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General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 24 June, 2019, 09:21:18 pm »
The sheer quantity of great thrills list there makes me wonder why I rated 1986 ahead of 1987 in my recent re-read (I actually go for 1999 being the best year to date (well up to 2000) but this is a glorious period.

Anderson Hour of the Wolf has one of my all time favourite episode with the masterfully timed ambush that takes out Cass.

Fair point - I seem to recall you've called me on that before Jim, when I've commented on it here abouts. I'll try to keep it in mind. Though why I should have to allow reasoned balanced evidence influence my fixed blinkered, long held view I'll never know.

Let's see how I get on over the next 'year' - but please bare with me and do call me out if needed.

As I recall it takes his 'shot glass of rocket fuel' idea too far. For me the Bishop era (all be it with Andy D as deputy and apparently with increasing remit as time went on?) was at its strongest when he developed strong, long running series. With Sinister Dexter and Nikolai Dante. This is further evidenced by how great 1999 was with a number of other long running stories. Seemed to give the Prog the stability it needed to move past the experimentation of growing up.

With Andy D nothing got time to settle and what might have been great stories never got to develop beyond the concept as he was keen to blast onto the next thing.

But lets see how I get on this time.


Ain't ever going to get tired of that.

Anyway so we charge up to Prog 1200 and all that will trim, with a decnt line-up, one I thought would be more hit 'n miss but in all honestly only really has one stinker. I have to say Slaine Secret Commonwealth is everything its reputation has it to be. Its just. The art is poor, very very poor. The storytelling is abysmal, the colouring jarring, the figure work awkward and inconsistant and the blurring and toning unpleasent on the eye. I'm not sure what happened to David Bircham and I hope he's found his niche, just on the evidence of his 2000ad work comics isn't it. The story is pretty dire, or at least has nothing strong enough to make me care about anything in it enough to fight through the art. By this point Slaine has become tired cliche and in much need of the rest I think it gets after this story.

I was thinking I'd also be adding Tales of Telguuth alongside Slaine as a poor set of stories, but you know what I'm really enjoying them. Okay a couple do fall into the formula I remember them having, but the vast majority have been superb little catchy pop tunes of comic stories. There's nothing going to change your world, but by George they are well crafted. I do wonder how they will do on the 'tricky second album' when that might not be enough to carry them. Maybe that's where this series gets its place in my mind. Still cracking stuff to this point.

As has been Dredd in Prog 1193 we get what I think is Jock's debut in the Prog and its great. Maybe not quite at his best yet but close enough. The story 'Shirley Temple of Doom' is a blinder as well. John Wagner writes a wickedly cold tale of block insurance, Judical frustration and poor ol' Judge Stark meeting a grusome end. Its a mini masterpiece.

Speaking of which Sinister Dexter enters what for me is their golden period as 'Mission to Mangapore' ends the Death of Demi arc in fine, fine sci-fi action thriller mood. With twists, turns, crosses and double crosses, action, baddies thought dead springing back into action... its just excellent. The two part follow up 'Life Behind Bars' sees Rocky Rhodes reopen All Bar One and shows what a rich vein of form Dabnett will be on as he broadens the range of the strip now this Death of Demi opus is other. The stories starting in Eurocrash have been good, no GREAT, but Dabnett is about to show us he can get even better.

All of this is topped off quite beautifully with the second part of Kreeler Conspiracy. Which sees Johnny's return continue without missing a beat. The dubious narrator trick working wonderfully to leave the series open and Wagner and Ezquerra bring Johnny to his brutal best. This is just a superb story and one I'm very glad they had the courage to see through.

So there we have it Prog 1199 flies by and we see a logo depart (much needed too if I'm honest) and if my corrected facts are correct David Bishop leaving 2000ad. Many claim Andy Diggle helped save 2000ad. I have no behind the scenes insights but speaking on the numbers alone David Bishop left as editor with the comic in a much MUCH better place than it was when he took over. A much better place. I also have significent reservations about how Andy Diggle will handle his time in charge. But that's to come soon. For now I will salute David Bishop the most underrated editor 2000ad has had and a true guardian of the comic and one who should be lauded.

