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Feral and Foe I think. I like Red well enough but it has been a very inconsistent strip which hasn’t allowed her to have much character development over the years. Hopefully the current version, which I’m really enjoying, will rectify that.

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Deadworld, although I hope it can stay focused on the characters and atmosphere rather than bringing in more and more warped versions of Dredd lore.

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Strontium Dog

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General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Inspectre vs. Defoe Rd 3 Heat 52
« on: 21 June, 2022, 10:37:36 AM »
Defoe

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Sancho Panzer

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Ordinary

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Prog / Re: Prog 2286 City Heat!
« on: 19 June, 2022, 03:38:37 PM »
Forgot to mention Skip Tracer. His beard has got very bushy. First episode was fine - happy to see where this one goes. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if baddies are out to kidnap Eden to exploit her powers but maybe not.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2286 City Heat!
« on: 19 June, 2022, 03:33:03 PM »
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...

I’m glad it’s not just me. I get that Dredd often speaks in a clipped manner but this repetitive speech pattern really annoyed me this episode - I actually wondered if it was Dredd on p.1 and 2 because the dialogue didn’t sound like him to my mind! ‘Like the scum you are’ didn’t sound very Dreddy to me either but maybe that’s just me. Good story though.

A decent episode of Hope in and of itself - not sure why the statues were talking but I presume because magic.

Didn’t mind the terror tale, Moore’s art feels like a mix of Shaky Kane, D’Israeli, INJ Culbard and Charles Burns to me, I’m interested to see how it develops over time. That duct image was nicely horrific.

Brink is so so so good. Tharg could commission this as an ongoing weekly comic of its own and I’d be happy.

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Agree with some posters above. Invasion is a key early 2000ad concept but the individual episodes aren’t that great. I read them all for the first time in the Ultimate Collection and it was a bit of a slog.

Thistlebone I quite like. Need to read it all in one go I think but it looks great (although personally I wasn’t keen on the more cartoony style used for the scout camp flashbacks), has tremendous atmosphere and some great creepy moments. Don’t think it would have gone down well in the initial 2000ad lineup! But I’m enjoying having it around in the present day.

Thistlebone

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Halo

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Given that The Red Seas is a cornerstone of the Edgiverse, it seems foolish not to repost this here:



WOW! Lovely work!

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General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Brink vs. Shako Rd 3 Heat 46
« on: 15 June, 2022, 09:34:14 AM »
Brink Brink Brink.

Brink!

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I recently reread the whole of Red Seas in the UC collections and it’s great. An epic tale but filled with small character moments, and as others have said invoking Harryhausen films from my childhood. Seeing Yeowell experiment his style is a treat.

I didn’t read Blackhawk until the phonebook collection was published and I found I enjoyed the Rome-based early stuff from Tornado more than the intergalactic 2000ad version, despite being a massive fan of Belardinelli.

The Red Seas.

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Savage.

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