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Megazine / Meg 417 - Smash and Crab
« on: 15 February, 2020, 11:00:11 am »
Before we talk strips I'll mention the Obituary to the late, great, Ellie de Ville. Unsung star of many a strip who is missed by many!

Lovely cover by Karl Richardson.

Dredd - Plunder, Part 3. Final part of this and as much as I enjoyed the tale I was hoping to see more from the sunken (Again?) city. Stunning artwork!

Devlin Waugh - A Very Large Splash, Part 3. Devlin is the star of the Meg this month with an episode that is hilarious and horrific in equal measure. An outraged talking Cock, Face eating and playing with matches - Sounds like fun!

Blunt III - Part 3. Blunt continues to brighten up the Meg with its tasty artwork and incredible Alien-Creature designs. Still not sure how this will end but it's an entertaining read none the less.

Zombie Army - Last Rites, Part 2. Lots of bullets and exploding heads followed by a bit of chat in a shed. As I've said before I have never played the games this is based on but that may actually be for the better as I've no pre-conceived notions of what is or could be going on. All waffle aside, I like this strip.

Lawless - Boom Town, Part 3. A day in the life of Badrock and tensions mount as Monsters are discussed and a riderless bike drifts in to town. Glorious stuff!

other text pieces include an Interrogation with Martin Simmonds and a new book , Battle Stations by Hugo Pratt and Donnie Avenell.

Top Meg!


Games / Warhammer: Mortal Realms
« on: 01 February, 2020, 10:23:40 am »
I wasn't going to bother with this collection as I'm only really interested in the Undead models but I can offload most of the Humans to another collector, so here we go...

Part one comes with a ridiculous amount of goodies for £2.99.

3 Sequitors, which have very detailed bases. These will be painted as Golems and not Golums as I misspelt on another thread... my precious.

10 Chainrasps which are sort of a cross between a Skeleton and a Ghoul. Stunning models with a lot of detail but I may try a different colour scheme for some of them. A couple of Fire Wraiths are just what the Doctor Dungeon-Master ordered!

There's also a booklet with a bit of Lore and instructions on building the models. A ruler and game mat with six dice and a poster.


Prog / Prog 2166 - Active Shooters!
« on: 25 January, 2020, 11:03:47 am »
Tasty looking Brink cover by INJ Culbard.
Thrill of the Future - Deliverance, By David Hine and Nick Percival, coming to the Megazine sometime this year.

Dredd - Kill Bloopy, Part 4. The final part of this tale and it leaves me a bit cold, to be honest. Nice artwork but I'm not sold on the 'Imaginary friend stealth and weapon ops' bit at the end.

Brink - Hate Box, Part 17. Brink goes all Hardcore and Ultra-Violent in this action heavy episode. Great stuff and only Seventeen parts in!

The Zaucer of Zilk - A Zaucerful of Zecrets, Part 5. Beautiful artwork with eye-popping colours but a meandering tale lurks within. I really enjoyed the first series but I'm not really getting much from this one at the moment.

Feral & Foe - Part 5. Fantastic new series which I'm enjoying a lot. Things get a bit more serious this week for the pair and some poor monsters get burned at the stake.

Proteus Vex - Another Dawn, Part 5. This is another great new series. Totally mental in a way we haven't seen since the likes of Shakara or even the original series of Bad Company! Crazy ideas thrown into a pot and lovingly mixed with tasty pictures gives you excessive Thrillage, apparently.


Prog / Prog 2161 - Organ Malfunction!
« on: 07 December, 2019, 06:39:08 pm »
Cover by Nick Percival.

Dredd - The Harvest, Part 4. Final episode in what has been an excellent story.

Defoe - The Divisor, Part 12. Final episode and I'm a bit lost to be honest. Is Defoe meant to look evil at the end, as if possessed, or am I misreading it?

Brink - Hate Box, Part 12. Talky episode that reminds me of the crime drama's my mum is fond of: N.C.I.S./Law & Order and such. Not to my taste but the artwork is lovely.

Hope "Under Fire" - Part 12. Final episode and I'm really sorry to see it go. This is one of the best thrills to grace the Prog in years and at no detriment to other strips. We really do seem to be in another Golden age which brings me to...

Fall of Deadworld - Doomed, Part 12. Stunning episode that reaps some of the seeds sown near the beginning of this arc. Excellent writing and artwork, as always. The 'Apocalypse' page in particular!

Stunning Prog!


Prog / Prog 2156 - Gangster's Paradise.
« on: 02 November, 2019, 11:57:56 am »
Striking Brink cover by INJ Culbard. Beautiful colouring, very nice indeed.

Thrills of the Future - Action and Cor/Buster specials and much, much more, apparently.

