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Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« on: 16 May, 2009, 08:46:02 AM »
Have yet to read it...but great cover by Cliff Robinson. Ingeniuos!  8-)
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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #1 on: 16 May, 2009, 09:02:30 AM »
Beaten to it...

Cover – Amusing Cliff Robinson cut and paste gag

Dredd – Great fun. Kudos to Al Ewing for not ending it with a gag about [spoiler:1zb3xobe]Ozzy's ring being sullied in the cubes.[/spoiler:1zb3xobe]

Zombo – His origin explained and a new twist revealed. Good stuff.

Slaine – The owner of the tower revealed. You'll kick yourself. Gets good after the fight finishes.

Cradlegrave – The feeling of menace goes up another notch. This is easily my favourite John Smith story ever and matched with fantastic art.

Savage – The get out from last week's cliffhanger is a bit convenient, but very old school. So much for the pub though.

Back cover – Who wears the wig?

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #2 on: 16 May, 2009, 09:33:37 AM »
Quote from: "worldshown"
Slaine – The owner of the tower revealed. You'll kick yourself.

Surely it's [spoiler:nck7c7uq]Ukko[/spoiler:nck7c7uq]?

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #3 on: 16 May, 2009, 11:38:04 AM »
The run of quality continues. Excellent prog this week all round. Dredd and Cradlegrave being the cream of the crop.  ;)
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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #4 on: 16 May, 2009, 12:01:57 PM »
OK, it's slightly worrying when I enjoy a whole prog immensely, especially when Savage and Slaine are in there and I don't normally enjoy those stories.

Cover - Lovely.  Really, really lovely.Nice to see chav fashions - trackies and trainers and all - are still a feature in Mega City One.This cover is a little story in itself and is really well done.  Class.

Dredd: OK, this should have simply make me snigger a bit and move on, but it was sublimely silly fun with a ton of classic lines:
[spoiler:1aj7s9sf]In Sovblock, athletes do not have such luxuries! We rely on skill, stamina - raw determination!' 'And cheating, of course.' 'Da! But only if we are going to lose!'[/spoiler:1aj7s9sf] Genius.  I also love the idea that a [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]tech failure can ruin the women's solo event in world sex championships[/spoiler:1aj7s9sf] I guess my sense of humour is stuck in the adolescent stage... this episode was stuffed full (ooh-er) of great little lines, the commentary on the event being class throughout :>  Ewing can write Dredd full time once the mighty JW hangs up his pen.  Do not let this droid escape, Tharg!

Zombo: To quote Tiswas - THIS IS WHAT WE WANT!!!! Utterly, utterly great. I have to quote again: [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]If you go down in the woods today, the creepers will eat your eyes[/spoiler:1aj7s9sf] - :D [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]No! Please! Not that! Not-- THE SCORPIONS![/spoiler:1aj7s9sf] - YES!!!! [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]Oh my God, that's not the commander! It's--it's BEES![/spoiler:1aj7s9sf] - That line is going to be my Facebook status for the next million years, I think, and Zombo's origin... pretty much told in a single panel... genius

Slaine: Gorgeous, if slight.  I might enjoy it more if I had been following this strip over the years, but that hardly matters as this stands perfectly well on it's own.  [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]Love how Ukko gets Slaine to bang the gong[/spoiler:1aj7s9sf]

Cradlegrave: i am absolutely loving this - [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]my theory of nothing strange going on, really was all ok up until the very last page[/spoiler:1aj7s9sf] - creepy as hell and utterly compeling.

Savage: This is another story I usually skip, but this outing has been fantastic and for the first time ever I'm really looking forward to next weeks episode.

Back cover: [spoiler:1aj7s9sf]does this mean Paul Daniels is joining the Judges?[/spoiler:1aj7s9sf]

What a great prog.

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #5 on: 16 May, 2009, 12:55:18 PM »
Great cover, great gag. Weird that the ginger kid actually looks like the new sex olympian, but I'm sure that's just a coincidence.

Nerve Centre: Nice little gag in Tharg's intro. And the competition for Machine Girl DVDs. I'm not sure I've heard of that one, although it's vaguely familiar.

Dredd:  Very amusing. Gread end to the story. (Why does that sentence seem like an innuendo?)

Zombo:  Great and funny as always.  That zomby baby was genuinely freaky.

[spoiler:3tq7p0bn]Zombo was a complete success-- docile, obedient and friendly. Oh he might be a little crude at times....
Zombo: WELL, CAN I EAT YOU MISTER LAB PERSON?[/spoiler:3tq7p0bn]

Slaine:  Wonderful art. Still a bit undecided about the story, but it's not bad.  All that comercialism seems out of place in a proto-celtic story, but it's all very toungue in cheek, so... ok. (And the owner of the tower is a great character.)

