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Other Reviews / Sleeze ‘N’ Ryder - Digital Edition
« on: 06 January, 2022, 06:54:05 AM »
Nostalgia is a weird thing you always remember something much better than it really is or it is case when you where age X you loved something, but you are now age Y and the same love is just gone. Now here we are Sleeze ‘N’ Ryder something I read in my youth and how can I put it; it is not good at all. Ennis and Percival some off my favorite people in the comic industry but maybe this is more a case study in how creators have evolved grown and mature. So overall give this a wide miss – sorry two of my favorite creators but it is what it is.

Prog / Prog 2263 - The Galaxy's Gunning for Proteus Vex
« on: 05 January, 2022, 03:38:24 AM »
A very good start to the year with some great thrills, the only letdown is the cover which just do not work for me. So, the start of year we have a 5-star line-up.

Dredd – Mr. Niemand has steadily created a vast array of supporting characters in the Dredd-verse, this round we get the Surfer Girl from prog 2219.  Another good opener as the episode ends in a Supersurf vibe. Let the surf continue........

Porteus Vex – The second part and we are now with Vex as he continues to rescue of the “Spectrums”. Carroll and Lynch has built an intriguing world for us to explore and the weird continue but in a good way. Just a note to Vex please rescue Midnight.

The Order – The fanatic, insane ride into the fantastic as our compatriot’s battle “ghost” from different time periods. As always keep on your hat as the team of Kek and Burns deliver another good episode.

Kingmaker – As our heroes decide what to do next the focus change to our real enemy in space. Edginton gives us a more talkative episode after the full out action of the opener. Good stuff.

The OutSo now we know what the contamination (Marabunda) is as poor Cyd is consumed and assimilated and becomes part of the dreaded Tankinar. A very good episode from Abnett but I did find Harrison’s art just a little too much muddy.

General / Do you remember the days of the Annuals?
« on: 17 December, 2021, 03:37:29 PM »
Here is a very nice article related to the time when we still had millions of annuals each year (I am giving away my age - the "good" old days):


Books & Comics / Free Comic Book Day 2022
« on: 17 December, 2021, 09:56:33 AM »
Here is cover for 2000AD's contribution to FCBD 2022:

Megazine / Meg 439 - Snow Mercy
« on: 15 December, 2021, 08:41:32 AM »
What can we say Lawless is back, Wagner is back. A good end to the year meg

Dredd – It starts as a very generic story but by the end we have Dredd back on form being a complete d**k. As per normal Niemand gives us a good Dredd story with adequate art by Austin.

Dead Cap – A good start to a new revenge story a lot of action and a good setup for what is next. I previously stated that I am not the biggest fan of Boo’s art, but I must say that this was really good, and I really loved how the flashbacks where done.

Diamond Dogs – A good start to the next arc as we see how Armitage will influence the story.

Lawless – As always what is not to love about this great first episode as we are introduced to the different parties.

Surfer – Wagner script -check, MacNeil pictures – check. What a great opener from the two maestros.

Megazine / Meg 437 - Scrawling the Walls
« on: 20 October, 2021, 01:28:35 PM »
Cover by Colin MacNeil :

General / Joe Pineapples series from Mills and Biz/Langely
« on: 27 September, 2021, 10:19:45 AM »
Some images from the series:

News / Monster Fun new subscription
« on: 20 September, 2021, 01:17:22 PM »
Monster Fun will launch next year, the UK’s first all-new on-going humour comic for kids in 30 years!:


Megazine / Meg 436 - Fit for Duty?
« on: 15 September, 2021, 06:50:39 AM »
Well, the last few months meg felt a little bit underwhelming to say the least but this month with the same line-up we have a very good meg. The one that steal the show is our friendly neighborhood glow in the dark toy of joy.

Dredd – This one-shot serve as an epilogue to the Providence storyline. I enjoyed this and it was more back to basics with a straightforward Dredd actioner. Good art as well from Nick Dyer (very much reminds me of Cam). 

Diamond Dogs – The story ends in a very satisfactory way and kept me interest and I am sure there is more to come. The nice thing was that the end reintroduced a character that will play a bigger role in forthcoming series. Armitage makes a nice cameo appearance.

The Returners – The standout part of this story is the great artwork especially in this episode. Some interesting turn of events as the story re-engaged me.

