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Other Reviews / Re: The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 16 September, 2020, 06:52:25 PM »

Forgot to add the Comc in its wrapper
regards to the Forum


Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 15 September, 2020, 07:20:35 PM »

Just received my copy ( still not read at 7pm tonight ) - arrived 3 days late

BATTLE 2020 BATTLE OF BRITAIN SPECIAL arrived yesterday - its pretty good - a couple of woeful stories
and one WOKE Story , the rest of them had me back to the 1970's and early 1980's !!

Other Reviews / The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 15 September, 2020, 07:18:04 PM »
I got in the post , the new Rebellion & Treasury of British Comics special.
The Battle of Britain Special 2020
yesterday - and it really was a big treat ( I read the original from issue 1 )
The first story was a real joy - The Tough Way Out, a Rat Pack tale by Garth Ennis and Keith Burns .
This was really well-done and very enjoyable . I would give it 5 stars
next -
 LOFTY AND THE EAGLE - and not bad at all - a bit far-fetched - but okay ( 4/5 )

THE FACE OF THE ENEMY - a old man having a flashback of 1940 whilst chatting to a classroom of kids ( the sad reality is the vast majority would have no clue what a Hawker Hurricane was , but i digress ) 3.5

WAR CHILD - for me one of the weakest strips - basically War is Hell for Kids with little action
( art was great ) 1/5 - bit woke for me , sorry

DESTROYER - Strip about 3 new recruits for HMS Campbeltown - and its subsequent use at St  :-*- set in Stalingrad - and the artwork was fabulous from Simon Coleby PJ Holden ( 5/5 )

- set in Stalingrad , artwork by Simon Coleby ( like Jaegir  ) its fab , 5 out of 5 for me

THE VULTURES - an old story in Battle reprinted - art by Carlos Ezquerra ( 5/ 5 )

bravo - black lion - set in Vietnam ( 4/5 ) not bad
DOUBLE HERO - Raf Story - reprint from Battle ( one I remembered !! ) 5/5

SCOURGE OF THE SKIES - very nice art and good story ( 4/5 )

el mestizo - Western epic - new story and art ( 4/5 ) not bad at all
GUSTAV OF THE BEARMACHT - good art - good story ( 5/5 )
and a dreadful 2 page cartoon COCKNEY COMMANDOS - so dire , its a 0/5 for me
total waste of 2 precious pages

so overall 4 out of 5 for me , Highlights was RAT PACK , SNIPER ELITE and DESTROYER for me
those 3 were worth it for the price alone - I am glad BATTLE got some love in 2020

thanks Rebellion !!

Prog / Re: Prog 2195 - Master of Puppets
« on: 17 August, 2020, 09:14:46 PM »

Finally read my Prog this Monday night - and I enjoyed it , apart from the weak Quilli one-off
- and also THE ORDER - which is coming back for another story arc ( groan ...  )
still if others like it , then fine with me ( its different , that's for sure )

I thought DREDD - End of Days set up the next part of the story not too bad , and SINISTER DREDD
was pretty good , THE OUT is going to be well worth waiting for the next part - and I think the REGENED Prog is a great idea - that will attract new , younger readers to the Comic

I also see Pat  Mill's SPACEWRAP looks pretty damn good - its on sale on Amazon
I am just waiting till October for the paper issue but will buy a couple of extra issues and gift them to some young kids I know
also DELIGHTED - that Proteus Vex will come back soon is a new Ambassador story

Prog / Re: Prog 2194 - Smokin’ Bacon!
« on: 11 August, 2020, 09:30:11 PM »
Finally the Prog arrived today , so got to read it at 7pm after work and its a great Prog

Dredd continues with an unexpected twist - I can say I am really enjoying this story .

Full Tilt Boogie sadly ends for now , and all I can say its PLEASE THARG !! I want another series -
Commission more stories from this fine lady writer

Sinister Dexter has finally returned - and its very enjoyable for the next chapter of Bulletopia .

