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Messages - norton canes

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Ah I used to love Colony Earth when I was a kid. Feel kinda bad voting against something I've never read, but: Colony Earth

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Prog / Re: Prog 2259 - Jurassic Shark
« on: 25 November, 2021, 09:57:45 AM »
Is anybody buying a hideous Dredd Christmas jumper?

Quite tempted by the 'Freeze, creep!' one

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Prog / Re: Prog 2259 - Jurassic Shark
« on: 25 November, 2021, 09:53:54 AM »
Yeah, a Rigellian Hotshot for the print droid who changed the alpha on that cover line yellow. Otherwise it's an excellent showcase for Tazio Bettin's talent. 

Can't help but love 'The Musical' even though it probably crosses the boundary on how Dredd-lite a Dredd-lite Dredd can be. Not being terribly familiar with the character, am I missing some plot point that explains why only some people are terrified of Sensitive Klegg?

Diaboliks goes to some properly dark places. It's a long time since I read Cabalistics, Inc. and had forgotten that Ravne had such a dubious past. Any chance of a The Collection spin-off after this, do you reckon? Actually I'd be happy with just a Lady Phantasmagoria spin-off.

Dexter is once again an excellent read of itself but it does seem desperately bogged down by the intermittent and interminable nature of its appearances, and increasingly like a collection of ideas that the Abnett droid hasn't been able to expand into complete series. Although to be fair The Out is adopting a similar scattershot approach to themes and stories to apparent universal acclaim. 


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Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 18 November, 2021, 02:22:08 PM »
Louis practices the old bait and switch and starts off by slagging several thrills. He gets quite angry before coming around 180 degrees - its all fine! ... With his messy argument Louis does not avoid the shitty stick and heads home to hose down his Head bag with his head hung low

Yeah I'm not sure I get the point of his argument either. He seems to want have his cake and eat it and bake it and shit it out; in fact, to enjoy simultaneously the benefits of all stages of cake.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2258: Necessary Force!
« on: 18 November, 2021, 12:39:06 PM »
In fact can anyone link to a list of the Bettin droid's 2000 AD work? Just Googled and I can't find one.

This is his first gig in the world of tooth

Ah right, thanks. I saw a Dredd on his ArtStation pages and thought he might have done more.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2258: Necessary Force!
« on: 18 November, 2021, 10:53:51 AM »
All thriller, no filler this week in a gratifyingly ghafflebette prog.

A clever and unexpected twist to 'Tread Softly' sets up the promise of interesting developments in the Carroll droid's sector of the Dreddverse. Diaboliks pushes all the buttons for me - do I care about the characters? I do have a certain fondness for Ravne and Jenny, yes, being long-term protagonists from the Caballistics, Inc. days. Of all the current strips I think Scarlet Traces would benefit most from a one-go read-through, so I might save myself for that at the current chapter's conclusion. The Out is just... well it's literally as well as figuratively all over the place, isn't it, and deliciously so. Is that a real song being sung across the page banners?

Not sure why some people are down on Sinister Dexter. The Abnett droid clearly realises he's now writing it as intermittent filler but that doesn't stop him packing it with his usual compelling and easy-readin' dialogue, which means it's about as far from a chore as a strip can get. Plus, Tazio Bettin's art has injected a new degree of lushness. Does make me laugh though that this is captioned as 'Chapter seven' when each chapter has only been about three episodes long.

In fact can anyone link to a list of the Bettin droid's 2000 AD work? Just Googled and I can't find one.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2256 - Total Excitement Overload.
« on: 11 November, 2021, 09:55:24 AM »
Daddy! Daddy! Why does that man on the last page have a big star carved into his chest..?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2257 - West End Ghouls
« on: 11 November, 2021, 09:54:07 AM »
So that cover is just phenomenal - Ravne's brooding presence, and the way that tentacle caresses Jake's cheek. I was comparing it to the version previewed on the inside back page of last week's Regened though, don't know if it's the printing process but the current version has more of a turquoise tinge. And come on, but doesn't the nice sans-serif caption last week look massively better than the nasty font used on this one?

A nice grisly Dredd kicks off with an intriguing plot. Although, are the dreams of the wealthy actually going to be any better than those of the poor? In fact when you think about it surely the dreams of the wealthy are going to be less interesting then those of the poor because the wealthy have more stuff and therefore have less likelihood of dreaming about it...? Hmm.

