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Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2023
« on: 04 December, 2022, 03:44:14 PM »

Gotta say I’m not personally a fan of this new iteration of Harlem Heroes. Not into sports in general but I did really enjoy the original run for it’s focus on values of camaraderie, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Perhaps it’s the lengthier stories but in the OG I knew all the characters and their personalities, and the journey to winning the Aeroball championship took time/effort and meant something as a result.

All of this seems absent from the new iteration. I get that it targets a different audience but I feel no connection to Jem Giant and the team, and the tales are over so rapidly that there’s no sense of tension/conflict. Kind of “we played, we won, we’re the best, the end”. Rather than the more humble Giant Sr, Jem comes across quite arrogant but his traits aren’t explored in any depth. Limitations of the format perhaps.

What am I missing - what new iteration of Harlem Heroes?

News / Re: Christmas Prog line-up revealed
« on: 23 November, 2022, 07:22:14 PM »
Bonjo by Garth Ennis and Kev O’Neill. Presumably this is new. If so that’s unexpected. I guess it is also, sadly the last new work we’ll ever see in the Prog by O’Neill.

Robin Smith on Dredd. Can’t say I ever expected to see new work by Robin Smith in 2000AD again.

New Rogue Trooper. I’m at the stage where I think they shouldn’t revisit certain classic strips anymore. As well as Rogue you can add Ace Trucking and Robo-Hunter to the list.

General / Going Digital - iPad versus Macbook
« on: 19 November, 2022, 03:28:41 PM »
Just looking for some advice. I am going to go to an all digital subscription from January.

What is the best comic reader to use on MacBook?

I don’t have enough storage on my iPad, so am assuming I am going to have to manage where files are stored between a MacBook and iPad. How easy is it to do this?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

General / Re: 10 Greatest Judge Dredd Comics Of All Time?
« on: 15 November, 2022, 01:28:12 PM »
to comment on the IDW Dredd, as given the comments about it at the time, I reckon most here haven’t actually read it. All I’ll say is, I have every issue but couldn’t bring myself to actually finish it.

I’ve read almost all of it, mostly from Humble Bundles. The Swierczynski run, for me, initially started off just about OK but rapidly became unreadable. MC-2 (about to be reprinted in the Meg) looked great but was incomprehensible. Mega-City Zero was dire, and I very much hope that won’t me in the Meg. Same with Blessed Earth, which was terrible.

On the flip side, Year One and Matt Smith’s Anderson were both solid reads, Mars Attacks was a lot of fun, and Deviations was OK. The four-issue mini-series were all… fine. But none of them set my world on fire. What gets me is this author specifically highlights the Swierczynski run though. That’s quite something.

Also, perhaps the writer really does think all this, which means they’ve not read much Dredd or this is really what they enjoy. That if nothing else should be an eye-opener regarding how the strip fares in the US.

Yes agreed, some of the IDW stuff was ok. As was the Rogue Trooper. But specifically not the series mentioned.

General / Re: 10 Greatest Judge Dredd Comics Of All Time?
« on: 14 November, 2022, 10:38:20 PM »
Er what?

There’s virtually no point actually commenting here about what stories should be on that list, and where those that are on that list actually stand in the pantheon of Dredd stories (or not).

Except to say a) we can probably all agree with one choice that would be on most of our top ten lists (at #1 for a lot) and b) to comment on the IDW Dredd, as given the comments about it at the time, I reckon most here haven’t actually read it. All I’ll say is, I have every issue but couldn’t bring myself to actually finish it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2306 - Titanic SF Thrills!
« on: 13 November, 2022, 04:38:31 PM »
Just caught up with this and agree with a lot of what others have said:

This was probably the poorest Regened yet.

I get why it exists and I’m fine with that.

More continuity in the strips would be good.

There needs to be a way to distinguish between Dredd and Rico.

Oh and the new sport of Gravity Bladding seems odd as a team sport. It’s basically just speed (ice) skating isn’t it? Plus the new team owner taking on a failing team is something we’ve seen countless times before.

Overall it’s….fine. But it’s really rare that I’m ever going to reread a Regened Prog. Only when a strip crosses over to the main Prog and I want to refresh my memory. But even that often feels like a chore.

Prog / Re: Prog 2307 - Grub's up!
« on: 13 November, 2022, 02:40:01 PM »
I haven’t commented on the Prov thread for a while at I have been behind on my Progs. Now I had caught up, this really is a review of the current runs rather than than this particular Prog.

Best thing by miles is Chimpsky. That wouldn’t be the case if it was up against stronger thrills, but at present it’s the strip I look forward to most.

Close behind is Hershey, which is very readable and has great art.

If Dredd has to hark to a previous epic, then End of Days would be pretty low on my list. So not great, but passable. And I might be in a minority, but I’m not too sure about Flint’s new style. It’s not massively different to his old style, it’s more little changes, but I preferred his Chaos Day era stuff. Still great mind- after all it is Henry Flint.

Enemy Earth and Hope do very little for me. Not much has happened in the former and I haven’t found a reason why I should care. The later has just lost me. I have very little idea what is going on. Now normally I’d consider a re-read, but in my catch up I read each story as a whole rather than Prog to Prog, so I’ve already done that, and it still makes little sense to me.

Overall I’ll be happy enough when this current run comes to an end and we get new stories, but I assume that won’t be until the Xmas Prog. Which may well be my last physical Prog as I’m probably going digital when my subscription renews.

General / Re: Catchphrases
« on: 09 November, 2022, 06:15:19 PM »
I’m pretty sure I know how many times they said “beam me up Scotty” in Star Trek.


What they used to say was “3* to beam up, Mr Scott.”

* or how ever many there were.

General / Re: Kevin O'Neill 1953 - 2022
« on: 09 November, 2022, 06:09:03 PM »
As well being pretty much the definition of a 2000AD artist, he also made, what was for me, the best observation on the Future Shock documentary.

Which was that as a 2000AD fan, you might think you want it to have mainstream success, but really you don’t as that would mean it would lose the qualities that attracted you to it in the first place.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 07 November, 2022, 10:50:03 PM »
That’s a total shock.

One of the all the all time 2000AD greats.

General / Re: Catchphrases
« on: 04 November, 2022, 01:04:26 PM »
My 2000AD favourites where always:

“He didn’t think not too many…indeed he didn’t think it enough”

and the snappier

“Number four cartridge”.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 12 October, 2022, 08:11:47 PM »
According to the Thrillmail Helium is coming back!

Wow thought that ship had sailed. I mean its not here yet but that's some finished art from D'Israeli art there - so...

How long has it been since the last episode was in the Prog?

Guess I’ll have to dig out the recent-ish floppy.

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 17 - Charley’s War vs Strontium Dog
« on: 06 October, 2022, 12:50:51 PM »
Yeah but Strontium Dog was just more fun to read. And for me that’s what comics are all about.

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 23 - Lawless vs Nikolai Dante
« on: 06 October, 2022, 09:06:41 AM »

This could easily have been the final.

If so I would still have voted for Strontium Dog, but I might at least have thought about it for a second.

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