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General / Re: BRAND NEW Ace TRucking Strip online
« on: 06 December, 2022, 01:18:08 PM »
Good that.

Prog / Re: Prog 2310 - High Plains Shifter
« on: 05 December, 2022, 05:34:49 PM »
Dredd – I fondly remember the original so it's a nice callback and a good start with excellent art

The original? Tell me more!

Other Reviews / Re: 45 Years of 2000AD: Anniversary Art Book
« on: 04 December, 2022, 11:08:57 AM »
Yeah saw this in Travelling Man at the weekend - it's absolutely awesome but £30 is a bit steep for a fairly slim book. Although, Henry Flint's Durham Red is almost worth the price on its own...

Prog / Re: Prog 2310 - High Plains Shifter
« on: 30 November, 2022, 05:17:56 PM »
Yeah bit of an end-of-term feel already about this one, but the quality was pretty good - a Dredd every bit as readable and engaging as we've come to expect from its quizzically-monikered creator, a decent Terror Tale with a meta-ending of which Steven Moffatt would doubtlessly approve, Enemy Earth remaining relentlessly grim, Hope... continuing to weave its magic and Fiends era-hopping to another Pleece and time. I feel like all that's missing is a two-part Sinister Dexter of which the first episode is almost entirely a plot recap.

The cover's excellent but I would never have recognised it as Tom Foster.

Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 29 November, 2022, 12:16:04 PM »
It's a pretty bleak prog all round, you have to say - 'Buratino Must Die', with its coda describing Izaak's protracted illness segueing uncomfortably into Kevin O'Neill's obituary; Enemy Earth continuing its transformation into a desolate post-apocalyptic nightmare; a downbeat conclusion to Chimpsky and Hershey also accelerating towards a dispiriting denouement.

Interesting that Dredd and Hershey were actually longer installments (eight pages each I think, without having the prog to hand?) Usually when there are bumper-length chapters they're in fact two regular episodes stuck together.

General / Re: 10 Greatest Judge Dredd Comics Of All Time?
« on: 18 November, 2022, 03:24:49 PM »
Whatever the subjective shortcomings of that article, they need to sort out the creator credit

Everyone's favorite Mega City One street cop, Judge Dredd (created by John Wagner) has enjoyed almost 50 years in publication

Announcements / Re: Animated Absalom!
« on: 17 November, 2022, 06:34:06 PM »

Prog / Re: Prog 2308 - Knockout Blow!
« on: 17 November, 2022, 10:21:34 AM »
Another one of those progs which might best be described as 'pleasantly messy' (do the Germans have a word for that?)

Strong 'Judge Death Lives' vibes from 'Buratino Must Die' (the gang of supernatural foes, the psychic shield) but it's told with little of the clarity or economy of the Wagner classic. Actually, the blind Dredd with shattered visor reminds me it feels more like the rather meandering 'City of the Damned'. Maybe it needs a big centre-spread featuring its adversaries?

"This city is guilty!"
"The crime is harbouring a bizarrely large-headed Sov psychic"
"The sentence is..."
"Uh... not quite sure"

Problems with Hope... also, where the capricious narrative takes another slalom. I wonder - when a script droid is lucky enough to be given a 15-week (or similar length) run for their strip, is there an edict from Tharg that it has to be one long story? Seems to me that the problems with people having to re-read huge swathes of the earlier instalments would be alleviated if long runs were split into smaller, self-contained 3- or 4-part stories.

Fortunately the remaining three strips are a little more straightforward. Hershey continues to do the simple things well and that's a nice twist at the end of Chimpsky. I think though Enemy Earth might just sneak TOP THRILL this week for the severed arm coming completely out of the blue - though why something so gruesome should happen in a supposedly all-ages strip, I'm completely stumped.

Prog / Re: Prog 2307 - Grub's up!
« on: 15 November, 2022, 09:14:39 PM »
Just managed to sneak this in before new prog day tomorrow

Yeah, 'kinetic' is the word I'd use to describe not just Hershey but most of the stories this week, from the pursuit of the hapless Chimpsky through Ludi Wittgenstein to the psychic onslaught in 'Buratino Must Die' to... whatever's going on in Enemy Earth, must admit I didn't read it properly. Even a relatively lightweight instalment of Hope... ends with some persuasive kinetic energy. It's the breathless chase sequence of 'The Cold in the Bones' which nails it best though, snatching the accolade of TOP THRILL from Mega City One's altruistic ape.

