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Incredibly gauche to quote myself but this is what I wrote on another thread last year

Those seven pages of Mean Team's first episode are a masterclass in storytelling: peerless world building; multiple character sketches; team hierarchy explained; Bad Jack's motivation hinted at; a full semi final that shows us rules of play then a phenomenal ("Now pick up the flag and let's hit the showers") cliff hanger.


The final frame of Return of the Mean Team let down that whole arc but Survivor is a fun coda.

Mean Team for the win.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Does it tally up?
« on: 28 June, 2022, 01:26:48 PM »

For those stories, sure. But I don’t see how every series of Zenith would have been better had it been cut in half or less. Necropolis was 26 episodes. Song of the Surfer was 12. Even most Kingdom series were 11 or 12.

I sort of dismissed the Mega Epics when considering this. I think of them as a once every two or three year treat, like saving up for a big holiday or a slap-up feast.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Does it tally up?
« on: 28 June, 2022, 08:30:12 AM »
If I think about some of the classics strips that are the most perfectly rounded

  • Cry of the Werewolf
  • Graveyard Shift
  • Midnight Surfer
  • Summer Magic
  • Incident at Mayger Minor
They all clock in at 6 or 7 episodes.

Same goes for Guatemala, Machine Law and An Honest Man, three of the best Dredds in the last half decade.

So, IMO, it seems the perfect formula is Between 6 and 8 episodes

General / Re: Side-side-vote - The golden goose-stepper
« on: 27 June, 2022, 12:12:59 PM »
I'm torn between 4 & 6

4.  The Taggart solution - He should die, and an ensemble of supporting characters should take over.
6.  The Stront - he dies, then we just dip into past cases here and there.  (But he isn't resurrected).

Both sound like they have legs. However, 6 basically does what the Regened issues are doing at the moment, and what Douglas Wolk did a while back with Mega City Two : City of Courts. Neither quiet delivered on their promise.

The Taggart Solution sounds like the best bet, if writers are careful not to stray into Strontium Dogs territory.

General / Re: Hivemind query - anyone recognise this story?
« on: 26 June, 2022, 03:09:34 PM »
There's also that fun moment early in The Judge Child Quest when Dredd is working a pincer movement against the brotherhood of trash: him on the inside of the camp, his bike on the outside.

The lawmaster approaches the front gate, guarded by two monks who start taking the piss:

Monk 1 : HALT! Heck, that sounds dumb. How do ya threaten a machine?
Monk 2: Maybe we outta speak to it in bike...PHUT! PHUT! PHUT! That means STOP!
Monk 1 : ha ha. VROOM! VROOM! That means scram or we fire!

the bike puts a bullet in each monk, accompanied by a lovely Tom Frame BLAM! BLAM!

Lawmaster : That means DROP DEAD. Thank you.

General / Re: Hivemind query - anyone recognise this story?
« on: 26 June, 2022, 12:47:08 PM »
That was my first thought too.  The only story where the Lawmaster gets sarky with Dredd.

The ONLY story?

General / Fake Britain Map
« on: 23 June, 2022, 12:42:44 PM »
This just popped up in my socials feed today. A map of fictional places in Great Britain. Trumptonshire, Fulchester and HMP Slade of course but a few Dreddverse locations too.

related article with an updated map here

As incredible as Absalom, my vote has to go to Strontium Dog.

But I'm fairly confident that had Harry ever gone up against Malak Brood, the inspector would have got the better of the master of the black arts.

Judge Maitland so much more to offer than Cassandra's spooky hokum

You could argue with The Bean Counter, Carry the Nine and The Hard Way, Maitland already has her own (ongoing) series.

Aren't all Slaine stories narrated by Ukko? Does that technically make them Ukkp stories? I might be splitting hairs.

I really enjoyed the one off Wulf Sternhammer story from the 2019 Carlos Tribute Special, so my vote goes to the big man.

The Lethal Laziness of Lobelia Loam is a formidable story from Tharg the Mighty that still holds it's power but come on

...it has to be Ichabod

Got my copy of this yesterday and overall I'm delighted with it. Yes, the repro of Father Earth is very dark in places but that's a minor concern given the missing original pages.

A decent sized book, with a good heft and impressive paper quality - Finger of Suspicion and Old Pal's Act look and feel particularly excellent.

First time in forever that I've re-read In The Bath...great fun.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Even you know I am cooler than you
« on: 08 June, 2022, 07:38:49 AM »
I think there is a limited list of sequels that are not just worthy of the original, but actually better:

The Road Warrior > Mad Max
Hour of the Gun > Gunfight at the OK Corral
Bride of Frankenstein > Frankenstein
Toy Story 2 > Toy Story
Sanjuro > Yojimbo
The Empire Strikes Back > New Hope
The Godfather Part II > The Godfather
After The Thin Man > The Thin Man
From Russia With Love > Dr No (does this count as a sequel?)
Lethal Weapon 2 > Lethal Weapon
Police Story 2 > Police Story
*The Wrath of Khan > Star Trek The Motion Picture

* bonus points for being a superior sequel to the ST episode Space Seed

If you want me to pick one from this list, I will go for the film that took the kernel of an idea from the original and expanded it in the most interesting way: Mad Max 2 : The Road Warrior

News / Re: Brian Bolland Apex Edition
« on: 20 May, 2022, 01:17:52 PM »
Just how big is it, like compared to a trade or a Marvel OSHC, or something like a Hellboy Library Edition?

I'm not sure Mike's response does this justice...the size is gargantuan:

Prog / Re: Prog 2282 - Out for Blood
« on: 18 May, 2022, 06:55:27 AM »
Dredd is great. I don’t think it’s too verbose. Squint and you could be reading a classic Wagner/Bolland strip here.

For me the look of this episode was closer to 80s era Cliff Robinson. Those bar punks could have stepped right out of West Side Rumble.

On another note, I loved that framed portrait on the apartment wall of his dear departed droid pals from the previous story.

Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2022
« on: 09 May, 2022, 04:15:49 PM »
Prices are starting to become more sensible as more listings appear. A Place In Space have put their copies up for £0.99 plus P&P.

thanks. Just ordered mine, along with FCBD 2020 which I'd missed.

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