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Prog / Re: Prog 2254 - Photo Bomb!
« on: Today at 10:13:47 AM »
The cover's amazing, though I think I actually like the version in the story itself a little bit more. It reminds me of moments in movies like At The Earth's Core when two giant back-projected puppets would erupt from the ground and start gouging away at each other. I have to say, when seeing it in the strip I did wonder for a moment what those giant bulbous red eyes were supposed to be (assuming of course that the giant red bulbous things are eyes...)

Inside, the thrill-meters are still well and truly redzoned. More out-and-out slugfests for Dredd please Tharg, this one's been a blast; though the ruse he plays on the mechs is exactly the same as the one David Tennant's Doctor plays on the Vashta Nerada in 'Silence in the Library' - basically, "Don't you know who I am?!" - and I thought it was a bit of a cop-out then.

The Out is absolutely soaring right now, even if it is tonally a bit different from the first book. The Abnett and Harrison droids seem to be locked in a battle to see who can extract the most laughs, the brilliantly silly "Shit! He slipped off!" matching the frame with Cyd in X-ray.

Diaboliks and Scarlet Traces ensure the action doesn't relent, but it's Pandora Perfect that steals up on the outside to snatch this week's Top Thrill - the fact that it's a continuing strip is a big plus for me as we can actually get some character stuff like the lovely flashback to Gort's getaways, rather than a series of contrived situational gags. Plus, I've got a new exclamation for when something surprises me: Nutbush City Limits!

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 20 October, 2021, 05:12:09 PM »
What's a 'square-bound bookazine format'?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2253 - Empire state of emergency!
« on: 14 October, 2021, 02:21:59 PM »
So often people hark back to 2000 AD’s past to argue that only then did you get five Progs fizzing along with a superb mix of action and intrigue. But here we are with, to my mind, a selection that rivals anything from the comic’s glory days

This, basically.

I'm not sure it's even worth me running through the stories individually, as that description applies pretty equally to them all.

So I won't.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 08 October, 2021, 12:20:49 PM »
I should add that there are at least half a dozen other script droids I'd love to see turning in efforts for television.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 08 October, 2021, 11:41:52 AM »
Five quality strips on the go at the moment, which always makes the prog a particular pleasure. 

'The Hard Way' is a great knockabout story that's thankfully adding a bit more depth than just throwing the antagonists at Dredd one by one. Diaboliks continues to mine a rich vein of shock and awe. Scarlet Traces is luscious but did lose me a bit with the references to ongoing sub-plots. Pandora Perfect is perfectly readable but I wish the tone had been shifted to make it a little less juvenile.

The Out was another mini-masterpiece which had me laughing all the way through. 2000 AD has so many talented script droids but it does constantly amaze me that Dan Abnett's unique talent for dialogue hasn't seen him seized upon by television.


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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 07 October, 2021, 11:59:53 AM »
Apologies if this has been mentioned already, but Judge Barrow is Geoff Barrow from Portishead, right? Also one half of the duo Drokk, who released 'Drokk: Music inspired by Mega-City One from the movie Dredd'.



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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 06 October, 2021, 02:14:34 PM »
Dear Tharg: Please release a compendium of the best Robinson/Teague covers.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: 30 September, 2021, 10:43:05 AM »
A strong line-up right now, every story tantalizing my thrill-sensors.

'The Hard Way' is a welcome turn down the comic route (by which I mean it's funny - it's obviously in a comic), an intentional contrast perhaps to the rather more portentous tone of the Wiliams droid's previous Dredd epic? I presume that by the end it'll be explained why the prospective assassins have chosen 'The Hard Way' and are politely taking their turns.

Diaboliks and Scarlet Traces continue to build upon their respective storylines' mythos and are a treat to read in themselves, all good there.

Each time I read an instalment of The Out I feel like I've watched an entire half-hour TV drama (or sit-com depending on the tone), it really is so amazingly deeply realised, the script and art working in perfect harmony to create an all-immersive thrill experience. Some brilliantly funny dialogue this week ("what's cheese?") and it looks like the storyline has fond some direction. In fact, hasn't the Abnett droid been quoted as saying something along the lines that plotting the story has been as adventurous and spontaneous an experience as Cyd's journey itself?

Oh and the cover - superb, of course, though grud knows what a non-Squaxx would think of it looking at the comic for the first time [smiley emoji]

And Pandora Perfect... hmm, I don't know, I'm still on the fence here... I was perhaps a bit too dismissive of it last week, I mean, it is snappily written and it looks incredible, of course... I just think that given it's a humorous story, this week isn't really funny enough. I laughed out loud right through The Out (which I know is a different kind of strip) and kind of feel like this should have given me a few laughs too, but it got too bogged down in the mechanics of the jewel theft. There's no sort of sly humour going on. Without trying to be disparaging (honestly!) the bottom line is, I can see why kids would love it, but it's a bit incongruous here.

What's 'Enemy Earth'?


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I'm not really following the argument that Anderson is all used up as a character, any more than (say) Dredd, or Slaine, or Alpha

Maybe they need to ditch all this portentous stuff and write her in a knockabout style like Pandora Perfect. I mean that was her original schtick back in the first two Judge Death stories.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 27 September, 2021, 11:12:19 PM »
Fort NEURO.

