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MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« on: 16 July, 2016, 08:48:18 pm »


Even alongside Ezquerra's wonderful art and Annie P's superlative lettering, the new Meg boasts an absolutely stand-out and phenomenal Dredd script from the Carroll droid, both in terms of rounding off the saga and on its own merits. It is brilliantly structured, reverential of the strip's legacy, thoughtful and progressive all at the same time, and features cracking, engaging and delightful dialogue throughout.

We all love the explosions, action sequences and shoot-outs of course. But this episode shows Carroll at his best I think. More scripts along these lines, and as Med-Judge Gregory says, Carroll can surely write Dredd "for another few decades".

Bravo.

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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #1 on: 17 July, 2016, 12:06:13 am »
Very interesting Dredd. Although in part it felt like a huge exposition dump to explain the plot points that weren't obvious in the original story it actually worked as a character piece for both Dredd and Hershey and tied the strands together to bring the feel of an epic to the arc that frankly I've felt has been missing since the Lion's Den run.
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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #2 on: 17 July, 2016, 08:22:12 am »

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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #4 on: 17 July, 2016, 05:43:53 pm »
Anyone understand how Hershey can decide the Chief Judge of Texas City?

She paid Jeremy Corbyn £25/ She called an election, but everyone except Theresa May dropped out (delete according to your own political bias)

Oswin framed her takeover as a merger of the two cities, and her relationship with Hershey as a partnership, so presumably Hershey gained the same power over Megacity Three as Oswin had over Megacity One.



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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #5 on: 17 July, 2016, 06:30:35 pm »
Seems to have solved the depleted Judges crises?? Z
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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #6 on: 17 July, 2016, 07:13:50 pm »
So the 2 cities are now merged?
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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #7 on: 17 July, 2016, 07:23:04 pm »
Don't know Skulmo, I havent read it yet. I'm surmising, but at our last Belfast meet up a discussion around likely out comes pointed towards something like this. Z
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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #8 on: 17 July, 2016, 10:08:16 pm »
What's the reprint this month?

Notable Comics dropping the Week of 01-02-13


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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #9 on: 17 July, 2016, 11:03:38 pm »
Cover: Dunno.... think I like it, but oddly unsure!

Dredd:  Nice wrap up of current events, and a wee insight into Hershey's past.  Like others, not convinced how Hershey can so easily put one of her own in charge of TC, but if it makes for a revitalised Meg, then I'm all for it.  They need some tales of growth before they get butt fucked again by the next big crisis.

Rumble in the Jungle:  Skipped.  Will wait till I get the comics before I know anything about it ta.

Interrogation:  Skipped as always.

Realm Of The Damned: Hmmm.... seems a gear has been shifted, but I don't think it's up or down...more kinda sideways!  Good episode, well...until Queen Clattypatra starts with the ghetto pish again.

Blunt:  Sticking with it, but looks like it may be going in an odd direction......

No Act Of Kindness:  Decent tale, but no real 'kicker' to it. 

Lawless:  Looks like it's about to turn into the 3:10 from Yuma!  But I doubt it'll be in a bad way.  Great series so far, I expect it will continue to be so.

Floppy - Sinister Dexter:  A great reminder of some of the superb art that has featured in this strip.
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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #10 on: 18 July, 2016, 01:18:32 pm »
I was really impressed by Michael Carroll's script this month. Everything Banners said above. I liked the cameos by really old-school cameos and little bits of history from Hershey's past. And I enjoyed the humerous sub-plot with Dredd and the CMO. Carroll has shown that he has what it takes to write Dredd regularly and take over from JW when he retires.

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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #11 on: 18 July, 2016, 01:19:06 pm »
I meant "really old-school characters."

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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #12 on: 18 July, 2016, 02:01:36 pm »
Great Meg this month. I even found RoTD enjoyable, despite having been put off by the earlier episodes.

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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #13 on: 18 July, 2016, 07:38:37 pm »
I really enjoyed Hershey's trip down memory lane, and this was a good character study of her and Dredd, as well as a fine companion piece to the prog story, but I too was confused as to how Hershey gets to install a MC judge as CJ of Texas - even if the rest of the TC justice dept claim not to have know Oswin's true intentions, which I doubt, why would they stand for a MC placeman, given the disparity in strength? That part of the story (and just "keeping" the TC judges) seems a little implausible.

Lawless continues to be awesome in every respect. Blunt is okay but "colonists threatened by a crazy planet" is an old trope, and I'm not a massive fan of Boo Cooke's style (apart from when he totally nails it - I'm rather bipolar on this droid!)

The rest is on my "get around to reading some time" pile.

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Re: MEG 374—Black Metal Apocalypse
« Reply #14 on: 19 July, 2016, 12:26:55 pm »
I too was confused as to how Hershey gets to install a MC judge as CJ of Texas.

I read it that Hershey is not devoid of strategic thinking (hints dropped in the text) and is essentially planning her own -- more subtle -- coup to avoid this happening again.

The hidden Psi side of things would obviously give an advantage in manipulating things, but it's logical to presume that another Psi would spot her a mile off.  This gives more credence to my theory that Texas City's anti-mutant sentiment extends to Psis too.