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Prog / Prog 2048 - Stop the Apocalypse Squad!
« on: 12 September, 2017, 10:12:30 am »
Amazed no one else has started this thread yet! Postal problems?

I won't spoil this one, but there's a very interesting cameo in this week's Dredd, one which I think will please a lot of people. Will be fascinating to see how this story ends.

We finally find out what happened to the missing kid in Hope, and it's brilliantly done. I'll definitely re-read this one as soon as it finishes. My only gripe is that the second and third pages were clearly designed to face each other, and yet they don't. Hopefully this will be fixed if there's a graphic novel one day (there certainly deserves to be, this story is good enough to be included in the new Hachette collection).

The Alienist is storming towards a conclusion. It's been a good story, but it's supposedly lead character, Vespertine, hasn't really done anything and has been upstaged by her supporting cast throughout, much like Dredd in the recent Paradox Vega story. I've enjoyed it though.

Greysuit: my favourite bit was the line about not winning the lottery.

I liked the Future Shock. Keep them coming, Tharg.

Prog / Prog 2046 - Demonslayer!
« on: 26 August, 2017, 02:48:08 pm »
A very good issue this week.

There's a particularly good Droid Life.

Judge Dredd: War Buds features some nice art by Dan Cornwall, especially the bit with someone's brains being blown out on page 1. He's a good fit in the prog, and I'd welcome seeing more of his work in the future. (Having said that, given what this story is about I do wish they'd got Carlos to do this one, but there we go.) The action gets under way.

The Alienist is moving along nicely, and Greysuit is building up to its conclusion.

Mechastopheles is on this prog's cover, and inside we see a lovely big monster.

But by far the best thing in the prog this week (and every week since it came back) is Hope. I don't know if this story will have a sequel (it's certainly not going to have a happy ending), but if it doesn't then these creators definitely need to have a go on something else. Looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

Film & TV / Blood Drive
« on: 21 August, 2017, 09:14:33 am »
Is anyone watching Blood Drive? It's mental. It's got the sort of feel I hope the Dredd TV show will have.

It's two episodes in, but you can still watch them on repeats.

Megazine / Meg 386 - Last Breath
« on: 16 July, 2017, 12:35:08 am »
Nick Percival's art, as always, is fantastic.

Prog / Prog 2039 - Eye in the Sky!
« on: 08 July, 2017, 01:08:52 pm »

Megazine / Meg 385 - A Town Called Malice!
« on: 17 June, 2017, 08:50:59 pm »

A phenomenally good Dredd one-off by Michael Carroll, and in my view he's now made it as one of the top Dredd writers. This feels like an '80s (in a good way) Wagner & Grant tale. It's got a solid sf idea underpinning it, it's funny, it has a decent plot, and it introduces a fun character who I really hope we'll see again.

I'm so delighted with this one that I haven't even waited to read the rest of this issue yet - although this has the last episode of Lawless and a new Anderson story.

Help! / Aborted Judge Dredd comic in the 1980s
« on: 27 May, 2017, 09:40:10 am »
Does anyone know if this first and only issue of Judge Dredd fortnightly was actually published or just a dummy for internal consideration? And what were the Dredd and Anderson stories inside -- new or reprints? And if new stories, have they appeared anywhere since?

Other Reviews / 2017 Free Comic Book Day prog reviews
« on: 07 May, 2017, 01:14:27 pm »
Surprised no one has started this yet -- am I the only squaxx who actually made it to a participating shop?

Anyway, a very good Dredd take by Matt Smith, his best yet I think. Can't say much more about it without giving away the ending, so I won't. But it seems like a story that will appeal to new and veteran readers alike, and the opening page is an excellent way to start a story. And there's some nice art by Phil Winslade.

There's a decent Blackblood one-off by Pat Mills and a new (to me anyway) artist called Kei Zama, and I'd like to see more of his/her work in the prog some day. There's also a digital link to the first Blackblood one-off, with some beautiful painted art by Kevin Walker.

There's an Anderson story by Dan Abnett, featuring (this isn't a spoiler) the return of Trapper Hag. This grated with me a little at first because Trapoer Hag was killed in 1999, but I suppose this story could be set before that happened, and it works on its own terms. There's link to the first TH story.

There are reprints of Hope and Dreams of Deadworld. And there's a one-page Tharg the Mighty story by Henry Flint, which promises (I hope) some interesting reprints to come later in the year.

The whole thing is printed on top quality paper, which is nice. And there's a tribute to Steve Dillon on the back cover.

All in all, this is a strong FCBD prog and it should entice some new readers.