I'm off for a short break as I Waid into some Daredevil I think but I'll be back before you can shake a billy club, have no fear.

Events / Re: Mike Dorey at LFCC
« on: 22 June, 2019, 05:15:29 pm »
Pretty good line-up but yeah Mike Dorey (I adore MACH 0) is a bit of a treat. Little pricely to attend but then will the comics folks be quiet and easy to chat to as folks flock to Jason Issacs and the like?

Creative Common / Re: Kickstarting Channel Hex
« on: 22 June, 2019, 07:28:30 am »
Certainly be worth a look and the produce sounds interesting to be sure.

Books & Comics / Vertigo no more
« on: 21 June, 2019, 10:25:06 pm »
So Vertigo is being canned... or as the offical press release has its "Sunsetting"


Its been a long time coming. What I always get surprised by is how much many of the comics that are so associated with Vertigo were actually long formed, or even well past their classic runs by the time the label started. That's not to say that Karen Berger's time in charge of the imprint isn't very important, but the movement and her work was well under way. I don't don't it will continue.

Just not under the Vertigo label.

Megazine / Re: Meg 409 - The Death of Dominion?
« on: 20 June, 2019, 09:33:15 pm »
Good Meg, just not the great Meg I was hoping for. To start off with though the two endings landed brilliantly.

I thought Lawless was pitch perfect. After the BIG events of the last couple of stories the switch in tone set up here is glorious and just what the strip might need. Of course Lawson haunted by here reflection suggestions all is not well, but the prospect of fresh stories to come is just brilliantly teased. One of my favourite thrills not just of recent years but ever and it just doesn't seem to let up on the quality.

Torture Garden
has lost some of its edge from the early episodes. Mainly do to the Dark Judges being a look too up close and personal and I enjoyed it more when they were monster in the shadows. That said I thought this ending was great. well hard Judge Ogrons bizarre stand off aside. Casting them into space is about all you can do with the Dark Judges these days and while I wonder if they can sustain their potency in future story this (and Deadworld) have got me engaged with these characters in a way I haven't for years.

The rest is a little disappointing, which isn't to say bad, just not as good as the line-up made it look. Thought Diamond Dogs sounded like it had real potential but it felt a flat and I'm not bought in yet. Still early days and Warren Pleece boys any thrill.

Same with the new Dredd I mean that lineup have been doing great work of late. This story was just so set up it was untrue. It didn't try to disguise it and as such again felt flat and was weighty. Still we're past that now and so we'll see how it develops.

I really enjoyed the first Returners story. This one however hmmm it read like a completely different strip. Our reluctant protagonists forced against their will to serve on a mission. Bit cliche if I'm honest. Still again early days and the fact I enjoyed so much about the first series means I have high hopes this will get past this.

Decent text pieces and Mind Wars was better in my head then in reality alas.

While this wasn't the Meg I was looking for the three new strips still have plenty of potential to give me new hope.

Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 20 June, 2019, 06:18:10 am »
Banners are the new Facebook - or something like that.

I wonder if Banners once of this province has a Banner?

I still have nothing to say I just wanted to do

That again...

... well okay yeah I do have some stuff to whitter about from Progs 1190 - 1192. First 1190 sees the first book of Dante - Tsar Wars ends and by God the ending is magnificent. You can kinda sum up the whole of this story like this:

Episode 1: Supreme stage setting elevating the scale of the strip to brutally represent the scale of the war
Middle bit: The mission
Episode 8: Tense ending to mission, comedy moment to lighten the mood - but really serving only to lull you into the full impact of the magnificently terrible final page. Serving to show whatever the scale of the war (see episode 1) its the savage impact on the personal level, often of non combatants, that still matters most.

