After a few weeks off I thought two new strips was reason enough to jump back in with another review. So here it is. – Richard Mc
Cover – A much welcome return to the prog for Rufus Dayglo. Creepy tentacles, great colours and extra points for giving us a thought bubble. Now how about some frigging sequentials Dayglo?!?! (worth a shot)
Dredd – GAZE INTO THE SWEDE OF DREDD!
More beautiful looking Dark Judges action. I am enjoying this and it’s great seeing them back in the prog but my complaint would be that I’m not really getting much of a sense of danger from the long awaited bad guys. I mean they pretty much wiped out the entire station but then Dredd is just punching them out and while he’s an uber-badass he is still just a guy. Of course so is Batman and I’d buy him doing it so I’m probably talking crap, but still…
Basically this strip is giving me Aliens where I was kinda hoping I’d get Alien.
That said, Aliens is still good, this strip is a hell of a ride and will look AMAZING in volume whatever-the-fuck of the hardbacks I caved in and subscribed to. Really though, you getting those? You see the black and white Block Mania art in the third one? It’s like having someone take the VHS copy of a film you love off you and handing you the blu-ray. Sexy times. Well, in a sad nerd way anyway and you’re reading this so fucking embrace it!
Really? Eight pics of ripped shirtless teen boys on the first page alone? What is this? The 90s? I’ll be writing an angry letter to Tharg.
Joking aside I really enjoyed the original 3Rillers run of this and while I did get a bit snobby that it felt a little open ended I was still interested to see where they’d inevitably go next. And this really didnt disappoint.
Very different in tone to Ulysses Sweet whose spot it’s taken but still a much welcome comedic strip with a great sense of fun to it. The art by Neil Googe is perfect for the story and the story is worthy of his art. Win/win. I havent been the biggest fan of Beeby’s Dredd and I sulk whenever Rennie is doing anything that isn’t Absolom as I’m a HUGE fanboy for that universe, but this was really enjoyable and has the same sense of adventure and fun as good Doctor Who…. which probably isn’t surprising as the writers also work in that field. Feels like a breath of fresh air and a welcome change from the drabness of some other strips I won’t mention. More please and for the love of God, don’t let Googe escape. Do a “Misery” if you have to! I mean, that shot of the adoowwwwable C’thulu getting his head blown up was awesome!
3Rillers – Station to Station
So…. she was saved from becoming a pod person by casual racism? I must have read that wrong.
Very ambitious start for a story they only have three parts to tell but very well done with solid writing and really, really nice artwork. Not quite sure what’s going on yet, why did the one woman get vaporised and not absorbed, but I’m sure that’s intentional and they have some cool revels to throw at us yet. Felt genuinely creepy and again…. know it’s probably more work logistically than 10 part runs but 2000AD should really have a 3Rillers or Future Shock in every prog, especially when they’re as good as this one is promising to be.
Some great looking art, especially the old dead guy in the crazy chair but I just don’t like this. Eight parts in and reading it now feels like a chore. Sorry. Unless it’s going to be replaced with more Brass Sun or Orlok’s return this needs to wrap up now.
Maaan, Goddard draws beautiful women. And y’know…. everything else.
Story wise after the first installments rapid fire storytelling it does seem to have ground to a halt slightly and everything seems to be taking a long time to get going. Well, for Pat Mills anyway. All solid stuff but lacking the punch per prog I want from my 2000AD strips. Still a strip I’m looking forward to each week and I’m excited to see how it’s all playing out but if I’m honest a large part of that might be down to fanboy expectations due to this being a Savage sequel but a Ro-Busters\ABC Warriors prequel. Reads like the middle part of a graphic novel rather than a 2000AD strip. Hopefully next week we get a bit more bang for our buck.
Pick of the bunch? The 3rillers really impressed but I’d have to go with Survival Geeks.