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Prog / Re: Prog 2287: Grinders Keepers!
« on: 24 June, 2022, 09:48:35 AM »
Brink was... actually, better not say. Tell you tomorrow

...the solution to Wordle. Looking forward to seeing Angel, Bison, Defoe, Flesh, Freaks, Mambo, Shako, Skizz, Trash, XTNCT and Zombo in further Wordles

Prog / Re: Prog 2287: Grinders Keepers!
« on: 23 June, 2022, 10:30:53 AM »
Can tell a Regened prog is coming up because the review thread has gone onto three pages : )

Not bothered so much by bare breasts in Hope as I am that I now know what a lipstick-smeared Sir Ian McKellern looks like in lingerie. Also that we get several repeated panels in a 'talking head' page, one of my pet hates that. Though on the subject of talking heads that's a great final frame.

'Grinder': excellent Dredd, excellent cover. Looks like we've got another disgruntled character to add to the Niemand-verse. Brilliant Terror Tale, I'm all for the fingers coming off. Terror tale after all. Skip Tracer best read as ASMR, not quite up there with hair-washing noises but very relaxing. Brink was... actually, better not say. Tell you tomorrow.


In terms of performances, rather than story quality: Matt Smith, just, over David Tennant; who in turn shades it past Peter Capaldi, who narrowly edges Christopher Eccleston into fourth place.

Although Tennant probably gave a more rounded overall performance, Smith's natural eccentricity (his Doctorishness, as fans like to say) made him more appealing.

Gonna have to stem the Red Sea tide. Blackhawk

Prog / Re: Prog 2286 City Heat!
« on: 15 June, 2022, 04:07:27 PM »
'An Honest Man' ends so well - not so much a cliff-hanger as a 'hanging in the air'. I love that sort of finely-poised 'Italian Job' type ending which leaves so much unresolved. Seems like a small thing but props to Tom Foster for not adding a ton of CG blur to the H-vehicle as it plummets into the ground - I hate artificial blur and would rather see the thing drawn properly even though it is a freeze-frame of a split second. Also, from the script side, I have to say the continual omission of short words like pronouns from the start of sentences does, while making the dialogue appropriately terse and grim, does get a bit wearing and sometimes makes those sentences hard to parse...

Though the scene-setting first half dozen or so instalments of Hope did maybe get a bit repetitive it's now totally blossomed and I have to say, I can't think of a single reason not to love this week's episode. The Future Shock is about as good as one could expect, I guess, given the dated formula. Brink just doesn't let up, it's so intense - for the last couple of weeks I've actually read the other four strips and come back to Brink later because I know it's going to take as much time again just to get through its five dialogue-rich pages. Skip Tracer, by comparison, I'm through in a few seconds - there's nothing especially bad about this week's first instalment but there's just no substance to it. Kudos to the Marshall/Teague combo, that's a nice opening page.

Prog / Re: Prog 2285: Royal Blood
« on: 12 June, 2022, 11:27:09 AM »
OOOH!!!!!  Now I need to take back much of what I've said about this arc.  Didn't realise it was part of a series of stories

Sorry, didn't mean to mislead anyone - I haven't actually heard anything about further Asher stories, I was basically just making a joke about the Billy Joel song 'An Innocent Man'. Hope we do see more of him though!

Prog / Re: Prog 2285: Royal Blood
« on: 10 June, 2022, 03:05:42 PM »
I thought everything was holding up pretty well this week, with the four regular strips maintaining their high standard. And the Future Shock was an improvement over last week, albeit mainly because some of the puns were amusing rather than the story being especially good. I presume Eoin Coveney only managed one page because Gordon Rennie suddenly delivered the next set of scripts for The Alienist..?

'An Honest Man' seems perfectly weighted at six episodes - any longer would feel too drawn out, shorter would deny room for development. As it is, the tension levels are perfectly set going into the final instalment. I guess we're all going to get Billy Joel earworms at the final part of the Kyle Asher trilogy?

Great change of scene in Hope and a reminder that our eponymous protagonist is no-one's Mr. Nice Guy. Did anyone else study the final frame of Brink for ages, looking for something to indicate Maslow's interview wasn't quite as secure as he hoped? (I have missed something, haven't I?) Also, on a technical note, would I be right in thinking the Culbard droid probably generated the interview room in a 3D app before inking it and drawing in the characters? Fiends has been a blast but in all truth a bit too close to Absalom for me to really get on board. Still, each chapter under Ian Edginton's aegis has had a different style so let's see where it goes next.

A revamped Crisis would be lovely, but if we're going to foment rebellion let's keep it simple: ACTION

A belated, non-eligible vote for Caballistics Inc., one of my favourite ever thrills.

Ha, possibly the prog's lightest and grimmest stories ever. Cradlegrave, though if we get a couple more chapters of PP and they're as good as the first, that might change...   

The first two books of The Order versus the first two books of The Out would have been very close. But have others have said, The Order is losing a bit of steam(punk), so... The Out

Prog / Re: Prog 2284: Inter*sect*ions
« on: 02 June, 2022, 09:32:21 PM »
^ Pretty much agree with this. I think perhaps TMO needs to recalibrate what's expected from a Future Shock, or relaunch them as a different type of short story - the need to crowbar in a cheesy twist (as in a hackneyed denouement, not a cheddary snack) is quite limiting and a bit dated, TBH. Something more abstract, like 'Relict' from a few weeks ago, is the way forward.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: From beyond the stars
« on: 01 June, 2022, 10:55:18 PM »
Trek, if only for the technical manuals

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: BFG no man it is GFD
« on: 01 June, 2022, 02:57:11 PM »
Can't make up my mind. Oh for a story set in the Finley-Dayverse where all these characters coexist.

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