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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4080 on: 18 June, 2018, 03:44:57 pm »
81–90 was, on average, of a much higher quality than any other ten-book run in the collection.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4081 on: 20 June, 2018, 11:23:43 am »
81-90 have been a delight and when the final volume dropped through the door I did feel a pang of sorrow that this was finishing. Personally. I'd have liked it to have finished at 100 - a much more satisfying number than 90.

My only criticism of the the collection is an old one but its worth repeating: the publication of Dreddverse strips whose quality was just not good enough and the extension has proven that it was at the expense of a huge body of work of a far higher quality.
Lowlife, Simping, Insurrection, Anderson, Devlin, Creep, Young Death, Lenny Zero, Hondo, Shimura, Missionary Man, Armitage, Koburn: yes all great, happy that they're there.
Harmony, Calhab, Red Razors, Pan African, Sleeze n Ryder, Heavy Metal, Brit Cit Brute: complete and utter drek. When the editorial is telling you its rubbish you do wonder about the logic behind reprinting it and you can't help regretting parting with £10 for it.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4082 on: 20 June, 2018, 12:23:51 pm »
I haven't got any of the dodgier volumes because... why?!
Glad to hear the editorial content is honest, that would actually be interesting to read.
When you've a captive audience of subscribers, the logic isn't so surprising. In this case, it's not just Rebellion but presumably choices by committee.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4083 on: 20 June, 2018, 02:56:37 pm »
I thought the same. When the intro and interviews are both effectively saying something is crap, the reasoning for including it would need to be pretty watertight. You can fairly easily justify the likes of Inferno, on the basis it's an epic, Dredd, and Morrison. But Brit Cit Brute? Red Razors? All the crap in Heavy Mob?

Still, it's interesting to see Davgardo's list, in the sense that it showcases how opinions differ. Creep was a surprise – I hated it at the time, but rather enjoyed the re-read. But Missionary Man was so often a trudge, and Shimura was often incomprehensible. But I actually quite liked Pan Africa and some of Harmony. That said, I wouldn't have been upset had the collection ignored all of those.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4084 on: 20 June, 2018, 10:30:18 pm »
As promised, here's a link to my index for the whole collection, duff issues and all. There are bound to be some errors, feel free to correct, share and use as you see fit.

[url]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QLPkkRSGHDOnlci50ppBWWZk6P3Pg3JONmF0v_gD7Mo/edit?usp=sharing/[url]



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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4087 on: 21 June, 2018, 02:40:57 am »
Only read part way through War on the Streets and I'm not at all happy. Not with the stories which are great but the reproduction is lousy. Too dark and a lot of text is virtually unreadable. I wonder if it's possible to get a proper replacement from Hachette.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4088 on: 21 June, 2018, 02:31:32 pm »
I’m guessing it’s the original scans that are bad, since all the more recent colour material looks fine.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4089 on: 21 June, 2018, 11:16:33 pm »
So you mean that's the only scans there are, or thats the only ones Hachette has access too?

If that's the case I'd rather a different books with good stories if we couldn't have got decent quality text.  One or two stories, acceptable, but not the vast majority of the book.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4090 on: 22 June, 2018, 10:08:54 am »
Recently finished reading through all of them (sans Dead end and War on the streets), and all and all I'm quite pleased with the collection. Approximately 35 of the books being "not my favorite", 20 "Good!" and 35 "Fantastic/classic".

The last book I read (as of now) was Lawless. For some reason I managed to miss it in the MEG. Really liked it. Especially the art. While I'm not too sold on the "who is she really?" mystery, luckily it never felt like it became much of a focus of the story. I could safely focus on the bang bang, marshal Lawson stuff.

As for the collection as whole. I'm most pleased how the extension of Tour of duty and Day of chaos (with aftermath) turned out, especially in conjunction with Blood of the emeralds. Also really liked collections like Crazy town and Mad city. They're as funny as sad. Funny the extremes cits will go to escape the boredom, and said boredom being sad when you realize how hopeless alot of it is for people in mc1. I think collections like Fast food also managed to channel this. It's through hilarious tragedies like these MC1 comes to life for me :)

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4091 on: 25 June, 2018, 09:30:37 pm »
So that was that. Really pleased that The Graveyard Shift made it into the collection, it's a stone-cold classic. And the rest of War on the Streets ain't too shabby either.

So if some of the lower quality stuff in the collection could have been ditched, what should have taken its place? For me, the following should have been included:

Blood of Satanus
Pirates of the Black Atlantic
Question/Error of Judgement/A Case for Treatment
In the Bath


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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4092 on: 25 June, 2018, 10:39:19 pm »
Any chance Pirates of the Black Atlantic will be in the 2000AD collection?  Really, compared to some of the tripe that made it in, it's a crime it wasn't in, especially as a prequel to Block War and Apocalypse War.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4093 on: 26 June, 2018, 08:20:13 am »
Any chance Pirates of the Black Atlantic will be in the 2000AD collection?  Really, compared to some of the tripe that made it in, it's a crime it wasn't in, especially as a prequel to Block War and Apocalypse War.

Don't think this is likely unless there's an extension, as the third and final Dredd-themed volume will contain Dark Justice and Dreams/Fall of Deadworld.

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Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Reply #4094 on: 26 June, 2018, 09:10:06 am »
Any chance Pirates of the Black Atlantic will be in the 2000AD collection?  Really, compared to some of the tripe that made it in, it's a crime it wasn't in, especially as a prequel to Block War and Apocalypse War.

Don't think this is likely unless there's an extension, as the third and final Dredd-themed volume will contain Dark Justice and Dreams/Fall of Deadworld.

I wonder if there would be any value in a Ron Smith spotlight collection, along the lines of Kenny Who & Return Of The King. Have all his other signature works already appeared?