Completing the Trifecta (shudder) Orlok gives his take on Prog 2008…
Very 90s this one and that is not neccesarily a good thing. It is immesnsely colourful but at the same time a bit jarring as I was just coming down from a heavy drinking session as I was reading it. Look it does the job and stands out on the shelf but I just don’t like it.
Inside, Yewtree Tharg lets us have a sneak peek at Kingmaker from Edginton and Gallagher. There’s a Grange Hill style fork and sausage suspended in mid air so that immediatly gets my attention.
Damage report has a pop at Trump several years behind Zombo. Nice to see them keeping up with current affairs.
The art is still nice and colourful though I have to admit that helmet mic is getting more utterly ridiculous the more I look at it. If visible, they should be sleek and subtle unlike this monstrosity. I did like the scroll style missing persons list, though.
It was also nice to see the pet pig survived. Or at least it did five years ago.
And nipples on show again. This is a disgrace! I’ll be writing a strongly worded letter to my SJW.
Trapped in the lab the survivors have to dig deep when it transpires that their food supplies have been contaminated with the bug. Wasn’t it spread by contact hence the whole reason for the infected to enter the city? They know this because it appears the Chaos Bug also affects rats. You’ll have scientists across the globe punching the air at that one.
When one of their number takes the easy way out, Bierce makes the decision that this is food stock for the recombinator and thus the cannibalism begins with some “special stuff” being her prime desire going forward.
Meanwhile Dredd’s case of missing persons brings him to bust an illegal smuggling of sex dolls and perhaps a bit too perfectly Dredd’s case bisects with this one and the deeper story, which are all connected.
In a moment of clarity, he recognises the las cutter which the perp’s perp conveniently dropped and thus makes the connection.
However, am I overlooking something with the missing persons list? Why is Bierce on it? The person who created the machine is clearly called Bierce as in the flashbacks she is wearing the name tag. And this is the same character that Orville went to see and gave the award to, so why is she listed as missing?
Anyway, poor Orville is trying to make good on Dredd’s faux pas and is clubbed over the head for his troubles.
A serial killing lorry driver with a stash of weapons and backed by Revelations style righteousness- is Savage the new Peter Sutcliffe?
Once more we have lyrics and jibber jabber with Savage even repeating some of them mid stream. Nika accuses him of hearing voices and she has a point; he certainly seems to be acting a bit weird. You know, for a mass murdering psycho and shit.
Once more these future robots can’t shoot for shit although I was a little confused- is the shapeshifting ZS1 troop carrier future tech also since it is specifically designed to carry the very robots Savage only met recently? If so, how does Savage know about that because so far we have only seen the Straw Dogs and presumably so has he. Have we skipped a chapter or something?
Maybe we have because bizarrely, Savage states to Nika that her superiors believe she told him all about the Stare and she doesn’t seem gobsmacked at this.
In order to get her back on side, Nika is asked to think about the other consequences of the Stare, and for the first time her eyes have been opened. Yeah, that sounds legit. It is never made clear what these consequences are and it could be anything; sentient cats running the economy into the litter box, genetically engineered cheese soldiers which are racist towards the Dutch, a fleshlight that can make you breakfast. She seems awestruck at this last prospect and decides that it is a step too far.
Luckily, Savage has a stash of advanced plasma weapons for just this occasion in a cemetery within pissing distance. That’s handy.
Once there, Nika seizes the opportunity to turn on him. Maybe she wants that egg cooking sex toy after all.
The art is just lovely and keeps up with the frenetic pace of this. There is also some gorgeous shadow work, especially the scenes in the tunnel.
Alright, this art also keeps up the colourful pace so it looks bright and detailed. Apart from that I have nothing else to report. There is slightly less of the General’s grim face this week which is a blessing. I am fairly certain it is an image so scientifically ugly that beta testers for Swansea Tinder used it to see if it was possible to swipe left.
The story takes a few weird turns though.
