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Prog / Re: Prog 2148 - Fear of the Machine!
« on: 10 September, 2019, 10:50:36 am »
I know I don't contribute to the reviews very much but I would like to make my opinion known about 2000AD. 2000AD has become really depressing to read. The art and colour style has gotten a lot darker of late and the stories have lost their spark. If you read this week's Dredd and Jaegir the stories are telling you it doesn't matter if you are a good person and try to do what is right you will come to a bad end. Carrol and Rennie have crafted stories depicting formally good people, the Judges and the Southers as just as bad as organised criminals or the Norts. I understand that these stories never had black and white outlooks, there were always some bad judges and bad Southers, but this is relentless. I'm sure some commenters will just tell me to grow up and stop complaining but this is how I feel. 2000AD is usually an anthology of different styles or art and storytelling but recently they are seeming to converge on a specific worldview that everything is screwed and there is no point trying to be optimistic. This might be the writers and artists reflecting what is going on in the real world and I can understand this, but can we not have at least a few stories that reflect a better world, one that we might strive for?

"She understands all right. She knew now what the rest of us have known for years - that the Judges are just thugs who wear matching uniforms."

"Burn it! Burn the monster that stole our dreams!"

"You can't stop us. We're gonna take...this planet..."

"Y-you didn't have to do that. These others weren't even armed."

Outside or Sin/Dex I don't see any optimism in this week's prog. But then, when was the last time a series ended with any kind of upbeat conclusion? I truly hope this will change in the future.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2130 - 2000ad Regened
« on: 04 May, 2019, 11:43:54 pm »
I'm afraid I've got to disagree with you about this week's prog. Aside from the outstanding Cadet Dredd strip I found the rest of the prog's artwork to be simply average, with the Future Shock and the Rogue Trooper being the best of a bad bunch. This is not to be a criticism of any of the new artists in particular but the art styles seem to be a little...generic. These strips could have been drawn by those doing Marvel comics at present such as Ms Marvel, Squirrel Girl or Captain Marvel. I found Full Tilt Boogie, Finder & Keeper and the Judge Anderson stories to be unengaging and forgettable. I don't mean to be cruel, and I do not disrespect the new artists and scriptwriters for what they have done, but I would ask them to show their individualities in art styles and storytelling. Anyone reading old 2000ADs would have not problems identifying a Gibson art story, an Ezquerra, Dillon, Bollard, Gibbons, O'Neil or Belardinelli story. I understand that new artists and scriptwriters have to work for a long time to develop their own unique styles and I do hope that they persevere and come up with some work that truly reflects the potential that they have shown. 

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Prog / Re: Prog 2129 - Once Upon A Crime...
« on: 27 April, 2019, 10:30:07 pm »
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they wouldn't specifically make a "super" one to replace Dredd.


They already did replace Dredd, when he took the Long Walk, Silver decided to use a replacement with the same genetic code to take Dredd's place. Dredd is more than a man, to many because of what he has done and what he stands for, he is a symbol of Justice. The criminals undoubtably see him in the same way.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2128 - The Kid who would become the King of Cool
« on: 24 April, 2019, 05:57:08 pm »
Still waiting for mine as well. This must be the first time the cover art has changed on the homepage before I got my prog.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2120 - Tankbuster!
« on: 23 February, 2019, 11:53:54 pm »
Damn, just finished my review and hit preview to make sure I didn't reveal any spoilers, and the box went blank!

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 13 January, 2019, 09:12:03 am »
Definitely one of the greats who made 2000AD what it was. Sadly missed.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 13 November, 2018, 11:41:17 pm »
Dredd: Bloody Hell! I knew Smiley was into some dark stuff, but this! He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of not only half the people of Mega City One but also the entirety of the population of East Meg One and the entire population of an alternative Earth. If the defectors had information on Block Mania and the Apocalypse Warp technology, Mega City One would have been in a better position to defend itself, so much so the Sovs might not even have started the war. Thus the Sovs wouldn't have destroyed half of Mega City One and their retaliation wouldn't have destroyed the alternative reality Earth. Dredd wouldn't have had to take over the Sov nuclear bunker and destroyed East Meg One. All of this stemmed from one incident in Georgia. Instead of sending in a hit squad, why didn't Chief Judge Griffin give the defectors asylum? They could have got the information that way. If the team had been sent to escort the defectors out then Frank would not have had to gun down his team mates. I know what have I just said could be explained away and maybe some of this scenario will be disproved in later episodes but I am just going with the information I have been given.

Skip Tracer: Was especially good this week. I liked the action and the feeling of the hopelessness as the facility is overrun was well executed. I also liked the turnaround at the end.

Brink: It is clear to most what my views on this story are. I understand and respect others' love for this story but it has never impressed me in storytelling or artwork. It is just my opinon and does not denigrate anyone else's views.

