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Comedy > Tragedy (especially as comedy is so hard to do well that when it works it's especially admirable)

D.R. & Quinch

No commentary needed, really - Jaegir is a better story, with better writing and art.

To an extent, I think more artists have tried to make their work look like Bolland than have ever tried to ape McMahon or Smith, but it seems to take them so long I'm not sure it counts as massively influential. (Bolland didn't actually draw that many episodes of Dredd, but he still managed more than e.g. Robinson, Weston, Sharp and Foster)

I'd count Kennedy, Flint and Lynch as acolytes of the McMahon school, but even then I think a lot fo the energy they bring kinda comes from Smith. As Huey2 says above, he worked on the strip for so long during arguably its most popular period, and as such set an eternal template for Dredd and his world as a place that has loony energy, darkly comic violence with a sarcastic, quippy central 'hero' in Dredd himself. So I'm voting Smith, but really he was following McMahon's lead.

Interstingly all three artists drew Dredd as pretty wiry, while these days I tend to picture him as more muscular - maybe that's a change from Ezquerra's later work on the character?

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: BFG no man it is GFD
« on: Today at 09:11:55 AM »
I note that the cover for the upcoming 'Best of Gerry Finley-Day' fails to have Ant Wars shown on there. but it MUST be on the inside, surely..?

I'm voting Fiends of the Eastern Front, please. But Ant Wars might be a close second in terms of both having a simple, well-told idea told efficiently and excitingly. Frankly, though, that list of 6 options is astonishingly good! His episodes of Invasion and Dan Dare are pretty good, too.

General / Re: Moonrunners series
« on: Today at 09:08:15 AM »
I'm VERY keen to know what what make a person "need" to get their hands on the complete series of Moonrunners! I don't think a full set of the relevant back progs would set you back by much, and there are a LOT of good strips in that era.

...but Moonrunners isn't one of them.

Prog / Re: Prog 2283 - Scare in the community
« on: Today at 09:00:03 AM »
LOVED Hope this week, some amazing imagery in there, even if I am totally lost about whatever the plot of this series is. Someone is killing people on a film set, I guess? Hope is theoretically investigating but has zero clues?

Agree that Dexter ended a bit too quickly and easily, but overall a fun diversion and Bettin is gettin better each time.

I continue to be disappointed that Fiends is no longer about the clash of the horrors of war with the horrors of vampirism, and has become yet another Ian Edginton mash-up of supernatural beasties from around the world/across the ages, with a vague wartime setting. I'm really struggling to find a story there to get invested in! At least it's gorgeous to look at.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
« on: 24 May, 2022, 12:01:05 PM »
I've been over this at some length

where I managed to whittle it down to this lot:

For the sake of picking out one Prog, I'm plumping for Prog 1506:

Not a great cover, but the insides include the wonderful final episode of Banzai Batallion, an early episode of Origins when the excitiment was still palpable, top tier Dante, eye-popping body horror art in Stone Island, and a certain twist ending in Malone...

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Simply the best – Coup de Grace 1
« on: 24 May, 2022, 11:51:36 AM »
The whole arc of Warrior's Dawn is indeed the best Sláine there is.
More specifically, my vote goes the The Bride of Crom: the blood eagles, the Badb, the Wicker Man, most-grotesque warp-out EVER and he's fighting zombies!

(but because it's not the same thing, I'll note that my favourite Sláine arc is 100% Tomb of Terror)

Proteus Vex is full of things to admire, but it's a bowl of all-bran compared to the crunchy nut cornflakes that is Kingdom. Goes down easy, and always room for a second bowl!


It is weird comparing one-off shorts to a mega-long-running series, but frankly in this case both are SUCH a big part of the Prog, both with their heydays around the same time, that it feels like a fair fight. That said, I find it hard to get as excited about a set of one-offs compared to getting lost in the glory of 'one-man's mission' narratives. I would also say that, for all that Rogue Trooper is an action series, his whole thing of being a grumpy loner who is better at soldeiring than anyone he encounters, really makes the point that WAR IS HELL so effectively I give it a lot of bonus points. I might've wanted to be Johnny Alpha, or Nemesis, or even, in darker momnets, Judge Dredd, but I've never wanted to actually be Rogue - no thanks!

All by way of saying, I'm votin' Rogue Trooper

Ooh, its the battle of the regional UK mystical monsters! Wales vs Cornwall! Red death vs black spunk!

Gonna vote for the horse's skull-faced dude, he needs to be back in the Meg. Also Becky Darke turns out to be a real person - or at least, she's a regular guest on the excellent 'Evolution of Horror' podcast.

Strange & Darke.

Man this is tough. Hard to argue with Funt Solo's logic...
but on the other hand, I have bought and read two FAT collections of Future Shocks, which inlcude plenty of bad alongside the good, and reached for them far more quickly than my Insurrection books. Insurrection really IS great, although perhaps less amazingly so now that we have Lawless.

Future Shocks for me.

General / Re: Mentions of 2000ad in other media
« on: 23 May, 2022, 11:22:10 AM »
Reviving this old thread (there was perhaps an even older version of it but can't find that) to note a REALLY obscure 'other media' link...

So anyway, Wordle fans might be aware of the hundreds of Wordle variants out there. I've lately got into a bunch of film related ones (Actorle probably the best; Framed is quite fun too).


is the most Wordle-like in that you have to guess the 5-letter film name; yesterday's answer was the reason I'm posting here today so I think you can guess what that film was.

Megazine / Re: Meg 444 - Pressure Point!
« on: 20 May, 2022, 12:18:55 PM »
Having been utterly indifferent to Hawk the Slayer, I found that final episode super enjoyable, am super curious to see how this comic does in the wider world. In general I don't get much out of comics follow-ups to film/TV, no matter how good they are, it always feels a bit like a consolation prize.

Nothing wrong with Bendatti, but more or less everything right with Low Life.

So, Low Life!

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