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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 )

- 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 !!

Prog / Prog 2186 - You Got a Bone to Pick ?
« on: 13 June, 2020, 11:23:07 AM »
Prog 2186 - You Got a Bone to Pick ?

The Good news is that my copy has arrived first thing this morning -  :)

not had a chance to read it yet , but
it looks like the Royal Mail shutdown for Postal Deliveries has ended
 - as I also got some 1/48 Photo-etch that I ordered in the UK today
the cover is a beauty by Cliff Robinson ( colours Dylan Teague  )

Dredd - the great build up and action continues with the descent into Chaos
( the artwork is as ever , superb )

Sinister Dexter - more rollicking fun and enjoyable

Full Tilt Boogie
- now that I have read the 1st Episode from the Regened Issue a while ago -
the 3rd arc of the story ( 2nd Episode here ) makes a lot of sense - its a great new story
I won't give any spoilers - but a nice continuation

The Order
- shock horror - actually , yet again not bad at all

The Diaboliks - yet again a good story from Gordon Rennie

I am one happy man that my thrill power arrived on my door step this morning
and I am the one first on the Press Release !
overall 4 and a half out of 5 Stars

Prog / Prog 2149 - Spiritual Awakening - 2000AD
« on: 14 September, 2019, 09:33:52 AM »
Prog 2149 - 2000AD 18 September 2019
My prog arrived early and on time for a change , so here is a review
The Cover artwork is by Glen Fabry and Karen Holloway - and is very good
The Interior announcement is about the brand new stories -
Judge Dredd - Guatemala by John Wagner ,
return of Fall of Deadworld and Anderson Psi Div by Alan Grant
and Defoe by Pat Mills , and the welcome return of Brank - Hate Box

Judge Dredd - Fall of Barbara Grimm ( Last part )
This was really good and enjoyed it .
Sinister Dexter - Narrow Minded
 - I found the story to be very entertaining and well thought out
Future Shocks - Congested Anna -
This was a good read and was welcome - a nice change
and the Finale of
Yet again , Gordon Rennie and Simon Coleby knocks the ball out of the park
and I can't wait for the return of this wonderful story .

For me a very enjoyable Prog and 8/10 for me .

Prog / Prog 2127 - Have you had your Thrill Fix ?
« on: 14 April, 2019, 10:15:23 PM »
surprised this has not been reviewed yet !
anyway =
 still enjoying the new Judge Dredd Story ( Part 2 ) THE LONG GAME by Michael Carroll
whilst Kingmaker was again very good ( highlight of the prog for me )
whilst I am glad Survival Geeks finished in the prog -
for me its a series that I don't really care that
much for , but as long as it keeps Gordon Rennie writing for 2000AD -  then I don't mind
( as long as we get a new series of Jaegir sooner rather than later - a huge reason to subscribe to 2000AD
Max Normal was again not bad while Scarlet Traces sees Earth in trouble
with the Martian Fleet

Prog / Prog 2118 - Enemies of the State
« on: 09 February, 2019, 03:46:09 PM »
A Wonderful read today , Prog 2118 , and all the stories have been actually very good -
Dredd - the new Chief Judge Logan makes his mark - and it riles Dredd
Brink - wonderful - sadly the end of the present arc
Skip Tracer - actually pretty decent
Grey Area - very good first part of the new Story - well worth reading
Jaegir - as usual , for me , the best was saved till Last , Gordon Rennie
continues to write with excellence and knowledge of Military History ( loved the ' Stavka ' mention )
while Simon Coleby's art continues to be terrific - and adds to the stories enjoyment

overall - a damn good read ( 9/10 ) for me 

Megazine / 397 - Love Bites!
« on: 20 June, 2018, 08:45:34 AM »

I just Read the last issue of Dredd Megazine 397
 (this id due to the fact -  I unsubscribed this month - after being a subscriber since 2012 )
It was just okay , but reminded me , that I am better to save money , and keep subscribing to the 2000ad weekly Comic than bother with the Megazine - as its been pretty dull for a while , with only Lawless being that great - sad , but true .

JUDGE DREDD: THIS CORROSION by Michael Carroll (w) John Higgins (a) Sally Hurst (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
THE RETURNERS: IRMAZHINA by Si Spencer  (w) Nicolo Assirelli (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
CHOPPER: WANDERING SOUL by David Baillie (w) Brendan McCarthy (a) Len O'Grady, Brendan McCarthy (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
DEVLIN WAUGH: KISS OF DEATH by Rory McConville (w) Mike Dowling (a) Simon Bowland (l)
TALES FROM THE BLACK MUSEUM: PROPHET OF STOMM by David Baillie (w) Steven Austin (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Features: 2000 AD Sci-Special creators, Nicolo Assirelli interview, Michael Fleisher obituary, Halo Jones

Bagged reprint:
LOFTY'S ONE-MAN LUTWAFFE by by John Wagner, Pat Mills (w) Charles Herring, Paolo Ongaro (a)

Tweaked the Title to match the Tagline.

Suggestions / Strontium Dog
« on: 04 June, 2018, 08:45:40 PM »
Can Tharg commission more stories on Strontium Dog and Jaegir please .

They are the highlight of the Prog

Prog / Prog 2080 -PSI no More
« on: 05 May, 2018, 05:08:08 PM »
I enjoyed this week's Prog , especially STRONTIUM DOG and SINISTER DEXTER , and the FUTURE SHOCK was good as well .
I regret to say , I am very pleased that PSI ANDERSON by Emma Beeby is finished , as I struggled the whole way through the story to really understand it ( and I appear not to be the only one here ) -
overall , an enjoyable read for the latest Prog
- Note to Matt Smith - please commission more STRONTIUM DOG from John Wagner ASAP -
 its the highlight of the Prog !!

Megazine / Meg 390 The World's End
« on: 15 November, 2017, 11:29:32 AM »
I enjoyed the Megazine this week - all the stories were well written and enjoyable
Lawless was the best story and the new Dredd story looks interesting , and Devlin Waugh is shaping up to be a fine read , worth the effort bringing that story and character back !

and it was good to see a bagged Floppy - that I had actually read HELIUM -
however one comment - 2000ad - when will we actually see the return of that series - as its been a good few years since it last appeared

Suggestions / how about a story thats is all about the SJS ??
« on: 27 July, 2016, 04:48:07 AM »

Just a suggestion to the Editor - ? how about a story that's all about the SJS ??
ie - how they operate and how exactly SJS investigates allegations of corruption, unjudicial conduct and criminal activity within the ranks of the Mega-City Judges

News / 2000AD Panel at Edinburgh Comic Con
« on: 10 June, 2016, 10:23:30 AM »

This is Emma Beeby , Gordon Rennie and artist Tom Foster ( did storm warning from megazine )
interviewed at Edinburgh Comic Con - great interviews !

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