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Other Reviews / Judgement Day
« on: 19 March, 2009, 07:19:48 PM »
Posted this over at Paul Rainey's excellent Prog Slog, which again I can't recommend highly enough (http://http://progslog.blogspot.com/)this morning. As it goes we're reading stuff from pretty much the same period at the minute. So thought I might as well copy it up there and see if its of interest, or for other peoples thoughts.

One question I've put in a couple of spoiler tags in - is this necessary when talking about older stories incase others haven't read it yet or is that going a little over board?

"Read Judgement Day just last night in one sitting (wasn't expecting to have the time but my wife's exam on Friday and the need to study for it is turning into a bit oh a nerd boon... selfish, what selfish...). Have to say that I agree with everything you say Paul.

This epic should work. Dredd in Zombie epic – tick, crossover with Johnny Alpha – tick, involvement of all the world’s Judges in one epic – tick, two great creators behind it in Garth Ennis and John Wagner – tick, great team of artists, tick. There see can’t go wrong.

Yet it does.

The detail just doesn’t quite pull of its potential. It seems that the problem with epics at this point is that they’ve not recovered from the Apocalypse War, to top that they have to be bigger, more dramatic than what has gone before. Leading to the problems you mentioned.

I mean the idea that destroying the other mega cities to create time just doesn’t work. Did they think that the dead of Mega City Two would be able to get across The Cursed Earth in the 48 hours that it’d been established the remaining Mega Cities had left?And this in a time before the controversial fast zombie! If one of the remits of the story was to make Dredd’s world smaller and therefore return the Mega Cities to the more isolated status they once had, that objective is achieved already by the populations of the cities being wiped out by Zombies anyway (which could have lead to some chilling stories of Dredd visiting these graveyard cities too).So this leaves me wondering if this plot point was there to re-establish Dredd as the cold hearted pragmatist that recent stories had moved him away from, as age had seemed to soften him? If so surely this could have been done in other ways?

There are also some attempts at humour that while harking back to the fact that Dredd stories have always had a dark, bitter humour interweaved with tales of terrible violence, just seemed to trip up the tension the story was building.

The beginning with the smaller story of Dredd and Cadets trapped by Zombie in the Cursed Earth is a great start and may have been a better way to tell the majority of the story with Dredd’s isolation and desperation to get back to the city to defend it being the driving force behind his story. Johnny Alpha’s story could give some of the bigger picture as he sort Dredd out as the best person to help him take down Sabbat. I guess this kind of ‘what if’ or ‘I’d have done this’ postulating gets you no where, just seems a shame that such a great story idea didn’t work.

Prog / Re: A wee treat: Progs 1 to 3
« on: 19 March, 2009, 01:48:56 PM »
Quote from: "Tiplodocus"
And I still do not understand how the concept of FLESH has not been snapped up by a movie or game producer already.  It's DINOSAURS vs. COWBOYS.  

Agree with you on all points BUT particularly questioning why the concept of Flesh hasn't been snapped up by other media. There is and old B movie called "Valley of Gwangi" which featured cowboys fighting dinosaurs which I heard a long time ago was going to be remade. It doesn't seem like that's going to happen but you have to wonder if people were sniffing around for this type of movie why on earth they don't have a nosey at Fleash as a concept. Ho hum

Prog / Re: Who's going to die next?
« on: 18 March, 2009, 08:08:10 AM »
Its almost certainly been said before BUT it seems worth restating. How refreshing is it to be talking about the death of a comic book character with a sense of event and significance still attached to it.

For those of us who read American comics the cynicism that any 'death' attracts these days just removes any real emotional impact (well aside from vague annoyance). Another fine example of why 2000ad is still the Galaxy's greatest.

General / Re: Big Hungry's been found
« on: 17 March, 2009, 11:27:38 AM »
What would be even better if its scienitific name, once it's been identified and gone through whatever taxonomical stuff needs to be done remained 'Predator X'. I mean as a kid how great would it be to be potting around the the Natural History Museum and the guide saying.

"And here are the skeletal remains of a Elasmosaurus, Ichthyosaurus and Predator X!"

Film & TV / Re: Stewart Lee's comedy vehicle
« on: 17 March, 2009, 11:02:33 AM »
Quote from: "radiator"
Some of it was funny, but tbh I thought a lot of it was borderline sub-grumpy old men material.

Yeah - a lot of people are stupid - whinging about it (while reinforcing how intelligent you are) for half an hour won't change anything. And that really laboured 'rap singers' bit went on for far too long.

As it goes this very point is addressed in the excellent 'extra' which you could access after the show by pressing the 'red button' should you have the appropriate red button.

