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General / Top 10 tourneys - what is next
« on: 20 June, 2020, 02:44:54 PM »
I will wrapping up the “The Rebellion Years Top 10 Series - Tournament” by the 30th of June. I will kick-off the “The Rebellion Years Top 10 Meg Series - Tournament” on the weekend of the 4th of July. The meg tourney will run for only 2 weeks I want to warp it up by the 19th of July.

I am planning on doing a “Galaxy’s Greatest Top 10” next. The timing of this depends also when and what Colin wants to do next. I do not mind running this directly after the Meg one.

I just need some input regarding the different tourneys:

On the Meg tourney
1.    I will again exclude Judge Dredd as an option but not the Dredd movie-based series. I see this more as an alternative take on Dredd and not part of the Dredd-verse canon.
2.   I will split Anderson between the Dredd-verse canon and the Dredd movie-based canon.
3.   Additional exclusion will be any reprint material and that includes the floppies.

On the Galaxy tourney
1.   I will split Rogue Trooper in two voting options, Classic Rogue and Friday.
2.   I will also split Strontium Dog into Alpha and Feral as two options.
3.   The only exclusion will be again Judge Dredd

General / The Rebellion Years Top 10 Series - Tournament
« on: 13 June, 2020, 12:44:35 PM »
What is this about?

As we all know Rebellion has been the owner of 2000 AD since the beginning of the century. They have kept the publication running and maintained for the last two decades.  We have been blessed with some great stories brought to use by some ridiculously awesome talent.  Another fact that I am greatfull for is that during the current world crisis Rebellion kept on delivering the weekly thrills.

The premise is that you select your top 10 series that was published during the Rebellion Years.

When do we start?

Currently Colin is running a great tourney around the ultimate writers. If you do know about this and you have been hiding under a rock or have been holidaying in the resorts of Alpha Centauri just follow the link: https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=46503.msg1029915#msg1029915

As soon as ultimate tourney is done I will kick-off the top 10 rebellion one.

For how long?

I am open to suggestions, but I was thinking around 2 – 3 weeks to allow you to cast your votes.

How does it work?

1. You select your top 10 series during the Rebellion Years. This is from Prog 1174 publish on 5 January 2000 up until prog 2185 publish on 10 June 2020.
2. The only series not included is Judge Dredd. You can cast you vote for any Dredd-verse series, but our favourite lawman has an unfair advantage.
3. The shorts are all clubbed together so you do not vote for a single Future Shock or Terror Tale but for the whole shebang. The shorts published are: Twisted Tales, Time Twisters, Tharg’s Thrillers, Terror Tales, Future Shocks (TFC), Pulp Sci-Fi and Past Imperfect.
4. We are working on a point system that follows the Formula 1 Point System: Points are awarded to drivers and teams based on where they finish in a race. The winner receives 25 points, the second-place finisher 18 points, with 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 points for positions 3 through 10. So quite simple only 10 series will be allocated points, but nothing stops you from listing your top 79 series.

Some additional Info:

I will list all the series below which was publish during the above period. If I have missed one you are free to vote for them as long as the series ran during the above mention period.

I will keep track via an excel sheet and everyone is welcome to this just PM me.

Other Reviews / Judge Dredd - The Complete Case Files 35
« on: 17 May, 2020, 11:04:29 AM »
This collection of Dredd stories is a period where I completely forgot about the existence of 2000AD and all its wonders. This was for me one of the better recent collection (or case files).  This covers prog 1276 to 1301 and The Meg 4.07 to 4.13

This compilation also proves yet again what a great (awesome, excellent etc.) writer John Wagner is. He can write the long game and the short game very effectively. He can write deep stories but also a story with touch of comedy (or a satire).
The highlights:

First Blood – Here we are introduced to a new villain which best Dredd but as we all know Dredd will get his main. The villain will surely return but as we all know Dredd will be the winner (do anyone know when the villain returned in the prog?).  The story is by Alan Grant and the art is the beautiful painted by John Burns.

