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Prog / Prog 2124 - The New Normal
« on: 23 March, 2019, 03:09:54 pm »
A new Dredd thriller starts with Rob Williams and Chris Weston on script duties. Not sure if this is the first time the Weston bot has had a writing credit in 2000AD. The episode starts and ends well, setting up the next part well. I found the middle bit to be a bit odd, and was a bit disappointing but it soon recovered from that.

Now I do like Kingmaker, but it’s going a bit too much Lord of the Rings with a bit of Game of Thrones thrown in.

There is a new Max Normal story by Guy Adams and Dan Cornwell. The opening episode is a mostly set up and I think I will reserve judgement.

Grey Area hurtles towards the series finale. Unfortunately I didn’t think this week’s episode (and last week’s for that matter) quite hit the usual very high standard. Oh and there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, but the way it is drawn leaves enough room for Kymm to survive.

I agree with NA Parry’s letter that current thrills are as good as “classic” ones and that it is nostalgia that makes one think otherwise.

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General / Munce is here
« on: 19 March, 2019, 07:52:00 am »
Just heard a piece on the radio about growing plant based meat in a lab.

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Prog / Prog 2108 - Germ Warfare
« on: 17 November, 2018, 01:42:40 pm »
The Small House moves towards the end game. As has been the norm with this particular story, there is another shock towards the end of this episode and fans of Dirty Frank might want to look away.

Skip Tracer wraps up and will return. For me it's an ok thrill, but is over shadowed by what else is in the Prog.

Brink has an even more talky episode than usual, if that is possible. And as with Dredd ,things come to ahead at the end of the episode. As others had speculated Curtis had been trailed and now that is going to come home to roost.

Infestinauts is not my sort of thing. Its ok, but not sure I bother with a re-read.

Never thought I would say it, but I found Kingdom a little disappointing. The nuke from the end of last week's episode seems somehow incidental; surely it should have more of an impact?

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Other Reviews / The Rat Pack
« on: 15 November, 2018, 01:21:32 pm »
Just received my copy of the hardback.

I was never a Battle reader, so this is all new to me. The main reason I bought it, was because it contains art by Carlos Ezquerra - which I have not seen before.

Having said that, his art in this looks very different to what I am used to. I am really surprised - I thought I could spot an Ezquerra piece in 2 nano seconds, but I wouldn't have guessed this was his if I hadn't been told.

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Prog / Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 10 November, 2018, 12:33:48 pm »
Top billing as usual in this run is Dredd followed by Brink then Kingdom.

In Dredd we get a flash back from file 2103 whichs fils in a bit more backstory for Frank and his early dealing with Smiley and then ends with yet another major revelation, but this time one that you can kinda see coming.

Brink does what it does best, in others words a really atmospheric episode with loads of talking. And the good news is it won't be wrapping up before the Xmas Prog and will continue into the new year.

With Kingdom I made the mistake of flicking  to the back of the Prog before reading it. We knew that was coming, but it wasn't meant to be so soon. Not sure where that leaves Gene.

Oh yeah Skip Tracer and Infestinauts were in the Prog too. Skip Tracer continues on its way as before. I am sure Infestinauts is meant to be funny, but I'm just not into it - may be a re-read once it concludes nest week is in order, but for now it is totally over shadowed by the big 3.

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Other Reviews / Judge Dredd - Toxic.
« on: 31 October, 2018, 08:25:15 pm »
Just read this. It was ok for an IDW Dredd effort. I do think Dredd doesn’t suit the American format comics - it just works better in 6 page chunks. But that seems strange given the longer stories in the Megazine.

Anyway I thought Dredd’s character is a little off; he seem more brusque and authoritarian than he is in the Prog these days. More of a throwback to very early Progs. Also Anderson seemed a bit off too, answering him back, but not in the jokey way she used to (indeed she doesn’t seem to do that in the Prog anymore).

As to the story, the alien symbiotes seemed to bear an uncanny resemblance, both in appearance and function to the Goa’uld.

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Film & TV / The Apprentice - comics
« on: 11 October, 2018, 11:15:20 am »
Did anyone watch The Apprentice last night? The challenge was to create a comic for 8 to 12 year olds.

What they came up with was a far cry from 2000AD or even what I imagine a modern version aimed at that age group would be.

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General / How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 08 September, 2018, 08:47:48 am »
So we all know Dredd is meant to age in real time, but how old do we think Johnny Alpha is meant to be?

Strontium Dog, whilst being a strip that had appeared frequently, has not appeared anything like weekly, there were big gaps between the publication of books of the “Life and Death of Johnny Alpha” where the action followed on from the same point in the story, and he actually spent a big chunk of time being “dead”*.

So how much is he meant to have aged since his first appearance 40 or so years ago? I guess it is actually much less than 40 years.

*(Bizarrely supporting characters like Middenface don’t seem to have aged any more, despite having lived through the whole period).

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Other Reviews / Last Comic Read
« on: 20 August, 2018, 05:57:25 pm »
Does any one else find it strange there isn’t a “last comic read” thread in a similar vein to the last movie watched or box set obsession one? I.e. somewhere to witter on about what you have just read without having to start a whole thread dedicated to it.