Suggestions / Re: 2000AD - Spread the Word
« on: 17 March, 2009, 10:56:37 AM »
My wifes six months pregnant and I'm struggling with the whole talking to the bump thing (silly but true) so tonight when I'm reading a couple of Progs I'm going to do so out loud.

Now primarily this is to get the baby used to my voice but I'm hoping it also has the impact of subliminally turning them into a 2000ad fan. Nowt like getting them young huh!

Film & TV / Stewart Lee's comedy vehicle
« on: 17 March, 2009, 08:28:31 AM »
While indeed the "STUPEFICATION OF THE MASSES CONTINUES..." maybe true did anybody catch Stewart Lee's new show last night? Comedy gold, absolutely brillant stuff.

The 'extra's' on the interactive channel were great as well. Good to see while some stuff is dumbing down you can still get sharp, intelligent but most importantly damn right funny comedy out there.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills
« on: 16 March, 2009, 01:46:05 PM »
Have 2000ad on my pull list at my LCS so haven't got the last issue (assuming that that's were confirmation of the new series is coming from) so that's made my day seeing both Kingdom Book 3 and Shakara Book 4 confirmed.

Nice one

Books & Comics / Re: Frank Millar's Charlie Brown
« on: 16 March, 2009, 01:34:22 PM »
Nothing constructive to add just to join what I'm sure will be a chorus of praise. Thats fantastic.

Just a same he didn't do Snoopy sat as the Red Baron saying.

"Get me a scarf, and make sure its goddamn red"

Other Reviews / ABC Warriors - Khronicles Of Khaos
« on: 16 March, 2009, 10:28:20 AM »
Well still churning through the 700s and have just read ABC Warriors - Khronicles Of Khaos and was really disapointed by it. I found it pretty infuriating. I love Pat Mill's work but the smug preaching of 'choas' or 'khoas' is for me him at his worst.

The 'Principals of Khoas' seems like a childish attempt to have an opposite character, an uninteresting and humourless 'Oscar the Grouch'. Sure it takes a stab at humour but it wears thin pretty quickly. It would seem that choas is simply doing the exact opposite of what the laws of order would seem to demand. Well unless it’s convenient to the plot for this not to be the case. This of course has it own innate order to it. Sure it’s reversed but simply reversing the status quo’s order does not give you chaos, rather an impractical and childish order.

On top of that Kevin Walkers colour work while nice and shiny isn’t too inspiring. I don’t know but maybe Tony Skinners having a bad influence on Pat and Pat’s mum should stop him hanging around with such a bad crowd?

Likewise Robo-Hunter Return to Verdus (Bisley Land as well but Verdus is by far the worst) was pretty apalling. Well in fact its much worse than ABC Warriors - Khronicles Of Khaos, but while that was was abit of a surprise, this one I saw cming! It lacked all the charm and delight of the original Robo-Hunter series and I can't wait until I get up to the Peter Hogan Rian Hughes stories which as I recall got some of the old magic back.

Not wishing to be entirely negative amongst all this I have also read Button Man Book 1 again, in one sitting and have to say it is still absolutely brillant.

Books & Comics / Re: Batman - Still dead?
« on: 15 March, 2009, 04:24:12 PM »
I think its only fair to say that the main reason that sounds so bad and stupid is actually more to do with my inability to sum up rather than the comics themselves. Those that I've read have actually been very very good.

Books & Comics / Re: Diggle replacing Brubaker on Daredevil
« on: 14 March, 2009, 04:37:34 PM »
Well its a real shame that Brubaker is leaving Daredevil, assuming that this is correct. I've loved his run. Not read much of Diggle's stuff but will defo check out the first trade as I love me some crimson clad misery.

Books & Comics / Re: Tony Lee/Paul Grist/ Dr Who
« on: 14 March, 2009, 04:34:24 PM »
The real shame is all the IDW is really hard to get hold of over here. Well for my LCS it is anyway.

News / Re: Dynamite Judge Dredd
« on: 14 March, 2009, 04:32:54 PM »
Quote from: "Robo-K33F"
Quote from: "Pete Wells"
AW maaan, I was looking forward to that. I know Dredd hasn't been done well across the pond before but I had high hopes for this, what with Ennis and Wagner being on board.

I for one hope it goes ahead.

Hi Pete.

We had some initial discussions with Dynamite, but nothing concrete had been decided on, including both Garth and John's involvement.

We are in talks with them again about a crossover project - if and when we get that all signed off I'll try to ensure that you chaps are amongst the first to know about it.

I REALLY don't want this to sound rude but its clear you have a direct connection to 2000ad I was just wondering what it is? Probably exposing complete ignorance here but just curious what your role is?

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