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Colin YNWA

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Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« on: 12 October, 2019, 05:47:56 pm »
Well what can you say, as you were really and that's a magnificent 4 for 5 worth a 5 for 5 the four are so good.

And its all behind a cover to die for. Quite how Colin MacNeil manages to get so much quiet human arrogance into that metal manic is a little beyond me.

The Dredd story itself is a glorious character piece that drives the plot forward but really examines Dredd. Its feels like the subtlest new reader story. Everything you need to know about Dredd the man in a seemingly easy six pages. And MacNeil is as good here as he is on the cover.

Defoe has the same issues for me as before. Damnit I want to love this art as it has so much to offer.

Brink is a little like Dredd in that it drives the story forward while laying our character out via quiet conversation. This is what Brink does so very well. Trick you into thinking your reading some exposition heavy talking heads piece but giving you so much more.

The Fall of Deadworld doesn't do that - it blasts it in your face front and centre. And as the Russians land stakes raise even higher. Great stuff.

As is Hope - Under Fire which plays a cliche - oh that magic it'll cost ya ya know. Cliche it might be played well it certainly is. Like when Johnny Cash covers Nick Cave. You may have heard it before by someone else and loved it then but somehow he finds a way to play it better. And this is played very well indeed. There also a panel bottom of page three that I'd swear (probably wrongly) is a tribute to Joe Kubert. Brilliant.

Letters and a competition round up a magnificent Prog. Thank you my lovely droids.

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #1 on: 12 October, 2019, 08:34:31 pm »


All hail Dylan Teague, ladies and gentlemen.

Colin YNWA

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #2 on: 12 October, 2019, 09:13:34 pm »
All hail Dylan Teague, ladies and gentlemen.

And its all behind a cover to die for. Quite how Colin MacNeil manages to get so much quiet human arrogance into that metal manic is a little beyond me.

Well to my enternal shame I got that wrong and my apologies to both artists.

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #3 on: 13 October, 2019, 09:53:12 am »
That's a stunning cover, isn't it?
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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #4 on: 13 October, 2019, 11:53:20 am »
That's a stunning cover, isn't it?

It is rather striking, however I cant help thinking that it would have been suited more to last weeks prog where the robo-chap was actually in the episode. If I were a new reader, I would be more than a little confused trying to him in this weeks story...

Great to have Dylan Teague on covers again after far too many years away though

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #5 on: 14 October, 2019, 06:54:35 pm »
Usual story lately - Monday , and still no Prog ( and I am a subscriber )
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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #6 on: 15 October, 2019, 02:46:34 pm »
The Dredd story is great stuff and wonderful art, not too sure about the 'sleep with me' line, so many dubious connotations, but I'm trusting the big W to flip those....   

Defoe The old diodes struggling a bit to follow this, still preferred McNeil's work on this tale. and it all seems a bit, repetitive?

Brink is excellent, but I'm hoping for a bit of skulduggery soon.

The Fall of Deadworld doesn't do it for me, but again nice seeing the parallels unfold.

Hope - Under Fire what Colin YMCA said  :D

Buttman free letters page...will he ever hit that magical centenary?
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference and the promise of an early bed

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #7 on: 15 October, 2019, 08:35:45 pm »
Prog finally Arrived today -

Dredd - Top Knotch and building up to an interesting problem how Dredd will take over the Missile Sites
with only 2 People and a Droid , and help from the resistance who are only in small numbers

Defoe
- The Story is not bad , I finding the artwork ' different ' to the normal fare - and that's probably not a bad thing - I would say that the artwork is better than Scott Harrison's bewildering
artwork in Strontium Dog (  for me , it was the weakest ever in Strontium Dog ) .

At least I can follow the story and his Space ships are really different and creative -
I see now what Pat Mills sees in the Artist SK Moore - and I am glad the guy is getting work
in 2000AD - hopefully his artwork gets even better and better with practice  . 
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Please note - 2000AD - can we be exposed to Fay Dalton in a strip ??  :-* :-*
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Brink Just sublime writing and great art that does the job -
not showy , but its gets the job done ( like the Hawker Hurricane ) .

