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News / Re: Get Well Soon, Carlos.
« on: 08 September, 2018, 09:43:28 am »
All best wishes for the operation and a speedy recovery after. But, you know, take your time!

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 08 September, 2018, 09:41:39 am »

General / Re: droids you've forgotten
« on: 05 September, 2018, 10:45:23 am »
Mike White you say?

http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.com/2018/09/no-118-mike-white-rip.html  :D

How about Maya Gavin, who has the distinction of being the first female artist to draw Dredd (in the Meg and the Prog)?
On a Megazine cover once, even: http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=artist&choice=mayag&Comic=megazine

And then there's Warren Ellis, who famously had several letters published as a fan, before getting a single scripting credit (in the early days of the Megazine), not to mention reprints of Lazarus Churchyard, a classic example of trendy 90s comics, and an early showing of Ellis's obsession with the delights of sci-fi technology.

Edgar Wright has a credit on that one Shaun of the Dead tie-in comic, and there was that Placebo poster comic from Prog 1405, which may or may not have had some input from Brian Molko and Co...

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 04 September, 2018, 10:47:26 am »
OK, fair points on the lack of believable logic there! But the giant man-monster made of stitched together recipients of Dredd's bullets is, for me, a decent stab at a villain concept. Especially as rendered by King Carlos.

But I'm done defending the story, don't worry!

General / Re: Later Garth Ennis Dredds
« on: 03 September, 2018, 11:43:28 am »
Part of Ennis's take (as per his interview with Da Bish, which I ought to link here but can't be bothered) is that he had almost no editorial help. He doesn't give any details, but one gets the impression they were so busy putting the Prog/Meg various reprints together, they didn't have time to even stop and tell him 'actually Garth, this script isn't really good enough, can you have another go.' I guess in their defense they'd never had to say that to Wagner and Grant, so maybe Dredd was just in the folder marked 'good to go!' from the off?

What's good by him lately? I got tired about half-way through the Boys / Punisher Max, and haven't read any Ennis comics since. Always did enjoy his War Stories, though.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 03 September, 2018, 10:55:49 am »
Honestly, I get the hate for 'Frankenstein Division', I really do, but I honestly kinda like the basic premise of the story. Goodness knows plenty of writers have gone to the well of 'what happened to the nuked-out remains of East Meg 1', and it's a fertile well.

The hateful thing, as you say, is that final episode, in which Dredd wins through sheer violence. Wagner and Grant would've come up with some clever or at least satisfying way to destroy the monster, even if it was just hitting it with yet more nukes. Or maybe the monster actually being a psychic projection of guilt from Dredd's colleagues (defeated by the relaisation that Dredd himself, doesn't feel guilty at all). I've never understood this passion of Millar's to have heroes winning battles by just punching more and harder. Is it some obsession with that old Spider-Man story where he throws off the heavy weight? Or just an inability to think up a plot-based conflict resolving solution?

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 01 September, 2018, 10:42:46 am »
Time for another hero, the late, lamented Mike White:

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 31 August, 2018, 12:10:24 pm »
I do seem to have a bit of an obsession with early 90s 2000AD, and I've never entirely understood why. Obviously part of it is that this is when I became a full-fledged read the Prog every week fan, primed by Tharg's hype machine to assume ever upcoming thrill was going to be the greatest thing ever.

But I think you've hit the nail on the head with the observation that although fans largely agree this was perhaps the worst of times for 2000AD (1995/1996 might be the last gasp of truly terrible?), there's very little agreement on which strips exactly were the good ones, and which were execrable.

I mean, everyone loves Button Man and Firekind, and everyone hates Mark Millar RoboHunter and Michael Fleisher Rogue Trooper but beyond that it's a toss-up.

Prog / Re: Prog 2096 - Warriors On The Edge
« on: 29 August, 2018, 09:12:30 am »
I seem to be alone in finding that Mechastopheles just took a turn for the much, much better this Prog! Having characters running about in the city as well as inside the beast gives me more context to work out what the hell is going on, which I appreciate. I should probably re-read the original 3riller, but the confluence of religion vs demons vs hard science is very much my thing. (Although I wouldn't mind seeing the 'religion' vertex of that triangle getting a bit of love beyond 'priests are powerful hypocrites' for a change).
The final panel with the spooky chair is, as far as I'm concerned classic 2000AD thrillage, with the Rennies setting up a simple idea that Richardson really embraces for all its haunting potential.