Yeah, I know.

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Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 24 September, 2021, 09:29:40 AM »
It arrived! And mercy me, it's Mercy Heights. Which is at least something I haven't read, running as it did during my 27-year prog-lapse.

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Ah, that cover. So brilliant. You get comic art legend Mick McMahon to do you a Dredd cover, expecting to see something like the Lawman of the Future astride a Lawmaster, blasting his way through the Big Meg; and he gives you Dredd in the most bizarre pose imaginable, brandishing a long red umbrella. This man is a national treasure.

It's hilarious that the layout droid has made a rather half-hearted attempt, with the sparky font, to convince us it's actually an electric baton of some sort. Nice try!

A rather polarized selection of strips on offer this jumping-on week. The prog cruises along at the very highest levels of thrill-power for the first three, then completely falls off a cliff, only to be saved by an Abnett-shaped crash mat at the very end.

Dredd is glorious, and ably demonstrates why the Williams droid (in conjunction with the Wyatt-bot here, of course) is the ideal choice to introduce viewers to the world of Mega-City One in the upcoming TV series (yes it will). Although having seen upthread that the Red Queen was part of a Megazine story, I'd have liked a slice of backstory.

The wonderful Diaboliks demonstrates why a prog never seems properly complete without a strip by the Rennie droid. And the prog's highlight - a seriously stunning return to the world of Scarlet Traces from the Edginton and D'Israeli team. Reading the first two pages I wondered why the art looked so crude, then of course that breathtaking double-page spread makes it clear, before a genuinely gripping further six pages - utterly fantastic stuff.

And then...

It's a prog of two halves, Clive. Okay to be more accurate a prog of four-sevenths and three-sevenths.

At the risk of courting controversy, can I ask... when was the last time there was a genuinely good Anderson strip? I remember enjoying the one-off from a couple of years ago with Jake Lynch art, the one where the guy pretends to be Judge Death or whatever. But ongoing-wise nothing seems to really work, and this is no exception - it's all a bit by-numbers with some routine debate at the start and a nice attempt at a freaky under-cit gang but the story is just getting in the way and even Lee Carter's art looks a bit drab with a lack of backgrounds and the Anderson on the penultimate page doesn't even look finished (okay maybe there were huge pandemic-related production issues, fair enough) and then there's some hand-waving spells and it's all over for this instalment. Sorry, not really gripped. Though to be fair, I'm trying desperately to come up with even an idea for the Thought Bubble so props to all the droids that are involved in making fully-fledged strips.

Actually, speaking of the Thought Bubble, I wonder if this prog's Future Shock would have stood a chance as a submitted script? It seems like a lot of effort by the Weston droid for a slight payoff.

Anyway, two strips to go... one's a ostensibly light-hearted story about a woman heading into the unknown after a radical change of identity, and the other - yeah you get the drift. The difference is that one's a triumphant piece of work that'll hopefully grace the prog for some time to come while the other looks hopelessly out of place in the current line-up.

Oof - I see there's a 15p price rise next prog. They like to sneak those in after a jumping-on prog, don't they.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 22 September, 2021, 10:31:28 AM »
Tooth and Nail which I still don't get

'Tooth and Nail', I was trying to think of that the other day when trying to remember the better recent 3rillers. Intriguing concept but a slightly confusing resolution IIRC? Didn't Andi Ewington come on the forums here to explain it? Great art by Staz Johnson too. Would still love to see another chapter of this, it was intriguing stuff.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 16 September, 2021, 09:41:40 AM »
That's weird... I've spent all week thinking this was going to be the jumping-on prog, and was surprised when first glimpsing it in WH Smith's to discover it wasn't. This despite the fact the ongoing strips last week clearly hadn't reached a conclusion. I think I'd seen that McMahon cover posted around so many places in the last few days, I assumed it was the upcoming one.

Anyway, putting aside my inability to distinguish one week from another

Dredd wraps well, the Percival droid's ethereal art lending it a suitably hallucinatory air. Only quibble with the story was the callbacks to Necropolis - I know they didn't exactly demand an in-depth recall of the plot but as demonstrated above I have trouble remembering what happened this week let alone 30-odd years ago.

The 3riller seemed a bit perfunctory and while the ancient gods aspect might provide plenty of material for a series, I'm not sure the dialogue or characterisation was really compelling enough. In fact there seems to be a certain circuit with which only some of TMO's droids are equipped that allows them to rattle off pages of engaging dialogue with apparent nonchalance - I presume this circuit contains fire opals from the heart of Betelgeuse, or some similarly hard-to-obtain substance, otherwise it would be fitted as standard to all droids.

Fortunately the Rennie droid appears to be fitted with a deluxe version, as in Jaegir his output continues to fire on all cylinders. The second page panel with Rosario and the Souther insignia picked out in cyan was especially striking. Please, can 'Ferox' be an uninterrupted 10-parter?

Agree with the consensus that the Terror Tale was too convoluted. I feel that as a reasonably intelligent adult (albeit one that doesn't know one prog from another) I shouldn't be confounded by a six-page comic strip but... yeah, it just doesn't click, even though I sort of get the gist.

And finally... Skip Tracer ends, with a touching last page (and the only cover by its own artist). I wonder, if the whole series had been framed as Nolan's bedtime story to Eden...

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