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It’s not 2000ad. But it sure does look and read like a lot of fun! Thanks to Titan Comics for the Preview.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
SHE’S A GLORIOUSLY-GRINDHOUSE GOREHOUND GLAMOR GIRL!
Southern Louisiana, 82 years after the Fall. The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving behind a withered, ravaged landscape of wreckage and mutant crawfish. Still, you gotta laugh, and Sally does, often using her beloved shotgun, Bertha, as the punchline!
Inspired more by lust than common sense, and by a teenage desire to protect Tommy, the object of her desires, Sally leaves her bar job and joins the deranged crew of the Mississippi Duchess on a mission into the remains of New Orleans.
Saving the remains of civilisation plays second best to keeping her sweetheart safe as our smart and sexy princess of the wild frontier runs a gauntlet of gigantic genetic freaks and roving gangs of blood-hungry barbarians!
The ever-so-cute but ever-so-slightly-insane Sally is the wayward daughter of writer Victor Grishler (X-Men, Angel & Faith, Noir) and artistic up-and-comer Tazzio Bettin. This first issue in a fantastic new series proves Armageddon can be fun!
Simon Jacques reviews 1889.
What an absolute belter! No only, do we get the return of the much lamented droll explicative from the mouth of Dredd, Chris Weston hits all the competition for six, as we are all jubilant in hailing Sensitive Klegg!
You could eat, nay lick, your dinner off Chris’ stunning line work. Cover of the year so far.
Joe’s recent tales have weighed somewhat heavy on the stomach after taking quite a bit of mastication, swallowing and digestion, so it’s great to get some light relief in the large shape of the scourge of Mr Overdrive™ – one Sensitive Klegg. Last issues opener with Dirty Frank and his smiley sausage, was a glorious return from Chris Weston who got it bob on with his depiction of Kleggy and his lonely repatriation to MC1. Williams tears at the heart-strings as we continue to wish our hero naught but acceptance, loving and peace, after all he is a rear-admiral is he not? In the end it is of course Dredd who gets the say, he has to do something in his own strip, and we are left wanting more as the plucky ‘big crocodile’ sets off to find contentment and we cheer his optimism out in the great wide yonder. Hopefully for us, more plucky adventures with this now iconic, warmed to character… oh the Kleggy possibilities!
The saga moves on, with Wren and the gang bodding off to find a substance known as Gaseous Clay (geddit?) when some more crazy shit starts to stir. While I might hold fast that this is far from Edlingtons best work and maintain a duplicitous admiration for the premise and exposition of the story arcs, I’m mindful that his scripting is undeniably effective and mature in it’s delivery. Sometimes 2000AD sends us out of our comfort zones, where we can’t quite engage or relate to the characters and narrative, really just because we are ultimately unaccustomed to their ilk. Brass Sun is one-such, like a “From Grace” or “Ten Seconders” which push the boundaries and perceptions of seemingly familiar ground, perhaps fostering scepticism and mistrust at first, but in time appreciation and fondness for their progressive idiosyncrasy. While I’m clearly not it’s biggest fan, there is something quite assuring about Brass Sun and it’s place in 2000AD lore, something which affirms my faith in the prog’s ability to shape worlds and deliver stories of a difference, that we in a way, should feel rather somewhat grateful as it continues to do so.
THARGS 3RILLERS PRESENT: VOODOO PLANET:
After some of his stints on Dredd, I’ve had a bit of a downer on P.J Holden (totally unsuitable for MC1) and his simplified characterisation in general winds me up, but here his art is much improved. The final page being a case in point with it’s squirmy wormy alien thangs known only as the Loa. The ‘Next prog: ‘ strap line obviously far too tempting to resist, all we need next prog is a cameo by Brucie and his unfeasably large deck of cards. Not sure about the ‘voodoo’ shtick and entirely what the premise is of the tale is going to be, but it looks good and it’s set up for a finale that could go either all out crazy with a twist or just sitting there scratching it’s balls…
THARG’S FUTURE SHOCKS: THE NAME OF THE LAW
Speaking of which, I got it, sorta, but still re-read it to see if I had missed anything glaringly obvious that might become it more to me. Nope, it didn’t give anything more up apart from the main character Cassie, developing a worrying hand job with the facial to match. I do like Nick Dyer’s art, as he reminds me of Cam Kennedy, but I’m afraid that the story here was trying to be something more than it ended up being, which was non too shocking and a bit of a ball scratcher…
Speaking of which, some wise old sage once said ‘if you find yourself in a hole, then stop digging’. This strip would be wise to take heed, as the Stygian hole it has disappeared up, is it’s own rectum. Any credibility it once had, since it’s inception in 1996, has long done a runner, along with the pertinent time to kill off it’s lead characters, when some of the readers actually gave a rats arse. The dialogue is beyond painful and I’m now convinced Dan Abnett is getting his script ideas from sitting in his kecks all day watching Scooby Doo and scratching his balls. Although it was good to see such a blatant set up for a recap (Congo/Amazon?) and I’m glad that someone else needed reminding of ‘the plot’ as this strip lost it many moons ago. I do however hope to see Jake Lynch on a strip suiting his style though as it’s clearly wasted on this pile of poop.