Other Reviews / Serial Killer
« on: 27 April, 2017, 08:04:17 pm »
Just finished Serial Killer today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought it was pretty funny, especially the interludes describing the comic stories, and I liked how most of the characters are obnoxious dicks. It also gives a good insight into what it was like to work in British comics in the '70s.

The second book in the series will apparently be about (it at least include) the story of how 2000AD started, from Mills's and O'Neill's perspective.

Not for you if you hated the Megazine excerpt, but if you're in two minds then I'd say take a punt, you definitely haven't read a book like it!

Prog / Prog 2021 - Weapon of Master Destruction!
« on: 04 March, 2017, 01:30:33 pm »
This week's cover is for Kingdom, and quite right too. I turned to this story first, which is something I almost never do because I usually start with Dredd, but after last week's cliffhanger I had to see what happened next. This week's episode didn't disappoint! This is a brilliant series, and might be the best thing Dan Abnett has ever done. Looking forward to seeing how it all ends (not just the current book but Kingdom generally).

Going back to the proper reading order, the Judge Dredd story ended well. I thought this was a good, old-fashioned romp. I like that Dredd is a bit of an arsehole in this story, like he is in the Daily Dredds of the '80s.

There's a one-off Sinister Dexter story exploring the aftermath of that whole Moses storyline, which might not be altogether clear to new readers, but otherwise works quite well.

Kingmaker was mostly predictable, but was redeemed by one excellent panel where something important and tragic happened and yet wasn't highlighted or spoon-fed to us, the writer trusting the reader to figure it out for him/herself. I really liked it.

The Order has one of those clichéd scenes in which somebody delivers a long monologue to his enemy instead of actually fighting. Maybe he'll do something next week.

A very good prog this week, and Scarlet Traces will be back in prog 2023.

Prog / Prog 2019 - Forty Years. One Law. His Law.
« on: 18 February, 2017, 11:41:51 am »
An outstanding Dredd cover by Greg Staples.

An equally good picture on the inside back cover by Nick Percival, with some very interesting and welcome news.

The Dredd story concludes in a very satisfactory way, and is my favourite episode of this 8-parter.

There's a new Sinister Dexter story, not a one-off this time but looks likely to be two or three episodes. Quite a fun one.

An action-packed episode of Kingmaker, with a big eye-catching picture of some dragons which I liked.

The Order carries on. I'm not really a fan, but is suspect that the people who are are going to love it this week. There's lots of fighting.

And there's a particularly gory episode of Kingdom.

All round, a very good prog this week I think. My 40th anniversary prog didn't arrive though, so I suspect those of us who ordered it won't get it early.

Megazine / Meg 381 - Scales of Justice!
« on: 11 February, 2017, 03:00:31 pm »
Michael Carroll's latest Dredd story ends on a very interesting note! No spoilers here -- you have to see it for yourself!

There's a full list of the stories in the 40th birthday special, and TPO finishes.

There's a Tale From the Black Museum, which is alright if a bit longer than it needed to be. Pretty good art by Staz Johnson, and I'd like to see more from him.

Events / Future Shock! The Cartoon Musem
« on: 05 February, 2017, 08:18:49 pm »
I went along to the Cartoon Museum's exhibition on 2000 AD today (35 Little Russell St, London, £7). Thought it was quite good. I enjoyed seeing original artwork and recognising which stories they were from without needing to read the captions. Hadn't realised how big they are in actual size before they're published. Some seem to have been lent to the museum by people who post on this board, so thank you to them.

Prog / PROG 2011 - Highly Explosive Thrill-Zone!
« on: 09 December, 2016, 11:11:16 pm »
A rare Friday arrival! Lucky me!

The stand-out story this week is Judge Dredd: Boxing Day by Rob Williams and Chris Weston. It's a fun story of the old school variety, with lots of references to classic characters, but done in a way that won't alienate readers who don't know them. Weston's art is characteristically very detailed and colourful, and when I finished the story I went back and looked at all the pages again, something I almost never do. Later I discovered that he's also done a double-page pin-up of Dredd and Chopper.

My second favourite was new thrill Hope, by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton. Only five pages to go on, but it looks promising. A sort of 1940s cross between Hellblazer and Watchmen, by the look of it. Looking forward to see how it develops.

The new series of Kingdom gets off to a cracking start. There's a new series called Kingmaker by Ian Edginton and Leigh Gallagher (in colour),

There are one-off episodes of Deadworld, Ace Trucking Co and Aquila. Aquila moves into the 14th century and is an enjoyably bloody tale, and my favourite instalment of the series so far. The other two, and The Order, I haven't read yet as I don't want to finish the whole thing in one sitting. And there are text articles about Misty and about a novel by Pat Mills and Kev O'Neill. And a Droid Life.

All in all, a very good end of year prog.

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