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Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« on: 31 March, 2019, 12:14:38 pm »
Amazed no one has reviewed this yet!

The latest Judge Dredd story finishes, and although it is a comedy it has a surprisingly bleak ending. I was pleased to see Chief Judge Logan in this episode so soon after becoming chief judge: Tharg has been careful to co-ordinate the stories properly, instead of just having CJ Hershey with a footnote saying "this story is set before Machine Law"  or something.

A good episode of Kingmaker re-introduces all the bad guys and reminds us of who they are very effectively. This episode works as a little story on its own, like a five-page Future Shock.

Survival Geeks is fun.

Max Normal is better than it was last week.

Grey Area finishes pretty much the way you'd want it to. Tharg says Abnett's and Harrison will be back later with an entirely new series called The Out, so presumably that's the last of Grey Area for a while.

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #1 on: 31 March, 2019, 03:59:14 pm »
a pretty good issue , highlight was King Maker and Grey Area ,
and I agree Max Normal was a lot better this week

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #2 on: 31 March, 2019, 04:04:09 pm »


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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #3 on: 01 April, 2019, 11:13:21 am »
That ending in Dredd- Woo! That was a lot 'deeper' than I was expecting for such a 'light' strip. Congrats to all involved and an extra oil ration for the Goddard droid.

A superb prog.

#praiseTharg.

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #4 on: 01 April, 2019, 01:01:55 pm »
a pretty good issue , highlight was King Maker and Grey Area ,
and I agree Max Normal was a lot better this week


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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #5 on: 01 April, 2019, 01:02:52 pm »
a pretty good issue , highlight was King Maker and Grey Area ,
and I agree Max Normal was a lot better this week

He must be refreshed upon his return from the Cursed Earth :-)

SMF seems even more temperamental than usual today :-(

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #6 on: 03 April, 2019, 01:55:19 am »
That was top Dredd. Am I reading too much into it, or was Dredd's ruined uniform intended to mirror some of its damage during the Apocalypse War? There's even a stain on his badge where the bullethole was.

Survival Geek and Max Normal were still good fun, and I'm happy to see a bit more plot in Kingmaker. (Dystopian fantasy stories are common now, and this isn't the best of them. I recommend Spurrier's book Coda, from Boom.)

Look forward to new Scarlet Traces next week!

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #7 on: 03 April, 2019, 08:28:58 am »
Grand stuff.

I'm not sure the OTT comedy dialogue worked with the grim tone of the art or the ending of DREDD for me. But if played completely seriously, it would have been too fan-ficcy. So probably a good decision.

Everything else also top drawer - with a funny final panel for Grey Area being particularly pleasing.
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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #8 on: 03 April, 2019, 02:41:50 pm »

Highlight was Kingmaker, I like to mixer of fantasy and sci-fi. The art is great

Grey Area comes to a closure. The nice thing about it can continue as Grey Area or this can be the last episode. It can even resurface as something different a new story in the same world. The last page with something to behold.

Enjoying Survival Geeks and Max Normal as well

Dredd last page was just great (what is with the last page - is this a new thing ?).

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #9 on: 04 April, 2019, 10:15:28 am »
Only had a chance to read Dredd and Grey Area so far. The latter wraps well with a nice coda - I wonder if 'The Out' will be set in the same universe and even feature some of the Grey Area characters?

Nice to see Chief Judge Logan in action so soon but I can't help think that some reference sketches should have been sent round, because the chiseled features of Patrick Goddard's version don't bear much similarity to Colin MacNeil's original.

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #10 on: 04 April, 2019, 11:46:51 am »
No prog for me yet (and last couple of weeks have been Tuesday deliveries).  :(

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #11 on: 04 April, 2019, 04:22:17 pm »
The more I look at it, the more I love that cover. The expression on the faces. Superb.

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #12 on: 04 April, 2019, 05:04:50 pm »
I've literally just noticed the babies.

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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #13 on: 04 April, 2019, 11:20:58 pm »
Good prog!

Special shout outs for the last panel of Dredd and the first one of Kingmaker. Very nice indeed! The Dredd one is very kinetic, while the Kingmaker one is an epic, eye grabbing opening.
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Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« Reply #14 on: 04 April, 2019, 11:40:41 pm »
When is Thistlebone starting?
Every time a strip comes to an end lately, I keep thinking "This is it", but it fails to materialise...