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2022 Sci-Fi Special
« on: 15 July, 2022, 12:20:51 PM »
Very quick review here, but I really enjoyed this one - best Sci-Fi Special in a long time.

Dredd was great - one of Mike Carroll's best, and it somehow captured a bit of 80s MC1 nostalgia, with all its mayhem and weird vehicles and the like.

SinDex was very nice too; much in the spirit of the early SinDex one-offs in the Christmas specials.

Special mention to Fiends; which was truly chilling, and contained a nice slice of history (my German mate Hannes recently told me of how his dad used to take similar trips through the Wall to West Berlin, which I hadn't realised was possible).

Death - great stuff, and really good fun to see so many different faces of the Joker, again a bit of nostalgia involved re. when 2000ad wasn't afraid to prod some very powerful companies' lawyers with a stick.  Not sure Dredd would so readily encourage Death to hand-pierce so many Mega-Cits however.

Anderson - Good stuff, fairly nailed her character as Alan Grant developed her.  I still find it hard to deal with her looking like a 25-year-old, but ah well, suspension of disbelief and all.

Middenface - Liked this too.  Sort of a Judgement on Gotham vibe, with serious inebriation.
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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #1 on: 15 July, 2022, 01:59:50 PM »
JayzusB is spot on, this was one of the best Sci-Fi Specials in recent memory.

The more weird thing for me was that the Sin/Dex story was my favorite. It tells a story of  a gun and how this gun swapped hands.

The Dredd tale was awesome as well and it would be nice to have Stewart Kenneth Moore getting more work done for the prog
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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #2 on: 15 July, 2022, 02:36:35 PM »
Yep, the SiniDex was the standout and it was a sliding scale all the way down to Anderson, but most were in the upper half.

Definitely the best Sci-Fi Spesh for long, long while.

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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #3 on: 16 July, 2022, 09:07:20 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it! As well as a creator droid i'm also a fan and really enjoyed the Dredd story, big fan of Stewart's art work and concur...more please.

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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #4 on: 17 July, 2022, 02:06:45 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it! As well as a creator droid i'm also a fan and really enjoyed the Dredd story, big fan of Stewart's art work and concur...more please.

Hey, it's the Six Million Dollar Art Droid! (Sorry, I'm sure you've heard that six million times before.)  Great work on the Death story; some amazing artwork there.  Kind of in the Bolland tradition, or even Staples' penwork.  Looking forward to more.
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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #5 on: 17 July, 2022, 10:44:44 PM »
Remember back when we did the sketch compos? This special’s theme was basically what I pitched as the next topic before we lost Bolt-1 and it didn’t seem to fit the mood anymore.

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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #6 on: 18 July, 2022, 05:30:42 PM »
Definitely a decent special, this one. I was a bit worried the music theme would make it a bit cringe-worthy but for the most part this wasn’t the case, although the Middenface reminded me a bit of the Dredd/Placebo crossover that was reprinted in a recent Case File - there’s something about bands ‘rocking’ on stage in comics that doesn’t work for me (a noteable exception being Love and Rockets). Not sure why, it just doesn’t feel convincing!

Anyway Dredd was good and I’m certainly up for seeing more Moore. Enjoying watching him develop. Nice script too.

Sinister Dexter was a grand one-off in keeping with the early days of the strip.

Fiends - this one surprised me. I think this is my favourite strip Karl Stock has written. I didn’t realise it was a Constanta strip we were talking about until p3 and I was a bit disappointed at first - I’d been enjoying the strip up to that point as a straight historical story. But the rest of it continued to work well, ended creepily and Pleece did a good job.

Anderson - I felt like I’d missed a page or two here. Never seeing the stricken psi-judges in reality made it feel a bit abstract, and the strip didn’t seem to get going before it was resolved. I did like the art and colouring though, particularly Vieceli’s facial expressions which for me were the hook of the strip.

Judge Death… hmm. Again, nice art. That final panel on p3 - wowsers! Wasn’t keen on the story though, especially the ‘team up’ and the song lyrics as dialogue, felt a bit cringey to me! Also Dredd sees off Death’s spirit form with his respirator? Since when did the dark judges rely on being inhaled by their victims?? The dialogue towards the end felt a bit blasé too ‘oh, probably back in limbo or whatever’. Did the Sisters always have wee ornately carved figurines like that? Very silly!


