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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 November, 2022, 01:26:12 PM »
The first arc, yes, but not the entire thing – which Barney reckons runs to 269 pages of strip.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 November, 2022, 11:27:05 AM »
My guess is we can probably look back across Rebellion’s trade collections for a good indication of where a lot of this will go, given that the repro will already exist. That said, Armoured Gideon is an interesting one, because that requires new repro work, unless the company already had more ready to go after the first digital volume.

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd (2012)
« on: 25 November, 2022, 08:00:44 AM »
Sounds like a big slice of Billy Bullshit to me.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 02:34:48 PM »
Look, if everyone goes around annihilating everything, we’ll never get that bloody book.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 01:46:41 PM »

“Hey Craig, good news! Armoured Gideon will be included within the extension.”

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 09:52:13 AM »
Looking at this from another angle, it’s interesting how sustainable this collection has been. I always felt a little short-changed by that initial 80 volumes (mad as that sounds), but then we got that first extension. Now two more. I get how that might annoy folks who just want it to end. But it also shows the strength in the series, in that it can continue on.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 09:27:52 AM »
National Title File = source of truth!

As for shelf space and cost of living, I hear that. But that’s also why I quit at the last extension. Still, I’m selfishly glad it’s continuing, because it might just mean a few more strips end up in there that I’d like to see collected in this format (like WOTW+Scarlet Traces, say, beyond the Dark Horse collections).

Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 23 November, 2022, 10:21:36 AM »
I know we’ve had single-strip take-overs, but I was thinking where there are multiple strips in the Prog. Even with the pre-Trifecta Prog, that was only 60% Dreddworld (since it also had Brass Sun and ABC Warriors).

Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 23 November, 2022, 09:49:40 AM »
A great cover. A sobering read about Kevin O’Neill.

As for the strips, Dredd is an oddball. The entire strip is starting to feel like a Marvel one now. So much big stuff happens that in isolation is fine, but that lacks impact on a wider narrative. Perhaps I’ve rose-tinted memories, but Dredd as a whole used to feel a bit more coherent. Certainly, it used to feel consequential. So what we got here was the Dredd equivalent of a blockbuster movie. It was BIG. It was LOUD. It had great set pieces. But I don’t know how much of it will matter, bar the creeping sensation Dredd has that this Sov is ultimately neither friend nor foe. Great last page, mind.

Chimpsky strained hard against suspension of disbelief regarding what he did to the kid. I also find those dome ‘prisons’ odd in any media. I mean, where does the kid now go to the loo? What does he eat? How does he exercise? Hrmm. Other than that, the strip ended well and continues to set Chimpsky up as being his own thing, rather than a bit-player in a Dredd strip. Good.

Enemy Earth is an oddball. Like broodblik, I do hope the lead will get over herself at some point. I don’t want another Walking Dead either, with people being massive idiots all the time. I thought the twist was pretty good. I’m still struggling with the art. It certainly feels very different from anything else out there, in terms of tone. (It’s much darker than almost anything else aimed at this age range.) I quite like it. Whether I’ll want to see more of it depends on how this arc wraps up.

Hershey was top-notch. I’m really enjoying this. And although it’s another Dreddworld strip (have we ever seen another multi-strip Prog where 75% of the strips were that), it’s differentiated enough. The only question I have is the longevity. Hershey’s dying. How many series do we have?

Hershey > Chimpsky > Enemy Earth = Dredd

General / Re: Going Digital - iPad versus Macbook
« on: 19 November, 2022, 07:54:48 PM »
That’s pretty much what I’d recommend. My situation is slightly different. We have a router that makes it absurdly simple to turn any HDD/SSD into a sort-of NAS (as in, you literally have to plug it into the router – we have a 2TB HDD right now). So my comics live on our network, and I can access them from Chunky on iPad or Finder (or Transmit) on Mac. But iCloud works too, assuming you’ve space on your account.

On iPad, despite Chunky having now seemingly been abandoned (although it still works), it remains by far the best comics reader on the platform. On Mac, I favour Simple Reader, which is fast and simple for reading individual issues.

