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Other Reviews / Strontium Dog: Among The Missing
« on: 20 June, 2019, 07:34:28 pm »

I remember this coming out as an ebook, but had missed the fact it came out as a physical product - I know my mind was clearely elsewhere in October 2013, but for as big a Stront fan as myself to miss this, they must have urely sneaked this out!

no review yet, as only on Chapter 2, but looking forward to having something to say shortly!

Other Reviews / 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 15 June, 2019, 10:07:51 am »

So glad to hear John wants to keep writing him, though this means I shouldn't read the included script if I dont want to be spoiled?

« on: 13 February, 2019, 07:02:33 pm »

Seems a good deal and will save the ball ache of trying to track them all down!  Get a nice T-Shirt while you are there... (so weak!)

Prog / PROG 2111 - Welcome to the Thrill-Party!
« on: 08 December, 2018, 11:04:23 am »
Excellent stuff so far -

Dredd is a great Christmas tale from TC Eglington and Boo Cook, both of whom I find hit and miss, but definite double hit here.

Slaine by Weston is a a bit weird - at is wonderful and it is good to see PAt tell us a bit more about Ukko's origins (as already revealed in the "Kiss My Axe" preview?).  The story is set in "current" continuity, but feels like it could be from the first run (especially Slaine, who looks like he stepped out of the prog 300s!  Preview art for the next Slaine artist - it is indeed Leonardo Manco and it is Biz-tastic looking....

Some early Thargs interviewed between the stories too

General / No Prog?
« on: 03 September, 2018, 06:54:15 pm »
No prog in Brum, and no thread?  Anyone seen this weeks?

Other Reviews / The Vigilant
« on: 11 August, 2018, 11:31:01 am »
No one else get their copy yet?

First up, the art on the back up strips deserves a shout out - some great work going on there, fitting in with Coleby's style whilst not copying it in any shape or form - well chosen synergy going on there!

As for the story, I'm variably familiar with the characters this riffs on - not sure this adds anything to any of those characters and doesnt feel like anything we havent seen before(the Death Wish one was fun though!).   I'm kind of with Alan Moore on the idea of comics designed to keep the 12 year olds of 50 years ago occupied perhaps not having the greatest weight for supporting an industry

Books & Comics / LOEG: The Tempest
« on: 14 July, 2018, 08:17:00 pm »
No one else got this?  I was surprised to find it in FP this afternoon... need a reread of the Black Dossier I think before tackling this

« on: 04 July, 2018, 08:29:34 pm »
A shop switches over to a new computerised ystem that predicts demand and it starts sending them supplies in advance of them being made due to being linked to so many other computers - then it sends them some Nuclear War survival stuff as it has heard the big one is about to start?

Whaat prog?

« on: 04 July, 2018, 07:39:36 pm »
Board game time (this is the right place yeah?)!

It would be remiss not to point fellow squaxx in the direction of the Dungeon Degenerates Kickstarter (second printing)


As someone who backed first time, I have been pleasantly surprised by just how this ticks all the right boxes for me - the designer has said that it is inspired by the same things as early GW, namely Punk and Metal, Monty Python and our very own 2000AD! 

If you have a love of the above, then I'd urge you to jump on board!

Prog / Prog 2087 - Dogs of Gore
« on: 23 June, 2018, 12:14:50 pm »
McCarthy cover is great, good to have him back here and the Meg

Dredd... wish Barney was still up to date, if only so I could work out if Rory McConville wrote all thsoe otehr Dredds with a great premise that the strip tells us about rather than shows us.  Loving Rory's Devlin in the Meg, so not sure why (if those other Dredds were his!) the Dredd fails - well I do know, I just said it - show don't tell.  Don't shortcut the plot with explanatory text to fit it into six pages, spread it out over two parts.  As I say, I have seen this before in Dredd, where an interesting idea was squashed into too small a space - not sure if they were all Rory's, but even so.

Skip Tracer - lost me now - it feels like someone read Junker and thought (not unreasonably) "I could do better than that!".  Well, it is better than Junker but that isnt much to recommend it - adding unexpected Psi-abilities is pretty much where I bail on any strip.

The Order is a story I never kept up with and reading the bit on teh Nerve centre didnt get me reading this or keen to read what I had previously skipped.

Dredd finally turns up in Deadworld?

Red is the highlight - it isnt spectacular, but is the best use of the character in a long time, and I'm including the original Stront run in that - lots of potential.

Prog / Prog 2082 - Out For Blood!
« on: 19 May, 2018, 10:12:31 am »
Broxton's cover is marvellous - looking forward to new Red as someone who has never been comfortable with either the original or Abnett incarnations

Dredd is looking for a tablet, I am reminded to buy the Avalanche

Survival Geeks looks lovely and although I fnd the on the nose geek refs a bit of a tired way of generating humour (and I say this as an early adopter via Spaced etc), it is always good to have an out and out humor strip in the prog

Red also looks good, and I can now see that the style Ben Willsher ha used  should merge quite well with Lee Carters - set just after the second mutant war, which is in itself an interesting pick love the Carlos creds!

Prog / Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 14 April, 2018, 11:08:12 am »
The Dredd is OK, but a couple of things seem off - firstly, would the Judges allow a pro-Booth demonstration to spontaneously occur?  There are permits for that kind of thing, and they could riot foam them all for unlawful assembly straight off - also, why is no one in Justice Dept talking to the journalist?

Jaegir is OK, but not thrilling me as much as some of you lot - just seems very slow going this episode

Anderson has lost me entirely, dpsite the refreshing change from the admirable old school of Roach to the admirable old school of Collins/Robinson. It feels like a US superhero team thing, where it's a groupof ssuperheros versus the super baddies that I have no interest in the outcome of.

Stront is fab as usual, with a nice halluci-Wulf appearance - got to love the Big Fellah!

Sin Dex will get read

I am enjoying this run more variably than when it started with Anderson and Dredd and Jaegir to a degree are starting to lose me, something Pat Mills stories rarely do in terms of making each episode a readable chunk

Prog / Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 17 March, 2018, 10:49:34 am »
Well that's a chunk of thrillpower - hopefully that will help quell the unrest that some have felt during the last run.

Haven't read it all yet, but Wagner....he doews it again

I'm reading page 1 of the new Stront and thinking - the new Director is a bit of a cliche and there he goes and Wagners it once again! That's thrillpower right there - the ability to confound your expectations, to almost know ehat the reader is thinking before he has thought it.... Excellent!

The art is uniformly ace - from classic old timers you know you can count on, to "dark days" artists like Coleby and Ronald whose current work makes you eat your words - I'm tempted to say Alex Ronald is the answer to fixing that woeful America II colouring right there, but then, put him on a strip, pronto!

Then there's Dan Cornwell also proving that Wagner and Tharg were right to put their trust in him - every job is a leap and a bound forward.

Now I just need time to read the bulk of it!


Film & TV / So Bradley Walsh isn't even news to you people anymore???
« on: 23 October, 2017, 05:00:46 pm »
When did we stop discussing Dr Who? 

Did everyone finally take on board those "If you don't like it, don't watch it" comments?

That said, reading the frankly toxic and moronic comments on the BBC site (the ones that weren't moderated!) and I perhaps see why...

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