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Prog / Re: Prog 2054 - Me & My Shadow
« on: 26 October, 2017, 09:43:04 pm »
I seem to be out of sync with most this week, because the prog didn't put a foot wrong. And I jumped off my seat when Revere turned up. I bloody love Revere, and the original story is among my favouritest 2000AD things ever.  I'm not going to comment on John Smith's disapproval, because I really like him as both a person and a writer, but the return of this character made my week.
Everything else was wonderful- MickMack on Dredd, lovely Slaine, a fantastic SiniDex and another exceptional episode of Absalom. All wrapped up in the best cover this year.
Loved everything about it. Roll on next Wednesday.

Megazine / Re: Meg 389 - Darklands
« on: 19 October, 2017, 12:00:45 pm »
Yeah, I've never gotten on with it. Not sure why, as I generally like pretty much anything Dabnett writes. It may be the art, which to my eye is over- detailed and lacking in black, meaning my eyes get restless. Maybe I've finally come to terms with that, and can see what others see?

Megazine / Re: Meg 389 - Darklands
« on: 19 October, 2017, 10:06:56 am »
I run hot and cold on the Meg most months, but this one didn't have a bad page. Dredd shone in relation to the prog, with a story I'm very surprised not to have seen before. Minor niggle: the time machine could also travel in space, but somehow managed to hop dimensions? How did that happen?
I've never been able to get through a series of Lawless so far, but this new episode had me from panel one. I may now go back and read all the others. Devlin and Dominion continued to do their thing very well and even Anderson picked up a bit this issue so it felt like more was at stake. Though that last panel was ridiculous/ hilarious.
Excellent features this month, and a floppy that will break some sort of record as the third one in a row I've actually read.
Keep this up, and maybe I won't wander into the newsie every four weeks with a sense there are much better things I could be spending my six quid on.

Other Reviews / Re: Scream & Misty - All new stories inside
« on: 19 October, 2017, 09:01:37 am »
In complete contrast to this week's prog, I found this an absolute delight from start to finish. Bought an extra copy for my eldest, and ordered the Fabry cover from FP for the collection. So they've made me buy it three times, and I'm not sore about it in the least.
Not a bad strip in there- with my favourites being The Thirteenth Floor, Black Max and The Sentinels. The Death Man strip serves as a pilot for a series I very much hope gets the go ahead- to see The Leopard and Blake Edmonds again made my day.
The feature pages were brilliant, and I even cast more than a cursory eye over the Spot The Difference. I did wonder, though, if knowing the age of the people most likely to pick this up, a Sudoku would have been more appropriate.

All in all, a lovely package, and seeing as I bought my copies from exactly the same papershop from which I collected my reserved copies of Scream in 1984, and in which I expressed my horror when I was told it had been cancelled all those years ago, it could not have been better.

More, please.


Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« on: 19 October, 2017, 08:46:27 am »
I'm afraid I also thought the art on the Dredd strip, er, "not to my liking". I could say more but for some reason feel like that would be unwelcome. I hope we never see the like in the prog again, unless he tries a completely different style.
Cover also stuck out for me as being absolutely appalling. Not sure if the subject matter (sheets) or the cluttered straplines, but I've not seen a prog cover that would have forced my money back in my pocket so hard as that in a very long time.
Slaine was okay (will read better in the collection), Grey Area was a decent end to a game changing story and I look forward to more, Indigo Prime still seems to be telling a story in the most obtuse way possible, and the highlight was the return of Harry.
Usually when the prog is middling, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, but with that cover, that Dredd art, Indigo Prime and that font in Slaine... this gets a double raspberry from me.

Aw, if we have Simon Davies- even with all his hi'fallutin portraiture, surely we can get Mick back?

With regards to that Purity cover- yes, but Mick Austin can do no wrong. Seriously, he's magnificent. What's he up to now?

