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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 September, 2019, 09:23:36 pm »

The first relaunch Prog of 2002 comes after only 7 issues (8 if you count Prog 2002 ad). Its a Diggle-era-esque thrill sized set of stories. The irony being that the begining of Matt Smith's time as Tharg's Little Helper delivers 'the rocket fuel shot of thrillpower*' better than anything from Diggle's actual time in charge. Of course in times of transition such as these you have to assume the predecessor has much to do with the early material in their successors time, but we'll never know how much and how much a hand Matt Smith as Assistant Tharg's Little Helper at the end of Andy D's term.

Anyway enough blatter, its a time of perfect tight short sharp thrills. The Zenith of Diggle's time, out of time.

There's some solid done in one Dredd's from ensemble writing cast of non-Wagers. Then we get two belters.

Storming Heaven an 8 parter in essense covers a LOT of ground. A tale of the raise of heroes fresh from the summer of love. The twisting of that by evil and self interest. The destruction that brings and the dawning of the age of aqurious to wrap it all up. Its just like Love like Blood in that sense. Its covering so much its episode's at times feel like plot summaries more than parts of a story. The drug fueled theme of this story makes this work in this case however and its blistering, ugly fun exquisitly rendered by Fraser Irving. This thrill just works.

Shakara goes a different route to make the compacted space it has work. It keeps things simple and enigmatic. An everyday tale of interstella revenge as the surviving member of ??? finds increasing Kirbyesque ways of tearing through those that lead their race ??? to its bitter end. What it doesn't have space for it leaves aside to keep to this wonderfully basic formula. In doing this the rocket fuelled designs of Henry Flint reign supreme and its an absolute delight.

Of course it couldn't sustain that format and this one develops into a firm favourite and I can't wait - but seem to recall I'll have to - for this to come back.

There's some nice bits and bobs backing two up, and some average and then there's Bad Company 2002 which sadly is the only shortcoming in this otherwise consistantly great series. This one seems to want to set something else up and might have worked if it had. As it stands however it has no reason. The ideas have been covered, Kano gains nothing and the release of Danny from the Krool Heart has no purpose, reason or meaning. Its a real let down.

Overall though this is a great start to 2002.

A nice aside is in Prog 1277 we get Alan Grant set up a cool looking Crystal Skull hooded assasin type. Taking Dredd down and threatening to finish it off at some unstated time ... my shoddy memory means I genuinely can't remember if this gets fulfilled or if this thread is left hanging. So I get to enjoy this all over again... maybe...

*[normalfontsize] Accepting the reason for the size of thrills wasn't the above misquoted editoral edict - but the desire for short sharp punches of thrillpower was still in that manifesto.[\normalfontsize]

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 14 September, 2019, 08:44:31 pm »
Yeah we are hitting the change hard and fast now.

Love the fact that you have 'Bad Company' as its own phase as it really feels the start of the transition from the orginal 2000ad to the (then) new. And while 520 is the more obvious marker for that transition I see 500 and Pete Milligan's Bad Company as the real apex.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 14 September, 2019, 11:37:41 am »
Read recently that Rian Johnson is still working on his new trilogy. Might be the last we see of the original saga mind.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 12 September, 2019, 09:20:26 pm »
With me re-read of Shakara recently (I never read the first arc) I can concur, Shakara is just brilliant. Red is later joined by Green ending with Blue.

I'd forgotten the green - have to be honest can't wait to get to the later Shakara - as I recall the series just goes from strenght to strenght.

My recollection going forward is that you're about to climb a giant hill of awesomeness, with a few stumbles on the way but basically reaching a thrill plateau in 1-2 years. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

That pretty much nails my expectation and the stumbles are individual stories rather than periods of any significence. Looking forward to finding out.

Just a quick fly by to preclaim another BRILLIANT thing about Shakara. The recap box, which for other gives us a 100(ish) word summary of a series for Shakara just says

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 September, 2019, 09:49:23 pm »

Prog 2001ad

Well this bodes well doesn't it.

Okay so lets say it Bad Company doesn't start great (things won't improve as I recall). That aside end of year Prog that really marks the start of 2002. One great Dredd - Wagner and Staples return Slick Dickens, one okay one by Rennie and Kennedy. This will be kinda emblematic of Dredd this year I susepct as the new breed start to find their feet.

Bryan Talbot proves how wonderfully his art can convey story and the story he conveys wordlessly is decent. Sinister Dexter provide a Christmas bullseye.

We then get three stories that will join Dredd and Bad Company onto 2002 and this is where all the optimism comes in. I really enjoy the drug fuelled psychedelic trip that is Storming Heaven, well I did last time I read it and this opener by Gordon R with just sublime art from Fraser Irving shows that should hold. Dante is in sooner than expected and what a delight... well okay so Dante is crushed and broken, lost and without hope. Its dark and brilliant.

