No patter this week just Orlok reviewing what is a very poor Prog 2009…
A very nice Dredd with gritted teeth, a face in shadow and him levelling his shooter ready to pop a cap.
It took me a little while to figure out that this was a door being busted in/blown off its hinges but I still can’t figure how since there appears to be no evidence the gun has done it nor Dredd’s leg or shoulder (even though the thing appears bent). Maybe he fus-ro-dahed it? Holy shit, is Dredd the Dragonborn?
I can’t see the links so cannot comment how this rates on the Burdis approval front, but the branding is back to red and there is no logo coverage so it all gets the thumbs up.
Inside Yewtree goes on about Luke Cage and says Prog 2011 will be the end of year 100 pager. Hang on, didn’t we have Prog 2011 in 2011? This is getting confusing.
So the food turns out to be special stuff after all and because after eating it, people think it is so good that they want to have more. In a touching scene, our cannibalistic perp reveals how she sliced open her intern and was about to bung him in the machine when the acid broke through and destroyed her plans. She escaped, was rescued and set about building a new machine that could feed her desires.
Correct me if I am wrong on the timing here but Chaos Day was 4-5 years ago in comic time so just how is she making this food stretch and why hasn’t her invention come to light sooner? With only a handful of missing cits, she is snatching folk few and far between it seems. it is also implied that these disappearances are only recent enough for Dredd to have taken an interest. Maybe there are more that have gone unreported over the years due to the ongoing effects of Chaos Day and if so that should have been mentioned to add some meat (so to speak) to her crimes. Anyway, since the food apparently can convert anyone to an addict, she is going to convert Orville so that he can acquire bodies for her in a manner that won’t attract attention. And there we have an issue. How is this food making people act this way? The impression given is that both Bierce and the intern were starving and thus sought to kill the other in order to sustain themselves. Hunger drives necessity and thus brutal decisions are made. With the already well fed Orville, what’s driving his need? I guess it is just “reasons”.
The mystery of the missing person file from last week is cleared up and it appears Dredd figured it all out because Bierce’s sister is the one on the missing list. This was not clear since on the photo, the sister looks almost exactly like our perp which was confusing. So because the sister’s disappearance is never made clear beforehand it is a tenuous link that would have been better if we had seen it (albeit buried) so we can make that connection too. Otherwise, where is the surprise for us or the understanding of Dredd’s thought process in making the connection?
The only possible clue we had to anything else she was up to was the cast on her wrist from the assault.
At the end, Dredd blows up the machine, Bierce magically escapes and Orville needs psych evaluation. An epilogue of sorts has her stalking the streets that she knows better than the Judges (sure she does) and in evading capture she is piece by piece starting to rebuild her machine.
It was a silly story that had some promise but was let down by the pacing and the structure of the reveal.
That art is lovely with some quality frame work that keeps this flowing. The only issue I had was page 2 panel 3 where it looks like Bierce is flagging down people who are building Trump’s wall. This would have been better in a larger panel or even split into two. I did like the Mads Mikkelsen block reference though. That was funny.
I’ll start with the art as we get a really decent splash of the three fates awaiting the Liar for Jesus.
There is later a great blur of speed as Gorehead chows down on the Pastor, ending his nonsense once and for all.
In all of this, Langley’s layouts have been excellent. Is he the right choice of artist for this? I’d have to say not for me. I prefer McKay’s work as it gives an “original” feel to this rather than a cgi reboot look.
The script is another matter and it makes me think that Pat just needed to pad this out to get it to fit as a collected edition. I’ve no idea why but Sunday imparts something to Carver about the bordello he ran in Carver City and then gets shot. I’m clueless as to what the point of that was.
With Sunday munched by a strangely target specific Gorehead, Reagan tells Carver to kill Vegas or else he will blow his head off with that ear bomb thing. A gun is drawn a shot is fired and Reagan is left in suspense. I guess we all are but only Reagan actually gives a shit at this point. Five will get you ten that Carver has just shot off the bomb attached to his head, though.
Gorehead continues to act weird so Reagan instructs his people to kill it, which is kind of weird as they have been trying to that for ages. It’s like he is saying “No, really try this time. Forget what the script says and just fucking go for it.”
And that in a nutshell is the issue here. Characters think, talk and act like they have foreknowledge of the way the story will turn out or what they are expected to say.
I dread to think how this is going to end next week. I’m guessing cliffhanger with Reagan in the shit as he is the only character to have any further interaction with Gorehead.
I have to admit something here which is hard; I actually agree with Scojo on this tale. 2016 has really been an odd year and it is a dark time indeed if Scojo is the voice of reason in any scenario but here he is correct, this is a terrible story.
Let’s get into the issues.
The General is going to hand Rogue to the Xianti in exchange for a new ID and a pocketful of cash that these desert wizards can pull out of their arse. We have seen how the General is motivated (allegedly) to ending the war and yet how is him getting a new ID and a bucket of benjamins going to do that? Maybe it is but there’s no connection to be made between the two. Taking Rogue out may speed the Nort victory but the rest makes zero sense at this time.
