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Megazine / Re: Meg 409 - The Death of Dominion?
« on: 20 June, 2019, 09:33:15 pm »
Good Meg, just not the great Meg I was hoping for. To start off with though the two endings landed brilliantly.

I thought Lawless was pitch perfect. After the BIG events of the last couple of stories the switch in tone set up here is glorious and just what the strip might need. Of course Lawson haunted by here reflection suggestions all is not well, but the prospect of fresh stories to come is just brilliantly teased. One of my favourite thrills not just of recent years but ever and it just doesn't seem to let up on the quality.

Torture Garden
has lost some of its edge from the early episodes. Mainly do to the Dark Judges being a look too up close and personal and I enjoyed it more when they were monster in the shadows. That said I thought this ending was great. well hard Judge Ogrons bizarre stand off aside. Casting them into space is about all you can do with the Dark Judges these days and while I wonder if they can sustain their potency in future story this (and Deadworld) have got me engaged with these characters in a way I haven't for years.

The rest is a little disappointing, which isn't to say bad, just not as good as the line-up made it look. Thought Diamond Dogs sounded like it had real potential but it felt a flat and I'm not bought in yet. Still early days and Warren Pleece boys any thrill.

Same with the new Dredd I mean that lineup have been doing great work of late. This story was just so set up it was untrue. It didn't try to disguise it and as such again felt flat and was weighty. Still we're past that now and so we'll see how it develops.

I really enjoyed the first Returners story. This one however hmmm it read like a completely different strip. Our reluctant protagonists forced against their will to serve on a mission. Bit cliche if I'm honest. Still again early days and the fact I enjoyed so much about the first series means I have high hopes this will get past this.

Decent text pieces and Mind Wars was better in my head then in reality alas.

While this wasn't the Meg I was looking for the three new strips still have plenty of potential to give me new hope.

Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 20 June, 2019, 06:18:10 am »
Banners are the new Facebook - or something like that.

I wonder if Banners once of this province has a Banner?

I still have nothing to say I just wanted to do

That again...

... well okay yeah I do have some stuff to whitter about from Progs 1190 - 1192. First 1190 sees the first book of Dante - Tsar Wars ends and by God the ending is magnificent. You can kinda sum up the whole of this story like this:

Episode 1: Supreme stage setting elevating the scale of the strip to brutally represent the scale of the war
Middle bit: The mission
Episode 8: Tense ending to mission, comedy moment to lighten the mood - but really serving only to lull you into the full impact of the magnificently terrible final page. Serving to show whatever the scale of the war (see episode 1) its the savage impact on the personal level, often of non combatants, that still matters most.

Now of course that completely neglects the fact that the 'middle bit' is also a quite frankly genius bit of storytelling by Morrison (R) and Burns (J).  The wonderful balance of action, character and comedy moments is just so well handled.

Highlight of Prog 1191 is a brilliant one off Dredd - 'Slow crime day' that I didn't really remember - god only knows why - a delightful look at how Judges handle just the day the title suggests and the victim of their time filled hands.

Another surprise is Tales of Telguuth. Now I don't like Tales of Telguuth I find it a limited format for done in ones, BUT this opener is fantastic. Brilliantly setting the scene, crafting the world and weaving it all masterfully into a gripping if simple story by Steve Moore all rendered quite devinely by Greg Staples.

Prog 1192 is another 4 story Prog - as have the previous 3 as well. This one fills the gap in seeming desperation, were as the previous at least did it with great double sized strips. In Prog 1192 there two Dredd's one by Wagner (with Laurence Campbell) which is great and one by Roland Grey (with Dylan Teague and 'K. Brighton') I don't know Roland Grey - I'm not sure he graces 2000ad again (?) and to be honest its just not great.

Interesting though the way folks pop in and out of our lives and leave little behind.

Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 19 June, 2019, 08:53:45 pm »
I'm taking it there are good reasons for Neimand pseudonym and leaving it at that, but it would be somewhat hilarious (though I'm not suggesting this is likely in even a fraction!) if it was Wagner using a pseudonym to show the forum moaners who look for Wagner's name and complain about the story no matter what on the basis it isn't Wagner - obviously that would have backfired somewhat!

Funnily enough that crossed my mind - as you say probably poppycock but wouldn't it be hilarious.

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 19 June, 2019, 08:47:35 pm »
More importantly how much do I love 'Farewell My Billions' very possibly my favourite Robo-Hunter story - though there is the Purple patch when Sam and Co first land in Brit-Cit which competes for top spot.

BUT 'Farewell my Billions' has the added advantage of Rose tinted nostalgia as it was (probably) my favourite none Dredd strip when I got back into Tharg's Organ with issue 431* and is the perfect example of a 2000ad comedy strip done well. Playing the laughs but not compromising on the action, excitment and intrigue.

