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That run of Devlin Waugh is amazing work, I have to agree. Well worth picking up the collected editions if you don’t have them already, good people!

Yes - this, buy it.

Nemesis book X is a disappointment? Ach. I'm sure that's relative, ...

Well yes it is and without spoiling tomorrow's post I really like the actual ending, except...

...Torque's final 'ultimate weapon' seems totally at odds with the character. Torquemada can be monstrously hypocritical, but he genuinely and completely believes aliens are the enemy - to suggest it's just a means to gain or keep power puts him on the same level as someone like Mazarin or the Arch-Bigot, and makes him a lot duller.

Its more his reason for not using it... but I can ahnd way that.

News / Dredd Month in September
« on: 22 May, 2019, 01:12:45 pm »
Seems Rebellion are having a push. From Diamond Retail Summit via Bleeding Cool

Be interesting to see how this pans out and what inspired the choice?


Self absorbed re-evaluation 01

I pause my normal ramblings to start a series of ... well probably one... as I look back at things I said here with fresh eyes given fresh information. And this mornings topics is Shadows and Richard Elson.

All this a beautiful language to do it with and art from Richard Elson that ... well is most notable for being UN(added cos I can't type to save my life!)recognisable as Richard Elson as we'll come to know him

I've been listening to the Thrillcast with Richard Elson this morning on the way to work and now having listened to Mr Elson (what a lovely sounding chap) talk about the problems he had producing this - the colour being added at the last minute etc etc and the grief he got from it I'd just like to say its now apparent why this looks the way its does and I'm sorry the not understanding the challenge and why it looks the way it does.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 22 May, 2019, 06:02:59 am »
Sad to hear of the passing of Reverend D Wayne Love of Alabama 3.

Progs 1172||3

So we get to the end of 1999 (well almost I'll come back to that) and three big stories finish (well almost I'll come back to that). 1999 has been a year of epics and so it seems fitting to end (almost I'll... you get it right) talking about three more.

The only one that disappoints is Nemesis Book 10. Checked back to the (first and) last time (I think) I read this about 9 years ago and was surprised my opinion hadn't changed. I felt it looked great, but the story flip flapped a little. But since I agree with what I said in the past and I'm very lazy here comes an arrogant self quote.

Well if you’re going to wrap up a series known for its striking art throughout you might as well do it with the beautiful work of Henry Flint. Nemesis Book X has so many things going for it but the art is truly the star of the show. Ok there are a few too many panels directly honouring Kevin O’Neil’s work but that’s nit picking. It’s a testament to how fantastic the art is that in the final part Kevin O’Neil’s more recent looser style is a disappointment, compared to what has gone before. I particularly liked the way he threw in some tiny action panels in one episode to allow room for a grotesque massive splash which I took to be a hats off to John Hicklenton 

As for the story... well I just can’t make my mind up. When thinking about it, it had everything the final book of Nemesis should have. It felt epic in scale, the two central characters were as beautifully hideous as they ever are, everything was wrapped up after appropriate amounts of anarchy, mayhem and violence and the ending was fittingly horrendous. Yet somehow it didn’t quite do it, it didn’t quite manage to be the sum of its parts.  Maybe it felt a little like Mills was going through the motions and wrapping up everything that had gone before by going back to how it was at the beginning. The trouble for me is the great thing about Nemesis is that it’d always moved on and tried different things. Still that said it certainly wasn’t bad and by the end I was satisfied if not quite as elated as I’d hoped.

If my opinion of Nemesis Book 10 hasn't changed then neither has my opinion of Nikolai Dante's Courtship of Jena Makarov and Devlin Waugh - Chasing Herod / Reign of Frogs / Sirius Rising both are just wonderful epics and the very best example of the series / creators.

Courtship shows that even though Dante started pretty fantastically, seemingly perfectly formed, it still had room to grow and develop and Courtship marks the end of that. Its a wonderful testament to the brilliant series that's gone before and a perfect signpost to the even better to come. Courtship is transition, a statement. Dante is ready for Tsar Wars and the shift that will bring. Its brilliant in its own right, but all the more so as a curtain to what's been and a herald for what's to come.

Then we have Chasing frogs rising a John Smith classic. Its not typical Smith, yet it is. Its not a superhero epic, yet its one of two great superhero epics 2000ad has done. Smith is rarely typical 2000ad, but this proves just how typical 2000ad he is. John Smith is a much missed genius in our pages and here he shows that he can sustain that wonder, excitment, tension without pretension (whatever some say) over a 6 month, yes 6 month continous stretch... and in that its remiss not to hail Steve Yeowell for not dropping a beat from his normally 2000ad majesty during that time ... By golly gosh I do love this one and have to say both Courtship and Herod reign Sirius absolutely nail their respective landings.

