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Well that's a lovely cover, all be it with a clunky tag line!

How to crap on a classic cover, the font droid opts to choose four different type settings and the one at the bottom is a ripe old stinker!

Dredd picks up threads from previous Rob Williams stories and I like how Joe casually asks for a chat in a rather awkward but sweet way.

Always great to see the team behind Scarlet Traces return, nudging my Stickleback memories and thoughts towards a hopeful return of the Baker Street misfit.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 13 September, 2021, 10:04:26 PM »

The whole thing felt like a clumsy attempt at an all-ages Judge Dredd Megazine to me.

Good shout, clumsy is the word, although I'm not sure why the opening Dredd had to be so hard to read in that respect. Lovely to look at though, but the plot?. On the whole I thought it was a series of events lacking in any real story and pretty clunky dialogue.

The ending with Anderson floating about (from where did she come?) prior to which she states I can't do this anymore, had me agreeing with her. The last story was just bobbins in it's narrative and dialogue and failed to tie all the many lose ends. Dredds characterisation just didn't sound or look right and don't get me started on Develin Waugh...

Prog / Re: Prog 2243 – Terror From The Deep
« on: 03 August, 2021, 07:58:24 PM »

Dexter: this strip is a sad shadow of what it once was.

I couldn't quite believe how clunky the dialogue and plot (using the term loosely) has descended into Planktown... almost as bad as that Generican Dream business a few years back.

Surely this is all a bad dream and someone is going to wake up soon?

Wagner on Dredd saves the prog and Aquila does a decent job of supporting him, but they aren't up against much competition sadly...

Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: 28 July, 2021, 08:34:49 PM »

Sinister: Not interested in this either sadly, so not much to say beyond Sinister is incredibly annoying here.

Here, there and sadly everywhere.

I'm at a loss with this storyline / plot that has been going round and round, along with the alternative universe tripe where the characters have seemingly become so far from what they began as hitmen and are now just bit-part players dissappearing up the series' own rectum

We thought there might be blessed relief at the conclusion of the last series, however the premise of a 2000AD character actually dying and staying dead is no more and so I question as to why bother with the dramatic so called 'death' scenes in the first place?

So I take it we will see the return of Skip Tracers ex-missus next prog?  :think:

Prog / Re: Prog 2236 - A view to a kill!
« on: 16 June, 2021, 08:19:03 PM »

Lovely looking cover although is Dredd looking a bit beardy here?

There is certainly a touch of Lycanthrope about ol' Dreddy this week, for someone who detests facial hair, the Cry of the Werewolf look is a bit odd, unless the story is heading in a strange new direction and Dredd's inner Lycan is making an appearance once more!

The best thing about Dredd this week is the Credit Card, to have Wagner back on scribe is brilliant, as is McNeil back on Dredd, who we don't see nearly enough of these days either. Great cover by Dylan Teague too and it's been long overdue to see him back on art duties once again, be good if he becomes a regular artist again.

Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 25 May, 2021, 07:46:11 PM »
I'd be cheered if we could move on a bit from the argument surrounding the method by which the Regened content is published (because previous threads have really explained the why of the matter quite thoroughly)


Gosh, fair enough, I get the point, they can't be separate specials, gotcha. Though it must be said that not eveyone has the time to read all these threads so thoroughly, so my apologies for raising a point which I get the impression that you all may have discussed endlessly before.

However my main point was missed entirely, namely that of:

" or which might be a better plan, we could opt out on the subscription, as I really don't want to have to keep paying for four of these every year"...

That means that some folk like yourselves who do want and get them which is great and then some folk who don't want them, dont get them, which is also great.

Then again there is probably a good reason that idea is also not feasable in the grand scheme of things

Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 23 May, 2021, 11:07:53 AM »
Whilst I'm glad that the latest Regened prog clearly has it's fans, I have to say that as someone who picked the prog up at age 13 around 30 odd years ago and is heading towards middle age, I'm really not one of them.

I know this has been discussed before, but I'm not quite sure what age range the stories are being pitched at for an "All ages issue" which I think is clearly aimed at children and not teens, who are now pretty much teenagers at 10 years old. I certainly don't think it's for my generation and beyond.

However the stories and art are all neatly produced (I'm a fan of Paul Davidson's work) and I do realise that 2000AD needs to attract a younger audience, but I just wish that these could be specials to buy seperate, or which might be a better plan, we could opt out on the subscription, as I really don't want to have to keep paying for four of these every year.

Prog / Re: Prog - 2218 - Beaten to the punch!
« on: 21 April, 2021, 09:17:37 PM »
I'm a bit behind on my progs & just read this. Did anyone notice the Switcheroo eye patch on Dirty Frank from the flash back to present day?

Is this a mistake or was his eye patch always on his right eye in the past and he changed it to the left later on?