Other Reviews / Re: Last Comic Read
« on: 28 August, 2018, 10:20:07 am »
Brink book 2: AMAZING! Even more fun than the first, I reckon, although it wouldn't work as well without the background of the first, much denser, story.

Jinty collection: really enjoyed this, as did my 8-year-old daughter, which was pleasing to see. I wouldn't say it's quite the second coming of reprint comics, as perhaps implied by the recent Thrillcast on the 'Treasury' would have it, but it's bizarre and emotional in all the right ways.

But what I really want to talk about is Universe: A periodical of Cosmic Wonder by Albert Monteys. Just read a collection of 5 issues of this, all available from Panel Syndicate, and it's some of the best comics I've read in years. All VERY 2000ADish - it's like a collection of the best Future Shocks you've never read, with sumptuous art that reminds me of peak-period Belardinelli meets Ian Gibson.

If you don't know, Panel Syndicate is a website that hosts comics that you can choose what to pay for. Mostly comics by Brain K Vaughan and Marcos Martin (Private Eye - pretty good; Barrier - great first 2 issues, but doesn't really go anywhere after that). If you can cope with digital comics, super highly recommended.

General / Re: Dredd actually being human
« on: 22 August, 2018, 09:27:11 am »
There's an early Daily Star Dredd where he sentences a mob of unemployment rioters to 20 years hard labour, causing them all to cheer. It's one of those things where he uses the law to make a joke but actually help to fix the human problem of needing to do useful stuff.

Harry 20 in Skip Tracer. Although I guess after all the time that's passed he'd probably have to look like Ben 90.

I have to say, Skip Tracer was so bland I thought it had to be one of those 'surprise, it's really an Indigo Prime story!' strips. So for Tharg to sneak Armoured Gideon into the Order was double tricksy.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 21 August, 2018, 09:12:05 am »
Being very clever and having a good memory for stories you write but probably have not re-read are not the same thing!

For what it's worth, my take on Bad Company (new style) is that Milligan wanted to tell stories about War and Truth and PTSD, and rather than inventing a bunch of new characters he re-used his existing, much beloved Bad Company and doesn't really care about continuity - but certainly with a large dose of 'if war reporting is all lies, who knows WHAT really happened in the past?

I also love the story Kano dearly, even if the art is just not quite as on fire as 1986 Brett Ewins.

As for Firekind, I'm definitely in the camp of 'it's all a hallucination, but it all really happened as well'.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 17 August, 2018, 04:31:25 pm »
1984 is a few years before my time as a weekly Prog reader, but I read a fair chunk of these strips in my early days when they turned up in the greatest reprint comic of all time, 'The Best of 2000AD monthly'! I was always curious why they reprinted stuff that seemed quite recent, and almost never included stuff from the first 200 progs - now I know it's because the thrills from 1984 were just better!

Top art: Brett Ewins for Sector House 9
Top story: Wagner & Grant for the Killing
Top overall thrill: Nemesis book IV (and I love the detail that episode 1 of this book was, apparently, originally crafted as the actual episode 1 of the whole Nemesis saga. That's so crazy and weird! It's like he's an alien who looks like the devil dressed as a Victorian gent with a robot valet on a steampunk planet and the villain is a weird tentacly demon ghost I don't even understand but I LOVE IT)
Top month: October - Nemesis begins, but also Rogue reaches a milestone, Ace Garp is a ton of fun, and Dredd kickstarts this long-running saga of doubt, also allowing Rob Smith to draw the single best 'irritating pencil-pusher gets punched in the kisser' panel. Yeah, Brian Bolland, it's better than 'gaze into the fist of Dredd', I said it.

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 17 August, 2018, 04:08:47 pm »
I'd be up for a Jim McCarthy based floppy that collected the Grudge Father(s) and Kid Cyborg.
And a Shaky 2000 with the two Soul Gun stories plus as many other oddities as he put out.

Noble failures they may be, but the nobility has to be worth some kind of airing.

Probably not actually better than much of the Treasury that I've never seen before!

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