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Title: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Timothy on 17 May, 2017, 02:49:18 pm
Well it's not often that a digital subscriber gets to start the new Meg thread. Where is everybody?

All in all it's business as usual this month. A satisfying conclusion to the Gecko tale, with some beautiful art from Mr Richardson; some interesting developments in Havn, with a change on art-duties from Mr Lynch to Mr Flint. I often find mid-story artist changes a little jarring, but the two complement eachother nicely here. Anderson shows signs of opening up into a bigger story than was first suggested, and Lawless continues to be sublime. The floppy, Necrophim, is a curious beast but I've not read it before and for that at least it was welcome.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: WhizzBang on 17 May, 2017, 04:05:45 pm
I really enjoyed Necrophim and didn't expect to at all. The subject matter was initially off putting as it seemed a bit heavy metal lp cover type stuff but it turned out to be thoroughly entertaining with some good strong characters. I am looking forward to the next instalment.

Does anyone know if the strip well received when it was originally published?

Good news that Cursed Earth Koburn is coming back.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: WhizzBang on 17 May, 2017, 04:17:22 pm
And nother thing...I was very interested in that Luke Kirby thing. I have not heard of this before but it sounded good.
I am currently reading Harry Potter for the first time with my 8 year old daughter. Neither of us have seen the films before and we are now up to the fourth book. The article says Luke Kirby doesn't have that much in common with HP other than the young boy learning to be a wizard aspect, but that's a good thing really. A 2000ad approach to a basic core simple idea sounds very interesting so I will keep an eye out for this. Is it suitable for young (8 year old) children?
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 17 May, 2017, 04:22:47 pm
Does anyone know if [Necrophim] well received when it was originally published?

Not by me! The first strip in the prog I've ever stopped reading (normally I read cover to cover, come what may).  Probably works better in one go, though, than crawling along in interminable weekly installments.

That clumsy line on the very first page about 'iphones in heaven' probably set the tone, for me.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: WhizzBang on 17 May, 2017, 04:53:48 pm
That clumsy line on the very first page about 'iphones in heaven' probably set the tone, for me.

Yes, I did wince at that. When mentioning man's achievements they list splitting the atom and putting man on the moon which are both fair enough but they also lump MP3 players in on the same list.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: CalHab on 17 May, 2017, 06:03:12 pm
And nother thing...I was very interested in that Luke Kirby thing. I have not heard of this before but it sounded good.
I am currently reading Harry Potter for the first time with my 8 year old daughter. Neither of us have seen the films before and we are now up to the fourth book. The article says Luke Kirby doesn't have that much in common with HP other than the young boy learning to be a wizard aspect, but that's a good thing really. A 2000ad approach to a basic core simple idea sounds very interesting so I will keep an eye out for this. Is it suitable for young (8 year old) children?

It's a great read, with wonderful art. Why not get a copy and vet it before handing it over?
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: WhizzBang on 17 May, 2017, 06:47:53 pm
Thanks, I think I will. Sold.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: CalHab on 17 May, 2017, 06:57:58 pm
Hope you enjoy it. It's one of the best books Rebellion has put out, in my opinion.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Eamonn Clarke on 17 May, 2017, 07:52:53 pm
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Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Link Prime on 18 May, 2017, 12:50:30 pm
Good news that Cursed Earth Koburn is coming back.

Was there a creative team announced for this?
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: CalHab on 18 May, 2017, 01:09:34 pm
McConville and Ezquerra, I think.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: sheridan on 19 May, 2017, 10:03:12 pm
McConville and Ezquerra, I think.

Rory McConville and Carlos Ezquerra - Cursed Earth Koburn: The Law of the Cursed Earth.

Mention also made of the return of the Dark Judges (which we knew about, though I'm not sure if I was aware which comic it was going to appear in) and Chopper.

Alan Grant and Paul Marshall will be back next month with Anderson, Psi-Division: NWO.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 19 May, 2017, 11:40:12 pm
I keep mis-reading this thread title as "Psi-Smurf" -- the issue only turned up today and I fear it's going to be a terrible disappointment.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: sheridan on 20 May, 2017, 12:47:11 am
I keep mis-reading this thread title as "Psi-Smurf" -- the issue only turned up today and I fear it's going to be a terrible disappointment.

As is my wont, I had a look to see if there were any pictures of psychic smurfs on the internet.  I didn't find any, but did find Smurf Warhammer 40k armies and Minion versions of the same...
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: A.Cow on 21 May, 2017, 09:04:44 am
I keep mis-reading this thread title as "Psi-Smurf" -- the issue only turned up today and I fear it's going to be a terrible disappointment.

