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Prog / Prog 2186 - You Got a Bone to Pick ?
« on: 13 June, 2020, 11:23:07 AM »
Prog 2186 - You Got a Bone to Pick ?



The Good news is that my copy has arrived first thing this morning -  :)

not had a chance to read it yet , but
it looks like the Royal Mail shutdown for Postal Deliveries has ended
 - as I also got some 1/48 Photo-etch that I ordered in the UK today
the cover is a beauty by Cliff Robinson ( colours Dylan Teague  )
inside

Dredd - the great build up and action continues with the descent into Chaos
( the artwork is as ever , superb )

Sinister Dexter - more rollicking fun and enjoyable

Full Tilt Boogie
- now that I have read the 1st Episode from the Regened Issue a while ago -
the 3rd arc of the story ( 2nd Episode here ) makes a lot of sense - its a great new story
I won't give any spoilers - but a nice continuation

The Order
- shock horror - actually , yet again not bad at all

The Diaboliks - yet again a good story from Gordon Rennie

I am one happy man that my thrill power arrived on my door step this morning
and I am the one first on the Press Release !
overall 4 and a half out of 5 Stars





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Prog / Re: Prog 2185 - U.S. Marshals!
« on: 10 June, 2020, 09:12:22 AM »
Finally got my copy late , on Tuesday ( oh how I miss the Saturday delivery )

anyway a very enjoyable Prog - and I even put up with the ORDER and tolerated it !

Dredd - End of Days
  I think the tension is building and the story writing is superb , and the artwork of the very highest order
- I think this is shaping up to be a worthy long saga - and the best is yet to come -
Rob Williams has pt the work into this story and its showing - this will make a great collected volume !

Sinister Dexter

I really enjoyed the next episode and found it well written and engaging .
Look forward to next week !

Full Tilt Bogie - I enjoyed this new series opener - its a bit like Brass Sun - its clear the writer has put a lot of work into it , and I think the best is yet to come - it seems like a good start .

The Order This was actually not bad - and I will tolerate it , and see where it goes .
I am glad others are enjoying it , as for me , I will be glad when it ends , frankly
It was an okay story .

Diaboliks
- another lovely new series from Gordon Rennie ( boy - is this writer on form for 2000ad )
and the next part is a nice set up for the duo to do a little bounty-hunting a bit like Feral and Foe

I really enjoyed the comic this week , and there were not many downsides - I will put up with the ORDER
and just enjoy the ride , like a few , I got a bit lost a while ago .

The Rob Williams End of Days is the highlight of the Prog , for me .

Thanks 2000ad !!

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Prog / Re: prog 2184 End Times A-Coming
« on: 03 June, 2020, 09:16:13 PM »
Firstly - what a great cover
The Prog 2000AD certainly proves we are miles better than the drivel Marvel are supposedly putting out
- eg  New Warriors ( Internet Gas )

Dredd - What Can I say , it seems to be an epic that is along the lines of what potentially Johnny Alpha had when he entered Hell -
but set in Mega City One and with Judge Dredd - what's not to like
 I read the issue , then watched the Podcast involving Rob Williams - so I think I am on the right lines
I totally think this is another superb story along the lines of Titan - the art by Colin MacNeil was superb
looking forward to the next part !!! ( 5 out of 5 )

Sinister Dexte
r new story  Bulletopia - looks to be a cracking new story - 5 out of 5

The Order was actually pretty good ( I never thought I would be typing this ... re the ORDER )
3 out 5 - and its merited ( as ever the art is fab )

Future Shock was very good- with a nice twist - one of the best Future Shocks for a while
( 5 out of 5 )

The Diaboliks is the new story from Gordon Rennie - not a bad effort - I need to see the next part and see it develop ( 3 out of 5 )

overall , a fabulous read - and Dredd was the standout part for me
I look forward to Full Tilt Boogie next week  !!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 30 May, 2020, 06:27:18 PM »
Strontium Dog - my lord , Alpha runs through solid walls supposedly in the strip
and then with closed doors , that he suddenly enters with ease  - poor .

two things here - one, many thanks for bigging up Dogbreath, much appreciated. Two - Should Mike/Nick have spent 2-3 panels of a 12 page strip showing us Alpha climbing a wall/shooting a hole in a gate and kicking a door down/ just opening it and slipping through? Granted, there are storytelling options that could get round that but the point is that this just happens and is not the focus of the strip.