Angelic – Great storytelling from Rennie and Carter especially the introduction to the alternative Mean Machine.

Devlin – I am going to say it, this was for me the single best Devlin episode ever. Awesome stuff from Kot, dark humor, twisted characters, witty engagements, wonderfully scripted. Do not forget the superb work from Dowling to deliver this masterpiece.  The laugh-out-loud moments made my day.

Other Reviews / Firekind
« on: 04 September, 2021, 06:54:35 PM »
This is the one I have been waiting for.  The best is that I can remember that I liked this, but I could not really tell you know why and what. So, let’s put the proof in the pudding let’s see if it stood the test of time. Does my memory of this being good still hold up?

In essence his is a story about greed, humankinds lust for what others have told in John Smith unique style. Today I can apricate this story much more since it is something we all witness how we are destroying out world we live in. The story feels like an Avatar rip-off, but roles should be reversed.  John Smith knows how the pull our strings in pull us into his sci-fi landscape.

The art by Paul Marshall is good and I think this was his first work for the house of Tharg. His style has change from his earlier works and looks different today (and I love his old and new style). The alien world is beautifully illustrated by Marshall.

So, if you are a John Smith fan do not miss this and anyone who likes their sci-fi a little bit different or even weird this is for you. My final verdict is that it stood the test of time – Get it !!!!!!

News / Pat Mills Joe Pineapples series
« on: 03 September, 2021, 03:58:46 PM »
I just read this on Mills twitter feed:

Clint is currently completing the Joe Pineapples Tin Man story. It's 11 episodes. Simon Bisley did the first two and Clint the remainder. I've seen most of the art and some of the colour and it all looks excellent to me. Maybe out next year. 8 years in the making!!

Other Reviews / Bad City Blue
« on: 11 August, 2021, 02:52:13 PM »
These digital only releases give our guys that do not have the same accessibility to opportunity to get hold of the some of the classic thrills of the past. It feels like a lifetime ago that I first read Bad City Blue. Yes, it has been 34 years since the first episode was published way back in prog 468. So, for me this is feels like a first time read my memory bank surely has lost a lot of capacity.

 The story itself is self-contained and has a clear ending – no sequel needed for this one.  In general, the story is a grim dark tale. Out main protagonist is a bad man and as the story unfolds, we get a clearer picture of whom he is. It was good to walk down memory-lane again and I enjoyed this series. I can recommend this to anyone especially for the classic-sense of it all and for people who do not want to invest a lot of time in a multiple-arc story.

The art if you are familiar with Robin Smith’s work is good, not spectacular but it does tell the story efficiently.  Grant’s script is tight and too the point with no time wasted unnecessary.

So, my conclusion is: get this.

PS – I would like Rebellion too to do a lot of these smaller series as digitally only like Kola Kommandos, Junker etc.

General / Interview with Dan Abnett
« on: 30 July, 2021, 04:25:26 PM »
Nice interview with Dan Abnett about his current projects and his work for the prog:


Megazine / Meg 434 The Radlands Raiders !
« on: 21 July, 2021, 07:11:24 PM »
Well this meg was ok not great just ok saved by Devlin and Angelic. Surely missing 3 strips which I will not name but we all know I am talking about.

Dredd – In some sense the theme of the Dredd story is not my favourite, and the story is carried by Staz’s excellent art. The episode does carry some interesting events and it would be interesting to see where this will end up.

Diamond Dogs – This episode felt a bit empty, and it would have been nice to have certain parts given a little more background. So, this one was a bit of a step backwards in the storyline.

Angelic – As I enjoyed the previous run (I cannot even remember when last this was in the meg), this arc starts on a right foot.

The Returners – This story feels like it is leading me in the wrong direction, and it might be that I am starting the loose the direction and what is going on. Currently it feels like events are happening without any reason or purpose. I might have to re-read the whole arc or something.

Devlin – Well mister Waugh you have an interesting set of choices or rather a choice to make. A deal with the Devil is always lopsided. Great stuff from Kots, he is surely now established himself that can take the strip forward.

General / John McCrea Vice Press print
« on: 11 July, 2021, 03:21:14 PM »
John McCrea's take on the Angel Gang for a Vice Press print:

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