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Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 19 January, 2019, 03:17:31 pm »
No I am sure it hasn’t. The hint was that she is Freely from Insurrection. I for one have that at the forefront of my mind when reading Lawless.

Ah, I haven't read Insurrection. Is it any good, and what is it about Freely that makes you think she is Lawson? Does Freely look like Lawson?


In my opinion it is just about the best story ever published in the Megazine (vying with Lawless for top spot).

As to why I think she is Freely- because there is a scene where another character refers to her as Freely.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 19 January, 2019, 02:28:14 pm »
About Lawless - I am sure that it was hinted that Lawson might not really be who she claims to be. The man who was a psychic prisoner said stuff to this effect and it was also noted at one point that she doesn't use a Lawgiver because her hand print would not be recognised as a judge. At one point in the strip someone turned up who claimed to be the real Lawson but this was then dismissed somehow. Has this identity thing been forgotten?

No I am sure it hasn’t. The hint was that she is Freely from Insurrection. I for one have that at the forefront of my mind when reading Lawless.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« on: 18 January, 2019, 01:56:27 pm »
I'm probably needing a service or something as I'm not enjoying the current Fiends strip at all. I really liked the previous run, with the alternative take on Costanta but I don't buy him as a protagonist at all.

I should be loving it- Ian Edginton is a solid, dependable scribe and Tiernan Trevallion is a heck of an artist but  for some reason this particular story is leaving me utterly cold.

I agree on fiends. Now TT is awesome on Absalom, but for me his art isn’t that suited to this.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 17 January, 2019, 04:30:26 pm »
I seem to have read two conflicting stories about Brink - one where this is the last series and one where it isn’t and that there will be stories for years to come, set in that world but not necessarily featuring Kurtis.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 17 January, 2019, 03:40:46 pm »
I really do hope that isn’t it for Lawless and it turns out to be a Zhind mind trick or something.

TBH, I find myself torn between being incredibly annoyed with Abnett if this turns out to be some kind of fake-out, and pathetically grateful for all those characters not being dead.

Yes that’s where I am with this too (and Lawson not being 40 years older).

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Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 17 January, 2019, 11:27:49 am »
I really do hope that isn’t it for Lawless and it turns out to be a Zhind mind trick or something.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« on: 15 January, 2019, 03:50:32 pm »
Only one place to start for me this week and that's Brink.. This has been a great series, but this episode goes up a notch. As much as I don't like disagreeing with Colin (part 1):

Back to Brink heavens to Betsy this is superb....Just superb If it wasn't for Lawless this would be the greatest ever...

yes it is is superb and for me it is now edging out Lawless as the best thing from Tharg right now and indeed over the last few years. As to the greatest thing ever....its certainly up there, though whether it takes the crown...well that is a tough call and one that can probably only be made in retrospect.

As much as I don't like disagreeing with Colin (part 2):

Fiends - Aerial bat creature fight. So now all you need to do is ask yourself is that enough for you to know this is GREAT? If not maybe 2000ad ain't for you any more!

For me this has gone off the boil in the last couple of episodes and has not lived up to the promise of the opening episode.

Another thing that took a dip for me this week was the 3riller; it seemed to throw in a load of fairly random ideas at end, many of which felt very familiar from stuff like the Walking Dead. Indeed I am now questioning the whole 3riller concept. A straight up one shot Future Shock seems a better format to me as it forces all the superfluous stuff to be trimmed and ironically many over the years seem to have more fully fleshed out characters than we get in 3rillers. I guess because it is necessary to focus on the core theme and have the characters' actions and dialogue support that.

Dredd wasn't the greatest.It seemed to be done half way through this week's episode but carried on anyway to get to that final scene. I want a bit more than the build up final scene or punch line from my Dredd.

So given all that, second place this week goes to Skip Tracer. Ok its not the most original thing we have seem but its ok, in a sort of mid eighties C list strip kind of way, plus it has art that far exceeds the script.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 11 January, 2019, 09:26:23 am »
I think many of you were a little unkind to a perfectly solid January prog. Cheer up, chaps.

Yes I thought it was perfectly good, even the 3Thriller and Skip Tracer.


Or spelling sympathise right! I despair of myself at times.

Yes I noticed that but didn’t want to nail you for it, after all it is a tricky one; I had to Google it myself.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 10 January, 2019, 11:25:02 pm »
Interesting take on Skip Tracer is how Marshall’s characterization looks different from MacNeils. I think one of the reasons why people do not like the main character is that he is always angry. Marshall draws him that he is angry, MacNeil did not (hence the reason that the previous installment was more excepted). Just my two cents.

You know what you might just have nailed it! MacNeil or the script he had enable us you smpathise with Nathan.

You might be able to sympathise with him, but it doesn’t help with remembering his name. :lol:

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 10 January, 2019, 08:34:35 pm »
What a year for Dan Abnett. Not only does he take the top spot but he has three stories in the top ten!

And no doubt Lawless would win a Megazine story of the year poll if there was one.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 10 January, 2019, 01:04:41 pm »
An absolute legend. Always enjoyed his Dredd.

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 10 January, 2019, 10:37:03 am »
Great to see a resounding win for Brink. For me it really does rank as highly as anything we have had in the Prog ever - yes even early Slaine, Nemesis, Zenith etc.

As you say it would be great to see more long form stories in the Prog....on the other hand, as you said earlier, Skip Tracer had more episodes than anything else last year (ok they were different stories) but it didn't score a single point. I guess that just underlines that it is quality that counts, rather than (just) the number of appearances.

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General / Re: The 2000 AD random prog game
« on: 09 January, 2019, 09:10:40 pm »
1651.


Judge Dredd Tour of Duty
Kingdom Call of the Wild
Nikolai Dante Lulu's War
Shakara The Destroyer
Strontium Dog the Mork Whisperer

Now I haven't dug it out and read, but that sounds like a pretty awesome Prog to me,

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General / Re: Subscriber free gifts.
« on: 08 January, 2019, 05:08:19 pm »
Received my John Higgins one too and a rather nice box set it is. Any ideas when the Cam Kennedy one should arrive as I'd have thought they would both have been shipped at the same time to reduce postage costs?

Apparently  the Cam Kennedy prints should be sent out by the end of January.

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 06 January, 2019, 02:34:29 pm »
The small house was story of the year tho. No doubt. Despite the forum naysayers.

Yep totally agree with that. Indeed the best Dredd story for a while - probably since Ladykiller.

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