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General / Re: Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 11:46:44 AM »
Yeah—that. Really, it’s obviously just John Wagner having fun with his toys, but Dredd has compared to many other strips (*cough*constant Marvel/DC reboots*cough*) been fairly tight from a continuity standpoint. Looks like from the dates we have, this might need addressing in 2028, assuming 2000 AD still exists then, and assuming the editor at that point gives a crap about extreme nerds. (Strontium Dog states a massive nuclear war occurs in 2150. Dredd is currently set in 2143.)

Personally, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse about such connections. I see them as fun asides rather than anything to worry about—alt dimension shenanigans. After all, we don’t feel compelled to roll in Batman’s entire continuity into Dredd, and then by extension the entire DC universe (or at least one of them). Do we?

General / Re: Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 11:22:07 AM »
The Fr1day incarnation of Rogue Trooper ends up in MC1 during Casualties of War, which inferred that world was Dredd’s future (in much the same way Strontium Dog is Dredd’s future). But there are all kinds of slight connections to other strips, some of which are extremely tenuous (such as Robo-Hunter being in Brit-Cit, albeit one significantly different from what we see elsewhere).

Things are further complicated by references to MC1 in Mills’s output, and with the Hammerstein crossover; but then it feels like with his Langley-era strips that Mills has ret-conned Ro-Busters and ABC Warriors out of its original continuity and into a distinct one of its own.

The Dead Man should definitely be in the Cursed Earth list, mind.

Books & Comics / Re: Essential Judge Dredd Apocalypse War
« on: 15 January, 2021, 02:37:42 PM »
That’s a still from Near Mint Condition, easily my favourite YouTube comics channel.


(Host Omar isn’t big on 2000 AD, but recently ‘discovered’ Dredd after people had been hassling about doing so far ages, and it totally clicked with him by CF3. He put CF5 in his favourite reads of 2020.)


Books & Comics / Re: Essential Judge Dredd Apocalypse War
« on: 15 January, 2021, 01:14:32 PM »
Colourist is Charlie Kirchoff.

Black Hole was iconic. The first book of Horned God was amazing and a game-changing moment in comics. But I never clicked with Bisley’s Dredd, and Horned God later on became oddly scrappy.

Kennedy was one of those classic 2000 AD artists from that era where there was so much dynamism and great design in everything they touched. His Dredd is superb. And while I don’t really care about Rogue Trooper and VCs, Kennedy’s art urges me to read them again. So: Kennedy.

Urgh. This is a tough one, because Zenith III in particular is some of the best artwork to ever grace the Prog (even if I didn’t entirely get it at the time). The Red Seas is also excellent and his Waugh worked well. I’ve been less enamoured with his more recent work, notably Sin/Dex, which feels empty. (I do wonder whether he’d be better doing some more B+W, given his strength in shadow and shape, somewhat lost when colourists enter the equation.)

Gallagher is an odd one for me, because he’s mostly been paired with strips I don’t like that much. Aquila and Defoe never clicked with me. Kingmaker was better, but again wasn’t a standout strip in my head. However, Hookjaw was amusing. The artwork is very good—and distinct—though.

For me, the sheer impact of Zenith is just about enough to make me plump for Yeowell.

General / Re: Wishlist for 2021
« on: 14 January, 2021, 05:19:32 PM »
That's news to me IP - I thought Rebellion had the rights to it, and also didn't know a lot of it was creator owned.
I may well be taking utter bollocks. I seem to recall reading about issues with Oink rights on comic blogs, but helpfully cannot actually find any of those pieces right now.

EDIT: There’s a tiny reference on John Freeman’s blog: https://downthetubes.net/?page_id=101053

Robinson’s more or less become 2000 AD’s modern-era Brian Bolland. Carter’s done some superb work, but Robinson takes it.

These are tough. Taylor’s done plenty of really great work, but Flint has got better and better and often hits a kind of iconic state for me that few other artists can match.

Smith for his Dredd people (but not the buildings); sad that his final years with the Prog were saddled with such middling scripts. Redondo was frequently great, however, not least in the emotional impact of his work.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 14 January, 2021, 02:00:41 PM »
This government’s entire way of operating is to get quick headlines, do little or no work, ignore key details, and blame others when things go wrong. COVID is just another example. It was always going to be someone else’s fault. In this case, the blame is placed on the public. Depressingly, polling suggests most of the public agrees. (I don’t think the public doesn’t share the blame. Plenty of people don’t do what they should, and we’ve been a ‘least possible’ culture throughout this pandemic. But the government has been a shambles and should have done much better. Mind you, policing of the style seen in South Korea or even Spain wouldn’t be possible here, because we just don’t have the numbers for enforcement. Locally, it’s all now down to community ‘officers’.)

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 14 January, 2021, 01:05:24 PM »
Modern Star Trek is mostly coasting on my good will to the franchise.
We gave up with Picard. It suffered terribly with us watching other shows at the same time, which packed more plot into a single episode than Picard managed in the four or five we struggled through. I’m not much of a Star Trek fan anyway. I watched a fair bit of TNG, but always felt the universe stilted, very American, sexist and overly ‘clean’ (I like my SF grubby). But Mrs IP likes it a lot and has watched entire series when I’ve been doing other things. Picard was a step too far. We both happily mainline The Expanse though.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 14 January, 2021, 10:57:38 AM »
When their polling is holding up so well, why would they feel the need to change at all? It doesn’t help that Brits have normalised this now. Other countries are broadly back to normal, with brief periods of lockdown. Their peaks are like our best days. But Brits now think a thousand deaths a day is bad rather than insanely catastrophic and that a few dozen a day is fine, despite that being the sort of thing many countries have yet to even suffer. It’s insane and ludicrous and I don’t know what it’ll take to wake Brits up from this.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 14 January, 2021, 10:36:55 AM »
Pretty sure money has nothing to do with it. Bisley's rate of output is just Bisley's rate of output.
I should note for the record that I’m certainly not suggesting Bisley had an issue with what Rebellion pay, but that Mills was (again) inferring that this was a problem. Although given that Langley’s finishing off the strip…

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 13 January, 2021, 07:24:17 PM »
Hachette persisting in making it a nightmare to find any one volume, then. Odd decision, too, given that Eaglemoss has done DC and a separate Batman run. Mind you, hard to think of anything else that might have the same level of clout.

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