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Megazine / Re: Meg 385 - A Town Called Malice!
« on: 28 June, 2017, 09:17:10 am »
Yes that was a great Dredd, one of the best in ages, he said merely echoing what others had already said. I hope we get to see Laurel Docks again, he said stating the obvious.

Tales from Black Mueseum - whilst I think there will always be a need for one off tales, this one didn't grab me.

Havn - right, wasn't expecting that. Intriguing.

Anderson - not sure why this is billed as a new story. It's a direct continuation from last month. Given the revelation that Dredd is possibly descended from Lizard people you would think it should make more of an impact. But obviously that's not going to be the case, is it?

Lawless - just the usual. Which is top notch, easy to engage with, exciting comics.

I do also agree The faces on the cover just don't look right.

Oh and Carl Critchlow is seriously under used by Tharg.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 June, 2017, 02:10:28 pm »
Two films on Netflix yesterday.

Ant-Man: watched this with my son. It was ....ok. Nowhere near the level of an Iron Man, Captain America or GoTG. But he enjoyed it. Glad I saw it but I won't be re-watching it anytime soon. Now I know it is all fantasy/ sci-fi but the physics was a load of tosh. Ok so it strinks the space between atoms....right so how does that make the Thomas the Tank Engine toy heavier? And don't even get me started on the trip to the quantum world.

Spooks The Greater Good. I didn't even know this existed until Netflix suggested it. Watched with my wife. She said "this won't be much good" and she was right. It was like a double episode, but a not very good one. I just couldn't seem to care. And how come Oliver Mace was back as the DG of MI5? Hadn't he left in disgrace years ago?

Prog / Re: Prog 2038 - Unexpected Item in the Fragging Area
« on: 25 June, 2017, 09:29:06 am »
Doh - it should be 2037 not 2038!

Moderator can you please change.

That'll teach me to do it from my phone!

Prog / Prog 2037 - Unexpected Item in the Fragging Area
« on: 25 June, 2017, 09:27:26 am »
Cover - Grey Area.

Dredd - really nice idea but it seems to head off in a less interesting direction on the last page, which is a bit of a shame.

Brink - if you are liking this then it's good, if you're in the camp who feel it has gone off the boil, this won't change your mind. Me - I like it.

Defoe - bit of politics as ever, but there is also some action.

Grey Area - this is a strip I generally like and it is by one of my favourite writers. But I didn't really like this episode. Mr Kwukwalf was all a bit Jabba and I didn't like the way they had him speaking.

Hunted - I am rapidly losing interest.

And the is a letters page- hurrah!

Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 23 June, 2017, 10:18:40 am »
I really hope they move on from this whole Chuck electricity phobia thing.

After three issues that I rather enjoyed, #4 ends the story with a whimper and no real justification for why we had to wait so long to reach this point.

Things are wrapped up rather too conveniently, with Dredd and Anderson seemingly under little threat, which rather diminishes any tention built up in the previous issues.
Nice covers and interior art, but a missed opportunity in the final analysis.

Yes pretty much agree with all of that. It just ends. It's like "we've reached our page count soDredd just better shoot the bad guy.

The last part really wasted the "set up" from the first 3 parts and could almost be stand alone. Emoji is taken out just like that and the Aliens appear to offer very little threat to Dredd and Anderson. Also since when was translating alien languages one of Anderson's skills? As a telepath she can hear their thoughts but that doesn't mean she can magically understand the language. The way control spoke to Dredd did not appear right either - no way is a mere control operative going to ignore Dredd - it just snacks of lazy plot device.

The best thing only thing I liked was the Fabry cover.

Prog / Re: Prog 2036 - Betray the badge and pay the price
« on: 22 June, 2017, 12:22:50 pm »
Cover: just great.

Dredd: just great.

Defoe: just great.

Brink: just great.

Grey Area:just great.

Hunted:Furies: I am not convinced that the Rogue Trooper universe can support so many new aditions

Yes that's a good point. I would rather have more Jaegir than this. But they seem to be aimed at different demographics.

