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Prog / Prog 2206: Regened - Five Roarsome Thrills
« on: 03 November, 2020, 09:10:21 AM »
Gotta say, were it not for the branding, I would've mistaken this for a normal prog. I think it's the first time we haven't had kid characters (other than Joe and Rico but they are both older than their years).

Cadet Dredd: A fun tale with Cadets' Dredd, Rico and Vella in Cursed Earth with muties and dinosaurs and mech suits. What's not to like?

Abelard Snazz: Fun colourful Futureshocky weirdness

Venus Bluegenes: Venus emancipates some enslaved Southers and destroys a big weapon. Loved the art in this and the action rollocked along. My only complaint was the robot guards lacked a bit of character.

Futureshock: Timey wimey paradoxy fun. Felt like a classic shock of auld.

Anderson Psi Division: Highlight of the prog for me. Loved the art and colours and the story had plenty action and punch. Much prefer these Anderson stories to the ones on the regular prog.

Another great Regened. I just with Pandora Perfect had made a return.

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Prog / Prog 2202 - The Bite Stuff
« on: 05 October, 2020, 02:54:06 PM »
Cover - Fantastic. I'd have it tattooed on me if me mutha wouldn't kill me for it.

Dredd - I'm loving the art in this and, getting over the seeming simplicity of Maitland's crime busting computer modelling, I'm loving the story and its working beautifully with Maitland's narrative overlapping the action with Dredd. Great stuff!

Stickleback - I find myself a little bit like I do with The Order here and just enjoyed the ride. Can't quite remember how we got here, but the opening dialogue lets us know where we are and leads into some great action.

Skip Tracer - I'm not realluy a Skip Tracer fan. Despite its setting and use of tech and powers being familar enough to go along with, I couldn't really tell you what the big cube world/ship is called or what Skip does. However, this installment had some great art, whizzed along and left us with a nice cliffhanger for next prog. Quite enjoyed it.

Fiends Of The Eastern Front - some good old, Game Of Thrones style, bastardly and dastardly backstabbing. Gorgeous art. Great tale. But I'm beginning to not entirely trust it's narrator!

Hookjaw - Don't get me wrong, I am VERY intrigued to see what kind of monster we're dealing with but worry that once revealed, my excitement will wane, because I'm not a big fan of the art. The shark on the front cover is WAY scarier.

Overall, enhjoying the new line up

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Prog / Prog 2196 - Regened: High Speed Thrills
« on: 22 August, 2020, 01:26:36 PM »
Best Regened issue so far, in my opinion.

Cadet Dredd - good to see Dredd and Rico as a team (though I do wonder why Joe gets a "Dredd" badge, and Rico gets a "Rico" badge. Is this ever brought up in Origins?) And is that a colouring error on the helmet in the 2nd to last panel? Also, the juves turning up to support Wasted Youth seemed to go unresolved. I was expecting Joe & Rico to win over the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised yoofs by winning the day. However, despite all my little grumbles, I thought it was a solid enough Dredd tale. More Rico in these Cadet Dredd stories please!

Pandora Perfect - highlight of the prog for me! Futuristic Mary Poppins with a rebellious streak and a robot side kick. Lovely art and genuinely laugh out loud #toaster

Finder & Keeper - I like the premise of this thrill and it always entertains. Never my favourite but great little mystery tales with plenty action and excitement.

Future Shocks: Boss Level - Twas ok. Felt like I'd read it before and the twist didn't blow my thrill circuits. So-so.

Department K - Really like the premise of this. Its Dreddverse but it's entirely own thing and I hope we get more interdimensional travels in the future.

All in all, my favourite Regened prog to date.

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Books & Comics / The 77
« on: 28 July, 2020, 05:53:00 PM »
Apologies if there is a discussion for this elsewhere but I couldn't seem to find one.

Has anyone else read The 77, the "new retro anthology" that recently came to life due to a successful Kickstarter. I bought a copy last week and overall really enjoyed it. It reminded me of Toxic! more than 2000AD and, with all anthologies, was a bit of a mixed bag in places, but there is a lot to enjoy and look forward to more of.

Highlights for me were:
 
Temporal Anarchy "Punk In Drublic" - a Futureshock with a punk rock twist hosted by a literal cyber-punk named Philthy Luca, which tells the tale of punk band and a magical safety pin. A fun story with fantrastic art. Great gross-out stuff.

V - a futuresport battle arena sees forced combatants need 5 victories to gain their freedom. Great excuse for a big scrap, but still manages to  weave a complete story. Great art too.  I hope future issues are more one-and done battles like this.

Division '77 - looks to be great future-war story in the Rogue Trooper vain.I'm well up for more of this.

The Screaming Hand - A man is protected/cursed by the phantom of a screaming hand. This is fantastic and I am eager for more. MORE!

