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DR & Quinch.

Really is nothing to say here to justify a vote for Jaegir

Prog / Re: Prog 2283 - Scare in the community
« on: 25 May, 2022, 12:21:41 PM »
I'm going to go against the flow here I'm afraid: more misses than hits in the Prog for me this week.

Great tagline but not sure about the cover - I'd have preferred just Dexter / Billi without the big head.

Dredd Fantastic story, fantastic episode. Everything about this shines. It's looking more and more than Asher will end up conflicting with Dredd, which sounds like it could spell his doom - and tbh that'd be preferable than Dredd being outwitted again, but I hope this doesn't come about. He's a genuinely sympathetic character as well as being very grounded, rather than having some super-awesome capability that allows him to stay one step ahead of Dredd and / or the strip events. The art is just perfect and Tom Foster is incredible.

Brink Also very strong. Old faces reintroduced - less tense and more exposition-y than last week, although I really liked the layouts on the first couple of pages for conveying that sense of paranoia. Great stuff.

This Prog is great so far! But wait...

Hope Nice episode visually but this run on Hope has been awful. The storytelling is so vague - not helped by the various crazy page layouts - and the protagonist is so distant that I have little reason to just flick past looking at the pictures. Huge step down from previous Hope tales.

Dexter - After a good start, something of a perfunctory wrap up. This would be less of a problem if we had any reason to care about Dexter, or the one-note Carrie, or the annoying Billi. I also dislike the romance subplot. A shame we didn't get to see the robot fight the monster as Tazio Bettin's combat scenes last time out were a real highlight.

Fiends With this episode I can feel my interest in this tale crumbling. The (cold)war setting seems to be have been rendered pretty much irrelevant: instead we've got Constanza facing off against another legendary monster, which isn't really a direction I'm keen to see this going. This is the THIRD 'I'm the villain behind this' reveal we've had, following both Baba Yaga AND Rasputin, with this one being the most divorced from the setting (and if you're familiar with Vampire:TM, a bit cliche). We've also seen both Cain and Constanza get absolutely destroyed in this story and get back up: if this is going to boil down to two unkillable dudes slugging it out it's all a bit Freddy vs Jason.
Those complaints aside, the art is stunning and I especially like the crocodile-bear-bat monster.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 25 May, 2022, 11:57:36 AM »
Just reading the Gray report. I can't help but feel he's going to get away with it.

He'll never resign, no matter what: the rules simply don't apply to him. He'd need to be removed by his own party and as IP says, there's nobody seen as viable to replace him, because anyone competent has been removed and replaced with the current gaggle of yes-men and lunatics who comprise the current cabinet. I don't think they believe the likes of Hunt or Truss can win an election and they'd rather have Johnson squatting atop the party like some kind of malevolent toad whilst they hedge their bets that we'll all get distracted by something else.

The number of sycophants who are lining up to excuse him is unreal and stomach churning. I suspect if he was photographed in an act of necrophilia there'd still be Tories giving excuses: 'He just happen to fall on top of the body', 'he was only inside it for a second' and so on.

Blood-boilingly angry as it all is, there's serious repurcussions if this is all hand-waved away, because it sends out the message that you can basically get away with anything if your press is good: it opens the door to a much more Trump-ian style of politics. It's despair and rage in equal measure.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 24 May, 2022, 02:03:31 PM »
Sir Ian would doubtless respond by asking us if we had three implausible objects, before telling us 'your abuse ends here'

Excellent writeup Richard and a really fun read! I'm impressed we basically all died at the same point.
Having played the book several times to finish it I think the first bit is the best bit (although strictly speaking the art is the actual best bit)
I'm playing HoH still - I've started mapping it as it's very easy to get turned about in there. I WILL finish it!

General / Re: Non 2000ad artwork that you own ....
« on: 23 May, 2022, 10:58:40 AM »
Nice one. I'll hang it at your place should I ever get one then!

General / Re: Non 2000ad artwork that you own ....
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:52:26 AM »
Cheers Colin! I'd love a JC Johnny Red page also. I have, however, run out of wall to hang anything else!

Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:43:00 AM »
Long story but I'll be there Saturday and not Sunday now.
If it's literally going to be a room full of middle aged men with beards, you can identify me by a manky cutoff denim jacket. Please do say hello if you see me. Hope to meet some of you there!

General / Re: Non 2000ad artwork that you own ....
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:28:17 AM »
Handily timed with this thread being exhumed I got this back from the framing place this weekend - a John Cooper page from Battle Action Force in 1986.

BAF was my comic of choice back then and it's given me a lifetime love of John Cooper's work - it's all square jawed heroes and bloodless, frenetic violence. There is so much action packed into this single page
It also looks ace in a proper frame: I've just started the process of getting some of the art I own done like this and whilst costly it looks fantastic.

Books & Comics / Re: Space Bastards Vol 2 on Kickstarter
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:11:32 AM »
Nice! Totally going to pick up volume one.

Another vote here for Insurrection

Strange and Dark should be better than it is and Hookjaw should be rubbish but they aren't.


Beautifully summed up by AAA. Hookjaw for me too.

Prog / Re: Prog 2281 - Guilt Trip
« on: 20 May, 2022, 12:37:19 PM »
I see we're reasonably deep into the review thread and nobody has said 'cocks out for Balaur' or otherwise commented on Fiends full frontal this week. I'm not bothered by it at all, but was a little surprised to see it in the Prog - have we had this before?

Wrong review thread! For this weeks Prog, obviously.

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