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Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« on: 22 November, 2019, 11:34:09 AM »
OK, I know it's not the done thing for one to start a prog review thread when one has nothing to actually review, but...

I met Rob Davis at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal last month - he signed and illustrated a copy of his excellent graphic novel The Motherless Oven for me and mentioned that he'd recently completed a 2000 AD cover. Which character did it feature, I asked. 'Tharg The Mighty!' was his jubilant reply.

So here it is, and it's ruddy wonderful. Chapeau, Mr Davis.



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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #1 on: 22 November, 2019, 12:06:36 PM »
That's rather excellent. Might be cover of the year.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #2 on: 22 November, 2019, 01:23:38 PM »
Nice cover

I see: JD, Death, Rogue, Slaine, Stickleback, Mongrol, Nemesis, Johnny Alpha, Rogue, Zenith, Halo Jones and Ace Garp

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #3 on: 22 November, 2019, 11:52:05 PM »
Wow, I'd have fingered D'Israeli* for that cover. I have no higher compliment to give.



*settle down.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #4 on: 23 November, 2019, 11:02:37 AM »
Tell you what - that cover is even better in the flesh.

I've made no secret of my feelings for TMO over the years, so it is always a treat for me to get a Tharg cover. This is a complete classic. I'd love to see a lighter version but that is a personal thing.

Inside...

You know - when a prog is 'this' good, I don't want to single any part out. This prog was a complete score for me - Every strip is just doing exactly what I want right now.

Thanks to TMO and the droids. This is what comics 'can' be.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #5 on: 23 November, 2019, 02:15:56 PM »
Wow, I'd have fingered D'Israeli* for that cover. I have no higher compliment to give.

Took a moment to make an educated guess and went with d’Israeli too. My favourite cover in recent times, probably (topping 2116, 2140, 2147, the list goes on & on). This one’s getting bought physically!

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #6 on: 23 November, 2019, 07:13:09 PM »

You know - when a prog is 'this' good, I don't want to single any part out. This prog was a complete score for me - Every strip is just doing exactly what I want right now.


Hmm, not sure I would agree completely.  Dredd is a little formulaic and predictable.  Defoe has slipped back into muddled territory.

Brink continues to be the highlight and in some respects puts Dredd in its place as a crime procedural.  Hope ups the ante quite nicely mind.

I'm assuming that next week is going to see the clearing of the decks in time for the end of year prog.  I would agree that the year is ending well all things considered.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #7 on: 23 November, 2019, 09:18:39 PM »
Agree the cover is great, if the background is a little dark in print (norton canes electronic version seems to be spot on). It feels like this was meant for a launch Prog or similar but for whatever reason didn't make the cut. Mind who cares, whatever Prog its on its very welcome.

As for the rest of the Prog I'm kinda with Tjm86, yet the three winners as so good I kinda echo Bolt-01's delight. Dredd is solid, if not astonishing, enjoyable mind. Defoe while the art is still working better the story drives it into confused crazy corner.

The three others are just sublime in much the way they have been to this point. Deadworld just charges and doesn't stop for breathe. Unlike Defoe though it perfectly pulls you through with it. Hope twist the story towards its showdown confusion. Its as horrible as it intends to be, just brilliant.

However good these two are however its Brink that is the star of the show. Its just sublime. Once again what could be condemned as a talking heads episode just goes to show how character, dialogue, exquiste 'acting' and a sharp plot can all be thrilling and compelling even when delivered via two folks chating alone in a room. Jez this is a masterpiece.

So while Tharg thrills might be in the dark on the cover insode they are absolutely illuminated.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #8 on: 25 November, 2019, 01:19:51 PM »
I love this cover so much it is now cropped in and is the lock screen on my phone.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #9 on: 25 November, 2019, 01:38:15 PM »
It's a masterful cover. The balance is just right. I just finished reading the final part Mr Davis' Motherless Oven trilogy myself. That one's called The Book Of Forks and it's bonkers. I've also recommend his Don Quixote adaptation, which is a brick of a book.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #10 on: 25 November, 2019, 02:23:52 PM »
First real wobble Prog for me in a while, unless there is a stunning explanation for the sword wielding caped crusader/butcher, Dredd seems a bit lacklustre.

Defoe has lost me completely and I have no idea or interest in what's going on.

Blink is treading water for me and D'eathworld is dead to me

Which leaves Hope to carry the prog and wonderfully full on it is.
 
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference and the promise of an early bed

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #11 on: 27 November, 2019, 07:07:21 PM »
The B&W Cover:




and the howto:

https://2000ad.com/post/6277

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #12 on: 27 November, 2019, 07:46:37 PM »
That's gorgeous in B&W. I had missed the Brass Sun nod on the completed cover.

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #13 on: 27 November, 2019, 08:39:35 PM »
Wow!  :o
The colouring job really didn't do that one any favours, IMO...

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Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« Reply #14 on: 27 November, 2019, 09:19:43 PM »
Wow, I'd have fingered D'Israeli* for that cover. I have no higher compliment to give.

I said pretty much exactly this to Rob on Twitter and, thankfully, he took the compliment as intended!
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