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Prog / Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« on: 12 October, 2019, 05:47:56 pm »
Well what can you say, as you were really and that's a magnificent 4 for 5 worth a 5 for 5 the four are so good.

And its all behind a cover to die for. Quite how Colin MacNeil manages to get so much quiet human arrogance into that metal manic is a little beyond me.

The Dredd story itself is a glorious character piece that drives the plot forward but really examines Dredd. Its feels like the subtlest new reader story. Everything you need to know about Dredd the man in a seemingly easy six pages. And MacNeil is as good here as he is on the cover.

Defoe has the same issues for me as before. Damnit I want to love this art as it has so much to offer.

Brink is a little like Dredd in that it drives the story forward while laying our character out via quiet conversation. This is what Brink does so very well. Trick you into thinking your reading some exposition heavy talking heads piece but giving you so much more.

The Fall of Deadworld doesn't do that - it blasts it in your face front and centre. And as the Russians land stakes raise even higher. Great stuff.

As is Hope - Under Fire which plays a cliche - oh that magic it'll cost ya ya know. Cliche it might be played well it certainly is. Like when Johnny Cash covers Nick Cave. You may have heard it before by someone else and loved it then but somehow he finds a way to play it better. And this is played very well indeed. There also a panel bottom of page three that I'd swear (probably wrongly) is a tribute to Joe Kubert. Brilliant.

Letters and a competition round up a magnificent Prog. Thank you my lovely droids.

News / Ennis writing Rat Pack for Battle Special
« on: 10 October, 2019, 12:52:09 pm »
Not had a chance to read this as rushing to a meeting but the headlines makes it a keeper and worth sharing...


I'm assuming this is wonderful news. Could someone read it and fill me in!

Prog / Prog 2152 - Watch the world burn!
« on: 06 October, 2019, 09:27:17 am »
Behind a magnificent Cliff Robinson cover lies a Prog on the ground work being laid out over the last couple of weeks.

Dredd is just magnificent. The fragile diplomacy providing a veil over motives as thin as a golden spray job. Quite now much character Wagner and MacNeil are able to imbue into our robotic dictator is wonderful to behold. Yet another masterclass from these two as we get the added bonus on Dredd slipping of to... well we'll see...

Defoe has lost me already alas and a low point in this otherwise stella Prog.

Brink I was speaking of masterclasses before and here's one in how to do an exposition dump, with only a tiny pretense of being anything other than that and make it compelling reading all the same. Adore the exhausted last page as well. Also nice touch having us look in through the HSD logo on that title panel. Should I be reading more into the fact it reversed other than that's our point of view?

Hope Under Fire is brutal and brilliant in equal measure.

The Fall of Deadworld is brutal and brilliant in equal measure.

Another 4 out of 5 but those 4 make it feel like a five-for.

Prog / Prog 2146 - Law in Motion
« on: 24 August, 2019, 06:54:31 pm »
What a difference a week can make hey.

Dredd, well if I was disappointed with the ending of the otherwise superb 'Control' the beginning The Fall of Barbarbara Grimm by Mike Caroll and Nick Dyer is quite brilliant. Okay so there's the old panel where the otherwise wonderful Dyer overworks the cross hatching, but that aside wow. I'm reminded of the awful closing in that I felt reading the Block protection racket story in my Prog slog recently.

Sinister Dexter remains fantastic, that opening panel is just great.

Similarly Indigo Prime remains superb, so full of invention.

3riller - Red Road is a blasting, kinetic opener. Its thrilling and while I've not much of a clue about the background yet I'm drawn in. As ever with 3riller its all in how it builds from here though.

Jaegir cranks it back up to the Max with a wonderful episode. Though  do think medical staff in any Sci-fi / action scenario seriously need to some self defense training.

In summary 5 out of 5 Prog. Now that ain't bad is it!

Website and Forum / How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« on: 22 August, 2019, 07:41:27 am »
So a conversation on one of them there Faciebook groups has go me pondering about the future of the forum. It was basically asking is there any point in this Forum anymore from a once pretty regular poster. Things have been slowing down around here for quite sometime and a quick look at the usage stats


shows the cold hard evidence of that. This year looks to be the slowest to date. Official comments are thin on the ground, to none existant and frankly as other channels of communication become more and more prominant who can blame them. I have no way knowing what plans, if any Rebellion have for maintaining this site but there may be something we can do?

Amongst all the usual claims that this is a horrible place on this Facebook chat, claims I just don't see, a few scraps aside I've always found this the most lovely oasis on the Internet, there were some very good points. Firstly is the format of forums just old hat and such places will naturally wither on the vine and slowly die off? Should I just accept our fate and enjoy what we time we have left together?

