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#1261

I’m quite fond of Ulises now - but there has been some confusion to the Miqque-mind as to who’s doing what art when. I generally like his writing, but he needs that special editor to Mighty-Layman him. Lots of irons in the fire. I think he’s got the spirit, the energy and the chops.

And that Fedrego piece … !


#1262

I just got this from Dan McDaid (and he’s doing me a Judge commission as well!).


#1263

I knew I’d seen his name somewhere recently!!!


#1264

Caught up on all my 2000ads and Megs while on hols this week

(I wrote a big review and accidentally lost it somehow - but in summary the overall quality has been great although I couldn’t get into the new Scarlet Traces, totally forgot who everyone was and what had happened before. TC Elington’s Dredds that he didn’t do with Boo Cook were really good, he’s starting to really evolve as a writer now I think, which is great to see)

…the latest Meg mentions the return of Chopper this year. Anyone heard anything about that?
This is massive news, I can’t wait (unless it’s written by Arthur Wyatt or Emma Beeby, in which case I will be really disappointed). I really hope it’s Wagner or Grant on this iconic and legendary character.


#1265

I got to the point in my prog re-read where The Red Seas started and decided to postpone other strips and just read the whole series start to finish.

The first episode does a great job of establishing the setting (colonial times with treasure ships ready to be plundered), a few of the main cast and the lead, the charming Captain Jack Dancer. We also get intrigue (he’s a former navy man) and ill portents (shadowy figures plotting nefarious acts). A great start all done in 6 or so pages. Dancer finds something thought was once lost as all the while the nefarious fiend Dr Orlando Dolye plots in the background. Yeowell does a great job early on with big panning wide shots that show the scale of the oceans and especially later on the fantastical creatures and fantasy worlds the crew encounter.

Religion always proves to be a great catalyst for moving along fantasy tales and this is no exception. In the distant past some monk dude learnt the 9 million names of God and scribbled them in a tome. The fearful Vatican split up the chapters and hid them in the far corners of the globe. This is the initial crux of the story and comes back around towards the end as well.

Edginton gives us a varied motley crew who don’t necessarily get masses of back story early on but still feel different enough and act with individual personalities. Dancer himself seems to have a less than noble vein with a devil may care attitude but when his lady love is kidnapped he shows his true emotions. Then the witchcraft and fantasy elements kick in and if you’re not expecting it, it might seem odd. Especially when we see a two-headed dog’s head pickled in rum and vinegar. From this point in, the strip moves away from Pirates territory and adds in Jason and the Argonauts, Odin and load of other fantasy/mystical/religious balls out craziness.

Strong female characters who refuses to bend to the devil’s whim, father and son relationships, guest stars Isaac Newton and Aladdin, and werewolves in old London town are just a selection of things that go down in this series.

There are a couple of strips that take place outside the main time line, one during WWII and one in the present day and to be honest I’m not sure about their relevance to the main story but they are well told so I’ll give them a pass.

Yeowell pencils are excellent throughout and, instantly recognizable and become much tighter with more detail for the middle of the story. As for Edginton, just when you think you know what’s happening, he turns it on it’s head and as Jack and the boys are hanging they are ironically saved by the English navy. More ironically by Jacks brother with whom there is a murky past. This is where Edginton and Yeowell up the shadow play portion of the book and when the crew journey to the center of the Earth they reveal a great cliff hanger that ties into earlier adventures. This is the best work by either creator and I’m actually thinking about reading it again right now.

Looking back at this series there are loads of ideas on display and i feel 95% of them hit and hit well. The only downside I can think of is that it hasn’t been fully collected in trade. Tracking down the individual progs would be a task as it appears in 112 issues but luckily it is available in two 360+ page digital collections. If you’re digital averse but haven’t read it, make this the one exception. If you’re a 2000 ad fan and haven’t read it, you’re not a 2000 ad fan. It’s that good. I put it on par with Nikolai Dante.

https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/GRN556
https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/GRN557

p.s Lawless by Abnett and Winslade is also out so go read that as well.


#1266

Garth is a big Dredd fan, FYI.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/dredd-tv-series-at-least-two-years-away/


#1267

Apparently the Dredd Mega Collection has been extended to 90 issues, as of 30 June, according to the Wiki for it but I can’t find the Facebook post it references - be interesting if so as it would allow anything missed to be covered.

(Although I’d have to find the space for 10 more books, having calculated the space for 80, such are first world problems…)


#1268

Assume that means it did well?


#1269

Yep. For all that it’s a major buy, the books are excellent quality for a tenner a time, so can see why it has - especially given the quality and quantity of material it can assemble.


#1270

Another 10…Sure why not. I’ll add it to the 50 I’ve still to read.


#1271

Official conformation of the extra 10 volumes. Doesn’t say what they’ll be though.

http://2000ad.com/post/1974


#1272

I spotted this fortnight’s volume when I was in a shop earlier today. It seems to have Mr. Millar’s Red Razors amongst other things (which I already have).


#1273

I enjoyed Red Razors more than any of Mark’s creator owned stuff.


#1274

I wonder how the extra 10 issues will affect the spine image.


#1275

Apparently they’re going to add a new image across 81-90 of Tharg printing money.


#1276

Saw this today.

I spoke (briefly) with John Smith at the 40th anniversary and he was pretty pissed off and awkward when I asked him if he had any work coming up.

I wonder what the story is here.

Smith is one of my favourite writers and a Devlin Waugh story comes along so seldom that it is something to be cherished.
I don’t see this working with another writer.


#1277

Also, here’s the next classics reprint lines up from Rebellion


#1278

McConville’s star seems to be rising quickly, he’s gone from a few Future Shocks to a stint on Dredd and then the Devlin Waugh thing.


#1279

I like Devlin Waugh a lot. It’s a shame if Smith’s got shafted on this. Undeserved.


#1280

Too right. He’s my predecessor at the 2000AD pitchfest, yet I haven’t had a sniff (thought my Future Shock showed potential). Fair play to him, I need to find out what he’s doing right.