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Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: Today at 02:12:52 AM »
Oops: middle cover image is supposed to be from 2.29, not 2.39.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: Today at 02:11:15 AM »

Megazine: Vol. 2.3 (Childhood's End) (2.27-2.36)

The megazine of this era struggles with consistency, firing off a barrage of thirteen hit 'n' miss thrills over a ten-issue sequence. But there's gold in them thar hills...

Judge Dredd
Probably the most memorable thing about the Jigsaw Murders is the cover of issue 27, which came with a free jigsaw version. Entirely meta-tastic. Ladonna Fever was a bit of a "Dredd's Future Shocks" mash-up featuring a Madonna homage. The comedy Hottie House Siege is probably the most memorable from this era and is followed up by The Al Capone Story, Bagging The Bagwan, Slick Dickens - Dressed To Kill and Revenge Of The Egghead.
You have permission to get excited again (in a long-form aspect), as in the next stage we get the return of Mechanismo...

Judge Hershey: A Game of Dolls
A disturbing tale of a serial killer preying on costumed prostitutes in a low rent area of the city with a sparse Judge force.
After a brief stint teaming up with Steel (see below) Hershey returns in the next stage...

Harke & Burr: Antique & Curious *NEW THRILL*
Shoe-horned into the Dreddverse, this is about a couple of antique dealers. They seem to be living in Victorian London (given the Cockney accents, horse and carts, gas street lamps and so on), except the blurb says it's a township in The Cursed Earth. Lovejoy meets Dickens (meets Mad Max 3).
More shenanigans from this pair in the next stage...

Anderson, Psi-Division: Childhood's End
Kevin Walker paints Anderson & Orlock's trip to Mars. There's a disaster movie sense about the gang who go in to investigate a strange alien artefact (latterly reminiscent of set-ups like Congo or Prometheus) but aren't really equipped to deal with what they find. Orlok's never been as good since.   
Anderson returns in Meg 2.50, but if the series wanted to go out on a high it could've just ended here. Send your rebuttals to ... someone else.

Missionary Man *NEW THRILL*
Gordon Rennie's opening salvo of Salvation At The Last Chance Saloon and A Town Called Intolerance were astounding partly because of the content (a living, breathing Cursed Earth setting borrowing heavily from Westerns) but also in no small part due to the art design from Frank Quitely.
There's lots more Missionary Man to come but in fits and starts and all the artists have a go, which can't help but feel a bit like Picasso couldn't make it.

Calhab Justice: Dounreay
Less hoots mon than the previous pile o'neeps an' tatties: in this wan MacBrayne taks oot a terrorist plot agin ra Dounreay power station, no?
Help ma boab - there's mair Oor Dredd next stage...

Brit-Cit Brute *NEW THRILL*
Judge Newt of the SAS dresses like a superhero and strikes poses all over the place and shouts at everyone: like a dystopian Spongebob Squarepants.
Barges its way into a follow-up in '94...

Armitage: Flashback II
An odd sequence in which Armitage plays Snake Plissken, and he has to destroy an evil metal version of the fantasy angel version of Sam Lowry from Brasil.
Returns late in '94...

Hershey & Steel: Degenomancer *NEW THRILL*
Doc Ock's tentacles are real as Hershey-U-Like visits Brit-Cit and teams up with Rookie Judge Treasure Steel.
Tis a one and done pairing.

Chopper: Dead Man's Twist *SET AFTER PAMELA EWING'S DREAM*
Surfing through nightmare canyon to prove himself to ... himself, again.
Zombie Chopper next shows his grisly visage in the Judge Dredd Poster Prog #4, before surfin' back over to the prog in '95 for Supersmurf 13...






 - Barney
 - The 2000 AD ABC

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:29:19 PM »
That's really an interesting point. Like they've stopped pretending.


In the news today, Trumpet responds to Twitter labeling his bullshit as bullshit by threatening to shut them down. Sometimes the idea of free speech in the U.S. means the freedom to shout "fire" in a crowded theater. (Or "drink bleach" at a crowded press conference.) And, apparently, also the freedom to threaten to shut down the media's right to free speech.


Just in case anyone forgot about it - I feel it's my duty to remind you all that Dominic Cummings told everyone the other day that his trip to a scenic beauty spot on his wife's birthday, in which they sat on a riverbank in the glorious sunshine, was just a test drive to see if his headache and temporary blindness were getting any better. And then the prime minister told everyone that was fine and it was time to move on.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 May, 2020, 06:24:51 PM »
2000AD and the NHS.

We win  ;)

Gah! You DO win. (I try to make myself feel better about the health care debacle over here in the US by leaning on cheaper house and petrol prices, but it's weak sauce consolation placed next to a national healthcare system. There is no way of arguing the 2000AD point - it's the galaxy's greatest comic.)


The idea that Trump is the worst thing since sliced bread (and he is demonstrably just an incredibly horrific individual held up by a mean-spirited base) is somewhat diminished if you watch the documentary series The Vietnam War.

It's difficult to pinpoint the worst of the behavior, but there you had an absolutely cynical sequence of presidents who knew full well they were doing the wrong thing, but kept doing it in order to remain in power. And the wrong thing just happened to include things like deliberately fire-bombing civilians and shooting unarmed college students: and then defending those actions.

