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Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« Last post by Fungus on 21 April, 2018, 09:44:01 pm »
Hell of a cover.
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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« Last post by Colin YNWA on 21 April, 2018, 09:02:14 pm »
So like mid March until the glories discussed below have much to back them up. Some nice Wagner Dredd's drop in to make me realise how poor Death Aid actually was. Some interesting shorts, including some for regular stories do their best to shore things up, but really its down to V for Ven...

...I mean Brigand Doom to help keep the Prog afloat. I mean its a pretty lazy comparison to label Brigand Doom a V copy. But having read V recently as it goes the only reason its lazy is cos its so bloomin' obvious. Now that's not to say its anywhere near as good as V. Its not. However its does do its own things better and its a real blast. It really eggs on the dark so 90s unsubtle satire. At least here McKenzie bites at a target more worth than Jason Donavan, Pop and Goth Culture. Its sharp, its exciting, its funny when it wants to be ... really its exactly what it says it is, its 2000ad does V and the thing is 2000ad does V is a good idea.

And Jez doesn't David D'Antiquis do a perfect job on the art!
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Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« Last post by Eamonn Clarke on 21 April, 2018, 08:33:37 pm »


And worth seeing it unadorned as well. A joy forever.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« Last post by Eamonn Clarke on 21 April, 2018, 08:31:42 pm »
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Other Reviews / Re: Johnny Alpha
« Last post by Dark Jimbo on 21 April, 2018, 06:56:46 pm »
I think Johnny's all too aware of his own tendency to brood - that's exactly why he kept around a larger-than-life Norse warrior and a gentle, loyal little Gronk. There's no doubt that it's in Rage that he's pushed over a precipice that he never entirely comes back from - giving himself totally over to the coldness that Nelson Kreelman beat into him. Middenface and others slowly pull him back from the brink, but I don't think we ever really get back to pre-Rage Johnny. And that's before the Final Solution fiasco, his own death, rebirth and being just a whisker too late to stop the sterilisation of all Britain's mutants!

Boy's carrying a lot of baggage.
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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Last post by The Adventurer on 21 April, 2018, 06:20:49 pm »
Speaking of Astro City... well I will but first let's speak about the fact there's just not enough time to read comics...

 and the return of Black Hammer in Black Hammer - Age of Doom 1 sees the core series return, all be it with a new number... well 1 Jeff Lamire really is developing his world gloriously here. I kinda think this is his Astro City (from my understanding of Astro City that is) its brilliant stuff.

hmmm, an interesting take away. The Doctor Star series in particular does feel like an Astro City tale in many respects.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« Last post by Frank on 21 April, 2018, 06:09:38 pm »

Rogue Trooper was a war strip. He could have rejoined the Souther effort to win an unwinnable, endless war, recycling every story beat and high concept that kept Battle, Warlord, Sgt Rock and countless strips in other comics going for decades.

Worked for the first series of Bad Company [1].

I think the real problem was that readers had seen the creators/editorial run out of ideas and take a direction that didn't work[2]. Once that happens, it's difficult to regain the reader's confidence, suspend disbelief & invest in another new direction.


[1] Bad Company would have worked as the first book of a rebooted Rogue Trooper, either with Rogue as a less gauche Danny Franks or, more interestingly, with Rogue as Kano. Discuss.

[2] I'd only read a few issues of Original Rogue, so I didn't come to Geller & Dillon's The Hit era with any negative preconceptions. The first few stories seemed fine, but I eventually sensed Geller was losing interest and resorting to desperate measures as he ran out of things to do with his original set-up. Geller's brief run was a microcosm of everything that had gone wrong with the strip before, and I soon found myself in the same position as readers who had been following the strip for years, who were buying the comic but weren't buying the strip. I never really regained trust or bought any of the developments and do-overs in the various versions of the strip, since.
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Other Reviews / Re: Johnny Alpha
« Last post by sheridan on 21 April, 2018, 05:43:56 pm »
Perhaps it's because of the cover to this week's prog and Colin's remark about Ezquerra's artwork but it suddenly occurred to me that we are very close to the 40th anniversary of his first appearance.  Issue 1 of Starlord dated 13th May 1978.

We're also thirty years on from the first appearance of the Judda (and very close to the anniversary of Summer Magic, though I doubt Alan McKenzie will be returning to the prog any time soon).
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Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« Last post by sheridan on 21 April, 2018, 05:38:05 pm »
Autocorrelation had its wicked way with that one, apologies.
Autocorrect?
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Other Reviews / Re: Johnny Alpha
« Last post by Tjm86 on 21 April, 2018, 05:20:24 pm »
Perhaps it's because of the cover to this week's prog and Colin's remark about Ezquerra's artwork but it suddenly occurred to me that we are very close to the 40th anniversary of his first appearance.  Issue 1 of Starlord dated 13th May 1978.
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