Pleasure is all mine - but frankly Dogbreath is always sublime - nearly all the stories have ' heart ' and above all , are written with love for the character - and it tells with the story telling ( its very rare to have a poor story in Dogbreath ) which is enjoyable .

I accept your point , that having a panel showing the protagonist kicking in a door or blowing a hole through a wall - might be superfluous - and I am no Comic Writer I hasten to add - but to give an example -
Gordon Rennie in Jaegir - he does show you how people enter a building -

I just felt the strip was a bit lame and also agreed , that I never knew Johnnie could do a Jedi Mindtrick ??

kind regards
David

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Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 01:57:04 PM »
" Cadet Dredd - has some lovely call backs to the John Higgins story where Kraken takes his Route Combat Assessment (check please) and I want to pull out the issue thats in to see cos I think some of the panels are straight lifts. Which is a nice touch for old timers. BUT not the bloomin' point here. Read as it is its sub average filler Dredd with nothing to grip you and a nod to the Robot Wars. Just utterly lacks thrillpower I'm afraid. "

should have been quoted - I can't do any better than what this guy wrote
- just to add I also feel this is spot on for the Dredd Episode - it was a weak episode .

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Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 01:54:12 PM »
Cadet Dredd - has some lovely call backs to the John Higgins story where Kraken takes his Route Combat Assessment (check please) and I want to pull out the issue thats in to see cos I think some of the panels are straight lifts. Which is a nice touch for old timers. BUT not the bloomin' point here. Read as it is its sub average filler Dredd with nothing to grip you and a nod to the Robot Wars. Just utterly lacks thrillpower I'm afraid.
Read the Regened Prog on Tuesday
 I have to say , was not that impressed - only 2 stories were okay - the rest pretty poor
the worst was Strontium Dog - my lord , Alpha runs through solid walls supposedly in the strip
and then with closed doors , that he suddenly enters with ease  - poor .

Finder and Keeper _ was the best story for me , good art as well .

Anderson was just so-so .

Future Shock - was okay - not that bad .

Strontium Dog - I really felt this was a missed opportunity - very weak story and it felt like a re-hash of old episodes - I mean I bang on about wanting it back , well sadly this was not the way to do it .
I think it proves John Wagner should be the writer if it comes back ,and if not , it stays unwritten
from now on .
 I also feel that Dogbreath has far better writing compared to this - that's how bad this was .

I felt let down this week .
am I being too harsh - I don't think so .

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Prog / Re: prog 2182: So long and geek out
« on: 24 May, 2020, 03:01:22 PM »
I have been having a long week at work ( 12 hours days in the NHS ) so yet again , I have been
very slow in posting my thoughts on this week's Prog -
frustrating as I get up at 6am and go to bed at 10pm - so my hobbies are dead and buried
( its the dehydration and stress of wearing the Covid Valve face masks in Anaesthetics )
As I said a while ago , the next time Jaegir is back , I know now what Nu-Eartrh would be like

What Bruno Stahl very kindly sent me - when I bought his Comic ' The Hans '
( the aircraft to the right is George Preddy's Cripes A' Mighty 3rd

Dredd - very enjoyable and fun - and great artwork ( 5 out of 5 )

The Order - sorry to say , I don't welcome the return of this series - the first 2 episodes were very good and original - but for me its been downhill fast - the arts still great ( John Burns take a bow )
but I now struggle to work out what’s been happening in The Order , and I now just don't care to find out .
If my opinion is a minority , that's fine with me , as long as a lot of people enjoy it .
( 1 out of 5 )

Future Shocks - Sublime Story-telling and a nice twist at the end ( 5 out of 5 )
Robin Henley - good job on the artwork , sir .