BUT as also pointed out the format of a forum is by and far the most useful, practical and well organised way of keeping the discussion we have together, certainly a LOT better to use than Facebook for such things - even Search has got better. I have to be honest I use this place as almost a journal of my comic nerding and such - in a way that other platforms just won't replace - as my friends in the 'real' world just aren't comic-positive.


What can we do to get this place buzzing again. How do we make this forum I adore so much, that has given me so much pleasure of the last 11 years - longer for others - a place that Rebellion can't ignore. That becomes the defacto place of choice for 2000ad fandom as it once was...

... or do we simply hold its hand and sing it a soft tear filled lullaby as we watch it drift away into the next life?

Books & Comics / New Luther Arkwright coming - just be patient
« on: 22 August, 2019, 07:21:11 am »
So I know there's a few Luther Arkwright fans, certainly a number of Bryan Talbot fans still hanging around this quiet corner of the internet. If you are you will be delighted to hear that there a new volume coming... in 2022!

So settle down, get a cup of tea, maybe something to read. Heck you've even got time to pop to the shops and I'll see you back here in three years.


Prog / Prog 2142 - Major Malfunction
« on: 27 July, 2019, 03:47:00 pm »
Almost exactly as you were really.

Dredd remains superb. Adored the Dredd Maitland interaction and we seem to be entering the end game with Judge Pin.

Indigo Prime remains superb. Adored the Christhullhu squirting sticky corrosive tentacle goo allover folks. And what lurks  under the collapse building...???

Anderson - remains mah.

Absalom remains superb -  Adore that this is what passes as a breather in this story!

Thistelbone remains superb - Adore the wau tensions boil over and cans of petrol are bought.

Wonderful stuff in a 4/5 prog.

General / 2000ad and Rebellion at Comic Con 2019
« on: 22 July, 2019, 12:57:12 pm »
I'll give this a new thread in case more pops up - and I'm not sure where else to put this - but a nice write up from The Beat about the Satire or Super Cop at San Deigo this year


Prog / Prog 2138 - Nightmare Fuel!
« on: 29 June, 2019, 06:49:27 pm »
Never very good in the heat so I guess while you lot have all been lapping up the sunshine I've been hidden inside lapping up a double dose of thrillpower (2137 landed today for me too).

Another cracking Prog. Started really nicely with a Thrills of the Future. In just one panel the mighty Flint has got me hackering for more of his and Michael Carroll's 'Proteus Vex' whatever that will be.

Dredd continues to shine as Neimand and Johnson bring part 3 of The Samaritan. The partnership of Pats and Wrex just shines doesn't it. But those moments with Patsy ... somethings up here ... isn't it? Superb.

Thistlebone lets us know much more directly that somethings up and while a snarling black dog is a horror mainstay by George its put to great use here. As are the three kids and the main characters and the last panel... well every element of this story is just used to perfection!

Anderson - Martyrs is also much as it was. The art just isn't quite there for me, which is a shame as it doesn't allow what is a pretty good story so far to shine the way it might otherwise.

Unlike Scarlet Traces which concludes fantastically. Can't wait for this one to come back.

Absalom is also much as you where, playing much the same tricks as last week, but those are great tricks so all good with me. Loving the way this is cranking things up as we head to our climax.

So over all another top Prog. Two such in one day need to be careful and with Indigo Prime coming back next week we have much to look forward to.

Books & Comics / Vertigo no more
« on: 21 June, 2019, 10:25:06 pm »
So Vertigo is being canned... or as the offical press release has its "Sunsetting"


Its been a long time coming. What I always get surprised by is how much many of the comics that are so associated with Vertigo were actually long formed, or even well past their classic runs by the time the label started. That's not to say that Karen Berger's time in charge of the imprint isn't very important, but the movement and her work was well under way. I don't don't it will continue.

Just not under the Vertigo label.

Prog / Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 08 June, 2019, 01:23:23 pm »
Well its a four thriller and to be honest it feels like a four thriller. Not that those four thrills are bad, just it means the Prog feels a little light, like its missing something.

That feeling is not helped by a light weight Dredd. I know last weeks split opinion some what and I wonder if this one will also, with me this time in the less impressed camp. It just felt...insubstancial, even a little flabby... that'd be insubstancial flab then... anyway. We don't like robots, we get threatened by robot supportser, we get saved by robots (well one of them does) and Dredd tut tuts. Mind looked lovely.

