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Wow folks - that's quite the opening salvo.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 4
« on: Today at 11:53:21 AM »
Am still a bit iffy about mechanismo being considered in this competition. It’s more a constant theme in Dredd rather than an epic. You could equally argue the stand alone PJ maybe stuff is all a mega-epic or the Letter From / Democracy stuff or argue Harvey is part of the mechanismo epic.

While I don't necessarily disagree in AlexF we abide. He took the time to work his magic and while I'm doing my upmost to unpick that, we must work with his madness engine.

The answer remains if you're not sure don't vote for it and the majority will win the day...

...but you are clearly right!

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 4
« on: Today at 08:07:26 AM »
We need more epics (micro epics?) where the stakes are based on character jeopardy rather than THOUSANDS WILL DIE! threats that we've seen so many times before.

Yeah that's the factor that really makes this one work for me. Its tight and personal which is fascinating for a character like Dredd.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 4
« on: Today at 06:35:37 AM »

Well well well some Epics just can't be stopped. All we can hope for is that other Epics migth join them in their seemingly relentless march to the top.

Progressing to the next round:

Mechanismo - 51 points
City of the Damned - 26 points
Sin City - 25 points
The Chief Judge's Man - 13 points

Going into the 44 - 37 position play off:

Judgement Day - 6 points
Doomsday - 5 points
The Ecstasy - 1 point
Blood Trials - well I really like it at least....

For one of our unstoppable troop the march seems to be slowing, the other however is rallying. Mechanismo shows its form makes it a real one to watch and Sin City puts in a good opening performance.

But come on folks what's wrong with Blood Trails?

Come back Monday when some very interesting choices join the fray!

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Vote for positions 52 - 45
« on: 05 March, 2021, 09:17:06 AM »
Yeah I thought Robot Wars would do better. Its place in the pantheon of Epics is assured for so many. Its the original and AlexF was right to have made an exception to give it a place. That said it is early Dredd and early Dredd isn't that good.

Similarly I agree that we will see some stories caught between being quite good - or very good, but not really being an Epic in a lot of folks minds and Mega Rackets is a prime example of that.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 4
« on: 05 March, 2021, 06:32:12 AM »
Last call for Round 4. Closing in the morning for our weekend break from all this. Votes on the last day have had a significent impact so far so get your votes in today and we'll see how things line. This one seems to be stirring up some real movement.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Vote for positions 52 - 45
« on: 05 March, 2021, 06:30:05 AM »

Final position for the bootom eight and in and here there haven't been any massive moves, as might be expected, but rather its all about the shuffling. Without further a do:

52: 48 - Dead Ringer - 3 points = down 4 places

51: 52 - Crusade - 4 points = up 1 place.

50: 51 - Blood of Satanus III - 4 points = up 1 place.

49: 49 - Purgatory / Inferno - 12 points = no move.

48: 50 - Luna-City - 18 points = up 2 places.

47: 44 - The Robot War - 22 points = down 3 places.

46: 46 - Raptaur - 26 points = no change

45: 43 - The Mega Rackets  - 31 points = down 2 places.

So any thoughts about our final placings? Is Dead Ringer victim of simply not being well remembered? Is Mega Rackets victim of not really being an Epic... are you all just sick of voting for these Epics?

Positions 44 - 37 next Friday.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 04 March, 2021, 09:23:52 PM »

I didn't comment on the run in to Prog 1900. I meant to and the focus was meant to be the magnificent Brass Sun as Floating World - the third series completed a brilliant run. The action ramped up, Arthur the golden doombot landed and alas we lose Ramkin in a plesently Doctor Who companion leaving way. Its been a blast.

The rolling line up of quality dips a little. The introduction of viking werebeast saga Black Shuck and the return of Aquilia not quite able to keep up the quality, but they are hardly bad.

Anyway then we get to

Prog 1900

and an old beef of mine. A big launch Prog, a shiny cover, even a text feature celebrating those big round number Progs. The thrills, well its top notch stuff. Wagner and Ezquerra on Dredd. Stickeback and Kingdom return and... and... oh hold on...

