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Prog / PROG 1810: RoBusters The Disaster Squad of Distinction - Assemble
« on: 17 November, 2012, 12:03:00 PM »
Wurble, Wurble Skulp!

Score out of 10:  are you kidding?  out of a measly 10!

Ok so maybe this should have been renamed the Judge Dredd Megazine with heavy emphasis on the MEG!  Dredd shoots straight out of the gates with a story jump that leaves you breathless.  I'm seriously considering starting a Downing Street petition for Messrs Flint and Ewing on this one.  And that ending ..... 

Low Life.  D'israeli is perfect for the mania that is Dirty Frank and the comedy genius!   "Well, Drirty Frank didn't see THAT coming!"

Simping Detective proves that Simon Coleby is the perfect successor to Frazer Irving on this strip.  Love the subtle use of colour.  "More guilt'n a Catholic contraceptive."  Superb!

ABC Warriors bringing us full circle to the early days of Starlord.  Ok so Mr Mills is letting his political colours show as usual and can't resist the opportunity to swipe at British Colonial History but I think we can forgive him his usual lack of subtlety in light of everything else he has done for us over the years.  Much prefer Mr Langley's art on this.  Although it is rougher it is far more suited to the comic strip narrative than his CGI work.  Although I wouldn't say no to the odd double splash page.  Perhaps a resurrection of the old colour centre pages?

Brass Sun crawls inexorably on.  Looking forward to reading this in full.  Perhaps if it had not been crammed in against everything else this prog it might have shone far more brightly.  That said, still an excellent read.

I am now going to go and have a lie down as this sort of standard is a little overwhelming!

Prog / 2011 in review
« on: 21 December, 2011, 03:25:36 PM »
My solution to the 4 weeks enforced thrillstinence - read the whole year in as close to one sitting as possible (well planned to stretch it out over the 4 weeks but illness compressed it).  Reading the whole year this way has been quite an experience and some of the tales work far better this way.  It's been quite a year, notwithstanding the ongoing "Day of Chaos" saga.  But for me the highlights were:

Dredd - goes without saying but some of this year's stories have really raised the bar and that was before the master started on DOC.  Gallagher's and Willsher's renditions really do the character justice.  Still warming to Carroll as a new writer but for its flaws "California Babylon" was up there in my top tales of the year, up with Ewing's "Served Cold" and Rennie's "Scream".

Shakara - the insanity ends?  Personally I hope so, not because the strip was so poor but because it rounded out so well.  Flint's artwork was the perfect accompaniment to Morrison's warped imagination and it strikes me as a strip determined not to outstay its welcome.

Ampney Crucis - much as Lovecroftian 'knock off's' tend to lose their appeal very quickly and the old 'sorry, this isn't our reality?' conceit is starting to be a tad overworn at the moment (Sin / Dex) this is a strip that has grown on me on the re-reading.  Davis' artwork maintains an impeccable standard throughout and the pacing this year has definitely helped.

Kingdom - another strip that has grown on me as it has progressed and this year my only regret is we have seen so little of it.  The B movie feel to the flashback sequences worked nicely and although the denouement of the general staff wasn't a massive surprise it was still nice to see.  Think there's still some mileage left in this strip with some of the issues from lizzee sower and co to be resolved but if it has been wrapped up then not a bad ending all in all.

Necrophim - sorry but this still did not work for me this year.  Tried to but ... sorry.

Low Life - Dirty Frank as insane as ever, what is not to like.  Usual impeccable artwork and some absolutely superb 'mistranslations'.  A delight as always.

Flesh - as long as I can remember I have never been able to get Flesh and this year has been no exception.  Nothing about this made it stand out as a 'must read'.  For me, another of the lows.

Young Anderson - graced by Ezquerra on art duties so always going to a pleasure on that level at least.  Few nods to the roots of the issues that have led her into conflict with JD over the last few years.  Nicely executed all round.

The Red Seas - focusing on hard core action rather than hinting at 'grand conspiracies' has been its strength this year.  The consistency of artwork, and Yeowell is definitely the perfect artist for the strip, is another added bonus.

Angel One - female version of Mach 1 with alien implants instead of pin cushions?  Some aspects of Burns' art really suited the strip but on other levels it may have worked better with a different artist (would be an interesting take on the old director's cut?)  An interesting romp but not amazing.

Sin / Dex - seems to be starting to wrap things up and moving toward the end game.  A better year than some of late.

Indigo Prime - another strip that previously never worked but this year seems to.  Despite the usual 'quantum babble' the strip simply seemed to work better.  Bagwell's art definitely suited the strip and the plotting seemed tighter.

Absolom - Initial thoughts were "oh joy, another police procedural with a rip off of Ennis' Hellblazer work" but execution rose above initial reservations to deliver a quality read.  Looking forward to seeing where this goes next.

Then you count in the Thr3ller's, Future shocks, Terror Tales and Dandridge and it has been a hell of a year.  My only regret with having got through it all in such a short space like that is that there is still 3 more weeks to wait for the next prog! :| Bugger!  Anyway, feel free to ignore, dismember or stridently disagree with any of the above.  Here's to a hopefully as impressive 2012!  (although not interesting, please, definitely not interesting! )

Off Topic / Open University e-petition
« on: 03 December, 2011, 05:59:08 AM »
I know we all have varying views on higher education but anyone who has used one of their degrees to get themselves up the ladder will know how much of a difference having that option makes.  Not saying their perfect but if anyone is in a position to support this ....