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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #7 on: 18 July, 2022, 05:37:34 PM »
Definitely a decent special, this one. I was a bit worried the music theme would make it a bit cringe-worthy but for the most part this wasn’t the case, although the Middenface reminded me a bit of the Dredd/Placebo crossover that was reprinted in a recent Case File - there’s something about bands ‘rocking’ on stage in comics that doesn’t work for me (a noteable exception being Love and Rockets). Not sure why, it just doesn’t feel convincing!

Anyway Dredd was good and I’m certainly up for seeing more Moore. Enjoying watching him develop. Nice script too.

Sinister Dexter was a grand one-off in keeping with the early days of the strip.

Fiends - this one surprised me. I think this is my favourite strip Karl Stock has written. I didn’t realise it was a Constanta strip we were talking about until p3 and I was a bit disappointed at first - I’d been enjoying the strip up to that point as a straight historical story. But the rest of it continued to work well, ended creepily and Pleece did a good job.

Anderson - I felt like I’d missed a page or two here. Never seeing the stricken psi-judges in reality made it feel a bit abstract, and the strip didn’t seem to get going before it was resolved. I did like the art and colouring though, particularly Vieceli’s facial expressions which for me were the hook of the strip.

Middenface felt a bit weak. I feel like I’ve read this plot more than once in 2000ad before - character ends up on stage with the band, woohoo etc. Bit of a shame what happened to Zak Frak, no? His band mates don’t seem bothered about it. V.V. Glass though - really pleasing art and I loved the colouring job - look at the line work and lighting on Middenface’s, er, face on p2 panels 3 and 4 - that’s gorgeous that is!

Judge Death… hmm. Again, nice art. That final panel on p3 - wowsers! Wasn’t keen on the story though, especially the ‘team up’ and the song lyrics as dialogue, felt a bit cringey to me! Also Dredd sees off Death’s spirit form with his respirator? Since when did the dark judges rely on being inhaled by their victims?? The dialogue towards the end felt a bit blasé too ‘oh, probably back in limbo or whatever’. Did the Sisters always have wee ornately carved figurines like that? Very silly!

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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #8 on: 18 July, 2022, 08:52:03 PM »
I see I’ve posted that twice, not sure if a mod can remove the quote post?

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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #9 on: 22 July, 2022, 01:43:15 PM »
Yeah, best Sci-Fi Special I can remember in a while. SinDex probably the pick of a uniformly strong bunch - the Abnett droid can really rattle off these one-shots with panache, eh. Nice idea for a Dredd - I presume we now have another addition to the panoply of recurring characters? The idea that Dredd's internal organs have been scrambled by decades of reconstructive surgery is wonderfully grim. Karl Stock's come up with such a great Fiends interlude, it makes me wonder if rather than ordering his droids to write future shocks, TMO could instead get them to create further digressions for existing characters?

Paul Cornell's Anderson was a lovely wistful little tale, a welcome change from some of the stories that have been showing up in the regular prog recently. Is this the first time a credited TV Doctor Who writer has penned a strip for the GGC (not counting Mills and Wagner's Space Whale)? Liked Middenface McNulty, music's second best Eminem, and the Death story was worth it just for the excruciatingly literal take on the song title.

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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #10 on: 22 July, 2022, 02:10:59 PM »
Is this the first time a credited TV Doctor Who writer has penned a strip for the GGC (not counting Mills and Wagner's Space Whale)?

Paul also wrote the Abelard Snazz story in the Regened Prog 2206.
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Re: 2022 Sci-Fi Special
« Reply #11 on: 22 July, 2022, 02:23:47 PM »
Is this the first time a credited TV Doctor Who writer has penned a strip for the GGC (not counting Mills and Wagner's Space Whale)?

Paul also wrote the Abelard Snazz story in the Regened Prog 2206.

And XTNCT + the less memorable Pan-African Judges

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« Reply #12 on: 22 July, 2022, 02:42:22 PM »
And XTNCT + the less memorable Pan-African Judges

Yes! TBH, I was just thinking of what he'd done since becoming far better known as a Dr Who writer.
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« Reply #13 on: 23 July, 2022, 07:17:03 PM »
And XTNCT + the less memorable Pan-African Judges

Yes! TBH, I was just thinking of what he'd done since becoming far better known as a Dr Who writer.

I bet that he's relieved that nobody recalls Blackadder Deathwatch in the Meg.
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« Reply #14 on: 23 July, 2022, 08:07:23 PM »
I bet that he's relieved that nobody recalls Blackadder Deathwatch in the Meg.

I certainly didn’t! Until now. Thanks for that…
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