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News / Half price Zenith graphic novels
« on: 05 September, 2020, 07:52:42 PM »
There's a 50% discount on hardback Zenith graphic novels at the shop, until 9 September:


Prog / Prog 2175 - Semi Detached
« on: 28 March, 2020, 01:02:50 PM »
Judge Dredd: Hair of the Dog finishes perfectly well.

Skip Tracer, well the art is good anyway.

Survival Geeks returns for its last story, and for me this is the highlight this week. There are two massive and crazily-detailed panels that must have taken Neil Googe absolutely ages! The theme of this story seems to be the exact way that this series should logically conclude actually, as if the whole series has been building up to this. Can't wait to see how it pans out.

Aquila is suitably bloody, and promises more mayhem next week. Also it's nice to have an occasional alternative to science fiction in the prog, and I always love Patrick Goddard's art (can we have him on Dredd again please?).

Finally, I will spoiler tag this last one because I think some people will enjoy the surprise of discovering it for themselves. A new series starts called Hershey, starring ex-chief judge Hershey, by Rob Williams and with brilliant art by Simon Fraser, and I really like how this looks, with the unusual use of colour. At first I thought it was going to be about what she did after she resigned but before she died, but no: it retcons her death in Guatemala and says she faked her own death and cremation. Well, sorry but fuck that. That's a big nope from me. That death scene was a brilliant and touching moment, and this story retrospectively unhappens it? This is the same mistake Garth Ennis made with Chopper, and it seems that lesson has not been learned. I'll still read it but I will never think of this as canon. (I wonder what Wagner thinks about people "improving" his stories?)

Finally, Damage Report gives us an insight into Tharg working from home during the coronavirus lockdown, and it sounds like we are lucky to get a prog at all! So congratulations Tharg and thank you!

General / Stories you've changed your mind about
« on: 02 November, 2019, 11:53:07 PM »
I've just re-read Breathing Space in one sitting, a story I didn't think much of when it first appeared in the prog (I was only re-reading it for the art), and I quite liked it this time -- it's much easier to follow all in one go. This made me think about which other stories I and other squaxx dek Thargo have re-appraised on a second reading, either because the story works better that way or just because our tastes have changed as we've matured got older.

I doubt that I'll be saying the same thing about Skip Tracer a decade from now, but I'd like to know which other stories in the prog or the meg the rest of you have unexpectedly enjoyed on returning to them weeks, months or years later.

Other Reviews / Ragtime Soldier
« on: 05 October, 2019, 05:10:39 PM »
Ragtime Soldier, a new World War I story by Pat Mills and new artists Gary Welsh and Philip Vaughan, in Great War Dundee no. 1, is now available online here: https://discovery.dundee.ac.uk/files/38849747/GREAT_WAR_DUNDEE.pdf (desktop version, 96 MB) and here: https://discovery.dundee.ac.uk/files/39072837/GREAT_WAR_DUNDEE_compressed_1_.pdf (mobile version, 40 MB).
It's much like Charley's War, and I liked it. There's also a text article by Pat at the end.

Other Reviews / Wildcat: Loner
« on: 15 September, 2019, 09:38:09 PM »
I've just started the Wildcat book Loner from the Treasury of British Comics, and I have to say that Dave Pugh's art is absolutely beautiful to behold. Tharg should get him back working for 2000AD at once!

Prog / Prog 2140 - Deep in the Bone
« on: 13 July, 2019, 12:39:23 PM »
This is top quality this week.

There's an excellent one-off Judge Dredd story by Rory McConville and Tom Foster. I think we've seen Tom before, but I can't remember when/where. But his style is very reminiscent of Brian Bolland's, in a good way. I'd like to see more from him. If Tharg doesn't get Brian back for the episode when Hershey dies (as she surely must soon, and he did her first episode), I'd like to see Tom Foster do it. The story is Rory at his best.

It's actually possible to follow what's happening in Indigo Prime this week, which is nice. It's also quite eventful. Ditto Anderson, and I'm still a fan of Aneke's style, whatever others might think of it.

I'm not usually keen on Absalom, but this episode is fantastic. I can't really explain why without spoiling it, but it's just great and it has made me care about two characters in a strip where I didn't care about any of them before.

Thistlebone seems to introduce the bad guy at last, unless it's just misdirection (and unless we actually have seen him before and I'm just having a senior moment).

