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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 19 June, 2018, 08:51:55 pm »
It's not bad apart from that

"How was your journey on the Titanic?"

"It wasn't bad, apart from this iceberg..."

nothing that screams 'embarrassing balls-up'
If you say so.

News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« on: 18 June, 2018, 09:49:20 pm »
Yes and you should start it.

General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: 17 June, 2018, 11:48:25 pm »
That looks amazing!

Well the spine artwork forming one big picture was one of the selling points, and more text would mess that up.

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 16 June, 2018, 03:59:49 pm »
I'm too lazy to give reasons for all of my choices. But I had to mention Death of a Judge (prog 137).

It's a great introduction to Dredd's character for new readers, and a brilliant illustration of his morals and viewpoint. A judge is murdered at the beginning, and another judge who was in love with her storms off to murder (not execute) the perps who did it. Dredd kills the judge to stop him murdering one of the judge-killers. I was shocked the first time I read that, as a kid, but I also admired Dredd's decision. I also liked the trick title: you assume it refers to the death at the beginning, but it's really about the death of another judge at the end.

Cockroaches is just a brilliant and twisted idea for a story. I could happily read 30 episodes about that guy!

Nemesis Book VI is just one of the best things 2000AD has ever done. The vision of how the world ends and what ultimately becomes of the human race is something that has always stayed with me, and the crime Torquemada commits there elevates him to the most appalling villain in the whole comic. And there is a great little epilogue episode where Thoth is hunting down Torquemada's earlier incarnations, and he meets Colonel John Chivington of the US Cavalry in the 19th century, and it's all about the real-life massacre at Sand Creek, but without Pat Mills getting too preachy, just letting the facts speak for themselves. I was probably about 12 when I read it, and it was the first time I'd seen the Americans portrayed as the bad guys. It blew my mind. 2000AD at its best.

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 16 June, 2018, 03:46:41 pm »
This is what I had to say about my first two choices in another thread way back in 2001 (SPOILERS):

"The effect Judge Morphy's murder had on Dredd -- blimey!  He nearly MURDERED the perp!.  I first read that story years and years ago (and many times since) and I still remember the suspense from that first reading when you don't know what Dredd will do.  Would he have gone all the way if Kraken hadn't been there?  I think Wagner should explore this angle again if he ever writes the demise of Dredd's career/life.

"My favourite ever episode of any story is the one where Kraken rescues the hostages.  He walks alone into the building, unarmed, in handcuffs, and surrenders.  Then he disarms a terrorist, massacres the lot of them and saves the hostages single-handed.  The other judges outside storm in fearing the worst... and he's just standing there like "can I help you?"  They give him a round of applause when he walks out. Even Dredd is impressed.  There is this page by Will Simpson with Kraken crouching in the middle, blazing away, and around him are four panels showing each terrorist getting blown away, falling through windows and over furniture, and huge gouts of blood spraying everywhere.

"In the epilogue story, By Lethal Injection, Kraken executes himself to prove he was worthy to be a judge.  He's all calm and defiant, and all the other judges are watching and can't quite believe it. And it had Carlos Ezquerra's best artwork out of the entire Necropolis epic."

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 16 June, 2018, 03:40:40 pm »
Judge Dredd
1. Tale of the Dead Man
2. By Lethal Injection
3. America
4. The Graveyard Shift
5. Cockroaches (prog 1627)
6. Oz
7. Death of a Judge
8. Jimps
9. Mega-City Confidential
10. Choose Your Own Xmas

1. Anderson: Triad
2. Nemesis: Book VI
3. Strontium Dog: Rage
4. Strontium Dog: The Killing
5. Zenith: Phase IV
6. ABC Warriors: The Khronicles of Khaos
7. Halo Jones: Book III
8. Firekind
9. Slaughterbowl
10. Devlin Waugh: Chasing Herod / Reign of Frogs / Sirius Rising (it's all one story really)

News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« on: 15 June, 2018, 12:35:54 pm »

News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« on: 14 June, 2018, 10:34:09 pm »
When is this out?

Other Reviews / Re: Complete Future Shocks
« on: 14 June, 2018, 10:33:07 pm »
It sounds like some thought and care has gone into the selection, which is good (and generally typical of Rebellion).

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 12 June, 2018, 11:22:24 pm »
"Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 12 June, 2018, 07:57:24 pm »
Is it just a list of titles you want, or reasons for choices?

Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 07:55:07 pm »
Wildcat was a good read when I was a kid. I don't know how well it stands up today. I'm not sure that I want to risk reading it again in case it's not as good as I remember, but I'd probably buy it if Rebellion reprinted it.

Did it ever have a proper ending?

General / Re: Looking for Pre-Street Judge Info...
« on: 12 June, 2018, 07:52:40 pm »
Congratulations K2, I'm glad this worked out for you.

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 11 June, 2018, 06:03:03 pm »
I enjoyed all five stories this week, but Dredd and Red are the best. I liked the night-time fight pictures and thought they worked well enough; the bright river and waterfall stopped it from looking too dark.

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