Leaving Rowdy – This story is where Dredd gives-up his apartment for Rico. Now what makes this story special is that the art is done by Dredd maestro Carlos Ezquerra. The worse part for me is that I realized that this is one of his last works that I have not seen he has done, and we will never experience new work from this great man.  And yes, the story is great as well masterfully told as always by John Wagner.

It is Déjà vu all over Again Again – This is one of the funniest and stupidest Dredd stories I have read. The basic premise is that a group of Morons from the Moronian Sect are trying too takeover a Hottie House takeaway to negotiate the release of their members held in captivity. The art is done by one of my favorite artist Cam Kennedy and John Wagner is again providing the script.

Block Courts – Again we have Cam on pictures and John on words. This is a great one-shot where Dredd is on Block Court duty. 

Sin City – If you are looking for one reason why you must get this volume then this is the story. It is for me very much a story that is the forerunner for Chaos Day but on a smaller scale. John Wagner provides the script in this 11-part story. Art is done by the excellent Kev Walker. It is just a same that we do not see his work in the prog/meg anymore. Sin City, a mobile entertainments platform had hitched up within Mega-City waters. A detachment of Mega-City judges had been sent to investigate the disappearance of a spy, under pretence of policing the city. Orlok is one of the main villains in the story.

Blood and Duty – This is one John Wagner’s more emotional stories staring Dredd’s niece Vienna. Colin MacNeil is on art duties here; and this is something I really missed about his current art and it is his ability to do his own colouring (or rather paint his work).

Citizen Sump – I always wondered what happened to Otto Sump and this is the story on his last days in the great Meg. This is again a wonderful story by John Wagner and some great art by John Higgins.

My verdict 5/5

Prog / Prog 2177 – Kneel Before Nimrod
« on: 15 April, 2020, 04:03:16 AM »
Another good solid prog with a good cover by the cover-master Cliff Robinson.

Dredd – This is another one-shot and what a great little short by Niemand again. Niemand is becoming a great Dredd storytelling droid. Great to see the return of Carl Critchlow. His last work I believe was also on a Dredd story in the 40th Anniversary Special.

Survival Geeks – This is getting better as the story unfolds. This geekdom and nerddom at its best. Googe art is helps driving the story.

Skip Tracer – Still continuing its path. Much better than the previous run of Skip. The story is now really getting into action and Nimrod is starting to ply all his cards.

Aquila – The highlight of the prog yet again. A combination of great story telling with great art. I like the way that history is used to drive the narrative.

Hersey – Cannot say how great Fraser’s art is but now the story is also pickup up and we get a clearer picture of what Hersey is trying to do and who some of the villains are.

Megazine / Meg 418 - Night of the Long Knives
« on: 18 March, 2020, 07:29:03 AM »
Wrap-a-around Cover by Phil Winsalde

Megazine / Meg 415 - The Spirit of the Season
« on: 19 December, 2019, 03:30:39 AM »
Cover by Staz Johnson

and the 'uncovered' that covers the creation!

Megazine / Meg 414 PSI-War in the Sun
« on: 20 November, 2019, 12:21:20 PM »

Megazine / Meg 413 Domestic Disturbance
« on: 16 October, 2019, 03:08:50 PM »

General / Carlos Cruz artist on Dr Mesmer's Revenge Question
« on: 14 October, 2019, 02:31:46 PM »
I am currently reading Dr Mesmer's Revenge and I just want to know if Carlos Cruz is the same artists who did a stint on the Dan Dare strip for the New Eagle? What other work did he do as well, anything in Battle?

Other Reviews / Death Wish - Best Wishes
« on: 21 July, 2019, 09:56:06 AM »
My first encounter with Death Wish was when Tiger merged with Eagle. Death Wish quickly would become one of my favorite stories in the “Eagle and Tiger” comic. Vanyo’s detailed art and Barry Tomlinson script brought the world of Death Wish to light.

I never read any of the Death Wish stories in either Tiger or Speed, so more out nostalgic reasons and curiosity I bought the first volume. This volume contains the stories and its origin from Speed before the merger with Tiger.