Diaboliks absolutely rocks, the shift to London makes this feel like a return to Absalom, but with Caballistics, Inc. style art. The fantastic splash page means this clinches TOP THRILL

I'm afraid Scarlet Traces is losing me a bit on plot-heavy weeks like this so not such a great instalment. Nothing wrong with the Future Shock that a few charred skeletons to bring the twist home wouldn't fix - the Richardson droid acquits themself well on their debut and I can see myself enoying their run on a weekly strip if TMO decrees it should come to pass.

Finally The Out riffs well on the well-trod trope of reclusive pop star. Ha, just noticed 'A stereo space odyssey' in the corner of one frame - an excellent reference for anyone who enjoyed listening to the flipside of their Star Wars soundtrack LP

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Prog / Re: Prog 2256 - Total Excitement Overload.
« on: 05 November, 2021, 12:08:28 PM »
I tell you what though, good as that Dredd story is, wouldn't it have been even better if some innocent cits had been caught in the cannon fire and splattered across the sked? I mean, wouldn't it?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2256 - Total Excitement Overload.
« on: 05 November, 2021, 10:57:57 AM »
So, here we go again, time for me to get my curmudgeonly, 53-year-old head around the sort of stories the kids are... digging? Down with? Whateva!

A nice fast (and furiously) paced Dredd to kick off, a good opportunity for the Willsher droid to display his action drawing skills. Not sure the resolution would convince even a child though - there's no way two bikes would have enough traction... oh never mind. It appears to be a familty of Myrkas eating at Mondos in Scooter and Jinx, and that's about the most intersting thing in the strip. Enemy Earth much better, loving the mutant rats, good twist, this one's clearly got full-run potential (though surely not in the regular prog?). Really liked the Time Twister too, some of the expressions Tom Newell gave the protaginsts were fantastic. Really not sure what to make of Strontium Dug - I think possibly the worst thing a Regened strip can do is try to cater for the tastes of kids and seasoned 2000 AD veterans, and this was sitting on the fence with a foot in both camps, if I can multi-metaphor.

That cover for next prog, though. Worth £4.99 just for the sneak preview. 


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Because he went to a Nitzer Ebb gig: Bradley

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 02 November, 2021, 03:36:59 PM »
Judge Dredd Annual 1986

Don't suppose anyone knows who wrote 'Judge Dekker: The Rookie' in this? Can't see a credit.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 28 October, 2021, 11:24:08 AM »
'creating a hugh schism with the regular content' is a good thing for me

Looking forward to the first run of 'Hugh Schism' : )

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Prog / Re: Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 28 October, 2021, 11:00:39 AM »
Scarlet Traces has lost me plot-wise (I say 'lost', I haven't read the chapters so never really found the plot in the first place) but I love its weird aesthetic

the *early* chapters

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Prog / Re: Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 28 October, 2021, 10:58:57 AM »
I thought the most telling line in Nic's letter was "my kids prefer the classic violent stuff". I don't think even the most ardent proponent of the Regened strips would argue that they aren't extremely sanitized in terms of removing violent content, or in fact content of any controversial or potentially contentious nature. It's all, sadly, far removed from the era when Action and 2000 AD would actively provoke outrage. And it's creating a huge schism with the regular content, which over the past couple of weeks has included face-fryings, cock jokes and all manner of depravity in The Diaboliks.

Still, if you can scare kids with Words and Pictures, perhaps there are a generation of children who'll grow up with traumatic memories of Finder and Keeper (I know a few adults will...)

Anyway...

Love me an Alex Ronald cover, and that 3D wireframe looks wonderfully Harryhausen. In fact I'm looking at the final part of 'The Hard Way' now imagining Keeper Hag moving like a stop-motion puppet. It's a bit of a hectic conclusion (does Dredd know he's going to be swept straight into the airlock?) but I guess that's in keeping with the breakneck pace of what's been a very enjoyable story.

A portentous wrap for another excellent run for The Diaboliks. I feel it's been a rather underrated strip lately; perhaps it's languishing slightly in the shadows of Caballistics, Inc. and Absalom but it always gets on with the job of being discreetly brilliant. The Pandora Perfect strip has been much better than I anticipated - a thought just struck me that maybe it could run as a one-pager, like the old Captain Klep and Dash Decent stories? Scarlet Traces has lost me plot-wise (I say 'lost', I haven't read the chapters so never really found the plot in the first place) but I love its weird aesthetic.

And... The Out. The Out is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get - but sometimes you get the same chocolate from the bottom layer as you got a couple of weeks ago from the top one.


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