First Dron and Rogue go hand to hand and Dron is winning (despite discarding all of his weapons) until Helm hacks his port and the deus ex machina effect takes hold as a get out clause. For some reason, despite this being a fast and efficient punch up, there is lots of chat in the midst of combat, which is something that just annoys me every time I see it.
As for why this happens, we have the convenient explanation that that Dron has rebelled against orders because some of the GIs have a “rogue” factor, even though he has shown no capacity to do this previously. At all.
With Dron left as a drooling mess, Rogue decides that the kindest thing to do is to leave him to die in the volcanic waste. You know, out of mercy and shit. If he survives he can be manipulated and murdered at someone else’s whim and maybe return for series two of this nonsense.
For Atalia, she breaks operational orders to maintain radio silence (to control) until the mission is complete and yet in the last part everyone was blabbing over the radio. You see, radio silence is only effective if it cannot be detected at close range (where your enemy is- that’s the point). Boosting the signal to communicate with the outside world will have no more detection capability that Atalia chatting to her mates several km away and REVEALING HER EXACT POSITION.
Anyway, Jaegir bails out with Mikkas leaving Rogue squarely in the sights of the General. It’s a decent cliffhanger but what started out as a promise to tell the story from the General’s perspective has turned into mess and each week another wheel comes off it.
Alrighty then, we are in the home stretch with a three way fight at Base 6 consisting of Gorehead vs Cowboys vs Vegas. Luckily there are lots of pauses in this fight to allow some talking, posturing and all round lack of incredulity at Gorehead still existing.
If this is the last of the herd, haven’t Trans Time shot themselves in the foot by bringing the impactor in early and thus ruining the food supply? And what are these dinos eating on the journey? If the area got a tsunami through it, there would be nothing but salty stumps.
Let’s now get to that walking advert for chemical castration, Pastor Sunday, who has some Freudian mother issues and decides to take it out on the herd. He’s interrupted by Carver who announces it is time for him to die at his claw.
Bizarrely, the Pastor asks “why now?” and not “what are you talking about?”
Wasn’t the Pastor under the impression that Carver didn’t know that it was he who murdered his wife? But no, it’s just accepted that this was all some elaborate ruse or something even though we have nothing to support that.
Moving on, Carver says that since none of them are going to make it back he doesn’t want to see the Liar for Jesus die of natural causes. Er, again, wasn’t that the case last issue where there was a fucking huge asteroid about to smash into the planet, at which point Carver did jack shit to slice the Pastor from crown to crotch?
I love Uncle Pat. As I have said many times he is a great ideas man and his concepts (innovative and rebellious) are precisely what has made Toothy what it is. Fuck, without him it would have died an early death. However, his pacing and narrative style doesn’t make sense at all in places, which means that the potential in a story such as this is marred by logical failings.
Sunday is going to die by either the beauty, the beast or the bastard and prays to his Lord for help.
I wonder how that will work out.
The best thing about this is the art which is stunning in places. Also that next prog line (Pastor Bolognese) made me groan, but in a good way.
This looks very pretty with a great first page that explodes off the screen. I was actually asked about this by the person sitting next to me at the Koru lounge in Rarotonga airport. They said it was really colourful then asked what it was about. That was a difficult couple of seconds but I answered it was about five parts too long.
And so to the story which is slight this week. A brief recap later from Libra’s point of view concludes and then Albion is told he has been quantum hacked. This is the sort of throwaway line which I am sure will mean something later.
With her personality drilled out, the operation is a complete success but we’re back to talking about quantum hacking again. Yeah, that’s not ominous at all, is it?
The one good thing is that I have only just realised that Albion has Trump hair and is in some sort of mobility chair. I wonder if he has to mock himself because of that?
This is also taking a break for a week which is sort of like someone doing a really slow count before they reset your shattered tibia. Just fucking get it over with, you saditic bastards!
You know that bit in the film where Meryl Streep reveals that she had to decide (at the behest of some Nazi vermin) which kid to send to the camp and thus be saved? Well, Savage just about makes the cut this week but it had better pull it’s fucking socks up in seven days time.