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Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« on: 05 January, 2022, 03:38:24 AM »
A very good start to the year with some great thrills, the only letdown is the cover which just do not work for me. So, the start of year we have a 5-star line-up.

Dredd – Mr. Niemand has steadily created a vast array of supporting characters in the Dredd-verse, this round we get the Surfer Girl from prog 2219.  Another good opener as the episode ends in a Supersurf vibe. Let the surf continue........

Porteus Vex – The second part and we are now with Vex as he continues to rescue of the “Spectrums”. Carroll and Lynch has built an intriguing world for us to explore and the weird continue but in a good way. Just a note to Vex please rescue Midnight.

The Order – The fanatic, insane ride into the fantastic as our compatriot’s battle “ghost” from different time periods. As always keep on your hat as the team of Kek and Burns deliver another good episode.

Kingmaker – As our heroes decide what to do next the focus change to our real enemy in space. Edginton gives us a more talkative episode after the full out action of the opener. Good stuff.

The OutSo now we know what the contamination (Marabunda) is as poor Cyd is consumed and assimilated and becomes part of the dreaded Tankinar. A very good episode from Abnett but I did find Harrison’s art just a little too much muddy.

When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.

Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #1 on: 05 January, 2022, 03:38:51 AM »
Cover by Cliff Robinson & Dylan Teague:


When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.

Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #2 on: 05 January, 2022, 03:39:15 AM »
Cover and Logo:


When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.

Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #3 on: 05 January, 2022, 02:31:03 PM »
Don't read much of the current line up, but Dredd and The Out were both excellent.
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« Reply #4 on: 05 January, 2022, 06:03:21 PM »
The Out. - called it

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« Reply #5 on: 05 January, 2022, 09:03:52 PM »
Well unlike Bad City Blue for me this is a top notch line-up. Lovely mix of strips and all are strong. That said I completely agree both Dredd and The Out are first class.

Dredd its nice to see Mona Plankhurst the skysurfering delivery person back - according to Twitter Ken Niemand he's surprised its so soon - its glorious drawn (by Patrick Goddard) funny and then bursts into action. Top notch stuff.

Proteus Vex - fun it episode with pertainent undertone

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The Order throws the host straight at us and then takes is to Island of the Dead in this voyage through the time waste. Fun.

Kingmaker - settles things down after the blistering opener and has a nice character piece, well before we cut to the villians and war beckons. Brilliant stuff.

Then finally The Out is heartbreaking. The Out is often at its best when it deals with the close and personal bits while the bigger mysteries lurk and grow in the back ground. Here though the creators brilliantly explode things up in such a big way but still manage to make it close and personal. Just superb stuff.

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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #6 on: 06 January, 2022, 01:50:29 AM »
Only read the Dredd so far (excellent stuff, even when running concurrent to Wagner's brilliant surfing story in the Megazine) and The Out, which is breathtaking.  The Halo Jones vibe is stronger than ever, with the happy-go-lucky everywoman realising she has unwittingly become a mass killer.  Beautiful and tragic, but I'd like the art to be a tiny bit clearer.
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« Reply #7 on: 06 January, 2022, 04:10:22 AM »
I bought the prog, but I'll be damned if I stoop so low as to actually read the stories contained therein. I'm not a fucking communist, you know!




Except to continue my ongoing review of back cover adverts for the 2000 AD Ultimate Collection. This prog we have Cradlegrave featured in issue 113: an anthropological study of the life of the Greater Spotted Ned. Pedants will enjoy greatly the fact that the featured spine incorrectly has the number 121 on it. Hopefully the offending droid will be torn limb from limb by Mek-Quake before being melted down for slag!
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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #8 on: 06 January, 2022, 10:30:24 AM »
Got to start with Proteus Vex, because those clones are utter genius. They're like something out of a nightmare version of Wallace and Grommit! The whole scene with them and the little purple aliens is wonderful; in fact the entire episode is excellent, and if it continues in this vein then perhaps our newly-crowned third-best strip of 2021 (non-Dredd) could move further up the podium in 2022. 

And the cover's cool too! I love when the Robinson droid takes on characters from a strip where the artist has a completely different style.

Elsewhere 'Working Girl' is a definite win - I'm actually feeling for Mona as the supervisor droid metes out its feeble sanctions, and by the last panel I'm super pumped to see how the chase unfolds. Great to see more exploding head gore too. Read it and weep, Joko-Jargo!

(Did I just use the phrase 'super pumped'? Sorry.)

Kingmaker continues to impress - the silent moment is lovely and there are some fantastic panels from the Gallagher droid, particularly the gaping faces of the docking bays. The Order kind of treads (under) water with an all-action instalment, hopefully there'll be more substance next prog.

Finally The Out shows just why it's the board's current runaway favourite, with a horrendous twist and some absolutely berserk art from Mark Harrison.

