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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 09:01:31 AM »
I wish there was a collected Vector 13. I really enjoyed that series.

Not an opinion you will find often expressed around here, but one I wholeheartedly support. V13 was a particular highlight of that period, and one for which I have been known to rummage through the boxes and drag out the relevant progs. There arent many strips I will do that for, preferring instead to wait for the inevitable trade or floppy (why do I keep the full run, boxed in the spare room, where it baits my wife? Um...)
However, since there seems to be practically zero chance of a V13 trade, it's up to the likes of you and me to cough from time to time and draw attention to it.


Steve Moore- because, along with writing many other things that I grew up loving unreservedly, he also wrote the criminally underrated Tales of Telguuth, which is one of my favourite prog things ever.


Alec Worley, absolutely.

Tom Tully, because Hogan wrote Zaucer of Zilk and Timehouse apparently.


Alan Hebden, for El Mestizo, Major Eazy, The Tower King, The Fifth Horseman, Meltdown Man, Holocaust, Mind Wars and the inescapable truth that he did his best work away from the prog, sadly.


Ian Edgington.

Mr Smith. Always Mr Smith.

McKenzie. Though typesd with gritted teeth.

Dan Abnett. I genuinely dont think there's another writer like him. Hes responsible for three of my all time favourite Thrills- SiniDex, Brink and Lawless- as well as literally scores of other comics I absolutely love. If it came down to a Mills vs Abnett final, I think I might be forced to create a new fake profile in order to assuage my conscience and vote for both.


Yeah, McConville- even though hes so far off my radar I had to check who he was.


Despite my great respect for Mike, it has to be Pat. Theres simply no one more important to the comic (or all British comics) than Pat. And I'd still rather read a Pat Mills story than just about any other writer currently working in comics.
The fact that so many people have turned against his later work is probably entirely appropriate- after all the whole ethos of Pat's seminal work in comics was to reject all the outdated crap that had gone before and embrace the new and fresh. But without Pat, we'd not be here and comics would simply be a medium that in Britain died out a very long time ago.


Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 12:43:46 PM »
Interesting that the comics we loved- the prog, Star Lord, Battle (though arguably Charley Bourne was a child, which may have been the point), and again arguably all those Marvel reprints, all featured very adult characters, while girls comics- even the likes of Misty, Tammy and Spellbound, to mention those that cross over to our sphere of presumed interest- all very much featured children as the protagonists and largely adults as the villains. As well as, of course, the likes of the Beano, Buster and all the humour comics.

Can any conclusion to drawn one way or the other about whether kids prefer one type of storytelling?


Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 11:47:08 AM »
Yes, most notably, where is Slaine?


Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 11:14:22 AM »
Quick thoughts: I unexpectedly very much enjoyed this.

I say "unexpectedly" because the time between issues of Regened means that most of the comment that is fresh in my mind is the dimwitted lunacy on the various 2000AD Facebook groups, where people who claim to be fans seem not to know what the Megazine is, seem surprised the prog is still going, dont like girls, dont like female creators, dont like any gay or black characters because diversity or something, and have agreed that the Regened progs are a disgrace that real fans (presumably people who dont buy the comic but once had dads who bought it for them) should absolutely reject.

With that nonsense being shoved at my eyeballs, I tend to forget I quite like them when they show up.

This was, for me, the best one so far- with the slight caveat that the last Finder & Keeper was a stronger story. That's not to say there was anything wrong with this episode, but if youd swopped them around, there would be a noticeable upward curve across the whole package.

A particular highlight for me was the Future Shock- having as it did enough anti-monarchy sentiment to stand out as startling in a comic "for kids".

But blimey- that image of Anderson and the mind bomb... I've been reading Scarred For Life: The 1970s, and most notably the chapters about comics (and in fact was in the middle of a digression about it in the Smash! thread before my phone crashed, in reply to Tordleback's comments about Tammy & Jinty) and much is made of the deeply frightening nature of certain panels and illustrations in kids comics of that decade. I'd say the image of Anderson here is of the same ilk. If a small person were to get hold of this issue, while little in Dredd or Stront would trouble their sleep, *that* drawing of Anderson may very well be one of *those pages* that gets skipped over and hidden- like Wolfie Smith being menaced by a huge demon thing was for me all those years ago.

Add to that the amusing criticism and end of the monarchy, "the bloodshed of Charles III's reign", and dead kid ghosts in F&K, and I'd say that far from being anodyne and safe, this "kids version of 2000AD" was at least as challenging as those early issues we all love so much.

So yes, great stuff. More please- with the same sensibility. 2000AD works best when it's slightly dangerous. This was a step in very much the right direction.


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