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You're making it too easy today, Colin! Hondo City Justice by several country miles.
Junker hit the Prog at the perfect time for 11-12 year old me to enjoy it, and despite my and John Ridgway's best efforts, I thought it sucked back then, too. Think it might have been the first time I noticed and rolled my eyes at the 'never trust a female' trope in 2000AD...

This time, surely this time, we can get one of those long-expected whitewashes?
Urban Strike isn't the worst thing in the Prog by a long short shot, but it's a hard one to imagine having fans. If you like future swearing, or the work of Jeph Loeb* though, it's worth a look.

Dandridge, on the other hand, is excellent, and the only bad thing about it is that there wasn't more.

*The writer of bad Hulk comics and the excellent movie Commando did not write this strip, but it's a pretty close parody...

While I can't quite believe that Tharg is generating more goodwill than Max Brewster*, I will concede he had some hilarious covers.

*Now that I type in the actual character's name, I wonder if this is the heart of the problem. Alan McKenzie, champion of mediocre white men...

Thanks guys! I can assure you all that you're going to bump into plenty of surprises anger consternation incorrect opinions along the way

Universal Soldier had three top-tier artists all doing amongst their least best work - but it's still readable and entertaining and the core story of corporate intrigue coupled with fight-chip technology and prison planets is one that should have worked, and at times it nearly does.

There are literally no good Tharg stories. Fun to glimpse a weird version of the Nerve Centre, sure, but a bigger waste of the talents of Ezquerra, Belardinelli, Dorey and poor old Eric Bradbury I can't imagine.

Universal Soldier

(One can barely even play the Alan McKenzie card here, as he likely wrote a big chunk of the later Tharg stories, too)

A desperately cruel choice, two flawed by fun stories with GREAT art. Gideon himself is the sort of character design who has earned a spot on any 2000AD character montage poster, which you can't quite say for Harry Whats'isname. But Stone Island is more consistent fun, with creepy vibes giving way to action movie vibes, and Davis's horrible monsters in it are truly horrible. The best of Armoured Gideon is better than Stone Island but overall I'm voting with the one that wowed me more first time around...

Stone Island

General / Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
« on: 06 December, 2021, 09:26:32 AM »
Today's ranking

(Thanks for the coding assist Sheridan, still not sure if I've understood correctly so doing it the old way as well just in case...)

General / Re: Festive Thrill-Tree: GN Blurb Translated Too Many Times
« on: 03 December, 2021, 08:33:52 AM »
I'd love ot know how Google goes from 'John Smith' to 'Knight Marsh Cyclical Art', but it's weirdly apt.

I confess until you pointed out 'Revere', I was stuck thinking it had to be either Canon Fodder or Zaucer of Zilk, but neither of those have proper collections, even digital, do they?

General / Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
« on: 03 December, 2021, 08:30:08 AM »
Today's Blog entry on the Xmas Prog Ranking...

(And if Sheridan/anyone can explain ot me how to do the more elegant link where you embed it in a word I will gladly try that! Swear I used ot know how to do it...)


What Dark Jimbo said.

Pandora is that one story from the Megazine where John 'storytelling, what's that?' Hicklenton combined with Jim 'Storytelling, what's that?' Alexander to create the ultimate in 1990s 'this looks so weird and cool it MUST be good even though I can't follow any of it' strip. Yes?

Twisted Tales.

Look, just no. Even B. Bolland can't make lemonade from the lemon that is Walter t Robot.
Bendatti Vendetta all day long.

PAJ is VERY hard to read - the plot meanders, the well-meaning attempt to portray Africa more accurately than e.g. Book of the Dead still struggles with the fact that it tries to cover massive swathes of the continent, and when the Gods show up I was totally lost. Siku did eventually learn some storytelling, but not here he didn't...

Atavar is mid-low tier Abnett, but it's still coherent and has some fun ideas. Elson's art is not as spectacular as Siku's but he comes up with some gnarly alien/robot/spacesuit designs here.

Atavar, gotta be.

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