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Prog / Prog 2083 - Fame in the fifth dimension
« on: 26 May, 2018, 01:36:54 pm »
Prog is still good - great. Not really much change from last week really.

Oh and I should say while I'm far from Survival Geeks biggest fan but it certainly gives good cover! Enjoy the cosplay spotfest that is the back cover.

Inside Dredd continues to skillfully build a wonder adventure dripping with intrigue. Enjoying watching this make reveal... well we don't know but I'm enjoying not knowing.

Skip Tracer still building well but it needs to make me connect with the led soon or its going to just be a series of fiun events and I might drift off. Still has time and still building its story well but I did notice this week I'm pretty unengaged by the led at this point.

Survival Geeks had some cute moments but also at time felt too twee pastiche of references. Its so okay.

Deadworld on the other hand is defo pastiche but by heck its bloody a romping one. Its not doing anything new but its not doing anything new soooo well.

Durham Red not quite as good as last time but by George it gives us our mission, throws in action and fun character and sets a nice atmosphere for next time. I means its not doing a bad job in 5 pages is it. Great stuff.

So yeah strong Prog and a nice summation of why 2000ad is the Galaxies Greatest from Tharg in the Nerve Centre

That's the 2000ad experience and its a reaction no other anthology [he should just have said comic here] can instil in its readership. Excitment, dislocation, unease, joy... its not unknown to run the whole gamut of emotions whilst consuming a single Prog.

Ahem Tharg, ahem.

General / Stop me before I read too much into this...
« on: 23 May, 2018, 06:36:38 pm »
... but did anyone notice in the latest Thrillmail the logo top left of the 'Sniper Elite' advert... I mean that is the old Battle logo isn't it... isn't it... so do you think we might be seeing a return of the title, even if its as an imprint for some Rebellion stuff...

... I mean I'm not getting carried anyway am I... well I am clearly but UUUHHHH that's intriguing.

I have no interest in Sniper Elite but if any marketing droids want to convince me that by buying this I could add to the possiblity of the comic coming back... well every sale counts right!

Prog / Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 12 May, 2018, 01:30:20 pm »
Well that was a great little Prog. Beginnings, endings, and one offs. A nice little balancing act there.

Anyway under another wonderful Ezquerra cover we have a really fun one off Dredd. I'm really enjoying Rory McConville's work and his Dredd is great. This is a really fun light throw away gag done really y well and I've said all that needs to be said before about how great Dan Cornwell is and he's just getting better.

Arh Sinister Dexter. Its been so great to have you around for this extended run. Dan Abnett has been so ably assisted by the Mighty Yeowell this really is S&D at its very best and the final episode in the run doesn't disappoint at all/

Skip Tracer is such a proficient openner. Peatty and Marshal, set up our over crowded dystopian world and we don't have time to worry about the fact that it might be a little cliche before we have some blistering action and a nice bit of intrigue at the end to pull us back for more. 5 pages used very professionally and I'm optimistic this one could go places.

Deadworld likewise neaty sets the scene, clearly recaps without reallyfeeling too recappy and then set up our challenge which is one that has me very excited. Great return... christ to think I didn't used to get on with the strip. The last few stories have really cemented this one as a fav.

Finally Strontium Dog ends what's been a very interesting story which got better and better... until... well if I'm honest it kinda fumbled the ending a little, as if Wagner wasn't quite sure how to draw a neat line under it. Still fun episode and really looking forward to this one coming back. 

So that's been a great run of stories, segwaying into some good looking new stuff with the promise of other good stuff and Survival Geeks next week and made all the sweeter with an advert for KIngmaker's return.


Prog / Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« on: 21 April, 2018, 04:31:15 pm »
Bloomin' heck, bloomin' Carlos hey, phonin' in those wonderful, powerful covers, its just not like the old... oh...

...hold on...

...that's pretty damned good isn't it!

The rest of Prog ain't bad either. Well Anderson dropped me again, this one really will need a re-read (if anyone is interested in when that might actually be please refer to the New Comicbook Day Megathread.

The Dredd story moves the whole Son's of Booth storyline along nicely and finishes the corrent tale well. I'm looking forward to the next part of this series of stories.

Jaegir finishes her latest story effectively enough. Where as Sinister Dexter finishes its current story with a horrific brutality whipped into shape with lashing of humour.

Strontium Dog see Fenton take on a little bit more of the Wulf mantal with a weaponry pick up as this story continues to get better and better and I can't wait to see what happens next week.

All in all a pretty fine Prog behind a cracking cover.

General / Roy of the Rovers making a come back at Rebellion
« on: 20 April, 2018, 05:51:21 pm »
Well this could be interesting!


Found via Rob Williams Facebook feed.