Right now, a shedload of psychoanalysts are choking on their cornflakes as they read this.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Colin YNWA on 21 May, 2017, 03:35:23 pm
Its all gone quiet in here,
All gone quiet in here
All gone quiet, all gone quiet
All gone quiet in here.

My excuse is I'm getting increasingly rubbish of reading things as they come to my mites, it took me 5 days to read the Meg, a day to read the Prog... I will get better as the Meg and Prog deserve better, they are so good (and still have a pile other stuff I bought in the week to work through.)

Anyway to the actual comic - T.C. Eglington has a finish on Dredd in both this and the Prog and one works better than the other. Here I found the ending as a little one note. I enjoyed the opener but the ending just felt a bit pedestridian and ordinary. I liked the set up desperate plight of the characters and that played out... just not entirely satisfactorily alas. I shoukld say its not bad at all, just not great on any level.

Havn gets the treat of Henry Flint on art, I was enjoying the art but you know however good its been Henry Flint will raise it a notch. The story remains intriguing if its not quite gelled yet.

Anderson has a very good episode, which feels like an ending but isn't, The chase is on.

Lawless not much to add to my delight at this series. It has another near perfect episode. Wonderful.

The text articles are a little flat but nothing bad at all.

Good Meg.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Richard on 21 May, 2017, 03:51:04 pm
Luke Kirby isn't too violent or unpleasant for an 8 year old, but it was written for an older audience and so might be hard to follow. But get it for yourself, because it's great.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: AlexF on 22 May, 2017, 12:14:37 pm
I raced through this Meg in record times, articles and all! Still on a high for me.
Havn has lots of good in it but feels as if it's moving a bit too fast into the 'immigrants out' plot, with very obvious villains. We'll see!

Necrophim was received well enough to get three series; certainly I think it's Tony Lee's best work for Tharg. I absoultey adore Lee Carter's art on it, he's a great choice to depict Hell although it's a shame quite so much of the story is about chracters standing in rooms talking.

The overall plot is insanely complicated, with characters double-crossing each other at every turn, sometimes because they're thinking three steps ahead, but often because they're all demons and it's in their nature to betray each other. I like this second idea; the first idea is fun for a while but gets a little tedious by series three. Personally I'm a fan of religious-ringed SF, especially stuff set in Heaven/Hell, so I welcome necrophim and would love to see more writers/artists tackle this milieu. Of course, the bar has been set VERY high with Ichabod Azrael...
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Proudhuff on 24 May, 2017, 11:48:50 am
Great magazine, but where's the letters page?  :lol:
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Magnetica on 24 May, 2017, 12:35:55 pm
It might just be me but I found the switch to Henry Flint on Havn completely jarring. I think Jake Lynch had it nailed, now it looks like a completely different strip.

I know, I know....never thought I would complain about having Henry Flint on art duties on anything.

Lawless just goes from strength to strength.

Dredd and Anderson were, for me, a bit disappointing compared to last month (but that is probably because last month's episode were so good and these are merely ok).
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: sheridan on 24 May, 2017, 01:13:42 pm
It might just be me but I found the switch to Henry Flint on Havn completely jarring. I think Jake Lynch had it nailed, now it looks like a completely different strip.

I know, I know....never thought I would complain about having Henry Flint on art duties on anything.

It has been said that if art duties change unexpectedly (last episode of a multi-parter, etc) it's usually due to circumstances out of the artist's / editor's control...

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Dredd and Anderson were, for me, a bit disappointing compared to last month (but that is probably because last month's episode were so good and these are merely ok).

You know we're having a good run when merely ok is the worst you can say about an episode :)
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: A.Cow on 25 May, 2017, 06:09:59 am
It might just be me but I found the switch to Henry Flint on Havn completely jarring. I think Jake Lynch had it nailed, now it looks like a completely different strip.

It say a lot about how disengaging Havn is -- I hadn't even noticed that the artist had changed!
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: CalHab on 25 May, 2017, 01:30:22 pm
Maybe it's the monthly schedule, but I'm having real trouble recognising characters in Havn and following the storyline.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Link Prime on 25 May, 2017, 04:14:55 pm
Maybe it's the monthly schedule, but I'm having real trouble recognising characters in Havn and following the storyline.

I feel the same.
Decent creators involved, so will give it a re-read once its finished.

Really like that new upstart punk H. Flint they got to fill in on this months episode.
Title: Re: Meg 384 - Psi-Surf
Post by: Link Prime on 25 May, 2017, 04:17:46 pm
McConville and Ezquerra, I think.

Rory McConville and Carlos Ezquerra - Cursed Earth Koburn: The Law of the Cursed Earth.


Good luck to the newly constructed McConville Droid on this.
No pressure.