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Prog / Re: Prog 2227 - Skeleton Crew
« on: 18 April, 2021, 08:56:17 AM »
I have been delayed reviewing the Prog - as 3 weeks ago Prog 2224 never arrived - and the replacement
never arrived - so had to ask for another - then that arrives finally  3 weeks later , only for the original one to show up !
anyway - very enjoyable read , and read all 4 issues yesterday

Dredd – The story is great and I also love Tom Foster’s art .

Thistlebone – I find this sotory is getting much better with each issue .

Deadworld – very well done and I am enjoying it

Chorus – A delightful 3riller - much better thn the usual far - and well written and art work is fab .

Feral & Foe – I also agree, this is a great read.
I have welcomed their return - the story is really first class - and enjoying it greatly

Marks out of 5 - 5 - zero complaints

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Prog / Re: Prog 2219 - Stand and Deliver
« on: 14 February, 2021, 10:40:00 AM »
Yet again - no Prog - if it turns up on Monday - I will be delighted

Post has been a nightmare - sent on Monday a letter 1st Class Recorded down south and by Saturday
it still hasn't arrived !

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Prog / Re: Prog 2217 In a Crime-Ridden City... ...He is the Law!
« on: 06 February, 2021, 09:27:40 AM »
First review for the Prog since the turn of the year - been a nightmare with work in the Operating Theatre
 ( wearing the PPE takes it out of you , its so bloody hot - and its like being on Nu Earth  )
 in Edinburgh taking a lot of my energy , so when the Prog has arrived weeks late or
not until the end of the week ( I am a Subscriber ) just not had the time or energy to review the Prog
- on the plus side the Prog has been great for me , for morale .

Dredd
- jst a sheer delight , as others have said , Dan Cornwell is a fabulous artist
( I spotted him in the 1st issue of Rok of the Reds )

Durham Red
- really good , above average story , with great art - good story as well

Proteus Vex
- simply fantastic , great art which has picked up from Henry Flint and run with it -
the reveal at the end - leaves a nice cliff-hanger .

Slaine - Pat Mills story has been pretty good , with the undertones to the present day
and I like the art .  I understand its not to all tastes , but its miles better than THE ORDER

I just wish ABC Warriors would come out next .

Hershey
- I have really , really enjoyed the second series - great art and tension building up - also the flashbacks in Hershey .  This is great story telling and then we get to see a different Dirty Frank.

so overall 5 out of 5 ( and I did love the Front Cover )

My Prog supply was a nightmare in December and part of January - Xmas Post - what can you expect

stramge times

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General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 24 December, 2020, 02:25:09 PM »

So far this month - No
Prog 2211 or the Xmas Prog 2212 -
my Prog's have been arriving over a week later for over two months mostly
I ordered the Xmas Misty 2020 and Dredd Year Three new book by Lauren Sills -
 both arrived yesterday - thankfully both are Xmas Presents ( first one for a young kid -
second for me )

I was also informed the Trigan Empire Volume 2 was shipped late - probably arrive next month

I appreciate its not Rebellions fault - but might be a good idea not to release them right at the end of December in future - in case this happens again ( down a Xmas Present )
eg can they release the Hellman of Hammer Force edition in late November 2021 ??

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Other Reviews / Re: MISTY WINTER SPECIAL 2020
« on: 23 December, 2020, 04:10:51 PM »


I am giving this away as a Xmas Present ( thankfully it arrived 2 days ago )

It looks really good inside

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Great NEWS - https://www.brokenfrontier.com/rebellion-treasury-british-comics-2021-roy-rovers-misty-trigan-empire/treasury-british-comics-2021-hellman-hammer-force-a/

Hellman of Hammer Force from Action Comic ( and Battle Picture Weekly ) gets released in December 2021

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Prog / Re: Prog 2212 - Elecrtifying 100 page Xmas Issue!
« on: 23 December, 2020, 03:58:14 PM »


No sign ( for second time - last issue 2211 has never appeared at all ) of this Xmas Prog
so no new Strontium Dog for me to read !

The Postal delays are really biting - very disappointed - doubt I will get my 2 missing copies before
Thursday 24th - I realise its not Rebellion's Fault , however .