Cradlegrave: Mixed feelings this week. The story itself is ok. Considering how the last chapter finished, I would have liked to pick up from there though. Now the main protagonist hasn't done himself any favours with this show of selfishness or maybe he is just weak, easily led.  I wonder if this means he's set up for destruction at the end of this and he's been made less sympathetic for that reason.

Savage:  Rescue. More shooty stuff. Ok.

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #6 on: 16 May, 2009, 03:49:57 PM »
Another great prog. Last week's highlight was the Tweak nightshirt, this week's is the sly reference to this classic moment in Thrillpower:

We never really die.

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #7 on: 16 May, 2009, 04:35:32 PM »
10p...........those were the days.  :cry:  I'm no sure this was the ref for that great moment n zombo, but its a great image!
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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #8 on: 16 May, 2009, 05:22:04 PM »
On the plus side:
Cover, Cradlegrave & Dredd

Yawn:
Slaine & Savage

Pure Thrillpower:
Zombo & Rear Cover

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #9 on: 16 May, 2009, 05:27:11 PM »
For those not in the know...

The back cover is clearly an homage to the cover of Prog 584.

Cheers

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #10 on: 16 May, 2009, 05:58:15 PM »
Oh, and as for sly references, slightly off topic, but spotted none the less, in this weeks Cradlegrave: Morley cigarettes.

http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morley_(cigarette)
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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #11 on: 17 May, 2009, 10:01:08 AM »
I am enjoying all 5 strips at the moment, and that doesn't happen very often. Normally I only like 3, maybe 4. I am even enjoying Savage for the first time ever.

Who thought it was odd to read [spoiler:3hvkmmk2]a Pat Mills character openly praising Pat Mills' Margaret Thatcher-a-like[/spoiler:3hvkmmk2]? It must have been strange for someone like Pat to write that... It shows that Savage certainly isn't a part of Pat!

I like Cradlegrave, but I hope it gets going soon. I do like slow build-ups, but this one has used up all of its allowance and must get going next prog.

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #12 on: 17 May, 2009, 03:04:34 PM »
Dredd was fun but the thing that stuck in my mind was the next week blurb - "It came from Bea Arthur Block".

Back in April P.J.Holden responded to Ms Arthurs death with "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (For reasons that may, or may not, become apparent....)"

Leading me to speculate "Coming soon to a House of Tharg product near you, a strip that features copious references to Bea Arthur, art by PJ..." Cam I just say...told you so!

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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #13 on: 17 May, 2009, 10:24:44 PM »
Thoroughly enjoying the current run of form from all areas - loving Zombo particularly. Hope to see this make a swift return once this initial chapter is concluded.
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Re: Prog 1636 : Smile..its the law
« Reply #14 on: 18 May, 2009, 10:45:39 PM »
My word ... what a bloody fine prog. Almost makes up for the fact that it didn't arrive until today!

Mr Ewing's Dredd is quite, quite splendid ... just the right proportions of smut, innuendo and stuff that's actually risque, combined with dry wit until that rarest of things (for me, at least): a laugh out loud moment from a comic book. Bravo!

Not content with a bravura Dredd, the Ewing droid follows up with Zombo ... is there no end to this man's talents? Flat-out mental in the finest of 2000AD traditions: violence, more violence, polite zombies, death planets, swarms of bees imitating people, and more violence. How could it get any better? Oh ... I know, let's get the current generation's finest exponent of old-school art lunacy to draw it. Fan-bloody-tastic.

Slaine is fun and looks gorgeous. The character leaves me a little, well, "Meh" these days -- I'd sooner read a new DeFoe story from Pat, since its bonkers high-concept has entirely won me over. Nonetheless, this is entertaining enough stuff with lovely art from Langley.

Cradlegrave seems to be me to be tapping into to the finest tradition of British SF and horror ... this is hairs on the back of your neck creepiness set against the most mundane of backgrounds. It's a genius turn by John Smith, and a superb art job by Edmund Bagwell ... it's bloody hard to draw normal people not doing very much, and doing it well is the key to the rising sense of unease.

And finally, Savage. For some reason, I'm slightly vague on the early stages of this reboot, but this is good stuff. Goddard is drawing some dynamic, exciting action sequences and the whole thing barrels along at a decent clip.

Like so many posters already, I have to give a big grin and a thumbs-up to a five-good-strip prog, but also to mention that I find it heartening to see an issue of this quality without a contribution from Wagner.

That's no disrespect to the Wagner droid, of whom I am on record as being a staunch fan, but there was a period a couple of year back when I thought that a Wagner-less prog would be real trouble for the title. Less so these days, which can only be a good thing for 2000AD, since John, Pat and Alan will all surely want to take the Long Walk (or a wedge of cash from a computer game company) one day ...

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