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 October, 2017, 04:21:23 pm »
From the perspective of continuity, yeah why not. Sometimes it's easy to forget that some readers haven't been fed this stuff week on week since they were seven years old. Coming to 2000AD for the first time as an adult could be daunting, in the sense that it may seem "important" to have to "catch up". Personally, I have faith that most of the longest running stories, ABCs included, stand well-enough on their own to be picked up with any given story. Or at least, in the case of the ABCs, as individual stories when the artist changes. I'm not sure the more recent Clint Langley books could be just as easily dipped into, as Pat seems to be in the process of tying everything together now.
Ro-Busters and the ABC Warriors are a brilliant, clever, funny and mesmerising couple of strips that tell a long and rhythmic saga over decades. But I don't think you lose everything by starting at later points.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 October, 2017, 02:58:26 pm »
Just picked up Vol 4, The Kreeler Conspiracy, and am sat reading it while waiting for my GP appointment (which is by Skype, annoyingly. I hate living in a Tory future).
Sometimes, collected editions don't live up to the weekly prog experience (The Apocalypse War, ferinstance, is never as good as it was in the prog, where the wait between weeks was horrible), and others read so much better. This is the latter here, as it's absolutely stonking. When this ran in the prog, I disliked it immensely- and it started a phase of me skipping Stront- which I never imagined I'd ever do, having been a fan since Star Lord #1, when Ezquerra's art scared the absolute shit out of me.
Reading it now, I'm totally in love. I'm only 60 or so pages in, but already it's the best tenner I've spent this week.

Welcome to the board / Re: Cannot post or edit profile
« on: 10 October, 2017, 06:23:44 pm »
Thanks Mr Mod!

Prog / Re: Prog 2050 - Epic Thrills!
« on: 06 October, 2017, 11:08:07 am »
The whole issue of Sinister Dexter continuity would be a damn site easier to follow if Tharg would get off his fat green arse and publish a series of trades- in order and missing nothing- like he does with just about everything else.

General / Re: Favourite Dredd stories
« on: 04 October, 2017, 02:48:42 pm »
Always nice to write this down, if only to have a record of what they are *at this moment*.

The Apocalypse War (but not Block Mania)
Cry of the Werewolf
Trapper Hagg
Monkey Business at Charles Darwin Block
Chaos Day
Tour of Duty
and at number one, probably forever, The Pit.


Prog / Re: Prog 2050 - Epic Thrills!
« on: 28 September, 2017, 10:04:46 pm »
Of late, I've been running a bit hot and cold on the prog- skipping The Alienist, bored of Dredd, only really liking Hope and Greysuit. You know how it is, it's the lament of the long term Squaxx.
This one though, was fantastic. A jolt to the circuits, with nearly every strip Thrilling in a way they haven't done for a while. Only Indigo Prime didn't float my boat, but that's because I really can't remember a sodding thing about the last series and have no idea what's going on.
Top Thrills: SiniDex, Grey Area, Slaine.
Bubbling under: Rogue- the art was phenomenal and I've not enjoyed a Rogue strip as much as that in years. Also Dredd, which seemed invigorated after that last one.
Better than I expected: Deadworld, which made sense and featured characters I recognised for a change, and Zenith, which wasnt an insult to the original and made me smile.
Indigo Prime will improve once I've reread the last series. Anyone remember which progs it was in?

Great prog, better than #2000 I reckon. Hope it's similarly successful for Rebellion.

Welcome to the board / Re: Cannot post or edit profile
« on: 28 September, 2017, 05:58:31 pm »
Me too please, I can't even post in the prog thread. Reckon I'm no bot.

Regarding The Phoenix, it's been on regular sale in my WH Smith's for at least a year. I've bought it for my youngest a few times, but he really doesn't like it, he says.
He has recently asked me to stop getting him the Beano, which he's been reading since he was about seven, because "it's now full of fads and trendy stuff like fidget spinners" (his words, he's 12) and despite my offering to buy him any comic whatsoever, said he'd prefer a games magazine. His brother (14) has had 2000ad weekly for the past three years or so, and gets upset when I ask him if he still wants me to get it for him, because "duh, obviously". We are currently negotiating my buying him a subscription if he goes to uni in four years.

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