Prog / Re: Prog 2308 - Knockout Blow!
« on: 19 November, 2022, 02:52:28 PM »
A great cover kicks things off and then a teaser for Niemand/Boyle doing Mega-City 2099? OH YES.

Dredd continues to be fun and feels quite old-school in nature. Nutty villains. Grim Dredd. Impossible odds. I suspect at the end there will be a swift resolution, quite a few dead enemies and a deadpan Dredd saying something quippy.

Chimpsy remains excellent too. I didn’t see the twist coming either, and it’ll be interesting to see what it means.

Hope has just completely lost me. Sorry. I want to like it, but I’m now at the point where I have no idea who anyone is nor what’s going on. Nice art, mind.

Enemy Earth is pretty gruesome for a Regened strip. It’s also objectively a lot better than most of the Regened strips. I don’t imagine it’ll become a classic too many people will clamour for umpteen series of, but I’m happy enough with it in the Prog.

Which leaves Hershey. I never had a problem with this series in the first place, and this second series is better than the first. In fact, it’s my favourite thing this week.

Hershey > Chimpsky > Dredd > Enemy Earth > Hope

Announcements / Re: Animated Absalom!
« on: 18 November, 2022, 03:47:38 PM »
Toe in the water, judging by the Twitter feed.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 17 November, 2022, 01:30:48 PM »
Good grief: Stickleback vol. 2 went OOS with terrifying speed. Glad I ordered mine from FP at the same time as another book. (PF now also has 136–138 up for order. That’s good to see. Weird how long they took to be put on the site though.)

Megazine / Re: Meg 450: Skeleton Crew
« on: 17 November, 2022, 10:00:20 AM »
Cover: Yep. The combination of massive logo and massive coverline marginalises the art. A pity.

Dredd: Very enjoyable. This could easily have run to one or two more parts, but its succinct nature worked well enough. Given one of the reveals, it almost felt like there was a tangential Scarlet Traces crossover!

Storm Warning: An odd one. Something about Langley’s art propels me back to the vol. 2 days of the Meg, although it’s clearly far better in terms of storytelling. The strip itself works well enough.

Devlin: This hasn’t grabbed me as much as the previous run, but it’s really days yet. I’m curious to know how the twist will be shifted back to some kind of status quo – assuming that happens.

Death: Urgh. I’m not keen on this at all, I’m afraid. The enemies are cliches. And we’re back on the Dark Judges escape treadmill.

Surfer: Good stuff – unsurprisingly, given the team.

Floppy: You’ll be missed, kinda. I’ll admit my patience was wearing thin a little when we got things like Feral and Foe, but by grud those Robin Smith cover books were fantastic. This month’s was solid. I liked the first strip a lot more than the second and, to be honest, didn’t remember much about them.

It’ll be interesting to see how the new format shakes out next month. That would have seemed a good moment for a full refresh, rather than starting with part three of four ongoing stories, but there you go. I’m not really looking forward to Mega City Two and the price rise, but it is what it is. (I guess as a subscriber, I’m at least insulated initially from the latter of those.)

General / Re: 10 Greatest Judge Dredd Comics Of All Time?
« on: 16 November, 2022, 05:45:02 PM »
That’s a deeply weird interview, when it comes to the Big Dave stuff. I get the intent, but am still baffled he thinks they pulled it off.

We really thought we were satirists and we were poking fun at the racism and the sexism of 2000 AD as we actually genuinely saw it.
Fundamentally, it was just its own slightly more modern brand of racism and sexism. Satire cannot be the thing it’s satirising. It was no more satire than the crap Little Britain shat out.

I’m also shuddering at the notion of really wanting 2000 AD to be “gayer”. Is Morrison gay? Is Millar? Maybe they are. But the strips they wrote – and especially Millar – very much weren't positive in that area to smartly erode the overly masculine and macho nature of 2000 AD. They were by and large horrible stereotypes.

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