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Prog / Re: Prog 2150 - You want Thrills, Earthlets?
« on: 26 September, 2019, 11:53:51 pm »
Don't apologise, your views are as valid as the next person's.

Dredd: Very sad farewell. I wonder when the Judges will learn that the so called alien pathogen was actually down to Judge Fear? Strange that her last request was to put down a robot revolution in a foreign country.

Sin/Dex: I am of the opinion that the sentient AI downloaded herself onto Ray's headcase in an act of self preservation. We'll see how that plays out.

Future Shock: The ending was confusing and it didn't make sense.

Anderson: The art style wasn't for me in this one - I found some of the faces elongated. The story was fine though.

Hope has been away for a while now, so it'll probably take me a few weeks to get back into it. It's starting well.

I am afraid I didn't like the art in Defoe at all. It was hard to make out what was going on. The white handwriting script was almost impossible to read and the artwork and I didn't like the character designs. For such and exposition heavy opening episode I was completely lost by the end.

Brink: I skipped it. I've never warmed to the art or the story and I can't see anything in this episode to make me change my mind. I know 2000AD is an anthology publication and Brink does have its fans. I am not one of them.

In conclusion: Dredd was the best one for a long time. Sin/Dex and Hope were good, Anderson was okay, the rest were not for me.

Prog / Re: Prog 2149 - Spiritual Awakening - 2000AD
« on: 17 September, 2019, 10:27:45 pm »
I really don't like where Dredd is going at the moment. Dredd has always been a man driven by the law but importantly, he has also been one for justice as well. Of late Dredd is being portrayed as more and more hard hearted, less empathetic to those he is sworn to protect. If that was not disconcerting enough, he is also becoming more distant from his allies in the Justice Dept and beyond. Many of those he has interacted with in a positive way in the past have been killed off or are becoming disillusioned with Dredd. Giant, Maitland and Hershey being the prime examples. Other allies such as Beeney, Rico, Vienna or even Judge Anderson have not had recent stories with Dredd. This must increase the isolation he must be feeling. Dredd has always been a tough character, but there has always been those instances where we see his human side, even briefly. He has always done his duty no matter the circumstances, but he as has also shown us time after time that he show mercy, if not in deed, then at least in word. Above all, it is the instances when Dredd realises that he has been wrong about someone, that he will admit it. Dredd told Judge Nimrod, that he was wrong about him, He told the survivors of the Apocalypse Squad that he should have done more for them, After he felt betrayed by Judge Anderson and she returned from space, Dredd confessed that he had treated her badly. He told Hershey that he admired Chopper and didn't want to shoot him, He gave Kraken some words of consolation before executing him. He even tried to mend things with Hershey when he learned she has a terminal disease. I could go on but I think I've made my point - these instances, all in their contexts are where Dredd shows us his best aspects of his character. I'm not seeing anything like this in Dredd lately. I hope and pray that the writers are going somewhere with this

Prog / Re: Prog 2148 - Fear of the Machine!
« on: 10 September, 2019, 10:50:36 am »
I know I don't contribute to the reviews very much but I would like to make my opinion known about 2000AD. 2000AD has become really depressing to read. The art and colour style has gotten a lot darker of late and the stories have lost their spark. If you read this week's Dredd and Jaegir the stories are telling you it doesn't matter if you are a good person and try to do what is right you will come to a bad end. Carrol and Rennie have crafted stories depicting formally good people, the Judges and the Southers as just as bad as organised criminals or the Norts. I understand that these stories never had black and white outlooks, there were always some bad judges and bad Southers, but this is relentless. I'm sure some commenters will just tell me to grow up and stop complaining but this is how I feel. 2000AD is usually an anthology of different styles or art and storytelling but recently they are seeming to converge on a specific worldview that everything is screwed and there is no point trying to be optimistic. This might be the writers and artists reflecting what is going on in the real world and I can understand this, but can we not have at least a few stories that reflect a better world, one that we might strive for?

"She understands all right. She knew now what the rest of us have known for years - that the Judges are just thugs who wear matching uniforms."

"Burn it! Burn the monster that stole our dreams!"

"You can't stop us. We're gonna take...this planet..."

"Y-you didn't have to do that. These others weren't even armed."

Outside or Sin/Dex I don't see any optimism in this week's prog. But then, when was the last time a series ended with any kind of upbeat conclusion? I truly hope this will change in the future.

Prog / Re: Prog 2130 - 2000ad Regened
« on: 04 May, 2019, 11:43:54 pm »
I'm afraid I've got to disagree with you about this week's prog. Aside from the outstanding Cadet Dredd strip I found the rest of the prog's artwork to be simply average, with the Future Shock and the Rogue Trooper being the best of a bad bunch. This is not to be a criticism of any of the new artists in particular but the art styles seem to be a little...generic. These strips could have been drawn by those doing Marvel comics at present such as Ms Marvel, Squirrel Girl or Captain Marvel. I found Full Tilt Boogie, Finder & Keeper and the Judge Anderson stories to be unengaging and forgettable. I don't mean to be cruel, and I do not disrespect the new artists and scriptwriters for what they have done, but I would ask them to show their individualities in art styles and storytelling. Anyone reading old 2000ADs would have not problems identifying a Gibson art story, an Ezquerra, Dillon, Bollard, Gibbons, O'Neil or Belardinelli story. I understand that new artists and scriptwriters have to work for a long time to develop their own unique styles and I do hope that they persevere and come up with some work that truly reflects the potential that they have shown. 

Prog / Re: Prog 2129 - Once Upon A Crime...
« on: 27 April, 2019, 10:30:07 pm »
they wouldn't specifically make a "super" one to replace Dredd.