General / Re: The Judge Child Quest
« on: 17 June, 2017, 09:23:47 am »
The Judge Child is possibly my favourite Dredd story of all time. There are just so many stand out scenes. At the risk of missing out some, those that come to mind most readily are:

- garbage
- the chap in the TC theme park trying in vain to avoid his predicted death
- Dredd telling Winslow to sling his hook
- the ongoing dynamic between Pa and Junior and Junior's down right meanness (a way better character than Mean IMO)
- the Jigsaw man
- the war game and the commentators commentary on it
- Dredd trying to bribe the populous of the planet for info on the Angel Gang's whereabouts and the attempt by one of them to mug him
- Link and Mean's treatment of the prospector and Dredd's subsequent show down with them
- the show down with Pa and Junior, especially Junior's reaction to be thrown to his death
- Bolland's art
- Rob Smith's art
- Mike McMahon's art especially in the TC theme park

And that's without even mentioning Dredd's "death", moustache-gate and that most shocking of endings.

Do get the Cursed Earth, but I much prefer the Judge Child.

News / Re: Funko Judge Dredd: One Shot Comic
« on: 16 June, 2017, 06:28:38 pm »
My "local" FP is Shaftesbury AV. It's toys, clothes and posters on the ground floor, books, comics and GNs in the basement. So I generally head straight to the basement, ignoring the stuff on the ground floor.

News / Re: Funko Judge Dredd: One Shot Comic
« on: 16 June, 2017, 10:49:20 am »
Sure I do, but I generally head straight for the 2000AD section. I preferred how they used to be back in the day, before they became a "mega store". I prefer shops like Orbital that only sell comics and GNs and not toys.

If I do look at the toys in FP it is usually only Star Wars stuff for my son.

So yeah I had managed to remain unaware of Funko until now.

News / Re: Funko Judge Dredd: One Shot Comic
« on: 15 June, 2017, 07:19:47 pm »
I had never heard of Funko before but bought this for "completeness sake".

How bad could it be, right?

Well I have just read it and basically, I probably shouldn't have bothered. On the plus side it didn't take very long.

Prog / Re: Prog 2035 - War Games
« on: 15 June, 2017, 02:18:06 pm »
I remember reading somewhere or hearing it mentioned on a talk tecently that there are no plans for anymore Dandridge.

Prog / Re: Prog 2035 - War Games
« on: 15 June, 2017, 01:26:55 pm »
Hmmm...not sure Indigo Prime counts, given the relatively few stories it has had and the eternity between them.

Another great example of doing one offs within a larger narrative is surely good old Strontium Dog.

Got an email today saying issue 4 has been dispatched.

That was quick. :lol:

General / Re: Pat Mills
« on: 13 June, 2017, 02:26:28 pm »
It's easier to replace an artist, temporarily or permanently. Sometimes it's practical to replace an artist on an on-going story in a way it may not be as practical to replace a writer. arguably at the moment it even makes good business sense an writers have become the draw. What it isn't is any more creatively valid than replacing a writer.

For me it's about having a consistent vision of what the strip is and where it is going long term. That's what I want anyway, rather than either just making it up as you go along or just being a sandbox to play in, allowing different tales to be told but which don't lead to any character development or ongoing plot points.

Surely the long term vision of where the plot and character development comes from is the writer (or the writer in conjunction with a partner or editor).

The artist can change with out that long term vision changing. Yes the artist may influence it ( e.g. some artist are good at drawing certain things or make suggestions - that's why we got dragons in Kingmaker for instance), but surely, in the majority of cases it is the writer who is the main driver of the overall direction.
If you change the writer you will end up somewhere different.

To use an example from another medium, there were a range of different directors for the Harry Potter films, but it was JK Rowling's books they were filming.

You have said you don't mind writers or artists changing on properties the publisher owns, just that changing the writer or artist is equally valid  ( or no more valid depending on the way round). That's your opinion, I just don't agree. If you continually changed both there would be no overall vision ( other than that set by the editor - but in that case I would argue the editor is doing more than editing it; he has become the "show runner" to borrow a TV term.)

But there is also the exception - I can't stand Strontium Dog by any one other than Carlos, Robo Hunter by anyone but Gibson, Ace Trucking by any one but Massimo. But having said that all of those have to be by Wagner and /or Grant for me. ( And Wagner, Grant or Wagner and Grant count as the same author for the point of my argument  :lol: :lol: :lol:)

@ Alex - I might be wrong, but isn't Sinister Dexter always written by Dan Abnett?

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