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Prog / Re: Prog 2285: Royal Blood
« on: 09 June, 2022, 08:27:55 AM »
In prog 2283 it was stated the next installment will be Malice in Plunderland and it will return in prog 2289

You get the sense that the Prog is going to enter into one of those staggering chase to the line as Prog 2300 looms and the start of the years' wonderful line-ups start to fizzle away. This week is a pretty good comic but we'll have to see what rolls in alongside Skipperty.

The next Regened is supposed to be Prog 2288 so I suspect it'll be more Future Shocks/Terror Tales for the next couple of weeks.

Ah, I thought it might make my copy extra rare and valuable. Curses.

Prog / Re: Prog 2285: Royal Blood
« on: 08 June, 2022, 07:24:52 PM »
I believe we've been promised more Dexter in Prog 2286 as well.

The pages are the wrong way round in my copy. Page 34 is the first half of part three of this particular story, while Page 36 is the first page of part two.

Pages 35 and 37 are correctly placed, so I actually have to read Page 36, then Page 35, then Page 34 - then jump back to Page 37 - to get these two episodes in the right order.

Does everyone's copy have the page 34/36 printing error or is it just mine?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 25 May, 2022, 08:25:04 AM »
I was going to say that there was a Dan Dare TV series recently, so obviously they are doing something with the IP.

Then I realised that "recently" was actually "twenty years ago".

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 April, 2022, 05:59:49 PM »
Yeah being cynical it seems like a good way to make what seem to be two of less popular books sell a few more copies. I think it's far more likely they needed a back up story to raise the page count and Slaughterbowl was the right length and fitted with the future sports theme.

Tbf it feels like a way to get Smith completists to buy more books. I probably won't go for it though. Revere in hardcover is a must-have. Slaughterbowl's fun but a minor work.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 23 April, 2022, 09:59:06 PM »
It doesn't feel much like a Regened story. For better or worse the new and one-off strips that have appeared in Regened issues have tended to be much brasher and high concept, pushing a "this is our cool gimmick, cool isn't it?" in our faces. Space travelling bounty hunter family accidentally restarts ancient galactic war? Cool! Mary Poppins as an amoral high-tech kleptomaniac? Cool! All the plant life on Earth has turned against the human race? Cool!

But what is it about Skip Tracer that's cool? I find it hard even to find the words to sum up a strip that seems so fundamentally generic. The only distinct detail I can remember from it is that it's set in a cube-shaped city and that's entirely irrelevant to anything we've seen unfold in the stories.

It may be a story that's straightforward and easy for kids to read, but it's doing nothing to grab their attention. And it's not doing it for adults either.

Prog / Re: Prog 2278 - Descend Into The Dark...
« on: 20 April, 2022, 07:44:30 PM »
I'm wondering if the big twist won't be anything to do with what Dredd is purported to have done during the AW but more about the identity and motives of the guy whose story we've been listening to. Totally mad thought but: giving other/fake/Sov Dredd a scar makes me wonder if there's an Orlok connection somewhere.

Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 16 April, 2022, 08:49:06 AM »
Which is true but all we can do until then is hypothesise based on the evidence.

I once came up with a great theory about what the final episode of Alan Moore's 'Cinema Paradiso' was going to be based on the idea that he was subtly seeding clues and allusions throughout the run about one particular star and one of her most famous screen roles... and then it came out and it was nothing to do with her.

Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 15 April, 2022, 08:09:01 AM »
nevre watch sunset boulevard

That's different. He's (spoiler for 72-year-old movie) dead, he's got all the time in the world.

Prog / Re: Prog 2277 - Dredd Reckoning!
« on: 13 April, 2022, 06:15:38 PM »
It's a bit confusing following which Dredd is which, especially as Semper's scar isn't visible in a couple of key panels and the gun he picks up doesn't look all that distinctive - unless this is supposed to be a clue, because it's keyed to a Sov palm print and he's actually one of them.

I'm also a bit perplexed as to why Brigand Doom gets called a "terrorist" in inverted commas in Brimful..., when that's literally what he is. Granted he turns into more of a "let the punishment fit the crime"-type ruthless avenger in later serials but he kills hundreds of innocent people in his first story.

Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 12 April, 2022, 10:16:17 PM »
those first few weeks of 'The Citadel', far from being extraneous were actually a vital part of building up the grim sense of foreboding

I'm not convinced that a condemned man would be that bothered about building up a grim sense of foreboding while making his last confession and/or spilling the terrible secret of Judge Dredd that has been concealed from the world for forty years.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 April, 2022, 07:02:50 PM »
'The War Machine' is better than anything that followed under the Rogue Trooper banner for the subsequent decade but it is very over-rated. Gibbons has been outspoken about how his hopes for the original strip being a meditation on a soldier's soul got dashed under a tonne of "Eat leaden death, Nort scum!" cliches and it's definitely his attempt to make the strip what he thought it should have been all along. But it's not particularly compelling or particularly distinctive (especially post-'Bad Company') and ultimately illustrates that worthy themes aren't much cop if their dramatisation is inert. It really demonstrates how much inventive pulp poetry Gerry Finlay-Day brought to the original.

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