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Prog / Re: Prog 2123 - It's Time To Bring The Magic Back.
« on: 17 March, 2019, 06:26:04 pm »
Gosh, what a letter: amusing, affectionate and moving. You need hear no more about it Buttonman, when you get the prog, you'll read it for yourself and your heart shall be warmed.

The wraparound cover and Kingmaker were also zarjaz. Grey Area rattles along too.

The Dredd was just dire though. Leaden social commentary with Dredd just clumsily tacked on at the end. With an attitude more suited to the Dredd of 30yrs ago, ignoring all of the character development over the years. Dredd stories can do social commentary well, like the long-form Democracy storylines and one-shots like John Cassavetes but this was poor.
Survival Geeks was dire too, but that's to be expected. A mixed prog for me. 

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Prog / Re: Prog 2122 - Your Planet Needs Thrills!
« on: 10 March, 2019, 12:09:34 pm »
Superb prog!

Starting with a great Tharg cover and then the finale to one of the best Dredd tales in ages.  Wagner rounded it off beautifully. 

Have to say, I didn't feel that the scenes where Dredd quelled the brief rebellion were off at all.  In his usual abrupt way he just dismissed their lame attempt and immediately re-asserted his beloved status quo.  With some physical force, but really more just the force of his personality and presence.  That's classic Joe to me.  Logan being measured in his response chimed with his character too.

Please write more Mr Wagner, Dredd needs you!!

The rest of the prog was also pretty good. Skipping Tracer, the future shock thingy was entertaining, a pretty classic reveal and not very 2000ad but it worked. 

I'm pleased to say I've been able to get back into Grey Area from this prog, having lost touch with it under all the flashing lights and confusing action (oh what an old git I am..) And Jaegir is always a blast, with top quality art. 

With Harvey...I'm sure another model can be produced but maybe the units develop and change with their experiences and so on.  Some sort of machine learning that makes each model over time develop differently in subtle ways.

With the knowledge that another series of Brink will come and Kingmaker back next week all seemed perfect...until the mention of those Survival Gits returning next week. But since it'll be replacing Skip Tracer it's not so bad.

Keep it up Mighty One!   

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Prog / Re: Prog 2121 - One Man's Stand
« on: 03 March, 2019, 02:54:33 pm »
A Cow - you should be a script droid! If it's not that, I'd be interested to see if the alternative is any better...

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General / Re: New Subscription Prog Bag - Recyclable?
« on: 02 March, 2019, 03:20:54 pm »
Mmm yes that might be It, thanks.

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General / New Subscription Prog Bag - Recyclable?
« on: 02 March, 2019, 12:09:04 pm »
The plastic bag that the subscription prog came in this morning is different..

It's not as shiny and feels more 'organic'.

Can this go in the recycling bin...anyone know?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2120 - Tankbuster!
« on: 24 February, 2019, 08:38:35 pm »
An enjoyable prog even though (ahem, I'm a bit embarrassed to say) I'm only reading 3 fifths of it.  Never liked Skip Tracer and Grey Area gives me a headache to look at, one page in particuar is incredibly busy.

The Thriller is ok so far but Dredd and Jaegir are just superb.

I haven't felt this for a while with the prog...but because of Machine Law I'm genuinely excited when the prog lands on Saturday morning!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 February, 2019, 11:41:38 pm »
Got my Halo this weekend too! Never thought there'd be a Halo Jones figure.  I don't know much about figurines, but I think she's great. Reasonable likeness and the clothes are a very good fit with the art. (Not for sale, sorry..) 

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Megazine / Re: Meg 405 - The Fear Factor
« on: 19 February, 2019, 07:48:53 pm »
Ents in Mega City One! Not keen and whilst I know many like it, I'm not a fan of the the art either. Seems rather unsophisticated...the eyeballs popping out for example. 

Often I rely on the standard Dredd tale to make up for the other strips, so rather a bare cupboard for me this week

There's always Lawless though which was peerless as usual.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2119 - Cops and Robos
« on: 19 February, 2019, 07:41:22 pm »
Dredd, McNeil and Wagner - brilliant!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2118 - Enemies of the State
« on: 10 February, 2019, 02:17:36 pm »
The excellent Brink just got even better.  How is this possible!? Well it's just brilliant story-telling and Brink is fast becoming an actual 2000ad classic.  Not just a modern classic but a classic, full stop.

As with many other readers...I did not expect that, Chief Judge Logan!! Dredd is hotting up, wish Wagner was writing more Dredd, come back more often John you are sorely missed.. 

Jaegir is good stuff too, with superb art.

Gray Area, mmmn. I don't know when it happend, but at some point I stopped recognising who was who and understanding what was going on... Used to quite like it, enough to read it anyway. Unlike Skip Tracer which I did try and stick with but have now given up on.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 02 February, 2019, 11:53:09 pm »
Yes the cover isn't up to much, has a rather rushed, uninspired feel to it.

Dredd is just great, script and art in perfect harmony.

Looks like there may be a lot more Brink to come, that's great news!  Has her mono-brow been so apparent before though..? It may always have been there, but I've never really noticed it before.  Couldn't help thinking of Frida Kahlo...

Love the art in Jaegir and she's a very engaging character with good action to get stuck into.

Overall a decent prog, thanks Tharg.   

     

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 27 January, 2019, 11:10:50 pm »
Thanks, I'm going to head over there now!

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 27 January, 2019, 03:12:47 pm »
Thanks Eamonn - that's great!

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 27 January, 2019, 01:51:00 pm »
Spot on Colin - couldn't agree more.

I know the photo you mean, I'd like to see it again, any idea where can I can find it?

(I've had a bit of a nose on Google but can't find it..)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: 19 January, 2019, 06:59:26 pm »
Good Prog!

Makes all the difference having a strong Dredd story.  Wagner's at the helm and things are happening - great cover too!

As usual Brink is brilliant, Skip Tracer is not and Fiends is fun.

Liking the Thriller, good art and an old school horror/thriller vibe to it.

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