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Prog / Re: Prog 2068 - In Cold Blood!
« on: 16 February, 2018, 06:10:00 PM »
Nobel did indeed invent both dynamite and gelignite and reputedly set up the prize to assuage his guilt on the matter.
Psychologically speaking, this is not a million miles from someone creating a really successful war comic and making penance for that by writing a long-running strip about the horrors of the First World War.

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News / Re: Mills & Skinner's ACCIDENT MAN - The Film
« on: 27 December, 2017, 03:55:07 PM »
5 February is a Monday, which suggests "DVD/VOD release date" rather than "in cinemas now!"

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Prog / Re: Prog 2058 - A Frosty Reception
« on: 22 November, 2017, 09:27:13 AM »
I don't see why we'd need an explanation for Revere. Indigo Prime recruits dead people as its agents and gives them new bodies. They recruited Revere. What else do you need to know?
"Why?"

So far there's been no real reason for him to be there, except fan service. Apart from giving us a not-universally-well-received "wow" cliffhanger, his presence in the story is completely pointless.

The bit about "the living book" this Prog made me worry that Leatherjack was about to show up as well.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2054 - Me & My Shadow
« on: 25 October, 2017, 06:01:25 PM »
Including in Barney:
http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=prog&page=profiles&choice=416
But it's not unknown for Barney to mistake captions or other text for proper story titles, e.g. the Future Shock in Prog 1872 is called 'The Modular War' - and that title appears on the first page of the strip - but Barney thinks it's called 'Connection Lost' because those words appear on a screen in the background on the same page.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2054 - Me & My Shadow
« on: 25 October, 2017, 05:57:47 PM »
I'm afraid the SPOILER in Indigo Prime has just contributed to my sense that it's the work of a man wearing a rubber John Smith mask rather than someone who's completely sympathetic to the series and can make it work in his own style. Even if this was exactly where Smith was planning to go, I imagine he'd do it in a much subtler and stranger tone.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« on: 18 October, 2017, 11:43:01 PM »
The reaction on social media is an interesting way to gauge the age of readers. When you see someone claim this is the worst art the strip's ever seen, you can tell they stopped reading before 1990.

I saw the strip before seeing any online comment and my immediate reaction was "this looks like something that would have been in a Sci-Fi Special c.1992/3" (just as an observation rather than a criticism).

Personally I thought it was a good match for the alien material, perhaps not so well for the MC-1 stuff, but very, very far from the worst that Tooth has ever seen.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2050 - Epic Thrills!
« on: 25 September, 2017, 11:44:27 PM »
There might be other, more personal reasons that mean Tharg's reluctant to go into detail, but he must also have realised that ending the association between his third longest serving script droid* and his creations isn't something we're ever going to stop discussing.**

I have to confess that, as someone who started subscribing regularly to Tooth again after many years in large part because Indigo Prime came back, losing Smith is going to be a huge jolt. I'm not pre-judging his successors here. It's just that... no matter how good, and fun, and inventive, and off-the-wall future episodes turn out to be... no one writes like John Smith.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2050 - Epic Thrills!
« on: 25 September, 2017, 07:51:11 PM »
Smith posted on social media in February, announcing he'd written the first three episodes of a new series of Indigo Prime. Smith replied to comments on the post, saying the story touched on sexual abuse by high profile figures at Dolphin Square.

Given that Tharg seems to have had no problems with Greysuit covering similar ground, that might suggest that Smith's scripts went a lot further. (Possibly naming real, living people, with real, living lawyers?)

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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 18 September, 2017, 08:59:56 PM »
Barely remember Zenith, but read part 4 on the catch-up recently. The colouring didn't do it any favours.

I remember a 'Comics International' interview with Richard Burton from mid-1991 - i.e. a few months after Tooth had gone full colour but a year before Phase IV was published - where he said that Phase IV was one of the forthcoming strips that would still run in black-and-white.

Obviously something changed in the subsequent year, and it would be hugely ironic if it was because Fleetway thought it would be easier to sell a graphic novel that way.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2044 - The Magic is back
« on: 17 August, 2017, 09:12:56 AM »
Is it just me or does anyone else get an "early Vertigo miniseries" vibe from Hope?

Nuns in gas masks - hell yeah that so early Vertigo it's verging on cliché.

It's not just the story though, it's the art style, the setting and the use of captions. I can't decide if its a conscious pastiche or not.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2044 - The Magic is back
« on: 16 August, 2017, 08:45:51 AM »
Is it just me or does anyone else get an "early Vertigo miniseries" vibe from Hope?

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General / Re: What would be your dream Prog?
« on: 29 July, 2017, 04:33:26 PM »
Based on what could happen now (so no hypothetical new Nemesis, Dante etc series) and is plausible (no Halo Jones Book Four), my ideal prog would be:

'Judge Dredd'
'Brass Sun'
'Jaegir'
'Indigo Prime'
either a Wagner/Ezquerra 'Strontium Dog' or a top rank 'Sinister Dexter' or something completely new and surprising

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Prog / Re: Prog 2030 Fearful Symmetry
« on: 11 May, 2017, 03:50:32 PM »
What's 'Vizard'? Mills-speak for 'wizard'?

It's a type of mask. Mills has appropriated it as a 17th century synonym for "superhero".

This being a Mills strip, superheroes are obviously treated as noble and incorruptible beings whose motives and conduct are beyond reproach.

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News / Re: Luke Kirby
« on: 04 May, 2017, 09:24:15 PM »
What exactly do you mean by this?

That said, I would love a Firekind trade, with corrected episode order.

One episode of Firekind was accidentally left out of its original run, and ended up being published the week after the series had ended.

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General / Re: Thoughts on the fall of deadworld?
« on: 04 May, 2017, 02:32:03 PM »
One thing I really like about 'Deadworld' is that it's gone into the mechanics of how Death and Chums wiped out their world's population, something that's either been elided or fumbled* in the past.

The bit with the Trump-a-like president in the latest prog (and the fact that "Amerika" is still a thing) makes me wonder if Sydney's coup isn't supposed to be the Deadworld equivalent to what Goodman does to President Booth in "our" MC-1.

* Fumbled in the case of 'Dead Reckoning', where the Deadworld Judges seem to be going door to door shooting people, which seems to be a very inefficient and laborious approach to planetary genocide (cf the spoof strip where Death is getting really tired of having to kill pot plants and flies one at a time and by hand).

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