There's a Droid Life and some letters.

All in all, nothing was disappointing this week. And the Megazine has arrived too!

Film Discussion / Brightburn
« on: 26 June, 2019, 08:44:49 PM »
Everyone should see Brightburn immediately. That is all.

Other Reviews / The Incomplete Case Files
« on: 03 June, 2019, 07:45:35 PM »
Neither The Complete Case Files volume 32 nor 33 contains Prog 2001's story "Bad Mother." They just go straight from prog 1222 at the end of CF 32 to prog 1223 in CF 33.

Links / Stranger than fiction
« on: 14 May, 2019, 11:47:46 PM »

When John Wagner and Alan Grant wrote the Judge Dredd story Gunge in prog 280, I bet they didn't think they were making a prediction...

Books & Comics / Survivors
« on: 05 May, 2019, 11:34:58 AM »
Saw this article today: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/05/graphic-novel-fights-youth-ignorance-stalins-repressions-russia/

A Russian graphic novel that does for Stalin's gulags and purges what Maus did for the Holocaust. Following the recent English language reprint of the French Operation Overlord in the floppies, I wonder if Rebellion could do the same for this? I would be interested to see it.

Prog / Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« on: 31 March, 2019, 12:14:38 PM »
Amazed no one has reviewed this yet!

The latest Judge Dredd story finishes, and although it is a comedy it has a surprisingly bleak ending. I was pleased to see Chief Judge Logan in this episode so soon after becoming chief judge: Tharg has been careful to co-ordinate the stories properly, instead of just having CJ Hershey with a footnote saying "this story is set before Machine Law"  or something.

A good episode of Kingmaker re-introduces all the bad guys and reminds us of who they are very effectively. This episode works as a little story on its own, like a five-page Future Shock.

Survival Geeks is fun.

Max Normal is better than it was last week.

Grey Area finishes pretty much the way you'd want it to. Tharg says Abnett's and Harrison will be back later with an entirely new series called The Out, so presumably that's the last of Grey Area for a while.

Prog / Prog 2122 - Your Planet Needs Thrills!
« on: 09 March, 2019, 02:52:10 PM »

Judge Dredd: Machine Law is the stand-out story this week, not unexpectedly, with a very fitting finale which was even better than the best of the predicted endings speculated about on this forum. Wagner showing us all how it's done. I did wonder last week just how so much could get sorted out in just six pages, and yet he did it superbly. It's a shame the Dredd Mega-Collection finished before this could be included! Maybe there'll be room in the 2000AD one. I've hugely enjoyed this story.

Jaegir took an unexpected turn at the start of this episode; it reminded me of the film Red Sparrow. Also of the 1984 film Dune. It also introduces the new bad guy for the next story.

Tooth and Nail ends reasonably well, with just enough of a twist to keep in interesting. I particularly like the panel at the bottom of page 3.

Grey Area is literally just talking heads, which is a bit dull, but sets up the next bit of the story.

Skip Tracer finally finishes, and about time. It's just really dated and pointless.

There's an advert for the next series of Brink.

Next week: Kingmaker and Survival Geeks.

Prog / Prog 2120 - Tankbuster!
« on: 23 February, 2019, 11:36:25 AM »
Blimey! Machine Law just gets better and better! Never imagined it was heading in this direction! This is epic stuff.

There's a new 3riller, not sure what to make of it yet. Will see what happens next week.

The plot is moving along in Grey Area now. I like the comic relief in this episode.

This week's Jaegir is an episode which is almost like a self-contained one-off story in its own right.

We also get to see who won the Rogue Trooper art competition -- it was Evan Shipard, with an excellent entry. Well done that squaxx droid!

The next competition is Strontium Dog.

Megazine / Meg 405 - The Fear Factor
« on: 16 February, 2019, 05:15:21 PM »
The highlight this issue is The Torture Garden, which has an unexpected development. I won't spoil it here, but it's a great idea. I have no idea how this will end, but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

There's the first episode of a new Judge Dredd story, which is a page-turner. Got through it pretty fast and want to see more.

Lawless carrieson where last issue left off, so it looks like last episode's events really happened and weren't just some sort of Zhind-induced hallucination or something. We finally get confirmation that Lawson is Zia Freely from Insurrection.

Storm Warning is okay. I've given up on Blunt.

There's a four page obituary for Ron Smith.

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