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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #15 on: 10 May, 2003, 08:30:02 pm »
The Meg is really going downhill IMO. 2000AD is far stronger at the moment.

Dredd: Did not enjoy this story at all, sorry. Hated the re-imaging of the Judges Lawgivers and uniforms. Did not like that Chief Judge Goodman was drawn as a muscle bound freak where he should have been fairly slender and hated that the Cursed Earth seemed no more danfgerous than a trip to a theme park. The Cursed Earth has been getting more and more tame recently, but in this story set pre-Cursed Earth epic it should have been a bit more difficult for Dredd.

Darkies Mob: Grr....I hate this steaming pile of dog turd. Never been interested in WWII stories, even those written by Wagner. How much longer do we have to suffer this?

Family: Ok, but nothing that really grabs my interest.

Black Siddha: Hmm..not my cup of tea. Can't get into it.

Slaine: Not a big Slaine fan, except when it's drawn by Clint Langley. Still, this is better than 90% of the other stuff in the Meg at the moment.

Devlin: Great, but far too short. Think it's going to read better in one sitting once it's completed.

Young Middenface: Never a fan of the character. haven't read it yet, will do so when nothing better to do.

It's a sad day when the best thing in The Meg is a mediocre Slaine reprint.

Ya know as soon as I get my 200AD I read it cover to cover at once. But with the Meg for the past several months, apart from Dredd and Devlin, it usually takes 2-3 weeks to struggle though the rest of the stories. I really hope it's going to get better soon. 2002 was a good year for the Meg, but 2003 is turning out to be real bad so far.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #16 on: 11 May, 2003, 09:38:14 pm »
I find Family a hard-going read episodically but it works much better reading the whole lot (so far) in one go.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #17 on: 12 May, 2003, 01:20:44 am »
Dredd: Loved it, loved the art, thought the story was great.
Once again the Meg proves that its no longer the poor relation.
Never thought I'd say it ever, but I wouldn't mind another Ennis three parter.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #18 on: 12 May, 2003, 06:00:26 pm »
Was I the only saddo who got the Nighthawks painting reference in Family? Made me laugh.

Info Share!The Chindits were a long range British Battle group that worked in Burma, this is a bit of a slight on them.

Gathered together 'Darkies Mob' stories are very repetitive,very repetitive...

Most of the rest I agree with Oddboy comments

Isn't Devlin just one big long drawn out fight? If pat Mills had done this there would be postings galore...


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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #19 on: 12 May, 2003, 06:13:08 pm »
Guess who is a tad bored at work today...


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COVER: GAZE INTO THE FIST OF DREDD? or ...ONTO THE FIST OF DEVLIN? - very clever.


DREDD: MONKEY ON MY BACK
I am so disappointed with the ending to this -  I thought the first two parts were excellent. Maybe the fault is mine and I just didn't get the point of this story.  I don't recall early Dredd being as much of a git as this DREDD (shooting an unarmed Judge)  so unless there's another story to come showing how he mellowed slightly I thought this story ended poorly.  

I realise security procedures have to be lax for dramatic purposes but I think we could have come up with something more inventive than the Mega-City equivalent of "crashing a car through the window".  

I also didn't like DREDD shooting that poor Judge that IDd them - there was absolutely NO reason for it.  The guy had already radiod for help so it didn't gain DREDD anything. And reading the alert he broadcasts aloud takes a couple of seconds - plenty of time for DREDD to knock him out/disable without killing.  Again, I realise the point that Ennis was trying to make with this bit of action but it was poorly thought out and just made Dredd look stupid and vicious.

And the "Tough! Get Lost" dialogue rang untrue for me - a golden opportunity for a classy bit of dialogue missed.

On the plus side - Judges selflessly sacrificing themselves for the city they bully always makes for a fun dichotomy. I really liked the art. I loved those GUNBIRDS have we seen them before?) and I really loved the exchange between SLOCUM and CAL and the way it seemed that Slocum was egging on a weak Cal.  Made me kind of revise your thinking about what got CAL started on his path to lunacy and Slocum into his pickle.

I'd like to see another of these just with a better ending.


APOCALYPSE SOON
Didn't think this was going to have a plot - I assumed it was just going to be a series of mildly amusing one-pagers.


MIDDENFACE
Magnificent stuff. I get the impression that this is LOVINGLY written and drawn. I think the humour in this works better because it is a more serious story. The out and out comedy stories are often too broad.  I laughed out loud at SPIDER-DAN followed by "I've got ma lumps. And Gran says I'm a bad wee bastard". (Though I don't think Ridgeways Bonnie Charlie is handsome enough.)


FAMILY
Too late for me on this one. Don't care/know who anyone is.  I think I might reread it in one sitting and so if it improves for me.


DEVLIN
Bizarrelly, I'm enjoyng this extended chase/fight.  I like the fact that the heroes" are a bit crap and keep gettiung stuff wrong. Poor little children are get wholesale slaughter and abuse in 2000AD and the MEG these last few months.


DARKIE'S MOB
Just when I was getting bored with Darkie's mob beating up japanese every week, I thought it got a neat twist with the addition of the Chindit's and a trip to downtown Rangoon.  Sadly, not everyone seemed to think so - maybe nostalgia is a big factor of my enjoyment of this. The action with the tanks was great - if short. But where's the little fella's hat?  


