So my sub sorted itself out and I got my back issues from Oxfam and 2000adonline so I started with a "run up" from prog 2224. I'm now on 2236 of my 2000AD revival here are some jumbled up thoughts
- It is a blooming meaty read in general, I've read 12 issues over last couple of weeks and it takes time to read and appreciate them just like it did back in the day
- I still struggle with some of the stories/layouts that seem less words and "art based or visual based" like MEchastopheles and Visions of DeadWorld - I find them harder going
- Overall they are pretty damned good but they feel similar to what I read 30 years ago. The documentary on 2000ad (Arrow films "channel" on amazon) is pretty on the nose with regard to the fact they are selling to the same customers who are now just 30 years older. I am not sure how many teens read it. Also I have read one "Regenned" issue and it was fun but again appealed more to me and can't see how it would appeal to the "youth of today" might try my ten year old with the regenned and see what he thinks.
So the stories/art so far
Judge Dredd - All positive barring one story "easy money" which I felt was tonally odd. "Penitent Man" was superb (great art), the Rowdy Yates story was fun (again great art) and the "Brief Encounter" story was really good as well with some lovely "clean" art I thought. Just the one duffer which I wasn't keen on the art for either.
Thistlebone - This is a big miss for me... bounced off it and didn't really connect with it at all. I started on part 4 which won't have helped I guess. I loved the art though very expressive.
Feral & Foe II - I love this, just finished the arc and it was fun actually made me laugh and had a decent story. I didn't really follow the "lore" that well but it constructed a story where I didn't need to. The humour reminded me very vaguely of Sam Slade (which I loved) in that irreverant style. The art was very good and loved the lettering work that made it really obvious who was/wasn't speaking etc.
Visions of Deadworld - loved the creepy art but struggled to follow the plots - seemed overly simple and obviously part of something much bigger. But loved the art and atmosphere.
The 3thrillers and Terror Tale and Future Shocks - none really stood out. Half Life was fun but felt like I'd read it quite a few times. "regarding Henry" was a well contained little story, classic Future shock. THe others were quite quirky "CHorus & RIng" and "Symbiotic Love Triangle" but readable.
Two others are just starting up
Chimpsky's Law - Bit of a fun one this with a mix of planet of the apes with a detective novel built in.
Department K - it's one of those "wacky" serials that I usually bounce off but I'm giving it a go
As usual I'm writing all this out for my own amusement and eventually I'll catch up and be chatting about the same issues as everyone else