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General / Re: Dredd Case File recommendations
« on: 19 February, 2020, 11:00:12 am »
There are more McMahon stories (and one or two Bolland stories) in CF 3 and 4, but none after Apocalypse War (CF 5). Most of those stories are pretty crazy. There are also a lot of Ron Smith-illustrated stories, which he will probably like.

After the Apocalypse War there are lots of less serious, crazy stories again, almost all of them by Smith and Ezquerra, so not sure whether to recommend those to your friend or not. If you think he could grow to like or at least get used to Ezquerra 's style , then definitely, because that was a golden age of brilliant Dredd stories, including The Graveyard Shift, Fungus, Jimps, and Blobs. That's CF 5 and 6. Some of the stories get more serious after that, but there are still some batty ones too, and there's much less Ezquerra. By then you've got Steve Dillon, Cam Kennedy, Ian Gibson and others.

Prog / Re: Prog 2169 - 43 Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears
« on: 15 February, 2020, 05:32:17 pm »
I forgot to say: a fitting ending for Brink.

Prog / Re: Prog 2169 - 43 Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears
« on: 15 February, 2020, 05:31:50 pm »
I really liked Dredd, although I do wonder whether the ending might confuse new readers.

General / Re: Have I missed a thread about this?
« on: 13 February, 2020, 07:38:27 pm »
He should have got twenty years' hard labour.

Prog / Re: Prog 2168 - Master at arms!
« on: 09 February, 2020, 08:39:37 pm »
That doesn't seem like a fair criticism of Dredd to me. I didn't get the impression that the whole story was just a set up for a punchline. It's a legitimate story in its own right, with a quip at the end because that's how these sort of stories typically end.

General / Re: 2000 AD ART STARS - JUDGE DEATH
« on: 07 February, 2020, 11:26:08 pm »
I do like that one!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 05 February, 2020, 11:38:33 pm »
Kirk Douglas, 103.

Help! / Re: Judge Death appearances
« on: 01 February, 2020, 11:40:58 pm »
The recent poster prog is new.

I think Death is in one of the Plagues stories, but not the others. Those stories were so bad that I'm not willing to look at them again to make sure, sorry!

Film & TV / Re: DUNE
« on: 01 February, 2020, 12:11:31 pm »
Thank you Gary!

Film & TV / Re: DUNE
« on: 31 January, 2020, 09:35:49 pm »
Books are way better than people. But also, books are written by people. I am still confounded by this enigma.

What a great article! Well worth a read.

Links / Re: The Rusty Staples comics blog!
« on: 29 January, 2020, 10:53:16 am »
I've seen this blog before and it's fantastic. Highly recommended to all squaxx.

Other Reviews / Re: Anderson: Half-Life
« on: 27 January, 2020, 05:38:35 pm »
Alan Grant's humour in his Anderson stories just isn't funny; ditto Samantha Slade. His humour in some other stories, however, is hilarious, and Lobo: The Last Czarnian is brilliant. I don't know why this is.

His serious Anderson stories, on the other hand, are some of the best stories I've read in comics. The storyline discussed above is certainly one of them. My favourite of all is Triad, which is a masterclass in storytelling, and also marks the increasingly mature tone of the comic around that time (1989).

Other Reviews / Re: Anderson: Half-Life
« on: 26 January, 2020, 07:20:38 pm »
I agree with all of that. I would add that Ranson is my favourite Anderson artist.

Prog / Re: Prog 2166 - Active Shooters!
« on: 25 January, 2020, 10:11:04 pm »
This is a very good prog. The Dredd story ended perfectly.

I'm not sold on the 'Imaginary friend stealth and weapon ops' bit at the end.

I am. Firstly, it's just a joke, it's not as if we'll actually be seeing that as a permanent new squad in Justice Dept. Secondly, it makes perfect sense in the story: that is precisely what the Judges would do next.

Brink is action-packed, and I liked the new use for the hate box.

This week's Feral & Foe is a self-contained story, and a good one. I didn't like this series at first but I've warmed to it now. I'll probably re-read the first episodes later.

Proteus Vex is eventful.

I'm saving ZZ for later.

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