Scarlet Traces is only solid this week we get some interesting hints at backgrounds and origins, but that doesn't really feel like it adds anything, the end is intriguing but nothing here really builds on the thumping events last week.

Thistlebone opens really well. It uses its 10 pages not to cram things in to fill the page with more action, plot or character, rather it uses the extra space to establish tone and pace. There's really nothing here that couldn't have been easily covered on a normal 5 or 6 pages BUT Eglington and Davis use the extra room to create atmosphere and make the big moments really strike. Its really done well and a fantastic start.

Kingmaker comes to an end well. It still still carries the problem of quite how potent Crixus might be.... or it does until possibly that last page cliffhanger! Still it also carries the idea that a true leader or king might have the power but their true power comes from their constraint. Oh and that cliffhanger I mentioned. Its a doozy.

So a Prog not to the standard of last weeks but still doing okay.

Books & Comics / Charley's War - Hardcover vs, Definitive Collections
« on: 02 June, 2019, 02:01:15 pm »
Help 2000ad Message Forum your my only hope.

I've not bought the new Charley's War editions as I have a full set of the hardcovers that I do love and however good this series is I don't see a need to double dip... then Rebellion took 5 extra days to deliever my Prog and that all changed.

See I'm thinking with the half price offer I now have I can pick up the new editions for like £30. If I sell on my hardcovers for like £3 each I break even. So the question has anyone swapped out their hardcover for the new editions. As I see it the main advantages of doing so is the addtional colour, all the covers and better print quality. They are marginally smaller than the hardbacks but as I believe they are original comic size that's no biggie.

So to swap out or not, that is the question. Anyone got any thoughts or done this and have regrets?

Prog / Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 01 June, 2019, 02:13:04 pm »
Some times I just love the Prog. Sometimes I settle down after a morning doing chores, a cup of tea ready and reading the Prog just feels like the perfect thing, the exact thing to match your mood, needs and expectations. Today was such a day. Okay there's ironing still to be done but I face it with renewed vigour imbued with Thrillpower as I now am.

Dredd was just superb. Rob Williams and Henry Flint delivering pitch perfect story. Its billed as an epilogue to Small House, but its more than that. Its actually as if The Small House - magnificent as it was - was a prologue to this wonderous 6 page character study. Its stories like this that most make mockery of folks that say of its not Wagner it doesn't count. If you don't embrace this with glee you don't get Dredd, not my Dredd at least.

Scarlet Traces. Is D'Israeli's colouring here some of the best colouring in comics right now or what. Just so fantastic. The story is a quiet delight and quietly moves thing sone before a shift in tone (and of course palette) on the final page gives you a fist pumping finale.

So we get to the Terror Tale. Now I do wonder if I'd not been so buoyed by two nigh-perfect thrill by this point, was not in such a spot on Thrillzone, I do wonder if these stars hadn't aligned I'd have been a bit unstuck with this one. Its a weird little tale, as a Terror Tale its not so dependant on the twist and so this is just a quirky, wonderfully realised nasty piece of work. Nasty in the way Terror Tales are meant to and I disliked it in all the ways I was meant to.

Kingmaker does one of its view from the villians episodes and is pretty effective as that... if not much else and probably the weakest in a very strong Prog.

Last week I asked this of Max Normal

Max is on a roll
So don't be slipping out at a scroll
Flip ya trip and make that landing
If you stick it my joy will be expanding

And you did it Max, like you namesake Whitlock you absolutely nailed that landing. And how. Just perfect. Perfectly judged action, humour by the bucket load, a nice rounding off of character archs and all wrapped up with a Joe shaped cameo. Just magnificent. I'm not sure there's anywhere else for this to go and this should stand alone... but then of course I didn't know how much I needed this Max Normal origin story. So I really hope this team comes back to show me what else I don't know I need to know about Max. Just a brilliant thrill, ended with a warm hug of joy.

Still Max Normal being that good and still probably not being the best thing in the Prog... God I love the Prog sometimes...

News / Rebellion to publish 'lost' Hugo Platt work!
« on: 25 May, 2019, 07:52:43 pm »
Well bugger me sideways. Rebellion have within the archieve some old Hugo Pratt stuff.... Hugo bloody Pratt. I mean late 50s early 60s war comics so we'll see how the stories hold up be HUGO Bloody PRATT!!!!

From Bleeding Cool


News / Dredd Month in September
« on: 22 May, 2019, 01:12:45 pm »
Seems Rebellion are having a push. From Diamond Retail Summit via Bleeding Cool

Be interesting to see how this pans out and what inspired the choice?


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