Prog reviews, Prog reviews…how do they go again? Is it just ill informed synopses or does everything have to be completely biased towards positivity? Orlok does forget these things over time…
So I may have mentioned before just how much I hate Alex Ronald’s awesome talent. He has produced another potential cover of the year here with Atalia in the foreground as a strigoi enhanced maniac smashes through the wall intent on murder. The sense of movement and dynamism here is hard to miss and the blur of the debris set against the starkly composed Jaegir is damn near perfect.
The whole thing reminds me of a pulp novel from the 1960s, but in a really classy way. And not at all porny.
The reason I mention this is because it has reached my shell-like that a popular hypocrite has denounced this cover as “cheesecake”, seeking to denigrate it to his yes man cohorts by way of a thinly veiled attack on the artist.
Now I’m not blind to creative differences and all opinion, if open and honest, is warranted but I reserve the right to call bullshit where I see it. This is so far from being cheesecake that even your momma wouldn’t touch it. And we all know how fat she is, etc.
Said detractor should really look at his own back catalogue of work for female flesh on display for a multitude of reasons not driven by the story. It may come as something of a shock to see what he’s put his name to over the years and not taken an Alan Smithee on them for reasons of financial gain over integrity.
Inside Tharg reacts to the news about Ted Heath with his usual tact and diplomacy. Still, if you eat polystyrene cups that shit’s gonna happen, innit. The green one also imparts the upcoming thrill of Terror Rising and gives us the news that the ten year anniversary of the Case Files features two hardback editions of the first tome. Buying both will set you back 75 sovs and I’m sure these editions are designed purely to separate Burdis from his beer money.
Jesus, this is getting a bit good.
Dreddworld finally gets its own White Walkers, and they are absolutely terrifying.
The art by Flint is powerful stuff and gives us an atmosphere both frigid and unsettling. The final reveal is one of awesomeness and full on horror and if just one of these things is capable of the carnage so far, can you imagine what the rest can do? Like a game of shag/marry/kill with the cast of TOWIE, there are some truly frightening possibilities in the offing.
And the D’israeli flashback panels- brilliant stuff.
Scriptwise this is firing brilliantly with the best lines going to Frank, although the line from the Wall Judge about not being able to feel his balls was a belter and I think that’s the first time a Judge has ever referred to his genitals in the strip. I’ve always thought it would have made more sense to chop those jewels off.
Anyway, Frank’s external monologues (as well as him acting it out) are always a joy and now he is resigned to having to kill Aimee (she deserves nothing else) we’re seeing as much character development in him as ever. It’s superb characterisation that he sees this as a personal failure on his part even though we know he has tried everything and given up everything to save her in the past.
There’s a great line in here about how Maitland has saved the economy post Chaos Day and her resourcefulness pays dividends when she goes at Nixon with a flame thrower.
I like Maitland, she’s got balls. Probably more than that Wall Judge at this point.
One quibble- how does the Judge at the end know these are the Titan prisoners? For all he knows these could be co-opted citizens.
This was…well, I remember there was a…hang on…er…I did read this, I think.
And that’s the problem with Outlier. It’s instantly forgettable.
Some stuff happens and there is a lovely double page spread.
Sadly, as I have no investment in the characters I didn’t care why the fighting just seemed to stop and why in the last panel some dude was on a ship with a MILF and pointing at what appears to be his identical twin.
There’s a story there somewhere but I’m just not getting it.
That’s not a slight on the creative team. It just doesn’t work for me is all.
You know I really wanted to like this but it just left me unfulfilled. The art by my number one dude John Higgins was phenomenal. I mean just beautiful work throughout.
The story though felt like there was a punchline that wasn’t delivered. Was it a horror? Was it a parable about how shit Avatar is at the core? Was it all an allegory about how everyone would be happier if they can get some head? I don’t know.
This is a little wordy and the only misstep this strip has made is the amble into cliché with our Constable being revealed as a highborn person of destiny.
Look, I’ve played Skyrim so I know how that goes, but though it does drive the plot (so the Captain can recognise her and do the honourable thing) the cliché is a groansome one. Just once I’d like to see a story where the protagonist of the piece isn’t really a deposed royal/reincarnated emperor/chosen one and is instead just the comic equivalent of Ernesto Guevara thrust into the big time and having to deal with that all shit.
This hasn’t ruined the story, because this is still fucking excellent but it did make me facepalm a bit.
The scenes with Sol breaking out by taking off his hands were well done as was our heroine’s nonchalant whistling.
Visually I don’t have a thing to say other than it is so damned gorgeous to look at. I’ve never seen a man blow his brains out with such beauty before. Apart from the scenario I have involving Kanye West, James Corden and a POW camp.
I’ve probably said this before but Jaegir as a premise doesn’t really work. The idea of the Good German is only workable when the Honourable Hun defies authority and goes against the advocated war crimes, letting the human being overtake the soldier. Here we have an actual department set up to investigate ungentlemanly conduct in a conflict which seems to have no conventions.
Silly premise aside we could actually get a good story out of this so long as we are not mired in daddy issues and tropes. I’m just hoping the strigoi hunt of the week won’t echo the awfulness of the Rogue Trooper “Hit” series.
Sadly, despite the full on action this week we still have a few clichés on offer.
Jaegir has always been honourable and is beaten up at school for not being ruthless and evil- check.
Our heroine is saving enemy soldiers because she is really that heroic- check.
The dead man’s click (4 actually to make sure she gets the message) as our heroine runs out of ammo- check.
Just as she is about to die, light fills the air and the cavalry arrive to save the day- that’s bingo, mofos.
The art’s beautiful as always but I’m really hoping the story gets better.
Well, two hits, one near miss and two duds make this an easy choice. Dredd FTW!