Right, finished my catch up in time for Saturday's epic Prog. I've left the reviews particularly bland and spoiler free as I know a few peeps haven't got round to reading the issues yet.
Future Shocks: Meat 1989 - I'm not the world's biggest Davis-Hunt fan and the uninteresting story and meh ending meant this wasn't for me.
Judge Dredd: Reclamation 1986-1990 + Meg 374 - Holy Cow. these last three Dredd tales have been one of favourite stretches of Dreddness in ages. Not saying I haven't liked other Dredd strips this year but these could easily go into my all time to 20. Throughout, I was gripped by the action and the ramifications of all the shit that was going down. I also came to the conclusion that I'd be happy with Dredd taking a more permanent backseat in the overall scheme of things as it's been proved recently that the supporting cast are more than capable of carrying a hefty story.
Brink 1978-1992 - Wow, after 3 eps I was hooked. It's a sci-fi space police procedural action drama thriller and it's great. Twists, turns, great dialogue, interesting characters and everything seems to have a purpose. Just great comics. Could be my fave new strip of the last 5 years.
Slaine The Brutania Chronicles: Book 3 Psychopomp 1979-1988 - Boom! A massive rumble arc and whereas I usually find Slaine either hard going or difficult to follow, this was really enjoyable. We learn more of Slaine's origin and get to see his badass Ma in action. Simon Davis is crushing it on this series.
Black Shuck: Sins of the Father 1986-1992 - I didn't actually hate this as much as others, in fact I thought it was okay and was happy to read each ep.
Grey Area 1982-1987 - This is how you write a feel good ending to an epic arc. I need to do a complete reread of this excellent series but this was another strip I really enjoyed. Abnett is cooking on gas at the moment what with this, Brink and Lawless in the Meg.
Outlier: Survivor Guilt 1990-1999 - Again, I didn't hate it but am glad it's over.
Jaegir: War Child 1996-1999 - Always like me some Jaegir and this was no exception.
Anderson: The Candidate 1993-1999 - Not for me. Boring and by the numbers with unsuited art.
Tharg's 3rillers: Mindmine 1993-1995 - Didn't like this. too 'all over the shop'.
Scarlet Traces: Cold War 1988-1999 - Yes, yes, yes. Brilliantly rendered, exotic, venusian art by D'Israeli and a gripping yarn from Edginton that follows an excellent path from Earth to the stars with each ep adding the original stories' mythos. Here's a catch up.
Judge Dredd: LadyKiller 1991-1999 - No one tells a PJ Maybe tale like the Wagner Droid and here he again does a great job. I still preferred Mike Carroll's three preceding Dredds but this is still good. I know Bruce has argued against it but I did feel that Maybe's death was a bit rushed and perhaps out of character for him to come to a sticky end so easily.
Overall, an absolutely fabulous bunch of strips with a high quality mark that has eclipsed big 'prog catch up reads' that I've done over the last few years.