You will be well aware of the UK government’s proposals to make massive cuts to public funding for Higher Ed and to shift a lot of the costs onto the shoulders of students. The changes will affect different sections of our student membership in different ways depending on where they live and what they are studying. The OU is providing lots of detailed information for students and we’ve given the web link to their fees information below.

However, we are writing to you about something that affects all of our students wherever they live and whatever they are studying – and that we believe all of our students really care about – keeping our University truly open!

We are supporting a petition on the UK Parliamentary website. If we can get 100,000 signatures we have a chance of forcing a debate in Parliament which might provide us with a real turning point in the fight to ensure that our University can go on providing life-changing opportunities to those who need them the most.

Please give us your support by a) signing the petition yourself by following the link below b) passing on the link to any friends and family members who you think might also want to make a contribution to supporting this fantastic institution.

Marianne Cantieri
OUSA President

Related links:

The Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22316

More OUSA information: http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/

OU Fees information: http://www8.open.ac.uk/study/explained/fees-2012

Thanks for your time ladies and gents.

Classifieds / Sci Fi Specials
« on: 28 November, 2011, 08:11:02 PM »
Having successfully cleared out the magazine 'floppies' I am now turning to other duplicates that are in need of a loving home where they will be cherished and nurtured.  The following summer specials are available:

Judge Dredd Mega Special 1
2000ad Sci Fi Special 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995

82 - 88, £2 each
90 - 95 £1 each (slightly scuffed spines)

price includes p&p

Classifieds / Recent Megazine "Graphic Novels" available.
« on: 18 August, 2011, 07:22:09 PM »
These have always been a bit redundant for me due to them covering material I already possess and due to space becoming a premium I figured it might make sense to find a more 'loving' home for them :(.  All are currently available and have been stored securely so are in the condition they arrived in (OK so I know that some of you have posties that do a really good impersonation of a Rottweiler on steroids but I've been blessed on that front so they are actually in pretty good nick! ). 

Since they are not worth a massive amount I would only be after whatever it takes to cover P&P which seems to run to roughly £1 per issue.  Would obviously discount on multiples so say 3 for £2.

Any takers or further questions please PM.

Prog / Prog 1721 - Like a Shak Out Of Hell!
« on: 12 February, 2011, 10:13:45 AM »
With due humility and reverence ....  to bag the thread, a mighty honour indeed.  Forgive the audacity of this humble novice ... anyway ...

Cover: dynamic, vibrant, a good omen.

Dredd: nicely paced, starting to shape up.  Mr Ewing tantalises with hints of the history of Mr Deller.  With Mr Higgins' art to cap it all, a pleasure indeed.

Shakara:  good clean insane fun as ever.  Quality.

Crucis:  Davis' art is its usual standard, barrelling on to its conclusion.  Haven't been blown away by this but enjoyable nonetheless.

Necrophim:  2 weeks to go?  Sorry, not my cup of tea.

Kingdom:  this has gone from a quick flick through on the first series to a quality read.  The slow reveal on the history of the project interspersed with flashes of current events will no doubt work better read as a whole but it still works nicely.    Elson's art suits this down to the ground.  Rapidly becoming a favourite.

Starscan:  Sharpe on Warriors on the next series .... please.

The number of stories this week that seem to be picking up their pace makes this a better week than of late for my money.  Looking forward to seeing where things are going next.  Especially that Thrill of the Future.  Grant and Ezquerra again, nice!

Classifieds / Graphic novel / back prog sale
« on: 05 July, 2010, 07:19:41 PM »
trying to sort out duplicates and space so the following are up for sale:

Graphic novels

Ro - Busters book 1  Robo Hunter book 1 hardback  Complete Judge Dredd in Oz  Rogue Trooper Future War
ABC Warriors the Meknificent Seven  Necropolis book 1 & 2

The Pit, Blind Justice, Scorpion Dance, Doomsday for Dredd, Doomsday for Mega City, Wilderlands, Judgement Day

Back progs:  Assorted issues between 600 and 1450 generally in good condition

progs 20p each, graphic novels make me an offer.  postage dependent on order.

Classifieds / Pay it Forward
« on: 01 December, 2009, 07:42:38 PM »
Having been the recipient of Colin_YNWA's largesse ( and overwhelming desire to acquire living space which I can empathise with )  and in the seasonal spirit I am making the following offer to anyone who is interested.  Free to a good home, postage paid: 2000ad annuals 1989, 1991, 1993 and Judge Dredd Annual 1990.  My only condition is that whoever wants them makes a similar offer of something else that they think they can part with with the same condition.

Any takers?

Welcome to the board / belated hello
« on: 13 November, 2009, 06:00:48 PM »
have been trying for a while to figure out how to solve a grievous error of propriety, having started posting without having introduced self.  A very civilised Mr Gloady suggested doing so anyway so here I am, atoning for such an act of incivility ...

long time reader ( one of the oft loathed 'well I bin reading since prog 1' brigade, although in fact 'twas from prog 30.  Long time subber to both tooth and meg.  Bit eclectic in general reading tastes and always welcome a good recommendation for something new.

So, hello ....

... and sorry for taking so long!  :-[

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