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Other Reviews / The Vigilant Legacy.
« on: 18 August, 2019, 10:28:24 am »
Surprised there is no review thread for this yet(?).

This follows on where it left off last year for more of the same. The art by Simon Coleby is really good and suits it very well.

The additional Dr Sin tale really adds to the intrigue and there are some nice background pieces in the back. Loved the bit about Mary’s watch too.

The main problem for me is this is currently being done at yearly intervals. At that rate I’m guessing it will be cancelled before it completes which will be a real shame. It needs to be at least quarterly IMO.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 10:55:21 pm »
Harry Potter should have ended with Deathly Hallows.
  The appeal of Harry Potter was and is a perpetual mystery to me.  There was absolutely nothing original in it, just a bizarre melange of Blyton's Mallory Towers and pretty much every fantasy trope ever written.  The characters ranged from the banal to the two dimensional, the prose was only a minor step above Mills and Boon.  I know I'm in the minority on this and millions of people would disagree (hell, some would even take me out in the streets and stone me for such heresy) but the only thing the films had over the books is that they had better pictures.

I am currently reading the Harry Potter books (which I like) to my son. We also read and listen to a lot of Roald Dahl. The difference in the language is striking to me. Dahl’s is like the finest quality chocolate melting in your mouth, where as JK Rowling’s language just isn’t and indeed doesn’t always seem grammatically correct. She is also, oddly to me, very fond of the word “dully” as in “Harry said dully”.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 01:28:56 pm »
Have to agree with the comment saying Iron Maiden should never stop.

You could say they went through a dodgy patch for 12 years after the master piece was that was 7th Son of a 7th Son, but since 2000 the quality they have maintained is truly remarkable. A Brave New World, Dance of Death, A Matter of Life and Death, The Final Frontier and the Book of Souls are every bit as good as their 80s classics.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 15 August, 2019, 02:02:38 am »
Wasn't that confusion largely the point? We experienced it alongside the characters.

Not sure about that. There comes a point where unclear story telling gets in the way and makes reading stuff not enjoyable. And for me we have had that in spades over the last few weeks with Anderson and Indigo Prime. It’s funny how stories by Dan Abnett never suffer from being unclear. It’s really not a virtue.

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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 08 August, 2019, 09:47:47 pm »
Likewise. My copy arrived yesterday, and I dug out its predecessor. I’m half tempted to grab the special that the universe originated in too.

What special is that?

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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 08 August, 2019, 12:25:45 pm »
In a sense, this is why I wonder about things like The Vigilant. It’s almost comical to see my two issues stating August 2018 and August 2019 as the dates. My old brain has enough of a hard time remembering Meg stories month to month, let alone when there’s a year-long gap.

Totally. My plan is to re-read the first one then read the new one. But I shouldn’t have to  :|

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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 08 August, 2019, 07:27:49 am »
I’m keen on the idea of having strips with long runs or at least minimising the length of time between series. When you get long gaps it is hard to keep up with what is going on. It should not be necessary to dig out the back Progs to follow what is going on - it’s meant to be fun after all. I have seen comments previously saying that is due to the availability of creators but surely there is an element of creators losing interest- I can think of at least one writer who has multiple uncompleted series- why not just finished each one before moving on to the next?

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 04 August, 2019, 01:34:50 pm »
Just loved those Starlord Robusters stories. The artists don’t seem to get the recognition they deserve 40 years later, especially Carlos Pino. Apart from Ian Kennedy obviously.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2143 - The End
« on: 04 August, 2019, 11:04:13 am »
Maybe I’m being thick but what is the deal with Harry’s grand kids not having aged?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2142 - Major Malfunction
« on: 01 August, 2019, 06:46:52 pm »
along with John Wagner , Pat Mills and Michael Carroll ,
Gordon Rennie is the best writer 2000AD has in the Prog .

Dan Abnett?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2142 - Major Malfunction
« on: 31 July, 2019, 08:08:42 am »
Dredd is fantastic both in terms of story and art. Good to see consequences from the Small House, even if other writers glossed over it (cough - Wagner. :lol:). Weston continues his best Bolland impression and I have to say he is the best at it (Tom Foster not withstanding).

Indigo Prime. I’m so glad this is the last ever series. I know a lot of people like it, but sorry not for me. I like to have some clue as to what is going on week to week.

Anderson. Just shows how great a writer Alan Grant was: good stories well told.

Thistlebone. Great, atmospheric story and great art. Was half expecting a Slaine/ Horned God/Slough Geg cross over.

Absalom. Sorry but I’m finding this a very disappointing final series. Not sure how they will wrap everything up in the last episode, but I’m absolutely not expecting a happy ending.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2140 - Deep in the Bone
« on: 21 July, 2019, 11:50:04 pm »
For the record, I would very, very much like to see Indigo Prime collected in the large hardback format. Lee Carter's art deserves nothing less.

I've always thought Killing Time was one of the best things Smith, Weston and 2000AD ever did. So since that, too, deserves to be available in a large hardback format, let's just collect the whole damn lot of Indigo Prime in the same format and be done with it.

Regards,

Robin

I am never happy to see Indigo Prime in the Prog but I think I would buy a collected edition, just to see if I can finally make head or tail of it after all these years. :lol:

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General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 21 July, 2019, 05:33:36 pm »

Reckon

Where’s the “like” button?

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General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 21 July, 2019, 02:58:35 pm »
For me, quintessential 2000ad strips tend to follow a particular formula, generally having the following qualities;

1) some kind of unique/interesting hook (or at least a twist on an established premise)

2) generally revolve around a strongly defined central character, usually a titular character (and if they have one or more memorable catchphrases, all the better)

3) have a very simple premise than can effectively be summarised in one single short pitch line.

The catchphrase thing is kinda interesting. I think it’s certainly true that a catchphrase can’t make a poor character into a good one, but with the best characters a good one can help reinforce a sense of who they are. The best 2000AD ones include “I am the Law”, “Kiss My Axe”, “He didn’t think it too many”, “Be Pure, Be Vigilent, Behave” , “I’m too cool to kill”, “bojmoi”, “Credo”, “you can not kill what doesn’t live”, “the sentence is death” and “Get Whet”.

BTW what’s Johnny Alpha’s catchphrase? Does “number 3 / number 4 cartridge” count?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2140 - Deep in the Bone
« on: 16 July, 2019, 10:27:18 pm »
Anderson: it to some extent feels a bit by-the-numbers Anderson in the script department, but that’s no bad thing. I suppose it’d help if I cared more about Karyn, but she was historically just brought it as an Anderson replacement when the more famous spy buggered off. Now she’s kind of a Corey replacement. The art’s solid. There are things I find odd (notably the shoulder eagle), but there’s dynamism and a new take here, and so that’s to be encouraged.

I thought the way the shoulder eagle was drawn with the wings not rigidly attached to the body of the bird, made sense from a practical point of view, providing more flexibility and a greater range of movement for the wearer.

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