Which only brings us back to Tordelback's point that "states and their people are different things" (but with a side dish of it has ever been this way).

Announcements / Re: Job for Tharg - Junior Graphic Novel Editor
« on: 27 May, 2020, 05:22:08 PM »
Can anyone spot the wonderfully ironic mistake here...

I assume you were referring to this golden nugget:

Excellent knowledge grammar and copy writing

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 May, 2020, 05:15:34 PM »
That said, it should be remembered that the majority of Americans voted against Trump.

That's SO important!

I live in Washington state, which is true blue (that's Democrat). In effect that means that the big cities (like Seattle) are more left-leaning and the countryside is more right-leaning, but there are fewer of them.

Our state governor, Jay Inslee, calls a lot of the shots (which has been good for us during the pandemic). It's like we're a little mini-country. Like Washington (State) is to the USA what Scotland is to the UK. Sort of thing.

We still have bastards around - don't get me wrong. There's evil people that stand outside the abortion clinic accusing patients and doctors of murder. There are people who use derogatory names for latinx folk. People who call Native Americans dirty alcoholics. But there's more people that don't.

If all I knew of the US was what I saw on the news (which is mostly Trump being a knob) I'd never live here in a million years.

But would I live in the UK? Unaffordable housing; dreams of Empire; institutionalized racism; constant war fueled by its own arms sales; policies decided by people who believe in herd immunity; a spoilt bully as a prime minister, a seneschal who tests his eyesight by going driving, a country-wide social caste system, state-driven belief in an ancient sky-god cult from the Middle East, a hereditary monarchy that effectively perpetuates a state of serfdom...

2006's Megazines (240-252) are in the shop for, uh, $14.99 / £14.49. That's 916 pages of thrill-power.

In Dredd, you get:
 - Warzone
 - Culling Time   
 - Splashdown
 - Regime Change   
 - Cadet

Other complete series include:
 - Fiends of the Eastern Front: Stalingrad
 - Young Middenface: A Scottish Soldier
 - Cursed Earth Koburn: Malachi
 - Black Siddha: Return of the Jester

This era saw the launch of the Small Press section and also the opening salvo of Tales from the Black Museum.

Plus some finishing up tales from 2005 (Anderson, Shimura), reprints (Charley's War and a bunch of Dredds) and a strong grouping of early Interrogations (with Brian Bolland, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill, Ian Edginton, Neil Gaiman, John Wagner, Mark Harrison and D'Israeli).




Links / Re: Youtube Gold
« on: 26 May, 2020, 07:47:35 PM »

Alan Smithee Hogan

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 May, 2020, 03:33:27 PM »

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 May, 2020, 09:36:19 PM »

Aggressive ferret-man
takes over England

On the database the prologue to Necrophim is wrongly attributed to Tony Luke: http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=thrill&page=profiles&choice=NECROPHI

Poor old Barney...

In the year 5073, trees have evolved into sentience. Can The Spruce Girls defeat the evil Lumber-Jack?

Introducing The Spruce Girls:

 - Norway Spruce - "Let's stay frosty!"
 - Weeping Spruce - "We're never gonna make it!"
 - Dwarf Spruce - "You got somethin' ta say?"
 - Oriental Spruce - "Wise tree bends in wind!"
 - Black Spruce - "Whaddup?"


Tony Lee gets my vote, for Necrophim.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 23 May, 2020, 11:50:47 PM »

2017 (First Quarter)

In order of most to least thrilling (but it's a tight field in a strong quarter)...

Hope...for the Future
S: Guy Adams, A: Jimmy Broxton, L: Simon Bowland

The noir occult turned up before in the briefly flowering form of Diceman (1986), but never rendered in such a disturbingly effective form. Need ... more ...

S: Ian Edginton, A: Leigh Gallagher, L: Ellie De Ville

My initial thought was that this was too derivative, as the opening scene seemed to be going beyond homage as it depicted only a slightly altered Lord of the Rings, but then the spaceships turned up. I just ate this up: it's a bit like Firekind meets LOTR.

Judge Dredd: Deep in the Heart
S: Michael Carroll, A: Tiernen Trevallion (1-4), Henry Flint (5-8), L: Annie Parkhouse

Suffering a little from overlap with Rob Williams' secret Judge force, Carroll's MC-1 goes on a tour of TC to track a fugitive. It seems odd to have a group of secret Judges who are so clearly opposed to the existing Judges. Fighting amongst oneselves: not very wise. Great art and a wonderful scene where an arrest goes badly lift this above its shaky foundations.

Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven
S: Dan Abnett, A: Richard Elson, L: Ellie De Ville

There are some strong story beats here (the Leezee reveal, for example), but they're stretched too thinly over the twelve episodes. The humans are so dense it's a wonder they've survived any length of time on the station. The backgrounds tend to boring, with far too many gradient fills in place of detail. So, I was glad when this happened:

The Order: Wyrm War
S: Kek-W, A: John Burns, L: Annie Parkhouse

My favorite bit was where Cyrano de Bergerac and the wyrm woman were flirting in a pool. I think otherwise I need to reduce the speed on my life by about half in order to be able to take this all in. I get to the end of a series of The Order and am always thinking "some colourful people I don't know very well chopped up some worms and shouted a lot".





Andy Diggle for Snapshot.

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