That's it. Three thrills. Admittedly three superb thrills but The Galaxys Greatest biggest strength is its depth of quality and its variety and to only showcase three thrills to new readers is such a shame. Its an old and personal beef, but when Grey Area and  Ichabod are the thrills coming in next issue its not like Tharg has anything to be ashamed of. Those five thrills are a superb line-up fully demonstrating the great variety and Tharg's Thrill Arsenal.

Why not whip it all out for the big thrusting launch issue, huh Tharg. Don't be shy there's nothing to be ashamed of here. Your fully engauged thrill cavalcade is a thing of beauty, don't let these big number, big draw issues go off half cocked huh!

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Vote for positions 52 - 45
« on: 04 March, 2021, 01:06:00 PM »
Whoops forgot to say - this one closes in the morning so if you want to impact on the final positions 52 - 45 get your votes in TODAY!!!!

Got two ideas I just need to work up - really looking forward to this one.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 4
« on: 04 March, 2021, 11:03:24 AM »
The Ectasy I'm mostly voting for to give this forgotten story a boost. Sure, Marshall's art is at the mediocre end of his abilities, but the story is actually a lot more compelling and fun than it's given credit for. And, as I may have ventured before, it's actually not a bad first story to introduce readers to Judge Dredd and Mega City 1...

The Ecstacy is a weird one. I re-read it recently and it was such a revalation when I learnt from your post (links below folks check out AlexF's blog if you haven't already - its brilliant!) that it was originally designed to be a 3 issue US series introduction to Dredd. That made the pacing make a lot more sense and explained why when I read it I was thinking - really you've taken 12 parts (or whatever) to cover this. John Wagner would normally do this is 3 parts... and he was... just longer parts...

Film & TV / Asterix to Netflix
« on: 04 March, 2021, 06:04:47 AM »
This has been covered in lots of places but worth popping on here. Asterix and the Big Fight is coming to Netflix.


but seriously do a Google search and you'll find lots of similar stories.

Apparently this is being 'show run' by the person who did Mission Cleopatre which was actually the best of the live action films I'd say. Let's see how it turns out but it good to see there's life in the ol' Gaul yet.

General / Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 4
« on: 04 March, 2021, 05:44:23 AM »
Look at the list of 8 Dredd stories below and tell me your top three:

1 (your favourite of the 8) will get 3 points
2 (your 2nd fav) will get 2 points
3 (your 3rd fav) will get 1 point

Advanced from the previous rounds:

The Chief Judge's Man - Progs 1244-1247, 1263-1266, 1342-1349

City of the Damned - Progs 393-406

Doomsday - Progs 1141-1164; Megs 3.52-3.59

Mechanismo - Megs 2.12-2.17; 2.22-2.26; 2.37-2.43

Next four from Dredd Epics Ranked:

Judgement Day - Progs 786-799; Megs 2.04-2.08

The Ecstasy - Progs 1617-1626

Blood Trails - Progs 1440-1449

Sin City - Progs Progs 1289-1299

Voting will close on the morning of Saturday 6th March and the 4 Epics with the most votes will progress to the next round.

All links go through to AlexF’s simply brilliant Dredd Epics Ranked blog. You may need to scroll to find his write up of a particular story - but I’d suggest just reading the whole thing anyway - it's fantastic stuff.

Baffled by what’s going on here - well we have a a thread for that - though that might leave you more confused than anything.

Rules for what they are worth.

Not sure about anything just ask and I’ll blag it.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 3
« on: 03 March, 2021, 08:59:57 PM »
Ah, missed it.

I would have picked
CJs man

So no effect anyway!

And the great thing is with this format you may get to vote for them all again!

Off Topic / Re: Ranking Competitions Ranked!
« on: 03 March, 2021, 07:55:31 PM »

... or are you not being entirely serious...

It was the cheese that gave it away wasn't it?

Yeah it smelt... ready for it... you ready... it smelt rank...

Ladies and gentlemen I'm here all night.

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