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Colin YNWA:
Interesting Meg. The interview with Roy Preston, someone I know very little about was fascinating, I wish we'd learnt a little more about his transition to Puzzle guru post comics work, but guess its not really the focus here. The rest of the text pieces where fine. Interesting to see the Encyclopedia seem to be on a stronger footing - I wait to see what the final product comes out as.

But to the meat not the bread in the sandwich, the strips. Dredd was really interesting, the most impressive thing was I couldn't really remember the last episode yet this one stood perfectly on its own two feet and filled in all the blanks and helped me find my feet and remember what had gone before. Alas this is damning with faint praise though as the first part clearly didn't leave much of an impression. I'm really intrigued to see what happens next and how this one has embedded.

Diamond Dogs is a frustrating beast, it doesn't really read like the weaker Skip Tracer episodes, but at the same time I'm just not invested. Here I do think that a re-read might sort that as the world feels more 'solid' and the characters more interesting (than early Skip that is the new stuff has been good I should note). One for future consideration.

Angelic - enjoyed this last time and this one is a brisk and entertaining start.

Returners has a very strong episode and that ending was fantastic.

The real triumph though is of course Devlin Waugh which continues to be drakly atmospheric, fantastically realised by Mike Dowling - and this episode more than ever before and full of great character. Devlin is of course the star, but as I've said before I feel sorry for folks who can't see past the fact that Titty is a dildo, to see the more important fact that they are first and formost a fantastic character. Shown no more so than in this brilliant cameo at the end of this months beak episode. A chilling piece of comic relief to 'lighten' the mood.

Good meg, why isn't it great, well a couple are, or could be just needs a bit more bite in a couple of the strips to completely convince.

Funt Solo:
Titty the Demon Dildo is one of the best characters in the comic (even if some people do think he's only bollocks) - it will be fun to see him inserted with all the other characters on the next montage cover. Perhaps plunged into a solo series, in which he battles other possessed sex toys - it could be called Orgy of Damnation.

Or he could be an occult investigator himself - a private ... eye - attempting to penetrate the world's mysteries. The character arc could take us from demonic miscreant to upstanding [that's enough - ed.]

Have the earlier runs of Angelic ever been collected?

Nope, no collection so far

Funt Solo:
I wrote a couple of mini-reviews for the first two series, just in case those are helpful to anyone in providing context...

Angelic (megs 356-359)
Something of a tour de force, this re-imagines Pa Angel as a somewhat sympathetic character by telling a tale of his early years (pre-Angel Gang), up against a group of corrupt Texas City Judges who've murdered his wife.

Visions of the future from a mutie psychic suggest that this could be an alternate timeline, and the plot structure demands that we pay attention with a flashback within a flashback to contend with.

Angelic: Home is the Hunter (megs 377-380)
Mad Max meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as the alternity backstory of the Angel Gang tells us a second chapter. There's some weird mash-ups, as a character very much like the original Pa Angel is introduced, along with his collection of misfit "boys" - like a be-horned guy that looks a bit like Mean Angel, a critter in a pit for all the world Fink and a mean cuss that could be Junior. But these are the Kreegs, and the actual Pa Angel of this tale is making an honest living in a nearby town, trying to do the right thing.

Well, as with all good westerns, the peace is upset and good intentions don't amount to much against the devilry in the hearts of men. In some ways, you could still see "Mister Angel" and Linc form the Angel Gang we know. The critter we meet here pretty much is the nascent Fink. The seeds are sown for the idea of operating on someone to turn 'em mean. Part of the interest here is wondering how this history could fit into the one that exists - or even if it means to.


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