Dredd, Guatemala - Part 7. Penultimate episode sees Dredd and Co take on El Presidentes' forces. Brit-Cit gets saved from a good hot slap! Will be sorry to see this series end.

Defoe, The Divisor - Part 7. Am I right in thinking that The 'Shining Ones' are the same adversaries from Finn? Does anyone remember Finn?* I was a bit lost in this episode on how the Reeks got onto the Space ship unless it was a case of them literally just appearing.

Brink, Hate Box - Part 7 plays an interesting game of Guess the swear word! I think I got them all correct including two instances of the banned word! Interesting episode.

Hope "Under Fire" - Part 7. Hope really is a dark piece of work and I love it!

The Fall of Deadworld, Doomed - Part 7. I love this strip!

There's a Judge Dredd Star Scan by Brendan McCarthy and Mark Harrison.


*I liked Finn.

Prog / Prog 2151 - The Dark Side Of The Moon!
« on: 28 September, 2019, 11:19:20 am »
Wraparound Defoe cover by Stewart Kenneth Moore. The ship and cityscape below looks pretty good.

Droid Life by Cat Sullivan.

Dredd - carries on in great style. Top stuff!

Defoe - The Divisor, Part 2. Reek-Light episode, and all the better for it. The artwork doesn't seem to be everyone's cup of tea but, for the most part, I like it. Clock-work man looks particularly excellent, drawn in exquisite detail.

Brink - Hate Box, part 2. This is a thrill I run hot and cold on. The end of the last series was interesting enough but now we're back to talking heads which isn't to my taste. It all seems a bit like a soap opera rather than a space opera, IMO. Others love the strip and that's fine.

Hope - Under Fire, part 2. I loved the first series of Hope and so far this one is shaping up to be of at least equal quality, if not better! Is it just me or does Alberto Modi look like John Wayne? Excellent panel layouts and lettering. This and Dredd would be tied for top thrill if not for...

Deadworld - Doomed, part 2. This strip has become one of my all-time Prog favorites. Apparently you can kill that which does not live but I reckon old Sydney isn't quite finished yet. Stunning artwork as always!

There's half a letters page and an advert for The Fall Of Deadworld - Red Mosquito by Matthew Smith.


Prog / Prog 2143 - The End
« on: 03 August, 2019, 02:33:07 pm »
Cover by Tiernon Trevallion.

Thrill of the future - Slaine, The Web Of Weird.

Dredd continues to thrill and we have a bit of history concerning Judge Pin. Stunning artwork.

Indigo Prime gets a bit violent and has some lovely otherworld versions of cinematic monsters. Great series, hope it continues for many years to come!

Anderson is still going.

Thistlebone is all kinds of quality. Will be sad to see the end of it and judging by the way the story is going I'm guessing it will be a one and done kind of tale. The optimist in me is eagerly awaiting this series in a glorious hardcover featuring art prints.

Absalom... So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye! The old man gives one last flick of the V's and... no, I'll say no more. Just read it!

Outstanding Prog!


Prog / Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 15 June, 2019, 01:05:01 pm »
Cover by Tiernen Trevallion.

Thrill of the future - Feral & Foe by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson.

Dredd - The Samaritan, part 1 starts well and even though Chinface only appears in one panel it is a sight to behold.

Scarlet Traces - Homefront, Part 10 has some excellent use of colour with it's various shades of purple against the stark black and greys of Space and the Moon respectively. Great writing, too. This series begs for a hardback collection.

Thistlebone - Part 2: A very talky episode (in a good way) giving a bit more background to the Cult. I like the slow burn aspect of this and the artwork is stunning! Again, Hardback please!

Absalom - Terminal Diagnosis, Book 2, Part 1 which weighs in at a meaty 10 pages. And why not? Action heavy and the loss of Clockwork Kojak sees the team fragmented and pretty beaten. Glad to see the return of the series and if it's to be the last I'm going to start banging on about Hardback collections again.

There is a letters page.

Great Prog!


Megazine / Meg 406 - Flower Power.
« on: 17 March, 2019, 07:35:30 am »
Good cover featuring rampaging Tree-People, by Cliff Robinson and Dylan Teague.

Dredd - Planted,: Action heavy finale to this two-parter. There's also a small appearance by a small battalion. Great artwork on this.

Lawless - Ashes to Ashes: Grandma Lawson has a productive and informative chat detailing the true nature of the Zhind. Things seem to be taking another interesting turn. Maybe the Old Ma Lawson thing is a bit of a red herring.

Storm Warning - Green and Pleasant Land: More Tree-Hugging hippies and a trip around the Hanging Tree. Love the artwork on this series. Brit-Cit Lawmasters look like a bit of a handful when it comes to driving.