General / Positive sales news - no figures before you ask
« on: 27 March, 2018, 07:40:55 pm »
Over on Facebook one of our chums posted some very good news from Molch-R.

Well, a couple of stellar progs (neatly demonstrating the same thing that's been true for the last 40 years: if there's a run you're not enjoying, something else will be along shortly) don't seem to have materially improved the mood in this group, so here's a bit of good news for the doom-mongers to chew on, shamelessly cribbed from MOLCH-R's FB feed…
The Megazine is the only top 20 title in its category ('teenage comics', apparently) to record a sales increase over the last 12 months. Meanwhile, although 2000AD's newsstand sales have dipped slightly, the number is more than offset by a surge in subs. In fact, 2000AD's sales are "rising faster than at any time in the last 20 years".
Digital subs are significant, but still a very small percentage of revenue, and the future of the prog unquestionably remains as a print magazine.
All of which cheered me up no end. Feel free to vote on this news in the handy poll below…

Now just you lot be grateful you don't have to wade through the Faceswamp to get this. Some folks - in the face of good news bucking the negative message that can pre-dominate - decided to suggest it might be fabrication. Let's just enjoy the positive vibe.


General / Wail with JOY! Mark Russell does IDW mini-series
« on: 20 February, 2018, 08:12:30 pm »
Those grumpy chuffs over at 'Everything comes back' do have their uses they have kindly pointed me in the direction of this news


Anyone who has read Mark Russell's Flintstones, Prez or Snagglepuss will know he could and should be the perfect writer for a different but spot on Dredd. I'm genuinely chuffed by this and can't wait to see what he comes up with.

You should all be gnashing you chops in anticipation!

General / 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 07 February, 2018, 06:41:46 pm »
Annoucement from the Thrillmail linkie to Hollywood Reporter article


Its both good that they are doing this and a shame its such a big deal.

Prog / Prog 2067 - Fire and Fury!
« on: 03 February, 2018, 09:04:13 pm »
Well the rest of the tag line is 'Quartz brings out the big guns.' it could just as easily have read 'Tharg brings out the big guns' in a piece of impecible timing Tharg seems to have all the stories make big statements (or hint at them) to put any remaining doubts to rest... well in my camp I doubt very much this will be any les devisive amongst Tharg's faithful followers.

Dredd well last week (or in the week) I was casting doubt on the way Dredd was acting in the current story, and of course Carroll has played me for the fool I am and it would appear Dredd's apparent servitude was merely him buying the time he needed to get his plan into place... one that on this weeks reading might have gone a little cold... unless that is the plan... but fantastic turn around.

Similarly while I've been getting more and more into Bad Company I've bemoaned the way I've not been able to pull out the theme that would draw all this together and this week, well we get several lines that might well be slamming it home - alas need a re-read to get the pieces, but pretty use Milligan's been playing us and all this talk of Bad Company being hard to kill along with history repeating itself is Milligan getting us (or me) to his point. Loved it this week and suspect read back it will make me love the rest as well.

Savage well its been one twisty after another and have to be honest did not see this one. Just as Master Carroll, Unca Patsy has played me well and good and once again shown for all his faults of late he's a true craftsman. Air punching stuff.

Oh my broken orreys what have they done in Brass Sun, what have they done, superb and that last page, wow what a cliffhanger.

In ABC Warriors Cousin Patsicle also present a masterclass. The villians reveal their plan, without leering over a capture hero, it a masterful disguise of expostion depicted brilliantly by Clint Langley in the strip his style is so perfectly suited to. So dark and playful and again the last page is just pulling me back.

Well the prog has struggled to live up to the high of this run from a few Progs ago in 2064 but in 2067 it possibly tops all that. Superb... though glorious diverse as 2000ad fandom is I think over opinions will vary... but surely we can argee on one thing it makes for interesting stuff!

Prog / Prog 2064 - Return of the Mac!
« on: 13 January, 2018, 08:09:58 pm »
Love it, good line up at the moment but this Prog all of the stories are turning it to 11. Absolutely cracking episodes.

I'll start with Bad Company , which has been a little fly in the line-up ointment at the moment, not feeling it before, this Prog, regardless of my same issues still being there, not quite getting the theme yet, I loved this episode for what it was. Just good, violent, classic tooth fun. Well crafted and glorious in it energy.

Back to the rest then in order. Dredd had a very satisfying ending to this episode of the Russian Odyessy we now fine ourselves in. The story revealed its cards well, had a glorious resolution for Salada, just brillant. AND it still finds space to set up the next stage. Just brilliant, quite brilliant and testament to something yet to be discussed that its not the highlight of the Prog.