As for Nemesis Book 10... well I can't tell ya yet cos I'm about to read Prog 2000ad.... which frankly is going to start a trend in me being a grumpy chuff for no real good reason. Cos of course these end of year Progs fall firmly in the year before YET not only end the year gone but also and increasingly start the year to come. For a man doing a year  by year re-read that's a bit annoying.

I thought I'd get my childish quibble out the way before talking about this lovely next time. See ya tomorrow...

News / Re: Rebellion reprinting Trigan Empire
« on: 21 May, 2019, 08:00:12 pm »
I might buy this and leave it in the bar at a 2000AD convention like I did with the book that Colin have at the 40th...

I reckon it was that there Rian Hughes...

Damned that edit goes fast these days!

Anyway Prog 3 shows me to be wrong doesn't it!

Cover of 1165

Meant to say.

So this is a panel from a little later repurposed right. I mean gosh its bloomin' magnificent and all. Its just goes to show the frankly eye wateringly beautiful power of the art that Flint, Henry produces in Nemesis Book 10. Though a panel it works perfectly as a cover.

Unlike the curious choice for Prog 1076, a blown up panel of Anderson that to my eye wasn't a great panel and suffered further for being blown up to fit the cover. To my mind probably the only other time this has happened (I'm probably wrong there aren't I).

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 20 May, 2019, 02:03:05 pm »
Whoops sorry just started a thread for this, felt it deserved a thread of its own... I could well be wrong!

News / Rebellion reprinting Trigan Empire
« on: 20 May, 2019, 02:02:22 pm »
Well this is a biggie.


Have to say after years of coveting this I got hold of an old edition and... well wasn't that impressed. It looked beautiful but just wasn't for me. That said I'm sure there are many who will tell you otherwise.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 20 May, 2019, 07:49:09 am »
That cover is all kinds of wonderful.

Downlobe Tales

Came to an end in Prog 1168 with an amusing, and important, epilogue. The tale of our gunshark duo, torn apart and made enemies by the events at the end of 'Eurocrash' still hold up wonderfully. I looked back at my thought from 7ish years ago when I last read this and they still hold.

...Anyway all that said ‘Downlode Tales’ is many things, but what it is first and foremost is damned fine comics, crafted perfectly in the 2000ad mold. The art across the piece, from the likes of Greg Staples, Chris Weston (doing some of my favourite work of his, as it goes), Paul Johnson and of course the ever wonderful Simon Davis, is uniformly excellent. The story, as mentioned is crammed full, high energy and engaging. Its seat of the pants stuff and utterly enjoyable.

It also marks the start of what is arguably the ‘Golden Age’ of Sinister Dexter. Those Golden times are to be discussed over the next few posts.

There more if you need it from those old writes I did back in the day.


 Or spare yourself the time and come back next time as Nemesis has joined us as 1999 comes to a spectacular end.

Prog / Re: Prog 2132 - Bringer of War
« on: 18 May, 2019, 03:21:38 pm »
 Some issues this week behind a lovely cover.

Dredd is kinda... well... its set up, I get that ... but its what exactly. It just feels old and takes a long time (well six pages but that a long time in 2000ad land) to do what exactly. Let's see what happens when Dredd faces down our fella BUT Siku back on art and man I'm liking that.

Scarlet Traces remains high octane fun and I'm enjoying this.

Max Normal has a quieter episode as the tales transitions from the past to the present, while keeping the past very much front a centre. Its done well but didn't blow me away the way this strip has done to date.  But its still great.

3riller - mah, its just not gettin' me I'm afraid. Virtual escape from dysopian rebellian... feels ... well see Dredd.

My big issue is Kingmaker however. Now I've really enjoyed Kingmaker to date BUT this episode has openned some significent concerns. I have really enjoyed Crixus to date but he's come back from the dead and has super do what ya like ebora powers and we have a danger of having a too useful get out of jail free card that will remove jeopardy... I guess I shouldn't anticipate problems but they rooted in my noggin this episode so good lines and sharp action aside it kinda spoiled things for me.

So a slight down turn almost all round this Prog. As I've said before its always interesting how the little things can add up so the same series of stories can drop from GREAT Prog to Okay Prog...

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 17 May, 2019, 08:05:13 am »
Off to see Thee Oh Sees tonight. They've kinda passed me by but lots of friends rave about them
 Quick listen on Spotify over the last couple of days and I can kinda see why. Looking forward to this now...

Wow stuff happens and I'd already forgotten about the delay. So this is a very generous offer...

... now the glorious choice, to stick or twist, go now or see what comes down the track.

Thanks Tharg.

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