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General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 2
« on: 26 February, 2021, 02:50:53 PM »
1. Doomsday
2. Mega Rackets
3. Chief Judge’s Man

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 February, 2021, 04:46:43 AM »
I got a big wave of ‘70s nostalgia from Colin’s post... walking across the Meadows in Edinburgh, every week, to the Science Fiction Bookshop. My first exposure to Marvel was in some of those anthologies: Forces in Combat and Future Tense. Weird mixture of stuff in those comics...

Also enjoying Big Meg One a lot. Thanks for reminding me how great Al’s Baby was: relentlessly entertaining, and Ezquerra goes just the right amount of cartoonish on it. Looks like he was having fun. Complete edition (three stories) on sale for $5 in 2000AD app right now: no excuse not to!

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 1
« on: 23 February, 2021, 12:43:42 AM »
1. Chief Judge's Man
2. City of the Damned
3. Dead Ringer (I like this one!)

Luna City has some classic episodes, but also some filler: and it really isn’t one story, which cost it third place.

Should have been the final! McMahon’s peaks are arguably the greater, but on average, King Carlos is the master. (Literally: was he not a big influence on McMahon?)

Both great Dredd artists, obviously, but Cam Kennedy was great at everything, so he gets the win.

General / Re: Dredd epics ranked
« on: 18 December, 2020, 05:14:50 PM »
Ouch! I’d have put money on ‘Tour of Duty’ being top 3. If you leave nostalgia for the early stuff aside, I think it’s John Wagner’s masterpiece. But I take the point about its fragmented nature: there’s more than one kind of ‘epic’...

Prog / Re: Prog 2212 - Elecrtifying 100 page Xmas Issue!
« on: 18 December, 2020, 05:08:29 PM »
That episode of Slaine was wonderful: made me feel like I was 14 again. I’ve been getting a bit bored with the Prog lately: turns out all I needed was a big fight with a guy getting his face sliced off!.

If it keeps up like this, it’ll be some of the greatest Slaine art ever: a ridiculously high bar!

General / Re: Dredd epics ranked
« on: 16 December, 2020, 06:32:49 PM »
Just to make a change from “I can’t believe you put X higher than Y!”, I agree 100% with your placing and assessment of ‘Trifecta’. I could never get on with Jack Point: almost unreadable. (Spurrier’s Hellblazer has been fantastic, though).

That said, next up: two pieces of “fluff” that are better than ‘Doomsday’  :)

General / Re: Dredd epics ranked
« on: 10 December, 2020, 03:18:41 PM »
While we’re nitpicking, “Dredd in Sovland” has been collected, in the very skippable ‘Cold Wars’ GN.

You’re generous to this one...

General / Re: Dredd epics ranked
« on: 09 December, 2020, 05:02:04 PM »
This blog is excellent: keep it up!

Trying to figure out what counts as an epic is good nerdy fun. I can just about get to Blood of Satanus III at 35, but struggling to get to 52 from there.

One thing’s for sure: you must be including a ton of stuff that isn’t anywhere near as good as ‘Doomsday’  :)

All together in Case Files 30, it’s a cracking read with some really great art from some of my all-time favourites. Plus, it’s fun to try to figure out a reading order if you were to remix the Prog and Meg stories in story sequence.

Seems harsh when you look at their relative output for 2000ad, but let’s face it, it’s Alan Davis

General / Re: Favourite CURRENT droid Round 1 - INJ Culbard or Simon Davis
« on: 20 November, 2020, 10:40:48 PM »
Culbard for Brink

The legendary Mike McMahon

Simon Fraser for sure


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