Anyway, in order to achieve this goal he needs Rogue alive so he shoots him in the chest because that is apparently less mortal than a head shot. Luckily there are absolutely no vital organs in the chest cavity at all but that doesn’t matter because at the end (minutes after this) Rogue shows no signs of injury in any case.
When he pops off a round the gun the General is using has a mag so it doesn’t seem to be an energy weapon. If it were such a thing then surely he could fire an energy weapon to the noggin too.
He is then stopped by the doc who isn’t wearing a holocaust suit like the Norts or has the benefit of impenetrable skin like the GIs. For some reason the heat of the volcanic zone doesn’t affect her and she is able to walk around just fine. Remember the General had only just done battle with a merc who SPECIFICALLY had to have protective shielding because of the heat.
After a distraction (see below) the General has his Wolverine claws out and slices her oxygen pipes, telling her that her husband is dead and leaving her to gargle her last with that knowledge.
The reason for this distraction is that the mercs concocted a convenient plan B to bomb the place with top of the line military ordnance which they have somehow come into possession of. What if Player’s radio is just on the fritz? Does Plan B come into operation then too? The General carefully explains when one of these dangerous weapons land in the lava behind the doc that these are devastating devices that have been avoided by both sides as they are unpredictable. So much so that they appear to not be able to kill people standing right next to the point of impact. Some scorched earth weapon, eh?
After this entire distraction which takes all of 20 seconds, the General decides that Rogue will have recovered by now and has probably crawled off. So, let’s get this straight, he shot Rogue from the top of a hill a couple of hundred meters away (by the look of it) because any closer and Bagman would have picked it up. After downing his quarry it is going to take him a while to tab down there and truss him up like a big blue chicken. How then will 20 seconds make any difference to this timetable? He could always just double time it over or shoot him again if needs be.
But no, off he walks into the sunset, untroubled by the volcanic explosions, the failure of his plans and his inability to calculate how long it takes a GI to recover from a round to the chest.
On that score, I don’t know how long it takes Rogue to recover but the doc is still gurgling when he walks over, ignores her severed air hose and picks her up telling Bagman to dispense a suit patch and resuscitation measures. Here’s a thought, pal, pinch the fucking hose to stop any more damage to her lungs from Nu Earth poison/volcanic gas that should have killed her in seconds.
Bottom line this tale added no value whatsoever and seemed almost insultingly written in this last couple of instalments. I genuinely honestly like some of Rennie’s work but this is absolutely awful.
I’m not insensitive to his feeling as the writer and understand it is hard for him to read but I’m the consumer and I have paid for this item and I am honestly telling it like it is as I do with everything.
If it was great, I’d say so and point out where it excels. If it isn’t then I’ll say that too and highlight where it fails.
The art has been the only half decent thing about this and even that has been iffy at times. I just don’t think the writer and the artist are suited for this strip at all.
This was quite a weak twist but the premise itself was the better part, exploring how a young piss and vinegar rebel ends up working for the bad guys. It is basically A New Hope where Luke fails to drop his can of mouldy peaches down the exhaust port and subsequently has joined up as a career peon and then found a path to fulfil his destiny. In the end it was a simple enough tale giving us the perils of bureaucracy of a galactic empire and the consequences for incorrectly vetting employees. They will both fuck you in the end.
The best line was “They don’t have any plan for what they are going to replace the imperium with” And that was Brexit made simple.
The great black and white art suits it, giving it a 70s feel and the lovely nods to Star Wars designs did the job without generating a legal cease and desist letter from Disney.
The art is great and I cannot fault it in any way. It props up what is a poor instalment and actually makes me want to re-read it in spite of myself.
From a good premise with moody writing, a possible exploration of Savage’s psyche and a look at the face of future war we have arrived at what is Carry On Transforming. If you think I am joking remember that in recent weeks Babs Volodina has flashed her baps as a distraction and Hattie Jacques had a grenade launcher in her shopping trolley.
Nika fails to kill Savage in front of a watching audience which seems strange. If they can get a camera on her and commentate on it like they are Saint and Greavsie then why don’t they have a gun sight on her too. This makes no sense. Then after Nika has disappointed her superiors, the robots are ordered to kill her and Savage. Weren’t they already doing this? Are we just doubling down on orders here as a way to explain what is essentially a lapse in combat brought about by poor script pacing?
In another odd twist the guns don’t work and need to be charged. Luckily Savage pulls that M32 out from nowhere and starts popping away. Ok this could have been in the stash but it was not seen or mentioned before it was produced so it just feels clunky.
Savage going hand to hand with a Straw Dog was more comical than dramatic as is the fact that such a machine can shrug off grenades but is taken out by a gravedigger’s shovel.
Anyway, despite them being useless, Savage takes the guns anyway because he knows they will need them later. I guess he has also been allowed by Pat to see the script for the next chapter as well as the Wikipedia page for Beelitz since he wheels that one off like an autistic savant.
Worst of all was this line from Nika…“I’m a secret police officer. We’re not known for our hearts of gold.”
Who talks like this? Seriously, even George Lucas would balk at penning that.
Well, we are back in Meryl Streep mode this week with bad writing being the issue with four of the stories. So, I am going to give this to the future shock even though that was a 5/10 at best.