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Prog / Re: Prog 2161 - Organ Malfunction!
« on: 12 December, 2019, 10:55:23 am »
Sadly, the exhilarating roller coaster ride that's been this run of strips finally comes to its thrilling end.

Hang on, no. A roller coaster ride is ups and downs isn't it. This has been all ups. Is that even possible?

Anyway I've loved all the stories with very few reservations. Defoe has been Pat doing what Pat does best - extended fight scenes packed with splenetic political invective - but it's all been far less ponderous than his attempts to do the same in Slaine or The ABC Warriors and the Moore droid's frenzied artwork has helped enormously to enhance the sense of pandemonium. Deadworld suffered a little, I thought, from slightly shoe-horning in the Sov sub-plot but the final episode of this chapter resolves it brilliantly and I'm so pleased there's going to be an epilogue in the Xmas prog. 'Harvest' has done a great job of filling John Wagner's shoes after 'Guatemala' - the procedural aspect of the plot was a little clunky in places but the concept of a cabal of robots attempting to transcend their artificial status is fantastic, looking forward to seeing how it develops. Brink remains a pleasure to read even though 'Hate Box' has lacked the weirdness that the cult aspect brought to previous chapters. Got a feeling they won't be taking a back seat for long though! Best of all though has been Hope. For the first few installments I complained it was missing the kind of narrative hook that the kidnap plot brought to the first chapter but towards the end it absolutely blossomed into a total classic. I have to say, I love the way the final dialogue of both chapters has concluded with the chapter title. Wonderful touch.

Florix grabundae for an incredible last few weeks, Tharg.

Prog / Re: Prog 2160 The Red, White & Blew!
« on: 05 December, 2019, 11:05:22 am »
It's a 2/3 split for me this week, Brian. The Dredd story is doing all the right things but not really hitting the spot; and elegantly readable as Brink is, I still can't shake the feeling that it's not living up to the macabre glory of previous chapters. And with those hate boxes installed all over the habitat, has no-one else ever thought of using the their voice recognition ability to track criminals?

Luckily we have three strips working their way to wonderfully gory conclusions, with Hope emerging at the top of this week's pile.

Prog / Re: Prog 2160 The missing Prog!
« on: 04 December, 2019, 09:11:13 am »
Not read the whole thing yet but I've got to say, any publication featuring the line "Someone replaced Baroocha's amputated arm with the exact amount of munce you ordered on the day of the amputation" is absolutely fine with me.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 29 November, 2019, 02:03:43 pm »
Also... er, is it 'Regened' as in 'regenerated', or 'Regened' as in 'having new genes'..?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 29 November, 2019, 02:01:33 pm »
Sorry if this has been mentioned already but what are kids supposed to do if they like the Regened stories? Wait three months for some more?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 03:51:04 pm »
Four Regened progs? No. No, no, no, no, no. The last one was bearable - a decent Dredd and I really liked Full Tilt Boogie, but that was about it.

Four? Really?


Prog / Re: Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« on: 28 November, 2019, 10:27:40 am »
A strip written and illustrated by Rob would be fantastic. He seems like he'd rather publish his stuff in one volume though. Oh well, fingers crossed - at least a 3riller, perhaps..?

As for this week's prog: a faint yet tangible sense of sadness washes over me as I realise the current set of strips is going to conclude in a couple of weeks. Except Brink obviously, of which this chapter has another 23 or so installments to run. Though this week it takes a huge upswing with the mention of a certain word that I won't mention as it actually does make me feel a bit nauseous now, just like in the story. Funny how that happens. Defoe is bonkers and I've really enjoyed this chapter. The Moore droid's art isn't completely my taste but there's no denying its finesse. And I love the phrase 'superior hero', it's just perfect. Hope has completely caught fire over the last two or three weeks after a slightly rambling first few episodes. Deadworld looks like it's building to a climax - kind of hoping the next chapter is the last, not because I'm not enjoying it (I am, very much) but I wouldn't want it to drag on too long. And I want to find out how it ends, dammit!

Prog / Prog 2159 - The Thrill Of It All
« on: 22 November, 2019, 11:34:09 am »
OK, I know it's not the done thing for one to start a prog review thread when one has nothing to actually review, but...

I met Rob Davis at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal last month - he signed and illustrated a copy of his excellent graphic novel The Motherless Oven for me and mentioned that he'd recently completed a 2000 AD cover. Which character did it feature, I asked. 'Tharg The Mighty!' was his jubilant reply.

So here it is, and it's ruddy wonderful. Chapeau, Mr Davis.

Prog / Re: Prog 2158 Fear the Reaper
« on: 21 November, 2019, 12:32:18 pm »
Not too much to say, with the same roster of strips ticking over nicely... I think for the first time in this run Defoe nicks Top Thrill, while Brink perhaps treads water a little too much and the Deadworld plot meanders. Hope also brings home the Bacon, though I thought it was a tiny bit cheeky of Jimmy Broxton to duplicate the entirety of the large panel on the first page on the subsequent page, with a replaced head.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 19 November, 2019, 01:14:34 pm »
Thanks everyone for your prompt and informative replies!

I have messed around with stud.io in the past, as well as having a go at some 'advanced' (and I use the word very cautiously!) constructions with the kids' Lego, so I'll see what I can do... when I get some time  :o

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 19 November, 2019, 11:30:07 am »
Ah, right, didn't realise these were based on an existing range. Shame!

OK, another question (to which I'm sure I could get the answer by reading the thread :)) - do you publish the plans anywhere? And is it easy/cheap to order the right bricks?

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 19 November, 2019, 09:53:13 am »
I'm sure someone must have asked this at some point over the last 41 pages but is there any chance Rebellion and Lego could get together to licence these?

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 19 November, 2019, 09:51:39 am »

This sequence was heralded as Bradley's Thesaurus of Modern Music, because after Bradley Visits His Grandpappy, he then goes on a quest to find him some good music and Meets Jason Donovan, Goes Gothic and Goes Gigging. (This has now given up all pretence of being on an alien planet.)

Just a quick interjection to say I how ecstatic I was that Bradley decided to attend a gig by Nitzer Ebb, at the time - and still - one of my favourite bands.

"Good gig, Doug!"

Prog / Re: Prog 2157 - Red Army!
« on: 18 November, 2019, 10:12:55 am »
Belated opinion on this week's prog since I left it at work and only just got a chance to read it...

Going with the consensus on Guatemala that although it's as fine a piece of comics writing as you'll see anywhere, the conclusion did seem a little rushed. Also it was a shame that having been portrayed as a coldly calculating mastermind, the Presidente ignored every piece of information from his aides and ended up giving the "No, no... it cannot be!" kind of shtick usually delivered by B-move villains.

Elsewhere Hope and Defoe are really in their stride, Brink takes time out for a poignant interlude and Kek-W drops (literally) a bizarre blast from the past into Deadworld. 9/10's all around and once again glad that 2000 AD is still here with its weekly potpourri of thrills.

General / Re: How do you read yours?
« on: 13 November, 2019, 01:50:24 pm »
Week to week I'm a straight front to backer - with the odd exception if I'm particularly excited about an episode of any given story, but that's the exception rather than the rule

Yep, same for me too, I'm a straight front-to-backer (hmm, one for the 'things that went over your head' thread there)

Usually buy the prog on a Wednesday and curl up with it last thing that evening.

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