SLAINE
Enjoyable nonsense - have I mentioned that I'm enjoying Pugh's artwork a lot more now than I did when it was first printed (and perversely enjoying Fabry's less).  I'm not sure who was responsible for the design work on the strip (esp. Cythrons and Orgots) but they deserve a big PAT on the back.


TEXT STORY
Sorry to say I didn't enjoy this. It was a great opportunity to take a swipe at favourite targets such as commercialism and consumer culture but I felt it managed to miss them completely (or maybe I was distracted by niggly things I felt were wrong).

The basic premise was too reminiscent of those vampire robots keeping Bad Bob Booth alive in the Cursed Earth episodes.  

I felt that the supermarket trolley dash scene was pointless and lacking tension ("Let's invent some random and illogical peril for our hero!").  

And I thought Dredd's dialogue - oh I know I'll call her FAT ASS - was unforgiveable. Does he go round calling people baldy, beanpole, slaphead, spotty? Probably and I've just missed him doing it but this jarred with me (probably because I've got a fat ass).

Also why make the big pictures that accompany the story all of DREDD -  we know what he looks like - why not use the art to expand upon the things we haven't seen before.


ROGUE TROOPER PROFILE
I found this (apart from that lovely Cam Kennedy picture) a bit pointless. I think I'd have preferred this more if it had some meat to it.  A few more quotes from editors and creators explaining the reasoning behind the different approaches to story would have helped flesh out the bones of prog numbers and shark jumping metaphores.  


BLACK SIDDHA
This was a fun episode and very different from anything else I see in print at the moment.  There's still an awful lot of talking and precious little action but for a change the dialogue is fairly sharp and funny and not just some yawnsome lecture.


Overall I'm  enjoying the MEG. I do like the breadth and depth of the stories and even though they occassionally hit a glitch, there's lots more peak than trough these days. A hearty well done to all droids concerned.
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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #20 on: 13 May, 2003, 05:38:04 pm »
right random pish from me

nercronaughts gn yessssssssss

family: better read together ditto for devlin except i enjoy devlin more.

darkies mob: brilliant

slaine siddah and dredd shite of the highest order

oh odders do i get a point for the bishop text story as it is a story?

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #21 on: 13 May, 2003, 06:46:49 pm »
No:

Link: Rule 4.

Better set your phaser to stun.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #22 on: 13 May, 2003, 07:22:21 pm »
right blah blah...

black siddah, this episode was more enjoyable than previous, i love the art, & want to like it , but so far Mr blokes pathetic sarcasm has been tedious & un-funny to the max. however the talking dog & the plot twists about his female wotsit being less that goodie goodie were funny. The other two are really creepy baddies, however...
can someone please explain to me in a karmic kali worshipping tantric voodoo sort of way why getting groped by the homeless guy, helped raise kundalini? and release them eating demony things. considering how long winded a certain writer usually is in patronising semi-mystical occult matters this does seem to have been rather glossed over or was it just meant to be a bit titillating ..arrff arrfff.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #23 on: 13 May, 2003, 08:24:36 pm »
No idea, Bou. The Rakshasa demon thingies were already watching, though. Maybe it's some perverse take on a marriage / sacrifice? Maybe Rita's a Rakshasi who lures men to their doom? And how dare you knock Pat Mills for not lecturing ;)

Proudhuff: Spotted the nod to Edward Hopper too.

Heh! And couldn't read Monkey On My Back without being reminded of this.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #24 on: 13 May, 2003, 10:03:26 pm »
Any idea why devlin, family and black siddha have been broken up so much. I really don't like it as it is hard to follow it from month to month. And I think it hurts them. I'd rather see 2 of the strips instead of all 3.

Do you think it was a financial decision? Have they been broken up this much, into 5-6 page strips before?

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #25 on: 15 May, 2003, 02:11:12 pm »
i enjoyed the meg overall this month.
i skipped slaine. its such dross.this particular tale.

dredd.
ummm ok.it tried to show background to dredd,which was a postive thing.but i dont think ennis should have been the one to decide that. not bad but for the me the art was way off. to childish,the uniforms where wrong. the badges looked naff.a differnt artist may have lent it more wieght for me personally.

family
i enjoy this. the whole mafia gangland style with scifi elements good.i think it fits nicely in the meg. .

Mc nulty
great as good as a potrait of a mutant. depoth and insight into where it all began and why. top stuff.great art and wonderul character build up.EXCELLENT

Black Siddha
very good. storng and with depth,humour and good background.i enjoy this every month.Mr mills good to welcome you back as a great scriptwriter again.

DEVLIN
the high point of the meg. what standard. the pace awesome.the art outstanding.the whole tail. very enjoyable.

apoclypse
fun.makes me smile a little.good to see a return of a one page nonsense strip.

Darkies mob
its retro but still works.example of great writing and art work.i enjoy it . i never read the orignal comic i was a little to young.so i am enjoying this run.

the other stuff text stories and all good.

overall meg worth its money.i shal be renewing this subscription.

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #26 on: 15 May, 2003, 08:38:21 pm »
huff, there is at least one other saddo...


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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #27 on: 15 May, 2003, 08:48:06 pm »
though I prefer this version

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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #28 on: 15 May, 2003, 08:55:41 pm »
Tenuous link but anybody read Michael Connelly? he refers to this painting and 'the Garden of earthly delight a fair bit...
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Re: Meg 206
« Reply #29 on: 15 May, 2003, 08:57:30 pm »
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