TOP THRILL: ‘Kleggy want in!’… Dredd.
Hibernia Comics The Thirteenth Floor Volume:2
Combo review written by Eamonn Clarke
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Cover. Karl Richardson’s Aquila Vs Brian Bolland’s poster image.
Bolland produced many of the iconic covers for 2000AD but for some reason I find this image is rather flat and dull. While it’s nice to see him including some classic bad guys from Dredd’s history I can’t quite put my finger on it but this just doesn’t do it for me. Over on the Prog Karl Richardson produces a memorable image which is only spoiled by the foreshortening of the left hand that ends up looking weird. I suspect Brian Bolland’s cover will have the best impact on the shelves so it gets the win, but only just. Strange.
Result: 1-0 to the Meg
Judge Dredd: Student Bodies by John Wagner, Boo Cook and Annie Parkhouse Vs Dead Zone by John Wagner, Henry Flint and Annie Parkhouse.
Mr Tharg is spoiling us with two Wagner stories running at the same time, and with two great artists. My only problem is that we have just had a Boo Cook story in the Megazine and I’m trying to decide if he is suited to Judge Dredd or whether his best stuff is on other strips. Meanwhile Henry Flint can do no wrong for me. Both artists do some neat stuff with panel lay outs and end with a full page splash but Flint wins easily and I think this is the more interesting of the two stories as well.
Result 2-0 to the Meg
Sinister Dexter: Congo by Dan Abnett, Jake Lynch and Ellie De Ville Vs Lawless by Dan Abnett, Phil Winslade and Ellie De Ville
I still can’t summon any interest in Sinister Dexter and although Lynch’s artwork suits something like the Tales from the Black Museum it leaves me cold here. Over in the Meg Abnett introduces a new character and setting and gets me interested straight away. The bar room scene is fun and Winslade includes lots of detail and interesting looking background characters including a belligerent Uplift. Marshal Lawson is clearly very capable but I’m not sure that pony tail would be approved of by Justice department. Far too likely to be grabbed in a fight. Does look very sexy though.
Result 3-0 to the Meg and it’s getting embarrassing. Just like the Germany-Brazil semi-final.
Brass Sun: Floating Worlds by Ian Edginton, INJ Culbard and Ellie De Ville Vs The Man from the Ministry by Gordon Rennie, Kev Hopgood and Simon Bowland.
Reading the original Brass Sun run in its new US format comic is really helping me appreciate this strip more. I’m enjoying these flying ships and Culbard’s full colour spreads are gorgeous. The Man from the Ministry continues to charm me with its British science fiction nods and who doesn’t love an RAF Lightning? But as this episode is mostly exposition I’m going to give my vote to the colourful flying beasties in Brass Sun.
Result 3-1 to the Meg
Aquila: Carnifex by Gordon Rennie, Leigh Gallagher, Dylan Teague and Annie Parkhouse Vs Dredd: Uprise by Arthur Wyatt, Paul Davidson, Chris Blythe and Simon Bowland.
I’m not adverse to comic sequels for the Dredd film and I like Paul Davidson’s art but I can’t see the point of this story. It just reruns the bike against the van scene from the movie and then has some auto destruction that seems to nod to the Stallone version. Maybe episode two will be better.
Aquila has the advantage of Gallagher’s gritty and action filled art teamed with Teague’s muted colours. Again it may be too early to tell how this story is going to progress but it easily beats out the Dredd story.
Result 3-2 to the Meg and there’s a comeback on the cards.
Tharg’s 3rillers: Voodoo Planet by Guy Adams, PJ Holden, Steven Denton and Simon Bowland Vs All the Megazine’s extras.
I like Holden’s comic book art but this three parter has left me neither shaken or stirred. I haven’t read the Megazine interrogations and have no plans to read the floppy, but a free Bolland Poster? Maybe I wasn’t convinced by it as a cover but as a poster it’s a winner and seals the win for the Megazine.
Result 4-2. They think it’s all over, it is now.