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General / Re: Best one-prog Dredds
« on: 29 March, 2014, 10:55:02 AM »
How about these for a fantastic run of one offs?

Prog 144  Christmas Comes a Little Early to Des O'Connor Block
Prog 145  Uncle Ump's Umpty Candy
Prog 146  New Year is Cancelled
Prog 147  Judge Minty
Prog 148  Alien Seeds

O'Connor Block, Ump and Minty feature pretty much definitive McMahon art; the other two aren't too shabby either with Brendan McCarthy and Ron Smith.
All the scripts are punchy, with a set up, middle and pay off all in 5 or 6 pages. What a few weeks that was (and guess what came next?).

General / Re: Best one-prog Dredds
« on: 28 March, 2014, 10:20:43 PM »
Return to Mega-City.

he..  utters one of my favourite lines ever, "Look out you lawbreaking scum! Judge Dredd's back in town!"

This one features one my favourite lines as well which JD says as he calmly walks by: " Good morning Citizens. I would remind you that armed robbery is illegal in Mega-City 1."

General / Re: I'm gonna read them all...
« on: 22 March, 2014, 04:09:56 PM »
ok - any other details? Who was the lead character? Brief (very brief) plot summary? I am sure someone must know (I have been very impressed with the knowledge of a lot of the posters on the forum BTW).

General / Re: I'm gonna read them all...
« on: 22 March, 2014, 02:51:54 PM »
Remind me  - what was Timehouse about? I think am also confusing it with Time Flies.

General / Prog 1821 Cover - question
« on: 22 March, 2014, 02:37:39 PM »
Does anyone know if the cover of Prog 1821 is based on something? (Bolland Dredd).

I ask because I have just read an IDW Star Trek TNG  graphic novel (HIVE) and there is a very similar image of Jean-Luc as Locutus in the art gallery in the back.

General / Re: list of graphic novels bagged with the 'megazine?'
« on: 08 March, 2014, 07:27:26 PM »
I find I don't have time to read the floppies so only do so if they are from Progs before I started reading or are what I would consider to be great stories. A couple that fall into that category really stand out in your reviews.

To me Downlode Tales are the very definition of essential. The story and art are just superb.  I really like the way what seem to be standalone tales fit into the overall whole. Scrubbers from Prog 1149 being a classic example. Feel I must mention the art by Greg Staples and Chris Weston. I am really getting a new appreciation of both of them and am wishing there had been more stories from them over the years.

On the other side the Planet Death & Angel floppy was essential to me only in that I had never read them before. As for the plotting...hmmmm.... I wonder what the record for the highest number of unlikely occurances and coincidences in a story is?

General / Re: Have you got them all? How do you store them?
« on: 08 March, 2014, 03:15:41 PM »
Forgot to mention I few other things I also have:

- all the issues of Diceman - which I highly reccomend. Don't be put of by the dice game (as per Tomb of Terror) - these are a good read in their own right. Especially the Slaine one which features the three aspects of the Earth Godess Danu.

- the Metalzoic graphic novel. As much as I love Kev O'Neill's artwork, I found the b&W version published in the Prog hard to follow. The full colour GN is much clearer.

- the original Killing Joke. Highly recommended for all fans of Brian Bolland and Alan Moore.

- a few issues of Toxic (not sure what this forum makes of those - but it was by the likes of Mills and O'Neill).

General / Re: Have you got them all? How do you store them?
« on: 08 March, 2014, 12:22:20 AM »
Good question - this is something that has been on my mind recently - since I joined this forum in fact.

I have every Prog since 127, assorted earlier Progs, every Megazine, every Starlord, every annual and summer special since I started getting the Prog, all year books,  the two previous American Dredd comics, all the new IDW stuff, the first few months of the new Eagle before I gave up on it, a few Crisis before I gave up on it, one or two Revolvers. A few collected editions of Daily Star Dredds. Also Star Wars Weekly up to about number 30 or 40 (but missed number 3 I think). Plus the Red Dwarf magazines. Oh and one X-Men comic from years ago and a recent collected edition of Iron Man.

I did miss a Rogue Trooper summer special once (or something like that) - I just drew the line at buying it. Seems silly now.

My "house of Tharg" collection started when my mum bought me Starlord (issue 3 I think) on holiday one year. I then bought Starlord every week until it merged into 2000AD.  Was a bit annoyed at that - I got a few issues then could n't get it a couple of times and gave up. Then bought 122. Then bought 127 and have bought every week since. Indeed I have been pretty relentless in making sure I never miss an issue.

(Actually the first 2000AD related thing I had was the 1997 summer special which I read and threw out -it is the only one I ever did that with. Obviously wasn't that impressed :lol:).

After becoming a regular I bought a few back progs in the Forbidden Planet in the 90s and got the first two Starlords I missed. In those days FP seemed to pretty much have a complete set of all Progs but I thought they were too expensive to buy them all - especially the  "banned" Progs.

I think I have pretty much read everything ever published in the Prog through various reprints (except for future shocks and Dan Dare) but can't be sure e.g I have original Titan reprints of The Cursed Earth and the Day the Law Died (way before Case Files), first volume of the Titan ABC Warriors reprint, a few extreme editions (Flesh, Ant Wars), some Quality Comic re-prints, some other American Judge Dredd reprints from years ago, plus what was reprinted in annuals and summer specials. I have only recently caught up in the Early Dredds I missed via Case Files 1,2 and 3 (borrowed from the local library!!!), Planet Death and Angel via floppies. I recently also bought the TPB of Harlem Heroes to get Inferno and Restricted Files 01. And I have the Blackhawk collected edition on loan from the library at present to read the Tornado stuff.

