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Those one-parter series have highs and lows, but the format betrays them.

Survival Geeks is a solid gold modern 2000 AD classic. Yes: modern and classic. Also perhaps the best comedy they've ever done. And it seemed to know when to end, avoiding the wheel spinning of some other long-running series. Still - there's 'Splorers to enjoy now.

Yeah modern classic is a thing. It’s more about quality than being old.

Examples include Brink, Lawless, Kingdom (even if I didn’t vote for it in the current round), Abaslom, The Out and others.

Storm Warning.

Ro-Jaws Robo Tales had some of the best one off stories ever. Like Sheridan I seem to think the first Abelard Snazz story was one.

Overall I’m going to go Survival Geeks.

I wasn’t a fan at the start but I was by the time we got to the last two or three series. So much so that I miss it.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: BFG no man it is GFD
« on: 25 May, 2022, 01:11:02 PM »
Arguably the GFD strip that made the biggest impact was Rogue Trooper. And I’m not sure it’s even close.

If it’s which did I enjoy most then, it’s the original VCs and Harry 20.

I only read Ant Wars decades later, and sorry Colin, I guess you had to be there at the time.

The new Fiends strips seem to have moved significantly away from the original, which was a classic one and done. Well it was until they brought it back.😉

I’m going to Harry 20 if only because it still contains the biggest shock in 2000AD history.

Those Ron Smith and Bolland images aren’t representative of their work IMO. They are too modern for one thing.

Now my favourite ever Dredd artist (well artist full stop) is Bolland.

But did he shape Dredd more than others? I’m not sure.

I don’t think there is any one single artist responsible for the look of Dredd and his world. It’s an amalgamation of them all.

If pushed, I’d have to say Carlos because he designed the character in the first place.

But then Mick drew more early strips than anyone and probably did more to define the look of the city than anyone else.

Not sure who first gave Dredd the bigger shoulder pad and eagle. I guess it might have been Mick.

Oh and I love Ron Smith too. He did a huge amount to define the look of the citizens. Hmmm but so did Mick.


It’s the best thing to come out of the Rogue Trooper universe and a modern classic.

I recently re-read Glimmer Rats. It was ok.

DR &Quinch is a nailed on 2000AD classic.

I always had the impression that Rogue Trooper was massively popular back in the day. For me it was never up there with the very top tier, but it was a decent, enjoyable read.

Once the Traitor General story was done, it lost its way and seemed to be a strip in need of a purpose.

Time Twisters did give us (as others have said) DR & Quinch and a few great one offs. But I’m not sure that’s enough for a vote.

So Rogue Trooper.

Oh man!

I just love Dan Abnett and the fact that Kingdom is my 7th or 8th favourite of his just shows how brilliant he is.

I really want Proteus Vex to be brilliant. It’s exactly the kind of thrill we need in the Prog. A modern classic space opera with weird aliens. A spiritual successor to Nemesis (albeit with a different message) or Shakara.

But I’m torn. Dan’s strips just have a certain quality in the reading experience, which Is kind of effortless. Very few 2000AD writers can match that (e.g. Wagner, Mills, Alan Moore….).

But this is looking like a landslide and there is no way I’ll be voting Kingdom over Brink, Lawless or Insurrection so it’s not a final contender for me. So given that I’ll give a bit of love to Proteus Vex.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
« on: 24 May, 2022, 08:43:32 AM »
This is really hard, not least because I know which stories are my favourites, but not necessarily what was running in the Prog at the time.

I like to thing Progs in the mid 220s when you had Nemesis book 1 and Judge Death Lives are right there.
Also 178 sticks in my mind.

Or Progs from 335 onwards where you have Nemesis, Slaine and Stront all at the same time.

I’m also going to put 167 forward: Comic Rock (Nemesis/ Terror Tube), Judge Child, Robo-Hunter Day of the Droids and the Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World. Oh and it had the Mind of Wolfie Smith as well.

There have been some absolutely outstanding [Future Shocks] but not for a long time.

The last great FS was only four progs ago!

Its a fair point AND the one in the Regened issue was really good to. They might be hit and miss but those hits are far from in the past.

Nah…not for me.

Not on the same level as the top Alan Moore ones.


It’s in my top 3 Megazine thrills.

I find it hard to consider Future Shocks as a complete body of work as far as this contest is concerned.
There have been some absolutely outstanding ones, but not for a long time.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Simply the best – Coup de Grace 1
« on: 23 May, 2022, 06:48:36 AM »
Nope. It’s Slaine The King.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 May, 2022, 02:06:04 PM »
Yeah Feral and Foe has been one the absolute best strips in the Prog over the last two years. I was equally surprised to see it appearing in a floppy.

I would probably have bought a trade of it at some point.

I would have thought there is plenty in the Treasury of British comics that could go into the floppy, but I guess they probably require more work, whereas Feral and Foe is probably a quick cut and paste job (relatively speaking).

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