Oh, and 'Brimful of Thrills' reaches prog 2011, my return to the fold after a 27 year prog-lapse

General / Re: Kevin O'Neill 1953 - 2022
« on: 07 November, 2022, 07:15:13 PM »
An extraordinary and unique talent - impeccable technical skills matched with an incredible imagination. His artwork for Nemesis book I, especially, was consummately good. RIP

Prog / Re: Prog 2305 - PSI of the Storm!
« on: 01 November, 2022, 08:53:16 PM »
Very much into the mid-run phase of most of all these stories, so, they great ones continue to be great (hi Chimpsky!), the not-so-great ones continue to be not-so-great (sorry, Enemy Earth) and the ones in the middle (i.e. the rest) continue to be a good read but not as good as Chimpsky. Suppose that's the thing with long-form stories - you don't get the same variety you get from shorter, punchier stories. 'Buratino Must Die' throws a few curveballs into the mix this week, I suppose.

A good prog but lacking much in the way of surprise value.

Prog / Re: Prog 2304 - At the End of the World
« on: 19 October, 2022, 04:53:10 PM »
Really nice prog from cover to cover. You can't beat an opening page where the only dialogue is "I am a horse". The figure in the globe on the second page of 'Buratino Must Die' is War from 'End of Days', yeah? On board with the new Glamderson a bit more now. The way she's drawn look a little like something from a John Burns strip. Enemy Earth needs, to reverse Elvis, a little less action, a little more conversation - or plot development, at least. I'd never really noticed but I do like the huge bags under Zoe's eyes, suggesting her predicament has been more gruelling than one might immediately think. Know what? If we hadn't had such an excellent Simon Fraser cover a better alternative might have been a close-up of the killer panel on the second page of Hope... with the tagline 'Truman kaput'. Sterling work once more from Williams and Fraser on Hershey, those colours are just phenomenal. And in the face of all that competition, Chimpsky once more comes out on top (doesn't he always..?)

'Helium'? This is one that's been on extended leave, isn't it?

Prog / Re: Prog 2303 - Swarn Enemy?
« on: 19 October, 2022, 03:31:28 PM »
On catch-up here, Smiths had this in stock so looks like the problem with prog 2302 was a one-off.

All good: Hope... remains wonderfully demented, Hershey seems to have found a direction and Chimpsky is of course peerless. Enemy Earth continues to inhabit a weird limbo between all-ages and old-ages. It would be nice to have Rob Williams cut loose on a story that wasn't beholden to his earlier works. Has Anderson undergone a complete rejuvenation after her 'rebirth' in End of Days?

Prog / Re: Prog 2302 - ....and Hell Followed with Her
« on: 11 October, 2022, 04:07:24 PM »
Last day before the new prog comes in (hopefully) and still no prog 2302 in Smiths, so to read it I've had to resort to illicit online means. Yes, I know! Don't worry, I'll be despatching an order to the Nerve Centre for a bona fide copy, don't want to be left with a prog 2302-shaped hole in my collection. I just hope (or should that be Hope...) that this was a one-off problem and everyone's favourite high street newsagent hasn't abandoned the GGC.

Anyway good stuff this time round, leading with an intriguing Dredd concept that'll be interesting to see unfold. Though I can't help thinking that for an idea which is so rooted in educating the cits, a year is going to be barely enough to do the execution of it justice. Is Maitland being sold short..?

Also, will a certain Mrs Marjorie Blackshack be keeping a close eye on developments?

Chimpsky's again the best thing on offer this week, a crisply told story with not a panel wasted. Hope... ploughs it macabre furrow to great effect, while Hershey remains resolutely bleak, teasing with a gruesome final couple of frames.

Enemy Earth I just can't get my head around. It's come from the Regened prog but this week the gore factor seems to have been upped considerably, with one character bitten in two in a graphical way that reminds me of that censored panel in Flesh book I where a train passenger is similarly dismembered by a Tyrannosaur. I do like this and wish more Regened stories could be as visceral but it does make me wonder if any of it will be reprinted in the Regened collections. I feel like there's a genuinely good Kingdom-style story struggling to get out here, but the strip is caught in an uncomfortable no-man's land between styles.

Excellent cover, Tazio Bettin is proving to be a droid of considerable talent and a prize capture by Tharg.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 11 October, 2022, 02:34:10 PM »
Marjory Blackshack. Mary Whitehouse.

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