Typically, of stories during that period we have 4 to 5-part stories that contains a story-line. Even with the way the stories are structured it is still an enjoyable read. I thought that due to its age (mine and the stories) that I might not enjoy it as much when a wish younger. In some sense the story still holds up quite well and it is wonderful to see Vanyo’s art.

General / Ian Gibson Interview
« on: 08 July, 2019, 02:43:43 PM »
Here is an interesting interview with Ian Gibson:


Other Reviews / The Complete Case Files 33
« on: 03 June, 2019, 08:00:27 PM »
What I always liked about the Case Files is the variety on both the stories as well as artist. It is again the case with Case Files 33 with some of the best Dredd artists. The Case Files where not as strong as previous editions but still very enjoyable.

The highlights are:

Star Drekk :A Space Fantasy – A funny parody ripping of Star Trek.

Bodies of Evidence – A good story about human trafficking originating out of Calhab.  Art on this one is by the great Cam Kennedy.  It is always an awesome treat to read any story featuring his art.

Relentless – Colin Wilson provides the art. Dredd must venture the Cursed Earth to bring some instant justice to a mutant lizard Snake Eyes.

Chief Judge’s Man – A story where a hit-man is used by the reigning Chief Judge Hersey (or is it?) to take out any pro-democracy activist.

The volume ends with a good story out of the Meg related to the Lawlords called Lawcon. The Lawlords latest appearance was in Prog 1894 – 1899.

Prog / Prog 2128 - The Kid who would become the King of Cool
« on: 24 April, 2019, 01:46:18 AM »
Staz Johnson delivers a great cover with Max casting a shadow over whom he will become

Dredd continues to deliver. Mark Sexton art’s strong linework gives us a great visual impact on the storyline. The story continues to evolve with again a small cameo by Dredd.

Scarlett Traces covered by yellow, orange and red colouring from D’Israeli. His artwork is again the highlight of the story. The invasion of Earth has begun and this time no virus to safe our bacon.

We get more on how Normal became Normal. This time around the story focus more on Max when he was young.

We have a new talent on TFC duties, and she delivers on the story. The story reads like we have done this before but ends with a nice twist at the end.

Kingmaker the highlight of the prog.  Leigh’s art just gets better every week. The battle does not last long as Crixus meets his father. We get some more on his family’s back story.

This was a great prog and nice to see some new talent introduced.

Who is the most prolific or the most influential Dredd artist over time? and whom is the artist who has the most appearances?

I am sure that most people will without a shadow of doubt state Carlos Ezquerra on both counts. He is surely one of the co-creators along with Wagner of Dredd. 

The first 100 progs were the time of 3 artists whom together draw almost 80% of the initial run of Dredd: Mike McMahon, Ian Gibson and Brain Bolland.  These 3 divided Dredd as a major character in the comic-scene. Each one had their own distinctive style.

Next came Ron Smith which is the artist that really establish Dredd as the de facto British comic character. After the late great Ron came great artist like Steve Dillon and Cam Kennedy. It was only with The Apocalypse War that Carlos really start taking the reins and his style almost become synonym with the way that many of us saw Dredd. 

Colin MacNeil came along and only really establish himself long after his first appearance. For me the next big artist was Henry Flint.  In today's terms it will hard to decide between these two which is the mainstay Dredd artist.

The top 10 most appearance by an artist:

Artists      First Appearance   Total Appearances
Carlos Ezquerra   5         261
Ron Smith   104         151
Henry Flint   1014         119
Colin MacNeil   608         100
Ian Gibson   13         85
Paul Marshall   647         74
Mike McMahon   2         71
Cam Kennedy   342         70
Steve Dillon   205         49
John Burns   738         45

For me it all boils down to two artist Carlos Ezquerra or Ron Smith (again RIP  :'( ). They even occupy the two top-spots in the moist appearance list. 

Other Reviews / Judge Dredd Case Files 32
« on: 09 December, 2018, 08:08:05 AM »
I just finished Judge Dredd Case Files 32. Overall this was not the best one at all but it contained one gem: Sector House by John Wagner and art by the late grate Carlos Ezquerra. The story was great but the art is certainly some of Carlos best work ever. This volume just for Carlos' art makes it worth every penny I  spend on the purchase.

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