Savage continues to play with its fantastically uneasy relationship. No one trusts each other, we don't know if Savage can trust Nika, he certainly doesn't trust himself. What are the 'allied' scienctist doing in the there? We know Uncle Pat doesn't trust scienctists. The central relationship in this story is just played so well and those other touches (well got over the science thing Uncle Pat) just add spice to the mix AND its a thrill packed delight at the end.

Good as all this is Brass Sun is the absolute shining light on this illuminated Prog. Its lacks action and kick of the other thrills, all of them, but it doing that it stands out and really takes the time to let the character drama breathe, get into you and like all the other thrills this week has a smackin' cliffhanger to pull you back in next week. Just perfect and in the context of of this weeks Prog the best of the best.

ABC Warriors is probably the weakest thrill this week and I still enjoyed it immensely. Loved the way Clint Langley used the visual cues handed to him by Uncky Patty and uses them to such effect. Its a fun story and while are writer does hit us over the head again with some of his ideas, lacking any subtly this does work in the context of this hyperbolic series. Its really good fun.

So yeah this is a real standout Prog. All the thrills avoid any mid story lull and just knock it out the park. The best thing is that each one of the, each one, has a fantastic last page and cliffhanger to absolutely pull you back next week. I'd be amazed if this was the prog that any didn't come back for more from its just a masterclass in pulling you back next week.

... just watch some bugger say, that's it I've had enough I'm done with the Prog now!

Prog / Prog 2063 - Beelitz Blitz
« on: 06 January, 2018, 03:49:49 pm »
Another good Prog. Dredd continues in a similar vein as we inch in beautifully rendered steps forward, hints about what's what slowly coming to the fore.  Getting there is turning into a suitably grizzly and violent journey to boot.

ABC Warriors see Mills on good form as robots clash, which lets face it is what Clint Langley does best.

Brass Sun takes a grim turn as the grip on our heroes begins to tighten. Fantastic episode.

Savage... well my my Uncle Pat is 2 for 2 with another rip snorting opening, leading to creepy development and promise of action at the end. Classic stuff.

The only thrill leaving any room for doubt is Bad Company. I loved this last time out, this time we don't quite have the theme developed and I'm not yet quite sure what its striving for, which leaves it still a little unsatisfactory and more characters return which will only further serve to wind people up I'd guess.

Once again its so jam packed we only have space for the Nerve Centre and everything else, everything last inch is filled with four coloured wonders. Tharg you are too good to us.

General / John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra have this coming our way
« on: 31 December, 2017, 05:30:24 pm »
News over on that there Facedabook.


Possibly for the Meg, but not commissioned yet. Fingers crossed.

Dig those fantastic Carlos Retro Stylings! (John and Carlos have both posted a little about this but selected this post as has all the pictures together.

Books & Comics / Top five comics of the year (not 2000ad or Meg)
« on: 31 December, 2017, 07:30:59 am »
So I don't go to as many Nerd sites as I used to so I'm missing any sense of what comics are drawing praise from the masses... of the small number of foilks that inhabit our particular nerdisphere. So rather than face CBR and the like I thought I'd ask you lot - what are the top five titles from this year. Oh and lets exclude 2000ad and the Meg, cos you know they are always no. 1.

I've gone for 2 categories comics that have had at least one new issue come out in the year and comics that I've read for the first time this year:

Top five Comic Titles of 2018

1.  Rock Candy Mountain
2. Flintstones
3. Mage
4. Angelic
5. Copperhead

I'm trying to work out how I add Ragnarok and HillBilly on this list as the fact that they aren't there is a travesty based on the fact that they didn't have many issues out this year!

Top five comics I've read for the first time this year:

1. Locke and Key
2. The Goon
3. Barefoot Gen
4. Love and Rockets (most of was new to me)
5. Four Faces of Eve

Again wishing I'd made this a top ten to include Scalped and Y the Last Man in this list!

Prog / Prog 2060 - Fighting Torc!
« on: 04 December, 2017, 08:36:41 pm »
Bloomin' heck 8.30pm and I bag the Prog thread... I take it it wasn't just me who missed out on Saturday...

... not that we missed much to be honest.

The Dredd was been a story I've enjoyed, up to this part. I love the dog surfing... but the meteor, the letting Dredd go (kinda) it felt a little weak if I'd honest. Liked the last panel abut over all poor ending. Still these landing are hard to pull off.

As the 3riller shows... well the middle part was good at least but this failed to deliver the ending flat with a kinda twist and characters that just didn't gem in the end.

And Slaine doesn't so much land the ending as belly flop in a big messy splash. Damn that was disappointing, Slaine get the double page feature and wastes it with a limp, indulgent ending at least 4 pages too long.

So thank Tharg for Absolam, a bit of piss and vinegar, to two assembled and splashed in front of us and a tense promise of the conflicit to come. Now that's the way to land an ending.

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