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Other Reviews / Re: The Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing
« on: 17 July, 2018, 01:14:32 pm »
I could stand to have a few more stories of Banner dying and the Hulk springing to life!
It's a new twist on the 'what triggers his Hulking out' bit - used to be night time, then linked to emotions, occasionally controlled by willpower, sometimes it was a bit random.

It's top tier Hulk comics so far!

Off Topic / Re: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Prog
« on: 12 July, 2018, 09:17:36 am »
Scrambled Kleggs
Boil-in-the-Bagman rice
Spam-o in a Kano
Indigo Prime rib
Vienna, neice-oise of Dredd salad
Filet-o-Judge Fish
Dan Dare-ylea triangles
Random Lobster bisque
Blackblood pudding
Johnny Alphabetti Spaghetti

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 July, 2018, 09:57:46 am »
A legend indeed, and I'm especially sad that I've only heard this news on comics-based outlets - the due came up with Spider-Man and Dr Strange for F's sake! These are characters known literally around the world.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 July, 2018, 09:55:50 am »
Totally agree IP: the problem we have to tackle is education, information and engagement, I think a more functional political establishment would inevitably follow, if only it could be done. 

If I may be so bold as to offer a solution to this problem  :D


Surprised no one has talked up the Arthur Ranson Roundtable - what a treat that was! It has fired me up to dive back into my trades of Button Man and Mazeworld yet again to unpick more artistic goodness.

I imagine it was quite a bit of work to set up with all those guests, but would love to hear one of these on some other 2000AD / UK comics greats. I can't see it happening, but if a panel of comics experts was ever bold enough to tackle the output of Mr. Pat Mills it would be a wonder to listen in on...

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 10 July, 2018, 02:59:43 pm »
Even later to the party! I had a good time with this Special, that felt very much like the last few years' worth of Specials - not quite as good as the Prog, but lots to like and an impressive variety of stories and art that just felt that little bit different to the norm, in a refreshing way.

I'm a lot less bothered than Frank by writers sticking to a formula, some characters and settings are kind of built for that kind of thing, no? Rogue Trooper in particular felt like one of the very best GF-D era one-offs, even if the art was not quite as good as that. And 'The Feels' was a triumph of capturing mid-80s Dredd along with thumbing a nose to the male-readership. Top marks! The Anderson story, less so, although I enjoyed the characterisation on that one a lot, and was delighted to see Psi Judge  Shakta back in action!

Unlike many here (but like a few!), I really enjoyed the tone of the Tyranny Rex strip, both writing and art. Yes, the story itself was very slight, but it really had that feel of early 90s hang-out comics, which I miss from the Prog (I'll make an exception for The Order, where the plot is so beyond my reading that it ends up feeling like a hang-out story).

My fave art was on the Judge Dredd and Judge Death strips (probably helps that they had the two most tried-and-tested writers, who are a proper safe pair of hands for Tharg by now). I don't think either artist would work on those strips in the Prog, but that's what I like about Specials, they can afford to be playful. But I'd love to see those artists doing something in the Prog on a comedy-based series, like Ace Trucking or RoboHunter or, better yet, something entirely new!

From the Podcast, I know some of the creators were deliberately trying to give readers what they might expect a girl to do, if only to show how silly this is. Overall it worked for me - a genuine breath of fresh air, with a nice side-helping of being poked with a stick.

Anyone complaining about the quality of this Special I think needs to compare it to other specials, not the Prog - it's waybetter than a lot of them over the years. I mean, when was the last time you cracked open one of the Judge Dredd Mega-Specials from the mid-90s...

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 06 July, 2018, 08:14:55 am »
Next up, an artist who may, at this point, be more famous in the US than the UK...

Trevor Hairsine

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 04 July, 2018, 02:09:18 pm »
Thanks all for the moral support!
And also to Karl Stock for getting a name-check in this month's Megazine.

You guys did read the obit for Michael Fleisher, didn't you..?