Blunt - Book 2: Good episode which reveals a bit more about what's actually going on. I could tell you all about the crystals but you'll just have to try and read my mind. This episode also features some excessive chinnage. Bruce forsythe and Jimmy Hill are mere pretenders to the throne.

Dark Judges - The Torture Garden: The crowning jewel of the Megazine! The survivors go for a run in the woods, with horrifying consquences. This series is excellent and once again we see how a new Dark Judge can be done right (see also: the glorious, Deadworld).

The Zhind seem to feature quite a bit across this Meg. Could it be building up to something more?

There are also four text pieces - A crowd funder Horror comic, GRYYYM. Interrogations: Dan Watters, comic writer. Casper Wijngaard, artist and a classic comics picece featuring Tammy and Jinty.

Great Meg!


Prog / Prog 2123 - It's Time To Bring The Magic Back.
« on: 16 March, 2019, 12:43:24 pm »
Lovely wraparound cover of returning thrill, Kingmaker, by Leigh Gallagher.

Dredd - Citizenship: A good but dark story which mirrors current events in the real world. Dredd seems a bit more callous than usual.

Survival Geeks - Dungeons and Dating. The Geeks return for a new series and they're on a quest for...I don't know. It's the first part after all. Good opener.

Kingmaker - Ouroboros: Loved the first series and this one starts well. It reads a bit like Lord of the Rings until we get to that panel featuring an aerial battle. Great stuff!

Grey Area - Making History: A very interesting development after a lot of talking. The last panel really is something to behold.

That's right, four strips. Good Prog, regardless. There is also a letters page.


Prog / Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: 19 January, 2019, 11:35:28 am »
Lovely cover by Cliff Robinson with colours by Dylan Teague.

There's a Droid Life cartoon.

Dredd has an excellent opening episode. Judge Randy is the new man in town and the top job is up for grabs. Looks like a bit of a shake-up might be coming to the strip but I could be wrong.

Brink has actually grown on me and the last few episodes have been pretty interesting. This week is actually quite spectacular.

Skip Tracer. I always read the whole Prog, even the stories I'm not keen on, hence Brink growing on me. The difference with Skip Tracer is that we are now in a third series and it still does nothing for me. I will persevere.

Tharg's 3hrillers - Keeper of Secrets. Very interesting first episode featuring horror and Cockneys'. Seems like a bit of a Clive Barker vibe going on here, in the art and writing, though I'm not sure that's actually the intention. Two of Clive's short stories sprang to mind - The Midnight Meat Train and one I can't remember the name of which featured the discovery of a burial site in London. Anyway, This is a good opener.

Fiends of the Eastern Front. An action heavy episode to finish the current series. Look forward to it's return.

There's a letters page.


Prog / Prog 2098 - God of Law
« on: 08 September, 2018, 06:06:44 pm »
Outstanding cover by David Millgate.

Inside there's an advert for a new Dark Judges story starting in Meg 400. The Torture Garden, by David Hine and Nick Percival.

The Sons of Booth have gone mental after watching to much TV and are on a mission to rescue the man that killed the planet. Someone shoot these fools.

Survival Geeks is still going strong and this is my favourite story arc yet. Good stuff!

An old friend returns in The Order and another guy forgets how to dance. I love this series!

Mechastopheles gets a bit dark and a little girl loses her temper. I'm enjoying this series and this in particular is a very fine episode.

Grey Area twists and turns like a politician. Excellent final episode to the current arc.

There's a letters page.

Great Prog - Long may it continue!


Help! / Name That Story!
« on: 09 September, 2017, 08:38:35 pm »
Shout out to the Hivemind - Can anyone name this 2000ad story I have vague memories of?

It features people fighting in front of an audience and tiles on the ground that activate different traps. The only exchange of dialogue I remember is - "Where did you learn to fight?", answer "My Grandmother!"

Thanks in advance!


Classifieds / 2000AD FCBD 2017
« on: 24 April, 2017, 10:41:03 am »
My local Comic shop is not participating this year so I come to the board cap in hand!

If any kindly boarder comes across a spare copy and would like to pass it on - here I am!

I don't use PayPal but am willing to do a Noel Edmonds style Swap Shop kind of deal. I'll dig through my pile of goodies and offer something of at least five pound value (more likely higher as it's still better than buying from the internet).

Thanks in advance!


Film & TV / Castle Rock!
« on: 18 February, 2017, 06:57:28 am »
New TV series collaboration from Stephen King and JJ Abrams. There's a small article on Rolling Stone, and a short teaser video showing a few character names and some of the more famous locations from King's books.

From the small amount of info on offer I'm thinking this will go down the Penny Dreadful/Gotham route of taking various characters and plots and mashing them together.

I'm a big fan of King's work, not so much Abrams, but I'll certainly give it a look when it comes out.


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