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News / Re: Game News - Judge Dredd: Crime Files
« on: 11 November, 2019, 08:36:36 am »
Fraid the art put me off, the backgrounds we’re fine and the perps..... okay ish in a Ewins homage way but the animation and the drawings of Dredd himself were just whack. I can never understand why merch and associated stuff doesn’t spend the money to use a recognised Dredd artist.

No offence to the artist but it just wasn’t for me.

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Other Reviews / Re: Scream presents The Thirteenth Floor
« on: 12 October, 2019, 12:16:50 pm »
Awesome work, the differing artists really works with some great pages as artists pour what they have into 1/2 pages.

And if you don’t have the original collection you need to get on it. The hardback is one of the sexiest looking things the treasury has produced.

Love these specials - already itching for next years crop - I’d sign up to a monthly sub of rotating titles if rebellion could make it viable.

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News / Re: Planet Replicas - Carlos Ezquerra Signature Edition Lawgiver.
« on: 06 October, 2019, 12:52:15 pm »
Have the second wave of these been posted out yet?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 October, 2019, 10:26:17 pm »
received n.51 and 52 today, meaning I didn’t get 49 & 50... ugh

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Classifieds / Prog 2019
« on: 01 September, 2019, 02:11:41 pm »
Anyone with a print copy of this going spare let me know, cheers!

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Film & TV / Re: Alien Franchise Reboot
« on: 25 August, 2019, 12:49:58 am »
And Alien 3 is great.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2143 - The End
« on: 09 August, 2019, 08:27:44 am »
Absalom was superb. A real verve on the part of Rennie to end as it did... no sequels, no leaving the audience with a sweetheart deal. The story was told and told brilliantly. And the art - Trevallion was a beast in a series that highlighted his still for character, movement and dark humour. His work really sang.

And on top of that Dredd was great, hadn’t seen Pins’ origins coming and how fantastically it was rendered. That bit of red spot colouring.. wow. Williams writes Dredd perfectly for me, gritty, hard boiled, fleshed out supporting cast, multiple threads in the air and righteously angry and self destructively self righteous. I love that strays into Dredd clearly not following protocol not thru expediency but a sense that he is the law, the writer of primary rules and that such is his weakness. Williams Dredd seems to think himself as more the embodiment of the law than the Justice department - which he has learnt is prone to corruption and intransigence - and himself as right. He’s a loose cannon and has been right back to the post Titan assessment by Gerhart to Hershey. If Williams was to direct the strips future I’d wager that’s Dredd next epic - he’s something so other to the rest of the department that it’s not clear it’s sustainable.

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Film & TV / Re: The Boys TV series - Karl Urban cast as Butcher
« on: 01 August, 2019, 12:22:42 am »

Slipknot release sequel to Mull Of Kintyre: https://youtu.be/V3ADK6gsDGg

How weird.
And how weirdly polished that sounds. The U2 of whatevercore that is.

Finished The Boys - enjoyable but misses so much of the original spirit (hughie’s innocence, butchers physicality and menace, the female, the heroes sheer venality) it’s a strange beast. Lots to enjoy but the plot threads pulled at the end of the season are strange and somewhat self-defeating. An enjoyable but qualified success. 

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Film & TV / Re: The Boys TV series - Karl Urban cast as Butcher
« on: 27 July, 2019, 12:05:12 pm »
Fair enough. I haven’t read this, and it was a flippant remark. I’ve actively avoided Ennis’ work for many years because I find much of his humour puerile and his recurring anal rape motifs often veered alarmingly close to homophobia for me.

But if this plays as you say, then my snark was misplaced, and is withdrawn.

There is no doubt Ennis knows how to push buttons and doesn’t shy from stories dealing with sexual violence but his Dear Billy 4 parter from War Stories is one of the most devastating and tender accounts of the harm sexual violence does to victims and their nearest.

His approach to sexual violence / sex / violence is very varied - it can be shocking and graphic background material that is either ridiculously framed (crossed) or sensitively done (a walk through hell) or played as pure comedy (a train called love) or as the pivot point of a serious comic (the last Russian winter, dear billy) but mostly it comes across intelligently in terms of his goals. I always through crossed was instructive - Ennis (and also Spurrier) seldom went for the ‘look at this, now this, now this’ shock potential of crossed but always for the ‘human-survivor scrambling for dignity and sanity’ while other authors (sadly including the great David Lapham) just went for GORE! RAPE! VIOLENCE!

It’s been said more than few times that Garth’s shlocky hits (the boys, crossed) where what allowed publishers to indulge him his historical war comics - a genre that’s sadly clearly not commercially successful. That does sadly make a lot of sense.

As for The Boys series - watched 2 so far and its very enjoyable but neither butcher nor hugie remind me in anyway of their comic origins. Urban is just too small and his accent all over the shop (but he’s good if you forget it’s meant to be butcher). Likewise frenchie. Doesn’t make it not enjoyable but does make it slightly odd, plus... where is Terror!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 25 July, 2019, 07:49:55 pm »
...That could be anyone (much like yer man from Skip Tracer!), it's not a character. Today's Dredd is just some old battered hardass in a helmet, emphasis on the helmet. 


The Skip Tracer is future-Fargo clone fused with the undead spirit of Anderson rumour / thesis is officially GO folks.

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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 21 July, 2019, 12:07:05 pm »
Garth Ennis, Al Ewing, Carlos Ezquerra, PJ Holden and a host of others in the Garth Ennis / The Boys Humble Bundle.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/garth-ennis-and-more-books

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 July, 2019, 01:53:47 pm »
Lobster Random / The Vort should be in any expansion.

The 10 Seconders would make a pretty good book two, as would The Grievous..

There is a whole slew of great Megazine Dredd that seems untapped too.

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General / Re: I made a CGI MEGA CITY, any good ?
« on: 19 July, 2019, 10:00:02 am »
Tbh I find the overuse of 90s cultural signifiers very jarring and breaks any notion that it’s a real futurescape rather than one drawn by someone who really likes Rik Mayall. One or two Easter eggs is fine, an image of non-stop late c-20th references isn’t.

On the other side the bike and Clara Pandy look turbo.

It works for me.  There's a long tradition of MC1 citiblocks being named after obscure pop culture flash-in-the-pan celebrities, which is very much part of the comedy side of Dredd's world.
There is an Andrew Ridgely Block in Wagner's MC1.

Durrr....

See the points where I said ‘overuse’ and ‘one or two...is fine’.

But thanks for pointing out what is clearly never grasped in 30 years of reading  ::)

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General / Re: I made a CGI MEGA CITY, any good ?
« on: 18 July, 2019, 11:08:45 am »
Tbh I find the overuse of 90s cultural signifiers very jarring and breaks any notion that it’s a real futurescape rather than one drawn by someone who really likes Rik Mayall. One or two Easter eggs is fine, an image of non-stop late c-20th references isn’t.

On the other side the bike and Clara Pandy look turbo.

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