They already did replace Dredd, when he took the Long Walk, Silver decided to use a replacement with the same genetic code to take Dredd's place. Dredd is more than a man, to many because of what he has done and what he stands for, he is a symbol of Justice. The criminals undoubtably see him in the same way.

Prog / Re: Prog 2128 - The Kid who would become the King of Cool
« on: 24 April, 2019, 05:57:08 pm »
Still waiting for mine as well. This must be the first time the cover art has changed on the homepage before I got my prog.

Prog / Re: Prog 2120 - Tankbuster!
« on: 23 February, 2019, 11:53:54 pm »
Damn, just finished my review and hit preview to make sure I didn't reveal any spoilers, and the box went blank!

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 13 January, 2019, 09:12:03 am »
Definitely one of the greats who made 2000AD what it was. Sadly missed.

Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 13 November, 2018, 11:41:17 pm »
Dredd: Bloody Hell! I knew Smiley was into some dark stuff, but this! He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of not only half the people of Mega City One but also the entirety of the population of East Meg One and the entire population of an alternative Earth. If the defectors had information on Block Mania and the Apocalypse Warp technology, Mega City One would have been in a better position to defend itself, so much so the Sovs might not even have started the war. Thus the Sovs wouldn't have destroyed half of Mega City One and their retaliation wouldn't have destroyed the alternative reality Earth. Dredd wouldn't have had to take over the Sov nuclear bunker and destroyed East Meg One. All of this stemmed from one incident in Georgia. Instead of sending in a hit squad, why didn't Chief Judge Griffin give the defectors asylum? They could have got the information that way. If the team had been sent to escort the defectors out then Frank would not have had to gun down his team mates. I know what have I just said could be explained away and maybe some of this scenario will be disproved in later episodes but I am just going with the information I have been given.

Skip Tracer: Was especially good this week. I liked the action and the feeling of the hopelessness as the facility is overrun was well executed. I also liked the turnaround at the end.

Brink: It is clear to most what my views on this story are. I understand and respect others' love for this story but it has never impressed me in storytelling or artwork. It is just my opinon and does not denigrate anyone else's views.

3rillers: Last weeks introduction didn't grab me but after this episode I was more interested. I felt memories of Banzia Battalion while reading it, (obviously before it went off the rails in it's final story). The final page reminded me of the Futurama episode when Fry got worms - talking doesn't work with worms.

Kingdom: It has taken eight episodes to get all these plot elements together, eight episodes to get all the pieces of the chess game into position, and then someone just nukes the entire chessboard! This easily is the second best story in the prog this week, just after Dredd. At the moment, these are the two stories I HAVE to read in 2000AD.

Off Topic / Re: RIP Stan Lee
« on: 12 November, 2018, 07:53:00 pm »
RIP Stan Lee - You will be missed, but by God you left a great legacy.

Prog / Re: Prog 2105
« on: 02 November, 2018, 12:14:19 am »
I'm also getting worried for Gene and whether he'll get the happy ending he deserves.

Thanks man, I thought I was the only one...

Prog / Re: Prog 2105
« on: 29 October, 2018, 06:39:45 pm »
Just got my prog in today.

What can I say about Dredd? We were told nothing was going to be the same again and they have certainly delivered on that promise. To say I was not expecting this week's last panel would be an understatement.

Skip Tracer continues to deliver a good story in a good artstyle.

Brink: Is not good but this opinion is clearly in the minority. Each to their own.

Fiends ends well but knowing what we know about Constanta's fate from the first series, I wonder what role Armand D'Hubert has for the future.

Kingdom: Gene has had a long journey with many different scenarios that could have led to a happy life, but it always gets taken away from him. His original pack, his original mission, living with humans, living with wild aux, living within a community, it never seems to work out. He is always hunted and always must fight and move on. After all that and after all he has lost, is it any wonder he doesn't trust anyone and wants to make his own decisions for his own kind? We must be coming to another reckoning now. There is a definate sense of urgency coming through in this week's episode. A deadline has been declared, something big is coming.

Prog / Prog 2104 - The Watchers in the Walls!
« on: 20 October, 2018, 01:24:01 pm »
Judge Dredd: Once again Flint knocks it out the park with his great art and action in this episode. This story is continuing to build up into a very suspenseful story. Just when you think you are making progress to working out what is going to happen, THAT happens in the final panel...

Brink: Continues to underwhelm in both artstyle and plot. Definitely not for me, but I still accept it has it fans.

Fiends: There is just something about seeing a vampire ripping a wolf in half with his bare hands that makes you know your reading a quality story!

Skip Tracer: This got really weird, really quickly.

Kingdom: A lot of exposition in this episode. Still stellar artwork.

Prog / Prog 2103 - Demons of the mind
« on: 13 October, 2018, 07:24:07 pm »
Dredd: Continues apace with great art and a compelling plot. All these possibilities only half hinted at. It looks like the best way to read this story is in its entirety after its conclusion.

Fiends of the Eastern Front: very atmospheric and chilling. The horrific origins of the vamprie, with nods to East European folklore.

Skip Tracer: Difficult for me to follow this story but it is worth the effort for the artwork.

Kingdom: second best story after Dredd this week. So many different factions vying to win in this post apocalysic Earth, most of them out for themselves.

Blink: Not a fan of the story or the art style. They leave me cold but I understand that other readers like this story.

The standout of this week has to be 2000AD's tribute to Carlos Ezquerra. I wish I had the words to express how profound his work has touched me since my earliest days reading 2000AD. His work on Dredd and Strontium Dog has always been sterling. I can only echo the tributes paid in the Nerve Centre, the Obituary and the letters page. But by far, it was without words that the greatest tribute was made. I teared up when I first saw the art by Damian Edwardson. Thanks for that picture. It will remain with me.

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