3rillers: Last weeks introduction didn't grab me but after this episode I was more interested. I felt memories of Banzia Battalion while reading it, (obviously before it went off the rails in it's final story). The final page reminded me of the Futurama episode when Fry got worms - talking doesn't work with worms.

Kingdom: It has taken eight episodes to get all these plot elements together, eight episodes to get all the pieces of the chess game into position, and then someone just nukes the entire chessboard! This easily is the second best story in the prog this week, just after Dredd. At the moment, these are the two stories I HAVE to read in 2000AD.

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Off Topic / Re: RIP Stan Lee
« on: 12 November, 2018, 07:53:00 pm »
RIP Stan Lee - You will be missed, but by God you left a great legacy.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2105
« on: 02 November, 2018, 12:14:19 am »
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I'm also getting worried for Gene and whether he'll get the happy ending he deserves.

Thanks man, I thought I was the only one...

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Prog / Re: Prog 2105
« on: 29 October, 2018, 06:39:45 pm »
Just got my prog in today.

What can I say about Dredd? We were told nothing was going to be the same again and they have certainly delivered on that promise. To say I was not expecting this week's last panel would be an understatement.

Skip Tracer continues to deliver a good story in a good artstyle.

Brink: Is not good but this opinion is clearly in the minority. Each to their own.

Fiends ends well but knowing what we know about Constanta's fate from the first series, I wonder what role Armand D'Hubert has for the future.

Kingdom: Gene has had a long journey with many different scenarios that could have led to a happy life, but it always gets taken away from him. His original pack, his original mission, living with humans, living with wild aux, living within a community, it never seems to work out. He is always hunted and always must fight and move on. After all that and after all he has lost, is it any wonder he doesn't trust anyone and wants to make his own decisions for his own kind? We must be coming to another reckoning now. There is a definate sense of urgency coming through in this week's episode. A deadline has been declared, something big is coming.

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Prog / Prog 2104 - The Watchers in the Walls!
« on: 20 October, 2018, 01:24:01 pm »
Judge Dredd: Once again Flint knocks it out the park with his great art and action in this episode. This story is continuing to build up into a very suspenseful story. Just when you think you are making progress to working out what is going to happen, THAT happens in the final panel...

Brink: Continues to underwhelm in both artstyle and plot. Definitely not for me, but I still accept it has it fans.

Fiends: There is just something about seeing a vampire ripping a wolf in half with his bare hands that makes you know your reading a quality story!

Skip Tracer: This got really weird, really quickly.

Kingdom: A lot of exposition in this episode. Still stellar artwork.

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Prog / Prog 2103 - Demons of the mind
« on: 13 October, 2018, 07:24:07 pm »
Dredd: Continues apace with great art and a compelling plot. All these possibilities only half hinted at. It looks like the best way to read this story is in its entirety after its conclusion.

Fiends of the Eastern Front: very atmospheric and chilling. The horrific origins of the vamprie, with nods to East European folklore.

Skip Tracer: Difficult for me to follow this story but it is worth the effort for the artwork.

Kingdom: second best story after Dredd this week. So many different factions vying to win in this post apocalysic Earth, most of them out for themselves.

Blink: Not a fan of the story or the art style. They leave me cold but I understand that other readers like this story.

The standout of this week has to be 2000AD's tribute to Carlos Ezquerra. I wish I had the words to express how profound his work has touched me since my earliest days reading 2000AD. His work on Dredd and Strontium Dog has always been sterling. I can only echo the tributes paid in the Nerve Centre, the Obituary and the letters page. But by far, it was without words that the greatest tribute was made. I teared up when I first saw the art by Damian Edwardson. Thanks for that picture. It will remain with me.


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News / Re: Get Well Soon, Carlos.
« on: 03 October, 2018, 06:03:21 pm »
I just got the announcement from 2000AD via email. We have lost one of the greats.

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Prog / Prog 2095 In the Eyes of the Law
« on: 18 August, 2018, 02:13:38 pm »
Hello all. Another Saturday and another Prog for me.

Dredd: Plot threads from the past are being used in this return of the Sons of Booth story. In especially the last panel, I took a sharp intake of breath. Just imagine the possibilities of this organisation with the Stupid Gun in their possession.

The Order get weirder by the episode making it more difficult to follow the overall story. The introduction of good wurms in the last book is being developed more in this book and even Anna Kohl is showing more sympathy for them.

The 3riller builds up to a gruesome end by this episode. It reminds me of Stargate SG-1.

Mechastoheles is starting to grow on me: Demons versus mechademon? What's not to like/

Grey Area: After last week's revelation about Kymn and Bitch, I wonder how long it will be before the ETC team learn of this.

All in all, an enjoyable Prog with Dredd's set up for his new story being my favourite.

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