Anyway I wanted to comment on The Last American without resurrecting the old threads on it. I finally got round to reading my special edition hardback, having owned it for over a year and having brought it on last year’s summer holiday and not ever having read it before.

Given the creative team (Wagner, Grant and McMahon) and the comments on the old thread (“ absolute classic” ) I had high expectations. But I have to same to say I was disappointed. The outcome was telegraphed from pretty early on i.e. it was obvious there was no-one else around and McMahon’s art was after what I view as his classic period.

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Film & TV / Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 10 June, 2018, 07:19:25 pm »
Can’t believe a thread hasn’t been started on this already.

Several news sources were  reporting yesterday that there are plans for a Game of Thrones prequel set thousands of years before the current series.

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Prog / Prog 2076 - Divide + Conquer!
« on: 07 April, 2018, 08:59:30 pm »
We get a new Dredd thriller by TG Eglington and Staz Johnson. The Sons of Booth are back. Will have to see how this develops.

Jaegir is firing on all cylinders. Just loved the robot who has a bit of a K-2SO feel to him. The bit were they chuck him out of the hoppa craft is just LOL.

Sinister Dexter - yeah just great. But there is  some massive continuity errors going on in this episode. Just look at the arrangement of the cups and plates on the table between page 1 panels 1 and 2, and by panel 5 they have disappeared altogether. Plus the position of the third chair changes in panel 5. Just the sort of thing my wife loves to notice when we watch TV. It seems odd, having listened to the recent Thrillcast which explained the lengths Steve Yeowell went to in  the Prog 2073 story to get this sort of thing correct.

Anderson carries on as before. Its ok, nothing spectacular. And I definitely prefer David Roach's black and white art.

Strontium Dog great story, but for me its let down just a little by the art not quite being Carlos' best.

To finish there is a letters page, with a couple of letters echoing what seems to be a widely held opinion that the stories since 2073 have been great, if what immediately preceded that wasn't to everyone's taste.

Overall, I am pretty happy with the Prog this week.

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Megazine / Meg 393 - Hard Rain!
« on: 17 February, 2018, 11:11:50 pm »
My Prog didn’t turn up today but at least that gave me a chance to read the Meg instead.

A fairly solid 2nd part to Judge Dredd which includes a bit of backstory for Harry Heston. The art by Jake Lynch looks more and more like Henry Flint with each story he does.

It just seems wrong to criticise Lawless but it seems we have been waiting months for Munce to launch the attack on Badrock. So it has finally started and it does seem a little unbelievable that Munce’s Gunships could be repelled by ground fire. Lawson even says as much at one point.

Devlin Waugh wraps up with a fairly cutting moment between the brothers.

Koburn is good fun.

Dredd moves on at a fair old pace (which is quite a contrast to stuff in the Prog over the last few weeks.) The name of one of the missing Tek Judges is a dead give away to what has happened to them.

We also get a letters page.

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Music / Couple of Iron Maiden related questions.
« on: 12 November, 2017, 06:35:49 pm »
As I have posted on other threads Iron Maiden have been working their way up my list of favourite bands. Right now they sit just about at the top (or Manic Street Preachers depending on how much I have been listening to them.)

Given that I have been reappraising them and have even listened to The X Factor and Virtual XI properly for the first time (it’s only taken 20 odd years) and actually they are not that bad once you get used to Blaze Bayley not being Bruce Dickinson.

So my questions are:

1. Is it worth getting Bruce Dickinson’s solo albums? I bought Tattooed Millionaire when it came out but thought it was only alright.

2. What about Maiden’s live albums? I have Live after Death but haven’t listened to it in years as I have it only on vinyl and have no means of playing it. As I understand it Rock in Rio has a cracking version of Sign of the Cross with Bruce on vocals( a song I have only just become aware of.)

3. What about other Maiden solo albums / members playing in other bands e.g. Adrian Smith in  Psycho Hotel?

So any thoughts/ recommendations?

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Prog / Prog 2056 - Bringing the House Down!
« on: 04 November, 2017, 12:33:04 pm »
Dredd continues with Black Snow part 2 and we get some exposition as to why Maksim is doing what he is doing, some more Sov Block ted tape as a delaying tactic and a winter uniform for Dredd.

Slaine whilst still having a lot of talking managed to move the plot along quite a lot for once.

I have reached the point I always do with Indigo Prime where I don’t really have a clue what is going on anymore and am not sure if I will try to rectify that.

SinDex wasn’t the best episode.

Absalom now seems to be moving towards the expected wrap up.

Overall for me, a below average Prog. We have had much better recently.

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General / Saturday Prog sort out
« on: 29 July, 2017, 07:56:06 pm »
I am doing a Dante re-read and as it happens my library had the first two Kingdom books so I borrowed them and have read them this week.

On Dante I have finished Tsar Wars book1 but book 2 is out of print and my library doesn't have it. A good few of the later books I need are also out of print.

So there was nothing else for it but to track down and sort through a load of back Progs from the 1200s onwards - a daunting task.  I didn't quite finish but I made enough progress to find the next two Dante stories and the rest of Kingdom, and have bundles of each 100  Progs mostly in order, with a few yet to be found.  I know where they are  - in big piles of other Progs and Megs.

So that a bit of a result.

It also puts me in a good position to re-read big chunks of Savage later too.

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