Angel - I loved the art in this even if the story itself doesn't entirely satisfy, though I get the impression it's chapter one of an opus.

Overall, a great read and well done to everyone who made it happen. Roll on issue 2.

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I've been very much enjoying all the Dreddverse novellas over the past year and was excited for the release of this one.  The book comprises of three stories set in the Kek-W/Dave Kendall Deadworld-verse and is an utterly grim but gripping read.

Red Mosquito has a noir-ish feel despites its apocalyptic setting as we follow a heavy of a local crimelord who happens to beat up the wrong guy and see his world sprial out of control just as the entire world does.

Bone White Seeds tells dual tales. One half is the diary entries of a teenage survivor. The other is from the viewpoint of a Psi judge who has partaken of the dead fluids.

Grey Flesh Flies continues the tale of the diary writer from book 2, but now from a third-person perspective as she teams up with the surviving, Judge Hawkins.

The Dark Judges themselves make some appearances, but aren't the stars of the show as the books introduce some brilliant new characters that we root for despite knowing they're ultimately doomed.

All three stories are fantastic, with a great pace to them.  Gave me some actual Dark Judge nightmares one night.

I've loved all these novellas, from Judge Dredd Year One through to JUDGES and beyond, so please keep them coming!

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Welcome to the board / Not able to post in SPOILERS section
« on: 13 March, 2019, 04:02:46 PM »
Ey up!

For some reason I can leave replies and start new topics on here EXCEPT for the "Spolers" bit where reviews for Prog and Meg are.  I would like to be able to give my (100% factually correct!) opinion on the Galaxy's Greatest and her MEGnificent sister mag, but am unable to do so.

Have I inadvertently been blocked/banned?  I don't recall writing anything offensive to warrant it.
Or is this section for only the most devout Squaxx who still hurl their spacespinners around the garden? (I did have a long walk in the Thrill-less wilderness between 1997 and 2010 so think I've made Tharg's MekQuake list)
Or is it merely a bug in the system?

I don't have any 2000ad reading friends (or any friends) so would love to be able to contribute to conversations about the weekly prog.

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Film & TV / DIABLERO - demons, possession and exorcism in Mexico
« on: 13 March, 2019, 03:50:49 PM »
Watched a fun show on Netflix called DIABLERO.  It's a Mexican show about a gang of demon hunters and it's ace (in my humble opinion).  If you like "Cabbalistics Inc" (currently LOVING my first read through of that), then I think you'll enjoy DIABLERO.... it's already got a confirmed 2nd season so it MUST be good, right?

(worth pointing out that I have a crush on the character of Nancy and this may bias my opinion of the aforementioned show)

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Film & TV / Netflix recommendations
« on: 29 January, 2019, 02:53:36 PM »
Watched and absolutely loved British supernatural comedy-drama CRAZYHEAD on Netflix over the weekend.  Very funny but hits all the right beats when it wants to make you teary-eyed or brown-trousered.  It's only 6 x 45min episodes so won't take up too much of your time.

PUNISHER season 2 was also good, violent fun.  John Bernthal would make a good Rico vs Karl Urban's Dredd, I reckon.

Wot youz watching?

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Books & Comics / JUDGES anthology (and other Dreddverse novellas)
« on: 23 January, 2019, 03:49:32 PM »
(Apologies if this is being discussed elsewhere.  I did look for a thread but couldn't find one)

After enjoying the Judge Dredd Year One & Year Two novellas, I excitedly purchased the recent JUDGES book by Michael Carroll (as well as Judge Anderson Year One, that I am yet to get stuck into yet).

I must say, I really enjoyed the first two stories in JUDGES, both as thrilling page turners and as an investigation into why would anyone want to become a Judge, or support the fascist Judge system.  Using propaganda techniques we are all too well aware of thse days, and yet seem to repeatedly fall for, creating scapegoats and arguing the "common sense approach" to cutting red tape, Fargo's footsoldiers take to the streets alongside the police they will one day replace.

As I say, the first two stories really grabbed me and kept me engrossed.  It could be argued that the third story is actually "better written" than the other two, as it uses flashbacks and different narrators to give us all sides of a story, and reads, at times, like a Toni Morrison book (admitedly, I've only read "Beloved"some 20+ years ago, so sorry if that's a lazy comparison.).  Unfortunately, it's higher brow writing style can be a hinderance and flashbacks and diary entries slow down the pace of "the case", which is when the story is at it's most page-turny (especially once the incredibly fun Judge Poet gets involved).

My only other criticism, is the first story shoe-horning in an origin for the word "Drokk".  Gotta say, that one tiny bit (it's literally only two or three lines) made me wince a bit.

on the whole though, I really enjoyed JUDGES, would love to see this period of the Dreddverse history appear in Meg or Prog more often, and will certainly buy any future 2000ad themed novellas.


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