It does pain me that I don't have a complete collection of the Prog though, but not sure I will ever now.

Storage is problem. Most is in my mum's house. My own house has very little storage and whilst I love the paper versions I am not sure I  have room for another 40 years worth (assuming I live that long). It would pain me to go digital, but can see the advantage of easier access. I really have no storage system - I delve into the collection to get a Prog and  end up putting them back any old how, so they are pretty mixed up. I then periodically spend a day re-ordering then. Once I even discovered I was missing  a Prog a few years back and had to buy it on ebay.

General / Re: Any questions for Pat Mills?
« on: 02 March, 2014, 04:43:28 PM »
Was Terror Tube originally meant as a one off or did Pat already have an outline of what became Nemesis Book One?

General / Re: Any questions for Pat Mills?
« on: 02 March, 2014, 12:51:30 PM »
Or ask about connecting stories! Is everything he's ever done linked?  :D

Good question! I think it is fairly well established that ABC Warriors (and hence Robusters) links to Nemesis, Savage and even Judge Dredd. Never thought Slaine had any connection though :lol:

On a serious note, where will we able able to access the completed interview - assume a link will be posted on this thread?

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 27 February, 2014, 10:30:18 PM »
TNG has to be my favourite show of all time and Q Who my favourite episode anything ever.

DS9 eventually comes pretty close. It starts off a bit slow in my opinion - with mostly unconnected stories in the first season. At that point I was thinking it would not be able to maintain the interest - given the station can't go anywhere. Then it developed a really interesting political world around it and a large set of recurring characters to complement the main cast. From that point on it was just so good. Unlike TNG it managed to maintain the quality all the way through - the final 6 episodes (or so) with the Dominion war were just great.

Both series had great last episodes as well.

That the last season of TNG was probably not as good as what went before does not detract from my overall opinion of it. I find I can pretty much endlessly re-watch it and still love it.

Film & TV / Re: Heroes Uncancelled
« on: 25 February, 2014, 11:09:08 PM »
I for one really quite liked it. The first series was the best. The second suffered from the writers strike.

I seem to remember it feeling a little unsatisfactory when it ended, with several plot threads unresolved e.g their was this woman working with Peter who got sent into the future (or some alternative future) and we never saw her again.

It also gave us a really great character in Sylar.

General / Re: Nothing to see here
« on: 24 February, 2014, 08:42:48 PM »
I think it is unfair to single out GFD. To me some of his stories were absolute classics, especially Fiends of the Eastern Front and Harry 20.

Death Planet and Angel (recent floppies) are, in my opinion, easily more hackneyed than any of GFD stuff (apart from  possibly Ant Wars). But for an eight year old in 1978 I'll bet they were great.

As to the suggestion that Dredd was fully formed from the start, I can't agree. Some of the early stories are not that sophisticated and follow a basic pattern of introducing a baddie, the baddie having a run in with Dredd and ending up dead or with a heavy sentence and that's about it. I think even the 'classic" robot wars does not particular stand up well now.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 15 February, 2014, 03:08:48 PM »
I decided it was time I finally finished off Lost...I could n't bear not knowing what was going on. I know I could have just read it on Wikipedia...but that's not the same. All I had to do was stop watching re-runs of Star Trek on Pick TV and fast forward through the non Liverpool games on MOTD!

So I have recently watched season 3,4,5 and 6 back to back. I know the series has its detractors but I thought it was great. I really liked the non-linear story telling techniques (I could start going on about ABC Warriors but will restrain myself) and how all the characters interacted. I also really liked the fact that something that happened way back in an earlier series has significance later - it did seem to me that the writers had a definite plan all along. I think watching it at the rate of 8 or so episodes a week really helped - I have seen criticism that a plot thread would be left dangling for 5 or 6 episodes..well for me that was only a couple of days so it did n't matter.

The non-linear story telling really came to the fore when something was shown to have happened to a character and at first you thought you had missed something only for it to be explained later. Have to say the first couple of times I fast forwarded through the previous episode to see if I had missed something; once you got used to it it was great.

The other really stand out aspect of it was the huge and fantastic ensemble cast. I am hard pressed to think of anything else that has so many memorable characters. A bit like The Wire, it was intentionally hard to tell who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. Indeed by the end I was even rooting for Ben.

As to the ending and the explanation of the island. At first I was left feeling a lot was left unexplained, but a trawl through the Net showed this actually was n't the case and that most things did get explained...you just had to be paying enough attention.

I think overall it was one of the best series ever. I certainly didn't think I would have said that when it first started- I think at the time Buffy and Angel had just finished and Enterprise wasn't quite filling the hole left by TNG and DS9.

General / Re: Megazine Cover of the year VOTE
« on: 26 January, 2014, 01:48:35 PM »
1st    340       Henry Flint Dredd
2nd   339       Paul Marshall Dan Francisco
3rd    334       Neil Roberts Insurrection

Have to say I found it much harder to decide than the Prog cover vote.

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