For no other reason than Flint just posted this Robin Smith cover on Facebook and it’s AWESOME. Earmarked for my next retro review
(thanks to Gary O’Donnell for pointing out I’d auto typed Ron Smith before correcting)
Review by Eamonn Clarke as originally posted on the Thank You For Your Attention website
This is the last in the regular series of Big Finish audio dramas about Judge Dredd. Solo
by Jonathan Clements, directed by John Ainsworth.
Dredd is investigating a murder but the body was found on the line between space port immigration and Mega-City One and Dredd is forced to team up with a green skinned alien known as Blarg the Mighty (you can see where this is going already) to track down a shape-shifting alien assassin.
There are two distinctive features about this last story. Firstly it is packed with references to science fiction and comics. Blarg is clearly Tharg himself, with all the usual catch phrases and irritating smugness, but there are also nods to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Robocop, the Stallone movie, and even the Clangers. Secondly all of the speaking parts are played by Toby Longworth in an impressive display of his vocal prowess.
So this is all terribly clever but the story is fairly predictable and the only highlights are some of Longworth’s voices incuding a rather impressive HAL 9000 on board an alien spaceship. It’s a bit like one of those one man bands where you admire the virtuosity but the music isn’t great.
It’s a shame that Big Finish weren’t able to maintain the standards of their earlier stories such as Death Trap
, Get Karter
and the first two Strontium Dog
releases. As they went along the adventures seem to have become a bit sillier, and although Longworth sounds great in the part Dredd himself seems less imposing than he is in the comics.
That’s not to say that this isn’t fun because it is and Longworth is good value for money. It’s just not a real Judge Dredd story. 3 out of 5 bike cannons. Next up will be four stories in the Crime Chronicles range which I think are more like audio-books then full cast dramas.
If you are interested in the rest of my 2000AD audio reviews you can find them all here
The guys at Rebellion have been good enough to send us a list of their current 2014 publishing schedule. Rather than just flood the site with these I thought I’d post up one a day, so first up….
Sure you all know already but 2000AD are doing daily deals on their digital graphic novels. Check out their website each day to see which one is on offer but for now, if you don’t already own it, go buy The Pit for the ridiculous sum of £1.99. Really deserves the hype this one gets. Highly recommended
This Friday, Sci Fi are pleased to present a presentation by Sci Fi Author/Comic Book writer Michael Carroll! He will be giving a presentation on his work followed by a Q+A Session which is sure to interest any science fiction/comic book fans!
Michael Carroll is an Irish writer of novels and short stories for adults and children. He is best known for his series of superhero novels The New Heroes and his romantic fiction under the name Jaye Carroll.
He has contributed to Judge Dredd magazine and 2000AD Comics amongst other things.
More information can be found on his website here:
Above all taken from the Science Fiction society for Trinity College Dublin Facebook Page
As taken from the personal collection of… ME! That’s right, the original of this gorgeous bit of art is framed up next to me as I type this. Couldn’t be more chuffed with it
To contact Tiernen about getting commissions you can find his contact details on his website HERE