The Order - its just so - so - for me , and yet it seems to survive yet again for another day
( my least favourite in the Prog )

 The Out, - just WOW and WOW
good wishes to Dan Abnett - hope you have a speedy recovery and it was done by laparoscopy
( from an ODP in an Operating Theatre ) - kind regards

Prog / Re: Prog 2194 - Smokin’ Bacon!
« on: 10 August, 2020, 08:09:53 PM »
First time I have read the Prog on a Saturday in a long time, and what a good one it is.

Lucky for some - no Prog still and its Monday
last week it took till Wednesday to finally arrive  :(

General / Re: Best wishes to Dan Abnett
« on: 09 August, 2020, 10:16:42 PM »
Best wishes Dan - I hope you return soon !

all the best

Prog / Re: Prog 2193 - Nothing To See Here?
« on: 04 August, 2020, 10:23:44 PM »
My copy finally arrived today ,on Monday - and a very delightful cover

I thought the last instalment of Dredd - End Of Days, Part 10.
I though the sacrifice at the end and the appearance of the baddies from the East was a masterstroke .
Very much enjoying this - and I can't predict what happens next , which is great .

Full Tilt Boogie - just sublime and so well written and drawn

Diaboliks - Profondo Rosso. The sixth and final part of this strip.
I enjoyed this story arc - and I am glad also that it will return in Prog 2197.

The Oder - Land Of The Free, Part 10.
more of the same - the art is good - I just hope that this is the final part of the series -
its not really been a favourite of mine for a while .

The Out.
I also totally agree that the Big War Bear was the real star of this episode
and great that we finally saw a glimpse of the Tankinar . Super ! 10 out of 10
I totally agree tha we are so lucky to have Dan Abnett in the Prog
( I loved Lawless but had to ditch the Megazine subscription last year due to reduced finances )
over all , thank heavens for 2000AD !!
( oh and did I mention , I ordered the Battle 2020 Special ?? )

Prog / Re: Prog 2193 - Nothing To See Here?
« on: 03 August, 2020, 08:58:33 PM »
No prog this week for second time running
Will see if it arrives on Wednesday like last week
Groan 😈

Other Reviews / Re: Stringbags by Ennis and Holden
« on: 02 August, 2020, 05:36:41 PM »
I agree with the comment - about Garth Ennis - his Hellman of Hammer Force in the 2020 Action
was the most enjoyable war story for a long time , with the exception of Jaegir

I totally agree - the Novellas are well written and highly enjoyable

I also hope that they keep them coming out - PS can we have a Jaegir  Year One Novel ??

Prog / Re: Prog 2192 - Bearing Down!
« on: 30 July, 2020, 07:50:12 PM »
I finally got my copy on the Wednesday - and read it after working in the Operating Theatre till late at night

my thoughts -
I am really enjoying the Dredd story - its fun and its different - what's not to like
The artwork is very , very good ( 4 out of 5 )

Full Tilt Boogie.
Just wonderful - really well written and artwork where you can follow the story and work out with ease whats happening - one of the top stories in the Prog ( 5 out of 5 )

The Diaboliks.
Rennie continues to provide his own brand of humour and story telling - might not be to everyones liking , but I am enjoying it - and I can follow whats happening , with no problems , unlike THE ORDER .
( 4 out of 5 _ this is Gordon Rennie - so I need to pay attention  )

The Order
What can I say , I have tried and failed to follow it - and whilst I also understand that there is a pretty big list of characters ( I can do this with Jaegir with no problems ) I struggle with this Story .

