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General / Re: 2000AD ‘Art Stars’ Competition - Robo-Hunter
« on: 23 January, 2021, 12:17:27 PM »
That guy won last time (with his Slaine image?), so his entry was out of the running.

Oh I didn't realise previous winners couldn't enter offcially again.

I think they can enter, just not win.

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General / Re: 2000AD ‘Art Stars’ Competition - Robo-Hunter
« on: 23 January, 2021, 12:13:52 PM »


That guy won last time (with his Slaine image?), so his entry was out of the running.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 18 January, 2021, 07:54:27 PM »
Actually not only is it a shame that Revere is only digital - there's a book whose art deserves a lovely hardcover - all oversized and shiny.

Not oversized, but it's due in the Ultimate Collection.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 17 January, 2021, 12:26:17 PM »
For me Sin/Dex is Abnett’s weakest entry I would rather him focus on more The Out and Brink. I also would like to see the return of both Kingdom and Grey Area. So yes, I understand the love of a long running series but sometimes you have to put something to bed. Sin/Dex is not a bad strip and I always find a readable, but I would really like Abnett to give the story a proper send-off (one which such a long running strip deserves).

Yep - at this point Sin/Dex is by far Abnett's weakest still-running creation (a testament to his evolution as a writer). As you say, I'd happily take a new series of The Out, Brink, Lawless, Kingdom or Grey Area - literally any of them - over yet more Sin/Dex, which feels a bit written-for-the-sake-of-it these days.

Sorry Colin!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 16 January, 2021, 12:37:19 PM »
It really is about time we get some of the 3rillers collected, isn't it?

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General / Re: Wishlist for 2021
« on: 16 January, 2021, 12:10:51 PM »
Another story that was original target for prog 2184 Nakka of the S.T.A.R.S what happened too it as well?

Brendan mentioned that recently, so it's still on the cards.

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General / Re: Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 12:06:46 PM »
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?

No, but that's explicitly an alternate dimension story, rather than a time travel one, although the distinction between an alternate dimension and an alternate timeline is a pretty fuzzy one.

Yeah, and that's the key - when I read 'time travel' in the Rogue/Stront/Dredd crossovers, I just fudge that in my head to 'dimensional travel' and hey presto!*

*Although the first Dredd/Stront crossover makes great - and explicit - use of time travel shenanigans as an integral part of the plot!

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General / Re: Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 09:35:32 AM »
Funt, you continue to be the hero this board needs (but probably doesn't deserve).

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General / Re: Thrills Over Time
« on: 14 January, 2021, 08:41:57 PM »
Karyn is in Fetish too, iirc.

Sorry, that probably doesn't help!

*updating spreadsheet* - thanks!

Using a combination of Bishop, Barney & Funt (the lawyers you never want to call), I've updated my data on Karyn:



You've missed Asylum (Meg 4.05) - the story where she and Dredd first battle the beastie which later possesses her.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 427: The Ssspiritsss Of The Ssseason!
« on: 14 January, 2021, 10:28:27 AM »
I have an issue with page 55 and 56 which should be a double page but because of the way the pages are numbered with the digital version it does not pan together when you turn your device. Is this the case with the printed meg as well that the double page is back-to-back?
I agree with Dark Jimbo - this latest Dark Judges tale isn't working for me; a shame as Torture Garden was excellent, lots of creepy ideas in there.

I do have to stress this is the only episode of the current story that I've read!

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Megazine / Re: Meg 427: The Ssspiritsss Of The Ssseason!
« on: 13 January, 2021, 12:08:30 PM »
My partner got me this issue when she got me the Xmas prog - much of it didn't make any sense to me, but I thought my musings (as someone not following the current stories) might be of interest.

I'm going to damn Dredd with faint praise - it was fine. A nice enough little tale, that's ultimately not going to linger long in the memory.

Megatropolis was amazing. Definitely going to pick up the eventual collection of this. Purely as a vehicle for Dave Taylor to do his thang - that gorgeous neo-noir Gotham-meets-Metropolis - it justifies its existence, but the script was great too.

Dreadnoughts - equally, wow. So much to love here. It's such a dense read - halfway through I had to remind myself who had written this, and to see Carroll's name really surprised me. I wasn't always the biggest fan of his Dredds - in fact, his apparent assumption of the 'lead Dredd writer' mantle at the time was one of the reasons I parted ways from the prog - but this is such a step up! Really confident storytelling with loads to unpick, and Higgins brings his A-game to match. The colouring is really sympathetic, too. Another to pick up when collected.

Not a scooby what was happening in The Returners. Lovely art, but the decompression is something else...! You could just about get away with this kind of storytelling in the prog, on a weekly schedule, but when you're working with monthly episodes it's just insane to be offering up 2- and 3-panel pages like this. It's a big part of what (quite rightly) pissed everybody off with American Reaper Sexy Ostriches.

Not a fan of what I read of Deliverance. Hopefully this Whisper chap has had some prior set-up that I missed; he seems to be a walking deus ex machina. 'The only man who can free Death' - er, okay, but why? A fair bit of decompression here, too, and Nick Percival's soft-focus art just makes me feel like my eyesight's going. Based on this (maybe unfairly) I won't be rushing to seek out the Dark Judge stories that I've missed.

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General / Re: Thrills Over Time
« on: 11 January, 2021, 04:28:21 PM »
Am I the only one to think, "wait, SinDex is 25 years old?"

That means there will be readers who were born after it started. I know that is the case, and I know that it's not a shock. But somehow I didn't apprecaite it.

I can't quite claim that, but yeah - I was leaving Primary School the year SinDex started, and I'm now a dad in my mid-30s (and feeling more like mid-40s!). Meanwhile SinDex haven't managed a single grey hair between 'em!

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Announcements / Re: Nemesis the Warlock hardcover reprint and volume two
« on: 11 January, 2021, 03:27:03 PM »
Once you accept that what you're getting for your money is a beautifully bound and nicely designed larger-format edition of Casefiles Vol 2 on lovely paper, with legacy flaws and quite minor improvements, plus excellent colour bits, rather than a reworked "absolute" version or a Hibernia-quality labour of love,  I think it succeeds as a very worthwhile purchase.

Yep. All the indignant online spluttering had me worried, but actually... it's no worse than the Nemesis phonebooks, and actually much better in places. It may not live up to the progs or Titan editions, but I've never seen the original progs or Titan editions, so that doesn't really bother me. Of the three editions of this material that I've now owned, this is on balance probably the best.

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General / Re: 2000ad characters and their accents
« on: 11 January, 2021, 03:04:52 PM »
For me, Johnny Alpha sounds like Clive Owen.

Ooh, that's a good shout.

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General / Re: Thrills Over Time
« on: 11 January, 2021, 01:53:32 PM »
Loving these graphs!
How about combining Caballistics, Absalom and Diaboliks? (and I suppose you could throw Necronauts in which is thematically similar if entirely unconnected plotwise).

Thanks to a reference to Necronauts by Ravne in the second Cabs story, you can make a case that it's all connected.

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