Hershey - This was a redemption and was a lot better , than last week - I will give the next series a chance and hope its good ( Simon Fraser - great artwork and Simon Bowland - nice colouring )
4 out of 5

Survival Geeks - I am glad the series comes to an end - I just hope it gets replaced with something good .
ABC Warriors by Pat Mills would do .
I thank Gordon Rennie for the great work involved - and Neil Googe for the nice art .
I hope he gives us a new series and character - as we have now lost 2 long-running stories from him
and he fills in a vital part of the Prog - Now can you get writing more Jaegir , please sir ?
I am also delighted Strontium Dog is back , I still hope he gets another new series in the Adult Prog
( 4 out of 5 )
Here is too the Regened Prog

Thank you 2000ad - its appreciated !

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Prog / Re: 2180: into the fire!
« on: 09 May, 2020, 09:58:14 AM »
I read this week's Prog with delight - and as the Saturday delivery is cancelled for now
my thoughts -
Dredd – very enjoyable - with great artwork and above all , clear and concise story telling -
I am looking forward to next week's edition  ( or should I say Monday 11 May )

The Lockdown is playing havoc with everything but the Prog , for which I am genuinely grateful
for me its been a hard 7 weeks so far , with working in Anaesthetics in the NHS Operating Theatre in Edinburgh wearing the Covid 19 Mask for hours gives me a real idea of what Nu-Earth must be like !

Skip Tracer – This was alright , not my favourite story , really but I also agree that  Marshall’s art is always excellent .

Survival Geeks – The end of this story is not a big deal for me - its my least favourite Rennie script
but as long as it kept him in 2000AD and writing more Jaegir - then its fine with me to have a filler story in the Prog from time to time .

Aquila –Probably the best story in the Prog other than Dredd  the artwork is fabulous -
Mr Rennie is on top form .

Hersey – I thought I was in the minority - I was giving the story a chance but this week's episode
marked a real downturn - I couldn't believe that Hershey would get caught out like that , and the story has now dragged into a realm of unbelieviability ( ts that's the right word ) - the arts is fine - its the story and the lack of realism and to quote -  "More just a terrible plan of hers (which doesn't seem like Hershey in itself) which has gone from bad to worse. "
I couldn't sum that up better , so won't try - I won't regret the end of this story .

on a different note - Dear Tharg - when can we have Pat Mills back in the Prog,please ??

I want to read Slaine and above all , the ABC Warriors , the gaps between the stories is too long
and it really is a test for my memory - can we get him in a lot quicker please - and more regular ?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2178: Not all heroes are apes
« on: 05 May, 2020, 06:56:36 PM »
I read this last week ( the last Saturday delivery for a while ?? )
and it was pretty good -
Dredd - I also really liked the new story featuring Noam Chimpsky . Good solid fun
Survival Geeks - for me me its all right , but I won't miss it when its gone -
if it gets me more Jaegir , then its all good 

Skip Tracer - I also can't really get a grip on this one and although the artwork is fine
it just is so-so - I would place this in the same league as THE ORDER - a series that has seen its best days

Aquila - I am really enjoying this other Gordon Rennie serial - its sublime -
and did I mention the artist
is top rate ?

Hershey - not too bad  and as others state nice to see a new city
( note - for some reason ,,my review got in the wrong Prog page ) :o


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Prog / Re: prog 2179 self isolate with the galaxys greatest comic
« on: 05 May, 2020, 06:47:12 PM »
he cover is magnificent. As with all Stuart Moore stuff it requires a bit of work to get the best out of it, but it's a terrific, dense and original image.