I felt this reached the end point for me several story arcs a while ago - but it seems to survive and return
yet better stories - like Brass Sun , Scarlet Traces and that other one set in Fog -"Helium" (in 2000AD #1934-1945, 2015) seem to never come round until years later- I wonder why the ORDER gets to continue , whilst the ones like Brass Sun don't , or Helium which is 5 !! years old , and still waiting to see the next arc . Really that's not good

The Out.  Just wonderful  , simply well drawn , well thought out and steadily building to a climax that you can't guess where it will go next ( 5 out of 5 )

on a brighter note - ordered the Battle 2020 Special - with the wonderful yellow cover

In this special, creators pay tribute to Battle‘s lasting influence as well as to those who have fought in wars across the globe. Legendary writer Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Keith Burns send the Rat Pack on one more mission, Rob Williams (Judge Dredd) and PJ Holden (The Stringbags) take to the icy seas in Destroyer.

Alan Grant (Batman) and Davide Fabbri (Star Wars) tell a story of The Few in Battle of Britain, Alan Hebden (Major Eazy) revives his classic character El Mestizo with artist Brett McKee, while Alex De Campi (Madi) and Glenn Fabry (Sláine) head into the jungles of Vietnam in Bravo, Black Lion.

And there’s so much more hard-hitting action from Kek-W (The Fall of Deadworld), Staz Johnson(Rogue Trooper), Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jimmy Broxton (Vampirella), Karl Stock (The Vigilant), Simon Coleby (Jaegir), Peter Briggs (Hellboy), Eoin Marron (James Bond), Lew Stringer (Combat Colin), and Tom Paterson (Dennis the Menace)!

ordered the Battle Special from the 2000AD web shop - really looking forward to it
my particular copy will be the  Battle (of Britain) Special 2020 Webshop Exclusive Cover
which will be Released 1 month from now

Battle was the most popular British war comic of all time and has been brought back just in time to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Garth Ennis (The Boys, Preacher) sends the Rat Pack on one more mission, with Keith Burns (Johnny Red) on art. Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) writes the tale of one of the many warships involved in the naval battles, in Destroyer, drawn by PJ Holden. Alan Grant (Batman) works with Davide Fabbri (Operation Overlord) to tell the story of a heroic soldiers actions. The action isn't just confined to the Battle of Britain, Alan Hebden unearths another El Mestizo tale, and Alex De Campi's (Archie Vs Predator) tale focuses on American soldiers in Vietnam, drawn by Glenn Fabry (Hellblazer, Preacher).

Welcome to the twenty-eighth of The Lockdown Tapes as The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast continues to broadcast the joys of Thrill-power during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Got a theme or interview you’d like to hear? Let us know at thrillcast@2000AD.com

Before 2000 AD there was Action. Before Action, there was Battle Picture Weekly – created by Pat Mills and John Wagner, the war-themed weekly was the first shoots of what would come to become a comics revolution. On this episode of the Lockdown Tapes we talk to Dave Hunt, who took over as editor of Battle after its launch. From his own childhood amidst the ruins of war in the East End of London to working with artistic greats such as Carlos Ezquerra, Joe Colquhoun and Mike Western, from the fallout after the ‘banning’ of Action to the relaunch of the legendary Eagle in the 1980s, Dave was at the helm for a vital period of British comics and, despite the challenges the medium faced, had a key role in producing some of the industry’s most influential titles.
LINK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vf3sDr5tHo

Really pleased to see this great Ex-Editor interviewed from one of my all time favourite Titles
 - Battle
This was  a superb War Comic ,  that only folded due to the daft Toy Tie-In in the mid 1980's
that watered down the stories - especially that character that had a Bucket as a Helmet .

note to Molcher - please interview Gerry Finlay-Day and Pat Mills please

Prog / Re: Prog 2192 - Bearing Down!
« on: 26 July, 2020, 09:57:39 AM »

annoyingly - no Prog this Saturday - same as last week
expect it to arrive on the Monday or Tuesday

I also struggled to order the new Judge Dredd paperback Year 3 - Fallen Angel
and had to e-mail customer support at Rebellion - as there was no postage option - fault
and you couldn't order the book - happily sorted within a day

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