But star of the show is the Earth shattering, mankind dismissing violence fest that is SHAKARA! If for no other reason than

1) There a lot more red in it than I remember
2) I'd also forgotten I'd got the splash page in this issue signed by Henry Flint and Robbie Morrison so that was a very nice surprise.

Of course there's not 'no other reason'  as the other reason is its bloomin' a mindless delight and utterly wonderful.

So yeah they may be keeping bad company but with these and Dredd we'll be okay - right?

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 11 September, 2019, 05:07:43 pm »
Arh Ming you are a work of wonders... or is that your works are wonderful... dunno but works either way for me.

Prog / Re: Prog 2148 - Fear of the Machine!
« on: 11 September, 2019, 05:05:55 pm »
This might be the writers and artists reflecting what is going on in the real world and I can understand this, but can we not have at least a few stories that reflect a better world, one that we might strive for?
Cherrypicking here, but I'd love to know which classic 2000AD stories you think reflect a better world? There's
 the odd character here and there who thinks they're doing something the right thing - Johnny Alpha or Torquemada, for example - but it's invariably against the backdrop of a fairly unpleasant setting.

Personally I gotta agree with McNulty here, the prog is a downer now compared with the old days. It is so lacking in the irony and wit that made it so much more entertaining then.

Is that a reflection on the Prog itself or on popular culture as a whole and the acknowledgement of an aging audience.

That's not to say someone can't find it too grimdark (is that still a word?) for their tastes of course, but certainly don't think it's the Prog alone that has developed that way.

Suggestions / Re: ‘Vote Dave’ tshirt please!
« on: 11 September, 2019, 05:00:16 pm »
...Well that was fast!  :lol:

Eyes peeled for the Thrill-mail, peeps...

Yep beat me too it. Who said Rebellion don't think the  boards a thing anymore.

Nice one Tharg's T-shirt droid.

Well Early Years is possibly my favourite so far. Okay its short but he back matter, the colour bonus pages make it feel special. Though gosh that forward needs to be an Afterward. I shopped reading it when I realised it was going to tell me the whole bloody plot.

Then you get to the story and you realise it is special. Just brilliant. Superb. As Timothy says Rasputin is plain brilliant. But for me the parallels between Jack London and older Corto are just fantastic and he's the star of the show. Its an mini masterpiece.

The only downer is we don't get the longer story this set up. The few pages we get hint at how great this could have been. Still we must be grateful for what we have. Just a lovely package.

Prog / Re: Prog 2148 - Fear of the Machine!
« on: 10 September, 2019, 12:52:53 pm »
Too be fair though has 2000ad ever been big on a happy ending? In the old days, first 100 issues say the standard story conclusion seemed to be 'and the hero died... horribly' or 'The dinosaurs won' etc etc.

As the stories have 'grown up' that darkness has become more bitter and harder possibly but I'd suggest this isn't a new thing. The recent conclusion to Absalom I'd suggest is about as happy an ending as you've ever got in 2000ad.

Books & Comics / Re: Phoenix comic
« on: 10 September, 2019, 12:47:36 pm »
Its a broad church. If you want out rageously funny then you can't go wrong with any of Jamie Smart's output. I personally think Lushkin is probably just about funnier than Bunny vs Monkey. Adventure then look no further than Pirates of Pangaea, why is there only one volume of this??? Though I'm also a fan of Troy Trailbrazier the latest story was fantastic.

A bit inbetween Mega Robo Bros is fantastic and possibly my favourite thing in the comic?

Corpse Talk is fun education in the Horrible Histories mode

Best answer though is go for The Phoenix Colassal Comics Collections - there two currently and these give a really good impression of the variety of strips AND you get Squid Bits which is just superb and also possibly my favourite thing in the comic.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 September, 2019, 09:07:10 pm »

2001 - A thrill oddity

Before I start I must of course apologise for the bloody awful and I imagine much over used, play on words... I know I shouldn't of, but hey what ya going to do?

Anyway as ever with these things lets look back to what I predicted 2001 would be like at the end of 'last year'

I think 2001 will be a thrill odyssey in a similar vien. A mixed bag to say the least, no party like 1999, but not a bad year. There will be too many misses to sit alongside numerous hits that I believe will be on the way.

Jez I can't help myself can I!

Anyway not a bad prediction, but I think 2001 is actually weaker than 2000. While it has some very strong thrills, it has a lot of stinkers to and the phase between 1250 and 1262 is a particularly weak period for me.