*[Proper font size] Never let it be said that Rose tinted nostaglia has anything to do with good memory as the strip didn't even start until 4 Progs after that!

Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 18 June, 2019, 09:23:05 pm »
If Jim Campbell is here I wonder could you tell us a bit more about using the Tom Frame style of lettering on Spector? I’m no expert and I’m curious what changes you had to make to pay tribute to his “hand”.

Genuine query.

Yeah this would be really cool to hear about. Its such a subtle art, I'm always intrigued by the inner workings of lettering.

Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 18 June, 2019, 09:20:47 pm »
I think I've said it before but that won't stop me, but I really hope there's not some poor f**kin' super talented writer sat at home reading this say...

"What is it with those gits. Why do they keep asking who I am... Mum why did you call me Kenneth and do you think Dad will be pissed if I change my surname to Trout or something, Neimand just isn't working for me..."

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 18 June, 2019, 09:17:10 pm »
Yeah completely agree with all this praise of Bryan Talbot. Surely it was an incredibly daunting task to take over from the mightly O'Neill. In my mind there's an almighty stroke of good timing about the whole thing. As MumboJumbo says this story was pushed back and thence when it came to be published Kev O'Neill had moved on buy Bryan Talbot was perfectly placed, coming out of Luther Arkwright to pick up the reins.

Just a glorious bit of serendipity, like the story was waiting for Talbot to be ready for it. He is so perfect for this particular tale. So much so its hard to imagine Kev O'Neill doing the whole thing, even with those first two epsiodes. We'll never know but I do wonder how much Pat Mills would have had a different shape and tone to Book 4 if Kev O'Neill had still been on board.

I have nothing to say except...

I hug you Jim Campbell you are magnificent.

He has a reoccuring villian... well reoccuring of sorts. Here they are called Vathek. In tyranny Rex Deus Ex Machina its Reverend Gabriel Haze and I can't remember and am too lazy to look up what they're called in Firekind. Do they appear elsewhere as well? I can't remember immediately but it wouldn't surprise me. Anyway we we know what's up with that?

Mr. Vathek in Pussyfoot 5 and Mr. Cheetl in Firekind are both members of the Chadarisq-Khan, a race of hooved intergalactic torturers. The chap in Tyranny Rex looks a bit like one, but, if I remember rightly, isn't one.

Thanks Greg that rings a lot of bells.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 17 June, 2019, 09:24:07 pm »

Blasted through Super Mario Odyssey over the last week and it's a bit of a masterpiece. Was pretty hungover yesterday and being able to just curl up somewhere comfortable with the Switch and platform all my cares away really saved the day.

The boy child loves it.

Okay so something I've never quite known and I'm reminded of from the bubstandard John Smith Pussyfoot 5 offering. He has a reoccuring villian... well reoccuring of sorts. Here they are called Vathek. In tyranny Rex Deus Ex Machina its Reverend Gabriel Haze and I can't remember and am too lazy to look up what they're called in Firekind. Do they appear elsewhere as well? I can't remember immediately but it wouldn't surprise me. Anyway we we know what's up with that? Do we know what's up with Pussyfoot 5 come to that. Not John Smith at this best and it comes back after the first story concludes in Prog 1188 as I recall.

Also wrapping up in 1188 is Missionary Man - Promised Man. Gordon Rennie is more than ably assisted by a host of top rate artists on this 15 part epic. Its not quite as strong as I remember and while a fun reworking of the classic Cursed Earth trip as vehicle for multiple substories I seemed to remember the theme of faith and the Grud fueled defender came through stronger than I got on this reading. This time while it played with the idea it didn't do much more than use Cain as Pale Rider, while others faith leads our Cursed Earth pilgrims to all sorts of perils. Maybe I just read it in the wrong frame of mind this time.
Still enjoyed it immensely I shiould say, its just not as strong as I recall.

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 17 June, 2019, 09:05:51 pm »
Great way to annouce yourself.And you don't have a logo for me to get jealous of (see Thrill coma). You cover so much ground as well. But like Sheridan said I'm really interested in your take on Nemesis Book 3. For me its the definition of classic Nemesis so I'm intrigued to hear why you don't get on with it?

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 17 June, 2019, 09:02:20 pm »
You got a logic. I wish I had a logo.

I'm jealous of your logo.

So I'm not going to comment on your wonderful post.

I'm petty like that logo boy...

Welcome to the board / Re: Borag Hi
« on: 17 June, 2019, 01:10:16 pm »
You can never have too many re-read threads. They all bring fresh perspective. I say wipe out out for us all to see.

More importantly welcome aboard and have fun.

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