Last Saturday I was lucky enough to +1 myself into an advance screening of the Strontium Dog fan film Search Destroy at the Everyman cinema in Leeds.
The version shown was apparently an early cut coming in at 20 minutes. We were told it still needed a bit of refining and there were some effects shots still to be finalised. I didn’t see this. What I saw was 20 minutes of BRILLIANT Strontium Dog action that is more than a worthy successor to the highly and rightly praised Judge Minty film from the same creators. Much bigger in scope and scale than I was expecting and full of familiar faces and weaponry from the comic.
A really good story with action and humour, great performances all round and expertly put together and produced. I obviously don’t want to spoil it and won’t attempt an in depth review without doing so but bottom line… John Wagner was there and he wholeheartedly approved as did everyone else fortunate enough to be in attendance. Job done. You couldn’t ask for a better on screen debut for the characters and as with the last movie it’s amazing to think this is a fan production not an official one. It’s really that good.
Their facebook page says they’re hoping to release this in May 2017. If you’re not excited for this already…start. If you are excited, you need to be more excited!
Oh, and to answer your other question, yes I DID use my Tharg money to get a beer instead of keeping it. I know…I’m a bad nerd.
Have mentioned this before but as the guys at Titan were cool enough to send all five covers and two preview pages of interior art it’d be rude not to share with you lot.
From the press release :
The mini-series is set to be an intense modern iteration of the titular ocean predator, which debuted in legendary British comic (and forerunner to 2000AD) Action #1. Initially inspired by the success of the film, Jaws, Hookjaw was one of many Action strips so violent it was banned from the shelves upon release!
This razor-sharp new title re-surfaces with a range of variant covers to collect from phenomenal artists including; Conor Boyle, John McCrea (The Mummy), Marc Laming (Uncanny Avengers), Anna Dittmann, and Steve White.
If you’d like to see artist Conor Boyle’s take on the Dark Judges the “Free Dark Judges Comic” link at the top and right of this page will point you at a downloadable copy of the two special editions he drew courtesy of the gents at Zarjaz.
Anyway, back to the sharks…. can’t wait for this one
Nope, not actually Dredd (yeah, I lured you in with the title, sorry) but I’m happy as this is my fave thing in the Meg at the moment.
I have wondered why they’ve never gone the motion comic route with any of the Dredd stuff. Maybe if this proves to be successful they’ll give it a go. I mean it’s Rebellion, they aren’t short of artistic computer whizz kids are they? Just dont, for the love of (insert made up deity here), do fucking America if you do. Do a good one!
Oh, and based on recent comic to animation events maybe not work in a sex scene between two characters who wouldn’t have sex. Just a thought.