When reviewing 2001 its almost impossible not to use it as a review of Andy Diggle's tenour as Tharg's little helper. The things is that might be a little unfair. Firstly as with 2000 its a time of massive upheaval. Secondly probably Andy D's greatest achievement in the role was bringing in such a wealth of new artistic talent. He does a magnificent job on that front and one that will serve the Prog well for years to come. Most of that work was last year however.

Thirdly, whether by design our not, the holy trinity of Dredd, Dante and Dexter (Sinister ...) isn't quite as available to him, or not as strong. Dredd starts to see Wagner withdraw from his ever presence. While many of the other writers coming on do a decent job they haven't quite found their feet yet and in Helter Skelter we have a very weak Dredd story.

When Dante is in the Prog its magnificent but its not in as much as it has been. Sinister Dexter is good but lacks one of the big punch stories. These three are still strong and still a great spine, just there's a bit more space around them. And that space is a little hit and miss.

The miss, well Tor Cyan tickles someones funny bone, just not mine. ABC Warriors is beautiful but disappointing, Love like Blood and Pussyfoot 5 prove that John Smith is human. Durham Red is too damned shiny and Killer too damn cliche. The trouble is that's not them all, but it will do.

The highs, well there's more Buttonman so that's a delight, brilliant Anderson and the aforementioned trinity of holy. Dredd has good chunks of delight it should be noted.

There's some middle ground to. Its a real balance and sadly I'm beginning to expect more. What saves 2001 from being proclaimed a bit of a miss. Well its that wonderful bit of design first seen on the glorious cover to Prog 1234. Andy makes up for that horrible mast head by bringing us the best logo the Galaxy has ever seen. Well done that man.

So anyway way Andy D is out the door and what I assume is an impossibly young* Matt Smith steps up to bare Tharg's yoke. He'll bare it well, he'll bare it long, but he'll have to learnt to take the burden. As I recall 2002 will be another mixed bag as Matt Smith finds his mojo. I think Dante all but leaves us and they'll be some rough with the smooth. Mind have to say recent 'Thrill of the Future' give me hope that this might not be as rocky as I remember it in my old addled noggin. Lets find out together huh.

*[Normalsizefont] He must have been young as he still looks bloody young 20 years later... maybe Simon Davis painted a picture of him that hides in an Oxford attic slowly aging and getting bitter? [\Normalsizefont]

Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 09 September, 2019, 08:33:24 pm »
More of a Bah followed by Yoinks! but...

Bah! Didn't get one of the jobs I went for last week, onwards and all that....

Yoinks! Got second place in candidate position out of 40 for one role so not bad going, and theirs always the other company to wait on...

Jez getting a job is such a lottery. Getting 2nd out of 40 gives you should a good start going forward. Get feedback, listen to the feedback. Not let it dominate but don't let the feedback but just 'They had more experience' asked them how they expressed it, what they showed and learn. You must have an excellent platform to build from but they way to do that is always listen to the folks as they should give you the time if you have done well.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 09 September, 2019, 08:27:38 pm »
Well I always dilly and dally on these until I miss them and so I'm going to do this now and be damned and change my mind endlessly, but too late.

Best Art - The Mighty Yeowell on Zenith - Being lucky enough to own the Apex edition has given me a whole new appreciation of this piece of work, which in the past I've always thought was the weakest of the series. Still brilliant, but still an artist learning his trade and getting used to his style. It is that but bloody hell when you have the talent of the Mighty Yeowell watching him develop and learn is such a treat.

Best Writing - Pete Milligan Bad Company - so much more than a Battle story done 2000ad style, but brilliantly that as well.

Best Overall Thrill - Anderson PSI Division - Hour of the Wolf: Just a brilliant story. Perfectly paced and the episode when Anderson is ambushed is one of my favourite single episodes of any series. Its just the perfectly done comic action piece.

Best Month of 2000AD for 1987 (either a Space Spinner episode, a calendar month of progs, or an Annual or Special - November - Zenith ends brilliantly. Bad Company II starts superbly, Dredd is good (not Oz's biggest fan), Nemesis on top form and The Rammy is okay Strontium Dog, but okay Strontium Dog is pretty good.

Best Year of 2000AD (extended list of all 11 years covered no required, just how 87 ranks for you) - Now don't shout at me as I know you disagree, but on my ongoing re-read until 1999 I had 1986 firmly as my pick of the pops, with 1987 just behind. I'll stick with that.

The fact that I don't include Judge Dredd - 'Revolution' anywhere on my list just goes the show the terrible inhuman beast I am and I hope the world can forgive me.

General / Re: Nemesis the Early Heresies
« on: 09 September, 2019, 08:12:19 pm »
Someone has flipped one of these on eBay already - £92! 😡

There's another flipper trying to sell one for £447.98!

Wow until folks learn to resist buying stuff at these silly prices they'll continue to do this.

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