They're totally going all-out on the anniversary stuff, aren't they. So much so in fact that it makes me wonder how they're going to top it for the really big one in five years' time.

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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #9 on: 06 January, 2022, 02:57:46 PM »
The Out. You keep seeing comparisons with Halo Jones, and there’s another echo here, of a sorts, but this was much more harrowing. Honestly, I think The Out is the better series—better than Halo Jones. I just wish we would get a HC (ideally an Image-style oversized volume that would do justice to the art).

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« Reply #10 on: 06 January, 2022, 03:14:25 PM »
The only criticism I have against The Out is that sometimes Harrison's art I struggle to comprehend what is going on especially the last two pages (if you compare that with the opening page which is just brilliant). Overall his art is great and works with the strip.
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Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

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« Reply #11 on: 06 January, 2022, 07:15:02 PM »
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Don't know if its me or what but I used to love the prog for its social commentary hidden in witty action-packed sci-fi stories. Now I think it is high-blown space opera for the sake of being space-opera, but with no relation to our times or lives.

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I thought this online comment was ironic (not deliberately, but from my perspective) given the actual contents of this prog.

Working Girl (co-starring Dredd) features Mona Plankhurst - a single mother trying her best to make ends meet, but employed by a hegemonistic corporate edifice that doesn't care for her needs. So, I mean, if you're looking for social commentary and you're not actually seeing it here ... is the blindness wilful? Because it's also witty, and also action-packed and also sci-fi. It checks all the boxes that the writer seeks, and yet they're not seeing it.

Proteus Vex and his female co-protagonist are battling against a galactic hegemony who are trying to wipe out a sentient species in order to maintain control and hide their past crimes of genocide. More social commentary, action, wit and sci-fi. Another home run that's somehow not seen by our blinkered friend.

The Order
... uhm. Okay. Well - maybe the exception that proves the rule? But wait: a multi-racial crew led by two women that are battling a robotic inter-dimensional hegemony. Bingo!

Kingmaker - an Orc and a Dryad fight together against - wait for it - a galactic hegemony! Fuck me - if you had a complaint, wouldn't it be that too many of the stories feature social commentary, action, sci-fi & wit? They're all bloody well at it.

Okay, last chance - The Out. Lone female protagonist. Actually, that's three out of five stories with female lead protagonists - see how we've moved on from the 80s? Can I call this meta-social commentary? Is the particular issue at stake in this prog a reflection of how we feel when our governments go to war against the will of the people?

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Great prog, scoring 4 : 1 against the Thrill-Suckers and in the pipe, five-by-five for "social commentary hidden in witty action-packed sci-fi stories".
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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #12 on: 06 January, 2022, 09:32:45 PM »
 
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Don't know if its me or what but I used to love the prog for its social commentary hidden in witty action-packed sci-fi stories. Now I think it is high-blown space opera for the sake of being space-opera, but with no relation to our times or lives.

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I thought this online comment was ironic (not deliberately, but from my perspective) given the actual contents of this prog.

Working Girl (co-starring Dredd) features Mona Plankhurst - a single mother trying her best to make ends meet, but employed by a hegemonistic corporate edifice that doesn't care for her needs. So, I mean, if you're looking for social commentary and you're not actually seeing it here ... is the blindness wilful? Because it's also witty, and also action-packed and also sci-fi. It checks all the boxes that the writer seeks, and yet they're not seeing it.

Proteus Vex and his female co-protagonist are battling against a galactic hegemony who are trying to wipe out a sentient species in order to maintain control and hide their past crimes of genocide. More social commentary, action, wit and sci-fi. Another home run that's somehow not seen by our blinkered friend.

The Order
... uhm. Okay. Well - maybe the exception that proves the rule? But wait: a multi-racial crew led by two women that are battling a robotic inter-dimensional hegemony. Bingo!

Kingmaker - an Orc and a Dryad fight together against - wait for it - a galactic hegemony! Fuck me - if you had a complaint, wouldn't it be that too many of the stories feature social commentary, action, sci-fi & wit? They're all bloody well at it.

Okay, last chance - The Out. Lone female protagonist. Actually, that's three out of five stories with female lead protagonists - see how we've moved on from the 80s? Can I call this meta-social commentary? Is the particular issue at stake in this prog a reflection of how we feel when our governments go to war against the will of the people?

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Great prog, scoring 4 : 1 against the Thrill-Suckers and in the pipe, five-by-five for "social commentary hidden in witty action-packed sci-fi stories".

5 x Women fighting the Hegemony = Just following the recent trends really.

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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #13 on: 06 January, 2022, 11:15:11 PM »
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Re: Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« Reply #14 on: 07 January, 2022, 09:09:26 AM »
Yeah, but it’s no longer mostly white men being really violent against/rude to foreigners and getting to shag hot women. That is the kind of ‘social commentary’ that would totally resonate with a modern audience!

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