe something as long as Dark Justice, a dozen or so episodes."

Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« on: 13 January, 2019, 09:50:52 am »
Pretty much all of the Brink bad guy's lines are great. I liked "Not out loud."

Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 12 January, 2019, 03:34:18 pm »
That's good news! Thanks.

Megazine / Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 12 January, 2019, 01:39:54 pm »
Wow. This is the best episode of Lawless ever. I can't say why without spoiling it, but you'll instantly know what I mean. Extraordinary stuff, and some of Dan Abnett's best work ever.

The Torture Garden is on form as ever, with interesting developments in the story, and of course beautiful art by Nick Percival. Does it finish next issue? Seems like a lot still has to happen before this wraps up. I've really enjoyed it and I'll miss it when it's finished. Hopefully Dave Hine can write something else for us soon.

I liked this month 's Judge Dredd although I'm not sure about the ending. I've had enough of these stories where some new character turns out to be the son of some deceased old character.

There's a new Storm Warning, which I didn't expect and is a nice surprise.

I'll read Blunt tomorrow as I'm not really into it.

The floppy looks very interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it, but after the Meg and the prog I need to get out of bed now.

(Mind Wars will feature in Meg 408, which I'm happy with.)

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 12 January, 2019, 12:54:22 pm »
That cover for prog 389 was re-used for a Best of 2000AD Monthly, and that comic was my first exposure to Judge Dredd. I always loved his work, with his distinctive and unmistakable style -- he was one of those artists where you knew who it was without having to read the credits. He illustrated some of my all-time favourite stories, such as City Block and Death of a Judge, and a whole host of others. So much detail in every panel. I missed his work when he retired.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 January, 2019, 12:27:47 pm »
A great shame. I loved his work, especially the way he drew the city. I hope Tharg puts together a collection of his work soon.

Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 06 January, 2019, 04:08:23 pm »
I'd rather have him as editor tbh. Too risky to get a new editor in. The prog has been in safe hands for 17 years now, so why interfere with a winning formula?

General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 06 January, 2019, 12:38:48 am »
1st Durham Red
2nd Strontium Dog
3rd Kingdom

General / Re: I MISS FINN
« on: 24 December, 2018, 10:19:16 pm »
This seems like an odd way to entice Rebellion to release a collection of Finn stories... resurrect a 2003 thread full of people slagging it off. Very persuasive.

Personally I really liked Third World War book 1 and the first two Finn stories in 2000AD (the two that were reprinted in the floppies), but you can keep the stuff that came after that.

Other Reviews / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2019
« on: 23 December, 2018, 10:57:24 am »
It's hard to see an anti-Rebellion conspiracy at work here when there's a Treasury of British Comics FCBD issue this year.

Games / Re: Games of the 80s
« on: 23 December, 2018, 10:51:24 am »
Space Rogue (1989) is still my favourite game ever. I got totally immersed in that. Excellent world-building, so much fun.

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