Now of course that completely neglects the fact that the 'middle bit' is also a quite frankly genius bit of storytelling by Morrison (R) and Burns (J).  The wonderful balance of action, character and comedy moments is just so well handled.

Highlight of Prog 1191 is a brilliant one off Dredd - 'Slow crime day' that I didn't really remember - god only knows why - a delightful look at how Judges handle just the day the title suggests and the victim of their time filled hands.

Another surprise is Tales of Telguuth. Now I don't like Tales of Telguuth I find it a limited format for done in ones, BUT this opener is fantastic. Brilliantly setting the scene, crafting the world and weaving it all masterfully into a gripping if simple story by Steve Moore all rendered quite devinely by Greg Staples.

Prog 1192 is another 4 story Prog - as have the previous 3 as well. This one fills the gap in seeming desperation, were as the previous at least did it with great double sized strips. In Prog 1192 there two Dredd's one by Wagner (with Laurence Campbell) which is great and one by Roland Grey (with Dylan Teague and 'K. Brighton') I don't know Roland Grey - I'm not sure he graces 2000ad again (?) and to be honest its just not great.

Interesting though the way folks pop in and out of our lives and leave little behind.

Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 19 June, 2019, 08:53:45 pm »
I'm taking it there are good reasons for Neimand pseudonym and leaving it at that, but it would be somewhat hilarious (though I'm not suggesting this is likely in even a fraction!) if it was Wagner using a pseudonym to show the forum moaners who look for Wagner's name and complain about the story no matter what on the basis it isn't Wagner - obviously that would have backfired somewhat!

Funnily enough that crossed my mind - as you say probably poppycock but wouldn't it be hilarious.

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 19 June, 2019, 08:47:35 pm »
More importantly how much do I love 'Farewell My Billions' very possibly my favourite Robo-Hunter story - though there is the Purple patch when Sam and Co first land in Brit-Cit which competes for top spot.

BUT 'Farewell my Billions' has the added advantage of Rose tinted nostalgia as it was (probably) my favourite none Dredd strip when I got back into Tharg's Organ with issue 431* and is the perfect example of a 2000ad comedy strip done well. Playing the laughs but not compromising on the action, excitment and intrigue.

*[Proper font size] Never let it be said that Rose tinted nostaglia has anything to do with good memory as the strip didn't even start until 4 Progs after that!

Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 18 June, 2019, 09:23:05 pm »
If Jim Campbell is here I wonder could you tell us a bit more about using the Tom Frame style of lettering on Spector? I’m no expert and I’m curious what changes you had to make to pay tribute to his “hand”.

Genuine query.

Yeah this would be really cool to hear about. Its such a subtle art, I'm always intrigued by the inner workings of lettering.

Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 18 June, 2019, 09:20:47 pm »
I think I've said it before but that won't stop me, but I really hope there's not some poor f**kin' super talented writer sat at home reading this say...

"What is it with those gits. Why do they keep asking who I am... Mum why did you call me Kenneth and do you think Dad will be pissed if I change my surname to Trout or something, Neimand just isn't working for me..."

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 18 June, 2019, 09:17:10 pm »
Yeah completely agree with all this praise of Bryan Talbot. Surely it was an incredibly daunting task to take over from the mightly O'Neill. In my mind there's an almighty stroke of good timing about the whole thing. As MumboJumbo says this story was pushed back and thence when it came to be published Kev O'Neill had moved on buy Bryan Talbot was perfectly placed, coming out of Luther Arkwright to pick up the reins.

Just a glorious bit of serendipity, like the story was waiting for Talbot to be ready for it. He is so perfect for this particular tale. So much so its hard to imagine Kev O'Neill doing the whole thing, even with those first two epsiodes. We'll never know but I do wonder how much Pat Mills would have had a different shape and tone to Book 4 if Kev O'Neill had still been on board.

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