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 03 July, 2018, 12:46:24 pm »
Thanks also for the insight into what it feels like to belong to a class of people depicted negatively in popular fiction. Pat Mills stories must be hard work for you.

You'd think, wouldn't you, but it's really only with Greysuit that Mills has got me down. I would say that it's very easy to know that one is bracketed with a particular class but also to think 'but they're not really talking about me, I don't have that kind of money or those connections, I'm not like that at all...'

In other Pat Mills-baiting traits, I'm also a practicing Christian and regular churchgoer - but Nemesis the Warlock remains my all-time favourite series. Who knows, if I hadn't found 2000AD at an impressionable age, I might be an insufferable evangelical type, so thank Mills for that escape.

Back on topic, for anyone who hasn't read the two-volume Hachette Armitage collection, I recommend them both, although only for half the stories in each, roughly.

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 01 July, 2018, 07:20:14 am »
I haven't given up, honest. Just had to pause for a while to hunt out the necessary back-Megs and long-forgotten Specials to do justice to...

Dave Stone

Just to assure folks, after all the nice things folks have said, that this is of course all utter nonsense, I've made a decision.

The idea of the re-read is to read the Progs as comics, not in story 'clumps' as I have in the past... even though I can't quite shake my need to review and comment like that. Anyway to that end since I've reached 786 I've made the call to just read Judgement Day in the Prog, not to nip out to the nerd cave and get the Megs.

Is it to keep my re-read pure?
Is it a social experiment?
Is it because when I reached these issues tonight I couldn't be arsed to go out to the comic cavern?

Never underestimate how my laziness can over come my common sense!

Let us know how this works out! I was one of those who subscribed to the Meg purely to get these chapters (and Armageddon - see the thread in the 'General' section about how this was once said to be the origin of Mega City 1). In theory, Judgement Day should work when just reading the Prog episodes - be curious to know if that was, in fact, true. I suspect not, especially the Johnny Alpha plotline.

Yet more astuteness from Mr YNWA  :lol:

That's a right astute analysis of Kola Kommandoes right there - so many ideas thrown at the reader, but sadly only a 50/50 ratio of good ones to bad. It's the comedy buffoon superheroes that got me down the most. But there's something about the setting of actually working in an office, and running around a battle-torn city, that still feels underexplored in the world of 2000AD, even if the 'big business is evil' theme is overexplored.

Has anyone ever found out what the working deal between Mills 'n Skinner actually was? TPO makes it seem like Mills was so close to Skinner, and so influenced by the man's life and philosophy, that he felt he ought to co-credit Skinner basically as the inspiration for his stories at this time -

- but I feel that Mills has hinted on his own blog that this isn't fair, and in fact Skinner did much of the actual plotting/scripting/dialoguing during, I guess more akin to the partnership of Wagner 'n Grant or Beeby 'n Rennie.

I quite like Finn. But not more than that.

Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 22 June, 2018, 02:21:49 pm »
Crusade does read better in the collected Anderson Psi Files, when there's a clearer link to both Engram, which introduced the Psi-Baby, and indeed Helios (or was it Triad?) that introduced the twin girls who take centre stage in Crusade. But it's nowhere near the best of Anderson's stories.

I remember readers at the time complaining (and rightly so!) that it was crazy that no Dredd stories at this time mentioned the fact that all the children in MC1 were being kidnapped (see also Judge Hershey: Harlequin's Dance, which had the same plot hook some years earlier in the Megazine). If there'd been even a single Dredd story about this this it might've lifted the whole sorry saga.

You can't even really blame the art - the same problem hampered Anderson: Satan, which was painted with dependably stunning results by Arthur Ranson, but at no ppint in the Judge Dredd strip did anyone mention that the city was under attack by the actual Satan (as opposed to the Devil, who was presumably snug in his iso cube in Block 666)

But also you can blame the art, and I'm someone who kinda likes Steve Sampson!

Other Reviews / Re: The Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing
« on: 22 June, 2018, 02:12:25 pm »
I loved Ewing's work on Loki and US Avengers, if his Hulk is even better it's got me super excited!

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