The Fall of Deadworld
I am loving this Story , and Dave Kendall's artwork really is great -
for me , the highlight of the Prog , after Jaegir has ended  .
Hope -  very well written and good and writing that you can follow easily .
over all 4 out of 5 -
Looking forward to next week !

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #8 on: 15 October, 2019, 09:26:56 pm »
Yeah, I liked Fay Dalton. Seconded.

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #9 on: 16 October, 2019, 03:59:06 am »
The prog again is firing on all cylinders.

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #10 on: 16 October, 2019, 06:24:08 pm »



BLUE BALLS


MacNeil's probably had enough praise to last him a lifetime, but his art this episode is some of the most beautiful work I've seen in more than thirty years of exceptional storytelling.

At Wagner's talk in Dundee, he gestured to Cam Kennedy and MacNeil, sitting beside him, and said if he knew they or Carlos were drawing a strip he could relax and type a script direction like TAKE A PAGE OR TWO AND DO US SOMETHING NICE.

I can imagine something similar featured in this week's Word doc, during Dredd's journey to the Humanista camp. MacNeil's bold inking style turns out to be ideally suited to natural forms, whether that's tortured tree bark, jaguars, mangrove swamp or those huge underground caverns that feature in nature documentaries about the Yucatan peninsula.

Also worthy of a mention in dispatches is MacNeil and Wagner's fellow shortbread and tartan teatowel lover, SK Moore, who appears to have relaxed and learned to trust that his excellent line art will work on its own considerable merits.

Moore's previous tryout for Defoe employed a bolder, woodcut style. I wonder if the previous episodes' Photoshoppery was maybe the result of an insecurity that he needed to offer something more? He needn't have worried, because the balance struck here between the filigreed draughtsman's plan of the Albion and the more graphic shapes relying on sharp contrast between black and white to describe form is masterful.

On this trajectory, Moore's on course to rendezvous with Trevallion and Culbard in the orbit of the untouchable D'Israeli amid the constellation of Tharg's universe reserved for stylists who will never draw Slaine but can be trusted to create compelling fantasy worlds with distinctive tech and grotesque characters.




 

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #11 on: 16 October, 2019, 07:29:29 pm »


Also worthy of a mention in dispatches is MacNeil and Wagner's fellow shortbread and tartan teatowel lover, SK Moore, who appears to have relaxed and learned to trust that his excellent line art will work on its own considerable merits.


This episode was really well done and I enjoyed his work. I will agree with the photoshop heavy work that was not really required. His line art was excellent

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #12 on: 17 October, 2019, 02:56:28 pm »
Cover: Magnificent - but yes, surely intended for last week's prog? (Come to think of it, when was the last time we got a MacNeil cover?)

I said of prog 2152 that with the exception of Dredd its strips' story-lines seemed to be treading water. Well this week it's Dredd that relaxes the pace while things get moving elsewhere. It's so great that Wagner can say to his artist "Look, just take a page to do something special", and that MacNeil can reward his confidence. Also, there's no way that the Humanista leader's conjugal invitation (and there's definitely nothing ambiguous about it!) would have had the impact it did in a busier installment. In the past Dredd has brushed off amorous advances but that final panel almost makes one think he regrets this decision...

Brink is starting to warm up nicely, after a slow couple of episodes even by its own unhurried standards. Hope continues to be an intriguing read but it does feel like this second chapter is still in search of a plot. Deadworld has perhaps exceeded its scope with the involvement of the Sovs - I kind of preferred when it was mired in unpleasant American backwater towns - but I guess that increased scale presages the sort of global catastrophe that resulted in its complete transformation. Defoe ain't a bad read and I guess Moore's busy artwork reflects the hectic narrative.

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #13 on: 17 October, 2019, 05:19:45 pm »
Dredd saying 'I can't' as opposed to 'no' suggests to me that he would (if he could).

Sly old dog!

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Re: Prog 2153 - All Hail El Presidente
« Reply #14 on: 17 October, 2019, 11:01:31 pm »
Dredd and Brink. Yup.

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