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Prog / Re: Prog 2127 - Have you had your Thrill Fix ?
« on: 17 April, 2019, 08:56:03 am »
I'm finding the Dredd very interesting. A tighter, darker look at Mega City crimal organisation. One thing did lose me, am I meant to be aware why having a body broken down to the cellualr level can bring down a whole criminal organisation?

I assume it allows the Judges to do some sort of DNA trace of people you have been in contact with. Seems a bit too much of a powerful investigation tool...

Is it me or is some of the colouring in Dredd a bit confusing? When Tomlinson is shown being taken out by Dredd he has grey hair. In the meeting with the Kindred he has reddish brown hair.

Also Fischer’s hair seems to change from blonde to red and then to a sort of strawberry blonde.

Prog / Re: Prog 2126 - Earth under siege!
« on: 12 April, 2019, 01:26:31 pm »
One thing that does strike me about Scarlet Traces - admittedly having only read the last second part of the last chapter (progs 2023-2034) - is that, despite striking images like the one on this week's cover, there seems to be a distinct lack of war-waging Martian tripods.

Yeah...read the first volume of the collection....

Prog / Re: Prog 2126 - Earth under siege!
« on: 11 April, 2019, 05:05:25 pm »
I used to struggle with Scarlet Traces, finding the plot hard to follow. Then I bought the collected editions and read them in a fairly short period of time. Doing that I found it all hangs together really well and has gone from being a chore to read to one of the top thrills.

Prog / Re: Prog 2126 - Earth under siege!
« on: 10 April, 2019, 07:16:40 am »
Great Prog.

Highlight for me was Mark Sexton’s art.

I would really like to see Tharg use him much more than he does. If anything this is even better than his previous stories.

General / Re: Wagner and Dredd
« on: 27 March, 2019, 12:45:38 pm »
At least I can be reasonably confident that John Wagner is one person.

 Even if TB Grover wasn’t  :D

Megazine / Re: Meg 406 - Flower Power.
« on: 25 March, 2019, 02:39:01 pm »
Argghhh...where is that modify button when you need it?

Meant to say I completely agree with Jim’s theory re Lawless and I really do hope that is the case. The last two panels certainly seem to support that.

Megazine / Re: Meg 406 - Flower Power.
« on: 25 March, 2019, 02:36:45 pm »
I tried a different approach to reading my Meg this month. I got out the last two months and read each story as a complete 3 month piece (part from Lawless which didn’t need that approach).

It takes more time but it was well worth it. Even Blunt made some sense, Storm Warning was good and the Torture Garden was just great.

Lawless remains the top thrill and is the best thing Tharg is publishing right now given Brink and Machine Law have finished.

So all in all a great Meg.

Prog / Re: Prog 2124 - The New Normal
« on: 25 March, 2019, 02:18:28 pm »
I read it as the end of this series, but the tag line for next Prog is “End of an Era”, so it could well be the end of it completely.

I will be very sorry to see it go if it is, especially given some of the discussions on this forum over the last couple of years about the need for a strip that lends itself to one off tales with no prior knowledge required, medium, length tales and epics. Seems to me Grey Area fits the bill very well for that (as does Sinister Dexter).

Given Kingdom has apparently finished as well, that’s two top DAbnett thrills we are down. It also looks like Lawless is heading for its end game in the Meg. Again I hope not.

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.

General / Re: Art of Brian Bolland Image books for sale
« on: 20 March, 2019, 02:59:46 pm »
Amazon UK still has copies around £25 mark at least from 3rd parties
It is really good
And Brian had a hand in the repro
Highly recommended

That’s good to know; I have the IDW Bolland Judge Dredd art book and the repro in that could be better  :(

General / Re: Munce is here
« on: 19 March, 2019, 11:47:11 am »
Yes it was the Impossible Burger they were talking about. They didn’t guess right when they took the “Pepsi Challenge” on it.

Now I am a confirmed carnivore (or “meatarian” as like to call it) but I was looking at a book on going Vegan yesterday and it said you should do whatever you are comfortable with, but it’s better to stop looking for meat substitutes and view food differently.

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.

Prog / Re: Prog 2123 - It's Time To Bring The Magic Back.
« on: 17 March, 2019, 07:57:22 pm »
It seems to be McConville’s style to use exposition to tell the story. He even made a virtue of it in an interview in the Megazine (I think).  I really don’t like it - this was slightly better that some of his other Dredd’s, but still I would rather have the story told via action and dialogue.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 March, 2019, 12:02:35 am »
Ah right. Weirdly short-sighted of them even so!

And do they still do these Year Specials, or were they short lived..?

Not weird. When they did Prog 2000, literally no one in the business had had any confidence the comic would make it to the year 2000 at all. The fact that it did is down to John Tomlinson, David Bishop and Andy Diggle. For all the things people can criticise about their various tenures as Tharg, that one fact is incontrovertible and the Squaxx owe them a debt of gratitude.

The tradition of Prog [YEAR] probably continued a bit longer than it should, but now we still get a bumper December prog, just with the normal numbering.

Jim, I think you mean make it to the Prog that would be numbered 2000 according to the sequential scheme. The original year end special Prog 2000 came out in December 1999.

Prog / Re: Prog 2122 - Your Planet Needs Thrills!
« on: 12 March, 2019, 06:01:39 pm »
Why not just serialise Eastenders?

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