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Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 15 April, 2022, 08:09:01 AM »
nevre watch sunset boulevard

That's different. He's (spoiler for 72-year-old movie) dead, he's got all the time in the world.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2277 - Dredd Reckoning!
« on: 13 April, 2022, 06:15:38 PM »
It's a bit confusing following which Dredd is which, especially as Semper's scar isn't visible in a couple of key panels and the gun he picks up doesn't look all that distinctive - unless this is supposed to be a clue, because it's keyed to a Sov palm print and he's actually one of them.

I'm also a bit perplexed as to why Brigand Doom gets called a "terrorist" in inverted commas in Brimful..., when that's literally what he is. Granted he turns into more of a "let the punishment fit the crime"-type ruthless avenger in later serials but he kills hundreds of innocent people in his first story.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 12 April, 2022, 10:16:17 PM »
those first few weeks of 'The Citadel', far from being extraneous were actually a vital part of building up the grim sense of foreboding

I'm not convinced that a condemned man would be that bothered about building up a grim sense of foreboding while making his last confession and/or spilling the terrible secret of Judge Dredd that has been concealed from the world for forty years.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 April, 2022, 07:02:50 PM »
'The War Machine' is better than anything that followed under the Rogue Trooper banner for the subsequent decade but it is very over-rated. Gibbons has been outspoken about how his hopes for the original strip being a meditation on a soldier's soul got dashed under a tonne of "Eat leaden death, Nort scum!" cliches and it's definitely his attempt to make the strip what he thought it should have been all along. But it's not particularly compelling or particularly distinctive (especially post-'Bad Company') and ultimately illustrates that worthy themes aren't much cop if their dramatisation is inert. It really demonstrates how much inventive pulp poetry Gerry Finlay-Day brought to the original.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Brother vs brother
« on: 07 April, 2022, 05:58:56 PM »
Starlord had Strontium Dog, Ro-Busters and Mind Wars. 2000AD had Judge Dredd and Robo-Hunter. Starlord has the edge.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 06 April, 2022, 05:43:36 PM »
Please tell me that we haven't spent the past forty odd years following the adventures of Armin Tamzarian.

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Brigand Doom is one of those strips where I wish Alan McKenzie had been more willing to be an editor first and foremost, and hand over a great premise (with a great artist) to someone else to develop. The first series of Doom is great but McKenzie obviously had no real idea of where to take it after that.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 25 March, 2022, 06:55:59 PM »
There have been six series of Skip Tracer in the time since Savage, The Alienist or Brass Sun were last in the prog.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 25 March, 2022, 06:35:50 AM »
and Nolan Blake is charged with one last mission

Promise?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2274 - Beneath the Remains
« on: 24 March, 2022, 02:22:56 PM »
My dissatisfaction with The Citadel is more about the storytelling than the characterisation of Dredd. That itself shouldn't be a problem given that we know that this is being told by a partial (if not necessarily unreliable) narrator and that Dredd, while being a bit more harshly bastardly than usual, is reacting to incredibly trying circumstances.

What he actually reminds me of is Joe Darkie or Kano in their earliest appearances before the reader comes to understand what drives them and reveals that they are more complex if not necessarily better people than we'd initially assumed. But that's not really possible with Dredd, when a) we've been following him for 45 years, b) this is a flashback so can't reveal anything about his present character and c) the story itself is about halfway over already.

We're being teased with something terrible about Dredd but in a context that we knows end with him killing hundreds of millions of innocent people. It's very difficult to see what this untold story could reveal that would top that without seeming gimmicky or impermanent. And the pacing again is an issue. A lot has happened in the first 30 pages but not much that seems to have consequence (though I'm prepared to be wrong about that). Given that this supposed to be a condemned man's confession it's all very leisurely. I expect the second half to escalate things considerably but it's hard not to feel that we're reading a story not being told by a man who's spent 40 years in solitary confinement but by a comics writer who knows how to build up the suspense nicely in a way that makes sense as pure storytelling but feels contrived as an actual read.

On an unrelated note, I hope the little Cith with the tray who gets flicked away by one of the jailers survived Midnight's rampage in Proteus Vex.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2273 - The Coldest War
« on: 16 March, 2022, 06:18:17 PM »
The thing that's puzzling me about The Citadel is when it's supposed to happen. We follow Dredd fairly closely for most of 'The Apocalypse War' and even when there are gaps in what we see him up to, there isn't really much of an opportunity for him to have snuck off alone like this.

Is that a 'Zenith' reference in Fiends of the Eastern Front?

Tharg the Tease: the Next Prog bit for Proteus Vex.

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Help! / Re: Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 15 March, 2022, 09:15:20 PM »
Been doing a read-through of the Eagle at a leisurely pace but I'm finally at the RAT TRAP era the OP mentions and I think the strip may be the single biggest reason for New Eagle's demise, as its purpose seems to be to personally insult every single remaining Eagle reader one by one while telling them that they, their home town and their ideas all suck.

Presumably this is what got Cor!! cancelled back in 1974 as well.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2272 - Future Tense!
« on: 15 March, 2022, 09:06:52 PM »
I think this has been a weaker run than usual although I can't put my figure on why.

There's a lot of movement but not much of a sense that we're getting anywhere, and there's no real sense of structure or story. Case in point, the first page of the latest serial is all about what Francis Bacon's up to as if he's going to cast a bigger shadow over the rest of the story... but then he's barely mentioned. (Compare with the first episode of Proteus Vex in the same prog, where Midnight's appearance is important contextualisation for what's to come, even if she's not involved in anything we've seen since.)

It feels like a strip that's happily treading water in that particular way that Tom Tully made his own back in the 1970s and 1980s, except that Tully's stories could run for months and it could be years before we see any more of 'The Order'.

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