I never notice any thing like this normally!   :P

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 20 April, 2021, 06:38:49 PM »
Just listening to the radio tonight and a certain story based on Romeo and Juliet and another, praised widely as one of the best Batman tales ever told and renderd came to mind.

So firstly the Band was Killing Joke and we all know and love the Graphic Novel which is a glorious episode in comic history. The song?

A Love like Blood which was is a lesser known but pretty good story by Frazer Irvine and John Smith, both of who we miss very much in the prog


The lightbulb moment came after hearing this great song many times, putting both the comix references together, which no doubt many of you have done I'm sure by now...


Prog / Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« on: 17 April, 2021, 12:26:36 PM »
Is that Ukko I spy on the cover?

A bit of a pointless cameo if he didn't even make the story, which finished in a rather odd fashion I'd say. I'm guessing this wasn't the planned ending as has been debated on here. Perhaps he was originally meant to die, go on to the Goddess etc. and it was changed to this ''sort of' ending.

It would have been nice to get some of the old characters back to tie up plot lines including his son and of course Ukko narrating the tale. Instead Slaine just sort of appears from nowhere to some people and has no confidants, supplies, food, a residence or toilet roll of any sorts and jumps around a lot flying on dragons.

The whole delay and breaks in the story including the regened prog, has made it all a bit of an anticlimax to a saga and it's wonderful finale artwork, which have deserved much better. I know it's a bit churlish to say, but there is a slight dip in quality of the art from Manco this week, which don't get me wrong is still superb, but holding it up to the first episodes it has a different and more loose feel to it.

Dredd is great and I love Tom Foster's fantastic art, the SJS vs Dredd tale is always good Clint Eastwood - Wild Western stuff for me.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 25 March, 2021, 10:20:18 AM »
I must agree with Jacqusie that I preferred McConville's take on Devlin to Kot's... the whole 'Demon in a Dildo' thing has become a bit ridiculous.

...aand that's why having stopped the Meg, I won't really miss the next series when there will be 10 episodes of it!  :)

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 23 March, 2021, 07:38:42 PM »

I'd no more want to read non-Mills Sláine than I would non-Morrison Dante, non-Abnett Kingdom or (more pertinently) non-Smith IP/Waugh.

I thought the first Non-Smith Devlin Waugh's were pretty good efforts by Rory McConville, and the art by Mike Dowling captured the essence of Devlin rather well. Not too over the top and pretty faithful to what we might expect from the Vamp and it was a hard gig to folllow the story with his brother and fill in the blanks left by John Smith.

Why McConville then lost the gig I'm not sure we ever found out, but the next chapter's by Aleš Kot were somewhat of a radical departure and try as I might to enjoy it, there was a feeling throughout that the character had moved too far away from Swimming in Blood, Red Tide and Chasing Herod (one of the best stories in the prog ever I reckon)

You can over-do a premise and the whole "spirit of the demon Titivillus" thing is being stretched out on every panel to the extent where we are in the realm someone telling the same joke for the 248th time. Waugh has sadly become a pastiche of his former self which is rather unrecognisable and contains little of the charm that endured when we had the excitement and verve of the original writer.

Prog / Re: Prog 2222 - Reach For The S.T.A.R.S!
« on: 13 March, 2021, 05:48:29 PM »
Just a pity to ahve yet another Mills creation wrapped up hurriedly (not that I aam against wrapping them up, but both Nemesis and Slaine will ahve both gone out in as an abrupt manner as you coould imagine)

I was hoping that the Poochie ending might be applied to the Sinister Dexter - not Sinister malarky and they all go in a swipe or two of the artists eraser...

or just in the bin really...

Prog / Re: Prog 2214 - High Vexplosive!
« on: 16 January, 2021, 07:44:29 PM »
So what day does the subscribers copy come out these days?

I know it used to be Saturday and then we had the time lag towards 2-3 days later for a Monday / Tuesday but I'm still awaiting proggy 2214 and can't tell if its a week late or not yet?  :think:

I agree with the comments about the current line up and Slaine, this would indeed be a fine finale, go out with the story all told and some truly superb artwork, rather than years more aimless wandering about. We just need Ukko to make an appearance and they can toddle off into the solstice sunset...

Prog / Re: Prog 2210 - Dark Visions
« on: 06 December, 2020, 10:09:44 AM »
So that’s just a week late for this one. 2209 was a week and half late, and 2208 was two weeks late. So at this rate the Xmas prog might actually arrive on time!

As the progs are running a week late in the peoples republic of Sheffield, I'm guessing the Christmas prog will follow suit and will arrive just before Xmas 2021!

Good soild prog again and sad to see the conclusion of Stickleback Holmes, but it was lovely fireside chat and set up nicely for more capers... lets just hope we don't have another 6 year gap!

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