Dredd really very enjoyable, lovely Dredd and Chimp drawings and characterful characters. Classic in the making. (Be churlish to mention the couple of typos when editorial is somehow still putting out 200 excellent pages of comic a month in current circumstances).
read this on Monday ( due to the new ban on Saturday Royal Mail deliveries )
Front Cover is delightful
Survival Geeks - be glad when this serial is finally finished - more Jaegir please Mr Rennie

Hershey - won't include any spoilers - but its a tough one to read - interesting to see where it goes
next - otherwise good solid fun

Aquila - totally agree with other comments  = It is the best Story in the Prog
Thank Heavens for Mr Rennie - we need him in the Prog , as he is so on song
I love the artwork as well

On a different note - I got my Paperback
Book Judges - The Patriots today - looking forward to reading this


Note - I struggle at the moment to post regular reviews of the Prog -
due to working hard 12 hours Shifts for the NHS  in the Operating Theatre in Edinburgh -
also I see Pat Mill's new Comic SPACE WARP - is almost ready to release
the Video interviews with some of the Artists are on YouTube if you want to look at them
Pat Mills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqVt75kxcwk
and the interview with Bruno Stahl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adfmkm5ntRA

kind regards to the Forum

 

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Prog / Re: prog 2179 self isolate with the galaxys greatest comic
« on: 05 May, 2020, 06:32:19 PM »
I read this last week ( the last Saturday delivery for a while ?? )
and it was pretty good -
Dredd - I also really liked the new story featuring Noam Chimpsky . Good solid fun
Survival Geeks - for me me its all right , but I won't miss it when its gone -
if it gets me more Jaegir , then its all good 

Skip Tracer - I also can't really get a grip on this one and although the artwork is fine
it just is so-so - I would place this in the same league as THE ORDER - a series that has seen its best days

Aquila - I am really enjoying this other Gordon Rennie serial - its sublime -
and did I mention the artist
is top rate ?

Hershey - not too bad  and as others state nice to see a new city

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I also think the TRIGAN EMPIRE Vol 2 release date is too far away , why can't they bring it forward to November 2020 , and get a bump of sales for Xmas 2020 ??

I will add , I am seriously looking forward to Battle Special 2020
• Print and digital - 16 September 2020 - I just hope it has a lot of pages
and has a Panzer G Man or a Darkies Mob story  !

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Prog / Re: Prog 2177 – Kneel Before Nimrod
« on: 17 April, 2020, 12:53:42 PM »
I managed to get my copy on Wednesday - despite being a subscriber , but the Bank Holiday might have had something to do with that , and the Covid 19 crisis , and my work has taken a lot of my time , working in the NHS Operating Theatre which has been really busy and a bit stressful - so the Prog has been a real god-send
( thanks Tharg ! )
anyway my thoughts

Dredd by Mr Niemand was very , very good , and I especially enjoyed it with the terrific artwork.
Good story and writing - very impressed .

Survival Geeks was okay , I admit I don't get many of the references , sadly .
I also won't miss it when it ends , I just hope Mr Rennie concentrates on a longer and more frequent
run of Jaegir and keeps it going for as long as he enjoys it .

Skip Tracer - the art is excellent and the best part of the series - and the story and writing is ' okay ' - I just don't look forward that much to reading it , but that's just my opinion - I also concur with another earlier Forum comment that I also just don't know why this isn't as good as it should be .

Aquila - Excellent story and top class artwork .
 Mr Rennie is on form with his writing in 2000AD - no doubt about it .

Hershey - got to admit it that this is the highlight of the Prog lately .
I also think Simon Fraser's art is sublime ..

overall 4.5 out of 5 for me

Thank you for all the hard work , by then 2000ad backroom staff , the 2000AD writers and all
the artists working - It is genuinely appreciated every week and a great Comic -
far better than Marvell and DC Comics ( which seems to be going downhill badly )

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Prog / Re: Prog 2176 - Die Another Day
« on: 07 April, 2020, 10:45:29 PM »
I received my copy on time - on a Saturday -
and thoroughly enjoyed it -
I would agree that HERSHEY was pretty good  , but Gordon Rennie's AQUILA was the best strip
for me, followed by the one off DREDD - with SKIP TRACER being so - so
and sadly , I can't wait to see the back of Survival Geeks =
anyway , some pleasant reading to get way from the dire times lately

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News / Re: Rebellion reprinting Trigan Empire
« on: 07 April, 2020, 10:39:49 PM »
Just a belated update - that the HB copy of Triga Empire was just Glorious !

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