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Megazine / Treasure Steel's Mind Bomb!
« on: Today at 06:31:13 PM »
In the Treasure Steel two-parter "Fast Forward" (megs 3.34 & 3.35 in 1997) a psi-perp plants a mind-bomb in Treasure's heid, foreshadowing something (a covert op?) named Janus.

Additionally, the (big bunches and goggles) assassin from the one-off Culling Crew (JD Mega-Special '94) is lurking in the background.

Query: did Armitage ever do a storyline surrounding a Janus-named plot, and did Treasure ever have her mind bomb triggered?

General / Re: Judge Death's Helmet
« on: Today at 04:51:06 PM »
List of all his appearances and posters and whatnot, here.

General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 26 November, 2021, 05:01:07 AM »
A-Z updates

Dreddverse section:
    [Bagley, Bella]
    Black Atlantic         
    [Blint, Oola]   
    Brit-Cit Babes      

Features section:
    2000 AD Encyclopedia

Various updates for completed, recent thrills up to Meg 438 & Prog 2259

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 25 November, 2021, 09:58:02 PM »
I just noticed that Ace Garp shows up as a giant idol in The Dead:

Pussyfoot 5 isn't the best thrill in the prog - I'm not even sure it would triumph over Space Girls - but at least it belongs in the prog. Bad-hair-film adaptation ALLO is like watching paint dry.

Colony Earth did feel a bit like pre-2K Annual fodder squeezed into the prog. Numbercruncher is the superior beast in this match up.

Events / Re: Jocks team up 45th anniversary?
« on: 25 November, 2021, 04:22:22 PM »
If you have the team-up in the USA then I'll definitely cancel at the last moment.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 25 November, 2021, 04:20:17 PM »
These trough-les are simply bovine!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 24 November, 2021, 07:52:18 PM »
I enjoyed End of Days but I did have to treat it as something else dressed up as Dredd.

Remember that Alternity Winter Special from 1995? Imagine it as part of that concept and I think it's pretty cool - like Judge Dredd as Shakespearean drama, as opposed to Judge Dredd as police procedural. I watched a Macbeth once, and they had the protagonists dressed up as arctic explorers, with ice picks instead of swords. It was inventive, and it was still Macbeth.

In a setting where the canon has become somewhat meaningless you either have to carefully toe the line of easy resets after each episode (unless you're Wagner), avoid Dredd as much as possible (see Niemand) or just go balls out crazy and do your own thing. I liked that Williams went for the latter. Look at what Rennie's doing with the Blackhawk premise (or Jaegir), for an example of new avenues for old ideas.

On the same note I've also been enjoying The New Adventures of Cyber-Hershey - and I get why people are feeling miffed that she was dead, but not really - and now she's superhuman, kinda and blah. But, it's given her character more character than a sort of stern cardboard cutout that was always just a reflection in Dredd's pool.

I Was a Teenage Tax Consultant - it was funny, and didn't outstay its welcome. (And didn't get resurrected decades later in an embarrassing case of equine corpse mutilation.)

Joe Black

Colin, you’re doing a great job, I’m really enjoying this whole thing.


Prog / Re: Prog 2245 - Gun Shark!
« on: 23 November, 2021, 06:49:22 PM »

 - Have you noticed the shape of the space station?
 - What do you mean?
 - Well, it's an evil-looking skull.
 - Yeah, so?
 - It's just ... are we the baddies?


I'm also imagining the extra cost involved in deliberately making an object that most people will never see from the outside look like something. It being space, you'd probably not approach it necessarily from the correct vantage point anyway.

Now, the design of B-Hive-K, on the other hand...

I've never been a fan of the extremely obvious cultural references as named characters thing: so Johnny Woo and Stan Lee (as characters in 2000 AD) leave me cold. I never minded Ro-Jaws & Hammerstein because, as a kid, I'd never heard of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Ignorance is bliss.

Deadlock, for me. (Plus, it was a good series.)

Brit-Cit Brute broke a lot of rules, by shoe-horning a caped superhero into the role of a Judge. He ignominiously got offed (off-page) by Jonni Kiss. It's difficult to imagine a greater insult for a 2000 AD character. On the other hand, his puerile adventures were sorta fun and they didn't manage to outstay their welcome, at only six episodes, a cameo in the finale of Calhab Justice and the aforementioned off-page death reference allusion.

So, my vote goes to Brit-Cit Brute.

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