Had to contact the Oxford Studio today and ask for a replacement for both copies

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Prog / Re: Prog 2208 - The Powers of London!
« on: 22 November, 2020, 10:58:22 AM »


no prog this week - things are really bad - lucky if i get a Prog at all during week lately
hope this arrives at start of the new week - sadly Prog less

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Prog / Re: Prog 2204 - Not of this Earth
« on: 25 October, 2020, 06:02:00 PM »
Giving up on getting my Subscriber Prog on a Saturday -
 lucky if I get it at the end of the week nowadays 

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Prog / Re: Prog 2203: Order and rule
« on: 18 October, 2020, 05:30:19 PM »


enjoyed this week Prog - which arrived very late , on Thursday
so all in all , very enjoyable -
and above all , VERY IMPRESSED with Skip Tracer -
this episode series is fantastic - and the Bodyguard is convincing
 ( at long last ) - rest of Prog , I also found very good

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Prog / Re: Prog 2204 - Not of this Earth
« on: 18 October, 2020, 05:27:00 PM »
Yet again . no Prog ( although the latest Judge Dredd Year 3 Novel arrived - boy its good !!

I am finding the Prog is not arriving till the end of the week ( despite being a subscriber )

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Other Reviews / Re: The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 16 September, 2020, 06:52:25 PM »


Forgot to add the Comc in its wrapper
regards to the Forum

73north

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Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 15 September, 2020, 07:20:35 PM »

Just received my copy ( still not read at 7pm tonight ) - arrived 3 days late

BATTLE 2020 BATTLE OF BRITAIN SPECIAL arrived yesterday - its pretty good - a couple of woeful stories
and one WOKE Story , the rest of them had me back to the 1970's and early 1980's !!

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Other Reviews / The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 15 September, 2020, 07:18:04 PM »
I got in the post , the new Rebellion & Treasury of British Comics special.
The Battle of Britain Special 2020
yesterday - and it really was a big treat ( I read the original from issue 1 )
The first story was a real joy - The Tough Way Out, a Rat Pack tale by Garth Ennis and Keith Burns .
This was really well-done and very enjoyable . I would give it 5 stars
next -
 LOFTY AND THE EAGLE - and not bad at all - a bit far-fetched - but okay ( 4/5 )

THE FACE OF THE ENEMY - a old man having a flashback of 1940 whilst chatting to a classroom of kids ( the sad reality is the vast majority would have no clue what a Hawker Hurricane was , but i digress ) 3.5

WAR CHILD - for me one of the weakest strips - basically War is Hell for Kids with little action
( art was great ) 1/5 - bit woke for me , sorry

DESTROYER - Strip about 3 new recruits for HMS Campbeltown - and its subsequent use at St  :-*- set in Stalingrad - and the artwork was fabulous from Simon Coleby PJ Holden ( 5/5 )

SNIPER ELITE
- set in Stalingrad , artwork by Simon Coleby ( like Jaegir  ) its fab , 5 out of 5 for me

THE VULTURES - an old story in Battle reprinted - art by Carlos Ezquerra ( 5/ 5 )

bravo - black lion - set in Vietnam ( 4/5 ) not bad
DOUBLE HERO - Raf Story - reprint from Battle ( one I remembered !! ) 5/5

SCOURGE OF THE SKIES - very nice art and good story ( 4/5 )

el mestizo - Western epic - new story and art ( 4/5 ) not bad at all
GUSTAV OF THE BEARMACHT - good art - good story ( 5/5 )
and a dreadful 2 page cartoon COCKNEY COMMANDOS - so dire , its a 0/5 for me
total waste of 2 precious pages

so overall 4 out of 5 for me , Highlights was RAT PACK , SNIPER ELITE and DESTROYER for me
those 3 were worth it for the price alone - I am glad BATTLE got some love in 2020

thanks Rebellion !!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2195 - Master of Puppets
« on: 17 August, 2020, 09:14:46 PM »

Finally read my Prog this Monday night - and I enjoyed it , apart from the weak Quilli one-off
- and also THE ORDER - which is coming back for another story arc ( groan ...  )
still if others like it , then fine with me ( its different , that's for sure )

I thought DREDD - End of Days set up the next part of the story not too bad , and SINISTER DREDD
was pretty good , THE OUT is going to be well worth waiting for the next part - and I think the REGENED Prog is a great idea - that will attract new , younger readers to the Comic

I also see Pat  Mill's SPACEWRAP looks pretty damn good - its on sale on Amazon
I am just waiting till October for the paper issue but will buy a couple of extra issues and gift them to some young kids I know
also DELIGHTED - that Proteus Vex will come back soon is a new Ambassador story

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