11 items from 2014
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #351…
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! Dredd sniffs out corruption in the Cursed Earth burial pits in ‘Dead Zone’ by John Wagner and Henry Flint; Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson enforces her brand of justice in ‘Lawless’ by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade; and the citizens’ unrest is reaching flashpoint in the Dredd movie sequel ‘Uprise’ by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson.
Welcome Perps to the Judge Dredd Megazine #351 review, continuing from last month’s milestone issue all of our stories are continuing on and we have no new starters. Lucky for you last month was pretty drokking good!
Judge Dredd carries on with his rather macabre murder investigation in “Dead Zone”. As Dredd begins his interrogation of the attendees of the Chaos (Plague) Memorial Interment Facility to gather further information into the whether Mr. McPhee died of his own causes »
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog #1893…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has a senile pensioner, blue vampires, one of those deepwater fish with a bulb for a quiff and dog-faced humanoid zombies. A standard night out in Maidstone, then.
The first of those – the senile pensioner – is Mrs Gunderson, currently hosting one of 2000Ad’s most infamous and fearsome killers, Judge Death, in her apartment. As she talks about Death’s arch-nemesis, Joe Dredd, being quite the hit with the ladies, you get the impression she hasn’t fully comprehended the impending threat.
Luckily, it’s just a Judge Death impersonator in the conclusion to John Wagner’s Dredd strip A Night in Sylvia Plath. Not as bizarrely brilliant as last week’s opener – this Part 2 was too busied with tying up its storylines over the wonderfully doting characters of Mrs Gunderson and Walter the faulty robot – but there was humour to be had, »
- Oliver Davis
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1892…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has diner-based showdowns, Albert Einstein-lookalikes, many trolls a’slayed and that niche, strange Eastern religion called Christianity. But first, we start at the beginning. Even more at the beginning than usual – the cover.
What a lovely display by Judge Dredd artist Colin MacNeil. The circular framing of its three characters and simple palette recall the opening title cards of Looney Tunes episodes. Which leads us right into this week’s Dredd strip, A Night in Sylvia Plath, written by ol’stoney face co-creator John Wagner. The title sounds like one of those celebrity porno tapes. A Night in Paris, A Night in Chyna (eyes…cannot…unsee…). Fortunately, it’s about the ‘Sylvia Plath’ block of apartments in Mega City One – specifically old Mrs Gunderson and her servant robot Walter, both with a few screws loose (figuratively and »
- Oliver Davis
Luke Graham reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1890…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! Prog 1890 of 2000Ad is packed to the gills with thrills and spills, but which strip delivers the most?
Speaking of deliveries, in part two of Sinister Dexter, Finnigan Sinister has to escape from delivery company Congo after his cover is blown. Swiftly dispatchingfive security guards in an inventive action scene, he escapes in mail truck. Unlike Mr. Davis, I’m not a fan of Jake Lynch’s artwork here. The lines are too messy, it’s not always clear where one character ends and another begins. It’s just awful. At least Dan Abnett is moving the story in an interesting direction as Sinister and Dexter are invited to a… barbecue.
- Luke Graham
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #350…
Greetings to all you Perps out there and welcome to a rather big milestone of a comic as we hit the 350th issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine. Who would have thought back in 1990 that in the year 2014 you’d be sat here, slightly wider, getting your fix on a Padd from Star Trek: Tng? Well I did, but I’m a nerd to the core. If however you’ve bought the good old fashioned paper version of this month’s comic you’ll be enjoying an A3 sized poster which I’m unfortunately not, but with a more positive spin on it I’m not faced with an argument from my better half on why there is a Judge Dredd poster occupying a space where our family photo used to be.
We have three brand new stories beginning in this issue with Dredd both »
Free Comic Book Day is upon us once again. What is Free Comic Book Day? Well it is all right there in the name. Every year, on the first Saturday of May, participating comic book stores give away selected comics to anyone that comes to their store. That’s right Free.
Comic books influence so much pop culture these days. Movies, TV, video games and more are looking for the next story to adapt or character to exploit. They make billions doing it. We enjoy consuming it. But the problem is, this doesn’t really help the men and women (mom & pop if you will) that run the local comic shop in your neighborhood. They struggle to get by. This is what makes Fcbd great, you get something for free and they get a chance to show you their wares. Maybe you will come back again. Everyone wins.
With that said, »
- Chris Connors
The upcoming Bryan Talbot documentary has released a trailer.
Digital Story Engine will release the Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot on DVD and digitally in May.
Legendary writer Michael Moorcock - a close friend of the comics creator - has provided an introduction to the film.
The Graphic Novel Man centres around the life and four decades of Talbot's career, which encompasses The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat and Alice in Sunderland.
His collaboration with wife Mary Talbot, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, won the 2013 Costa Biography Award, and he continues to work on the Grandville series.
Talbot's work is current on display at West London's The Muse at 269.
The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan »
2000 Ad, the British sci-fi anthology magazine has been around for nearly 40 years. Let that sink in: 40 years. Since its inception, the publication has survived radical terrorism, made it through the Thatcher administration, witnessed the loss of a princess, had their country host an Olympics ,and more. Week in, week out, no matter what is happening there is one thing we, the people, can count on: there will always be a new 2000 Ad.
This week readers are treated to something truly special from the 2000 Ad camp. While 40 years of backstory is indeed intimidating, The Mighty Tharg, the all powerful alien editor has created the perfect jumping on point for new fans. This weeks prog #1874 features 5 brand new stories featuring some of the biggest names in 2000Ad’s huge stable. With a strong line-up and solid stories contained within, prog 1874 is definitely worth your attention:
- Sean Tonelli
Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
Sin City (2005)
Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.
Ghost World (2001)
Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »
Douglas Wolk“My grandmother was an incredible painter, and my father sculpted on the weekends for many years and recently took it up again,” states Douglas Wolk who is a Portland, Oregon-based author and critic. “Sadly, I didn't inherit their aptitude for visual art.” Comic books were initially a childhood fascination. “I started reading them in earnest when I was 9, although I'd probably read a bunch before that and never stopped.” Blockbuster success at the box office has had an impact on the comic book industry. “I've certainly seen a lot of comics in the past 10 years or so that are clearly movie or TV pitches, which tends to make for mediocre-at-best comics. I've heard that some comics publishers tend to reserve at least some chunk of other-media rights even for ostensibly creator-owned work. »
Jim Fern gets to colour the world of Judge Dredd along with writers John Wagner and Alan Grant as well as artist Carlos Ezquerra in next week's Judge Dredd Classics #8, and we've got an exclusive preview which you can see right here...
Judge Dredd Classics # 8 arrives on February 5th. »
11 items from 2014
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