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Off Topic / Re: Jokes you've made up...
« on: 02 June, 2021, 11:21:15 AM »
Came up with this a few years back, but I'm sure others have come up with similar independently:

"I did a job recently for some dolphins: they want me to make a video showing how to get rid of a bunch of troublesome seals.  Apparently, my cull will be recorded for training porpoises."

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Prog / Re: Prog 2216 - High Noon!
« on: 24 January, 2021, 12:57:15 PM »
Th Dredd is utterly inpenetrable, and its not just the art -who, what, where? I have no real clue - I did try to decipher the first part on those scores and just failed to make out who was doing what , for what reason, to whom.

Agreed.  A name and brief backstory are not proper characterisation, and we had half a dozen of these to wade through.  And, much as I normally like Will Simpson's art, it started to get too hard to tell who was who.

For me, though, the ultimate crime was a writer of Carroll's calibre throwing in trite Hollywood crap dialogue like the "You've read my file" line.

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Prog / Prog 2213 - Blood Cell!
« on: 02 January, 2021, 02:47:18 PM »
A unexpected treat -- the first prog of the New Year arriving in a timely manner.

Cover: hmm ... a bit less striking than the usual Cliff Robinson covers.

Dredd: a pretty typical Michael Carroll scene-setter with the usual (slightly irritating) machine-gun-style introduction of new characters.  Anyway, nice to see it building on a half-forgotten plot device from long ago.   What is the significance of Cadet Odessa?  Could this link back to Carroll's Dredd tale The Forsaken from roughly 8 years ago?  Lovely to see Will Simpson back.

Durham Red: sorry, not doing it for me.

Slaine: I've long felt that Slaine ran out of steam decades ago.  However, there's no denying that the artwork is terrific and Mills' writing is great here.

Proteus Vex: Jake Lynch has done such a good job that I hadn't even noticed the change of artist until someone pointed it out.  Enjoyable techno-gibberish!

Hershey: as so many have already stated, this really should have used new characters (leaving Hershey gracefully dead).  Beautiful art but not sure where this is going.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 425 - The God of Death
« on: 26 November, 2020, 12:53:15 PM »
That's one hell of a lot of top comics pages for less than €5 digital. I don't think the Meg has been this strong in years: maybe ever.

Seconded.  It's phenomenal at the moment.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2206: Regened - Five Roarsome Thrills
« on: 09 November, 2020, 12:21:40 AM »
If they are placed just before the jumping on prog, there is no interruption and those who buy the Regened progs might just buy the jumping on prog and then boom, [you're] into a fresh set of stories...

... erm, which are not aimed at the same age group.

The logic only works if we have at least one Regened-level strip running permanently in regular progs.  Best option would be carrying one strip forward in a separate story starting in the jumping-on prog.  That way they can keep the youngsters reading and wean them onto the harder stuff over time.

And if that story is something like the quality of Pandora Perfect then I can't see the older readers complaining.  (Heck, I didn't understand or enjoy Full Tilt Boogie but it's clear that lots of other old fogies did. :D)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2197 - Saints & Sinners
« on: 30 August, 2020, 11:46:46 AM »
Diaboliks cover by Dom Reardon.

And it's a poor cover, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong: Reardon's artwork is usually very stylish but the combination of the random composition and rough linework just makes it look like a GCSE Art project to me.  I'm sure there are others who'll love it.  Not my cup of tea.

Future Shocks - Steam M For Murder. Was enjoying this right up until the last page and then it became sort of non shocking, with the interesting aspects of the story, no murder/sentient robots that cannot kill but one with an injury might have the potential to do so, being sidelined for a person who will do anything for money.

What NapalmKev said.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2191 - Let's Boogie!
« on: 25 July, 2020, 05:44:26 AM »
MC1 citizens must breed like rabbits during the tiny periods of peace to keep the numbers up.

Have you seen MC1 unemployment rates?  Watching holovid, bat-gliding, or committing / being a victim of crime can only take up so much of a day.  They have plenty of time to engage in conjugal unpleasantness.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2191 - Let's Boogie!
« on: 22 July, 2020, 02:46:53 AM »
Dredd - I enjoyed the panic onboard Justice 2 and escalating situation back in the Big Meg. Also, have got QUITE the crush on the Judge stood with Logan at the bottom of page 2. What's her name?
Judge Patrick, I think?

Patrick is on Justice 2 with Dredd.
The judge stood with Logan is (presumably) Han. If so, Flint draws her quite differently to MacNeil.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2188: Chronoclysm!
« on: 29 June, 2020, 05:42:45 AM »
The Order
Surely the worst named story ever?

Could be worse.  They could have called the story Dire Bollocks.  Oh, hang on ....

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Prog / Re: prog 2182: So long and geek out
« on: 20 May, 2020, 08:58:43 AM »
Survival Geeks: I have NO idea which characters are the ones we’ve followed all this time. What happened? Who won? Why the fu*k should I care?

Agree totally on Survival Geeks and The Order.

Hershey is a mixed bag for me.  Featuring a 'meh' plot, it would have been far better to set this before her (heartbreaking) death; however, it's now clear that this is the first step in a long-term plan, so I'm willing to give it some rope.  IMHO Simon Fraser's artwork has been a masterclass in action sequences, using old annual two-colour styling really well.

However, I understand the general frustration.  Those three stories are all 'style over substance'.  It's a little unfair to compare it to the '90s nadir, which was no style, no substance (and misproportioned muscles).

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Prog / Re: prog 2182: So long and geek out
« on: 19 May, 2020, 05:34:16 AM »
Hershey ends book 1 and well certain people in recent threads kinda called it. kinda obvious in hindsight did simon draw the wrong eye covered to throw us off i wonder....

Nope, a re-read confirms that it's deliberate.  He starts the tale with two eyes.  Then we see that his right eye is artificial; however, he loses the left eye when later attacked, so now has a patch over that instead.

Now I'm also left wondering if Rijkaard isn't just an undercover alias but actually his first name -- i.e. Rijkaard Frank.  Presumably a winking reference to Dutch footballer Frank Rijkaard?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2181 - Reporting for duty
« on: 13 May, 2020, 02:29:33 AM »
Speaking of pretty damned fantastic Dredd that's what Neimand (who he, who he) and PJ provide us and Chimpsky's plan fall into place.. well except for Dredd of course...

Hmm ... like a few others, I'd wondered if Neimand might secretly be the Rennie droid, but the average word length is too low for that.  I'm now fancying Si Spurrier.  (Not in the Biblical sense, mind you.)  Have been re-reading Lobster Random recently and it's set my Spidey-sense tingling.  (Again, not in the Biblical sense.)

Future Non-shock.

What he said.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2162 : The gift of Thrill Power!
« on: 23 December, 2019, 01:41:56 PM »
I hated Hogan's Strontium Dogs and Durham Red stories. To me they are an example of what was wrong with 2000AD in the 90s.

And Timehouse too, which tried to be whimsical but failed with aplomb.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 30 September, 2019, 01:32:34 AM »
All this fuss over interpretation of words (and their etymology) reminds me of an old Dick Emery sketch ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gk_2TO8uwM

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