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Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges
Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges
by Brian Bolland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.74

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Death Lives (again!), 2 Oct. 2015
IDW set the bar high with their fantastic Block Mania/Apocalypse War release but I'm delighted to say that this collection more than matches it.

I cannot praise the colourist Charlie Kirchoff highly enough: Brian Bolland with his perfectionist line work has often suffered at the hands of colourists but Kirchoff is highly skilled, preserving Bolland's detailed art and (dare I say it) often enhancing it.
Brett Ewins likewise benefits while Cliff Robinson's rush job and Robin Smith's lesser talent are improved ten-fold with Kirchoff's choice of colour and use of effects.

The Dredd stories Judge Death & Judge Death Lives are all time classics while Anderson's Four Dark Judges, while not quite up to that standard, is certainly a good yarn.

You are not going to see a better presentation of these stories and art and I highly recommend this book

Judge Dredd: Casefiles 01: 10th Anniversary Edition
Judge Dredd: Casefiles 01: 10th Anniversary Edition
by John Wagner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Origins!, 27 Aug. 2015
This hardback anniversary edition is a must have for all Dredd fans. We see the early birth pains of this legendary character where unsuited artists and writers try their hand and generally fall on their faces.
But from Robot Wars onwards where Mick McMahon, Ian Gibson and Brian Bolland settle in as regular artists and John Wagner snatches back the reins as head writer we are treated to classic Dredd printed on glossy paper with (for the first time since 1977) colour centre spreads, back pages and covers.
My only gripe is that a handful of strips (& it is only 2 or 3) suffer from poor reprint quality. This is at its most glaring on the landmark The Return of Rico where much of McMahon's linework is rendered invisible and his use of letra tone reduced to a muddy mess. Titan's 1980's reprint was pristine so I've no idea why this couldn't have been addressed.

Judge Dredd: Casefiles 25
Judge Dredd: Casefiles 25
by John Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wagner Headlines, 27 Aug. 2015
This is the most consistently excellent Case Files for a while. John Wagner is on top form with the second half of the epic The Pit saga, Judge Death rematch Dead Reckoning (stunning Greg Staples art), several amusing shorts and a moving farewell to former Chief Judge McGruder (Death of a Legend).
John Smith and Paul Marshall contribute the enthralling 10 parter Dark Side and the only weak links are a couple of throwaway Megazine tales.

Note: The first half of the brilliant epic The Pit is in Case Files 24.

Doctor Who:  Human Nature: A 7th Doctor novel
Doctor Who: Human Nature: A 7th Doctor novel
by Paul Cornell
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £21.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 20 Aug. 2015
Fantastic reading of one of THE greatest Doctor Who novels of all time.
Whether you're a Dr Who fan who loved the David Tennant version of this story, or if you've read the original novel or even if you know nothing of this story in any format this audio release is a must buy: an essential part of any Doctor Who fan's collection.

Rogue Trooper Classics
Rogue Trooper Classics
by Gerry Finley-Day
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.74

3.0 out of 5 stars ... IDW's colourised Block Mania/Apocalypse War this was a massive disappointment. The colourisation is up to the previous high, 28 July 2015
This review is from: Rogue Trooper Classics (Paperback)
After the superb HB edition of IDW's colourised Block Mania/Apocalypse War this was a massive disappointment. The colourisation is up to the previous high standard which enhances the original artwork (Gibbons/Wilson/Kennedy & Ewins all on top form) but there are severe issues with formatting: the dimensions of the book are that of a normal DC/Marvel comic which is completely unsuited to the squarer 2000ad's of the 1980's. This results in the strip taking up only 3/4 of the page which results in the text being very difficult to read and the fantastic artwork and colouring not being shown off to their full potential: the rest of the page is left blank with just Rogue Trooper written in large text.

Very disappointing and a missed opportunity: great artwork & colouring together with exciting scripts all amount to nothing if the format makes it painful to read!

Judge Dredd Classics Volume 1: Apocalypse War
Judge Dredd Classics Volume 1: Apocalypse War
by Mike McMahon
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Edition!, 10 July 2014
Wow, this is a must buy for all Dredd fans: great quality reprints tastefully coloured. The art of McMahon, Ron Smith, Steve Dillon, Brian Bolland and Carlos Ezquerra is fantastic (yeah we know that) but it's really enhanced by this: even Bolland, whose intricate linework is sometimes lost in botched colourization jobs, really benefits.

Wagner and Grant wrote one of the all time classic Dredd sagas in Block Mania/Apocalypse War while, for me. Bolland, Dillon, McMahon and Ezquerra provided some of their best ever art. So I cannot recommend this edition highly enough as the hard back binding and fantastic colourisation is surely the best presentation of this work we're ever likely to get.

(I missed Ron Smith out of that list as I feel his best work lies elsewhere (The Judge Child - oh, please release that next in this format) but his work on BM really benefits from the colourisation too).

Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £7.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing No More, 27 Nov. 2013
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A revelation! After years of having only the audio to go by I had dismissed this as mediocre fare. Just shows what you miss from not being able to SEE the darned thing as Enemy of the World proves to be a triumph from beginning to end: one of the highlights of the Troughton era, and highly recommended.

Delta Machine
Delta Machine
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best since 1993, 26 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Delta Machine (Audio CD)
As someone who adored Black Celebration, Music for the Masses, Violator & Songs of Faith and Devotion I have bought every Depeche Mode album since then and although I have liked them all, none of them have really come close to capturing the spellbound wonder I experience listening to that quartet of albums. Twenty years after Songs of Faith and Devotion I had arrived at the regrettable conclusion that Depeche could never reach those heights again.

Enter Delta Machine.......

And wow! How wrong I was. Perfectly produced, perfectly sequenced, but most importantly some of the best songs they've ever recorded with an edge to them that is truly startling for a band this far into their career. There really isn't a song on here that isn't anything less than 4 star and so many 5 stars..... but if I was to pick one track for particular praise it would be Should've Been Higher which has DM's best chorus since Enjoy the Silence. Or what about Alone a track that would sit happily on SoF&D. Or then again Soothe My Soul, an unikely mash up of the stomp of Personal Jesus and the guitar riff from I Feel You?

Unbelievably the list of essential Depeche Mode albums has now grown to 5.

Witching Hour
Witching Hour
Offered by westworld-
Price: £7.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitched, 20 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Witching Hour (Audio CD)
I bought this on the back of Ladytron's excellent Best of collection. So I knew the pick out tracks (Destroy Everything You Touch, International Dateline etc) were great but I didn't know what to expect from the rest. Would they be a band who had a few great songs per album our were they a band who made great albums? If anyone else is in the same position as me I am happy to report that it is the latter as there's no filler on here and there are a good few songs (esp Sugar) that should've made the 'Best of' too!

How Ladytron aren't much bigger is a real mystery - great production, good vocals, interesting arrangements and above all fabulous songs. Now, I think I'll go for Velocifero....

Playing the Angel
Playing the Angel
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to (near) their best, 15 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Playing the Angel (Audio CD)
The blaring siren at the start of this CD is like DM saying 'We're back - after the uphill struggle of Ultra and the downhill freefall that was Exciter, we're back to our best'. Well, nearly anyway. It's all going brilliantly, the first 5 tracks running the full gamut of what makes DM great: then comes Macro, a badly sung ode to the universe (yep, really) and the album never really recovers.
Bad sequencing then delivers a run of mid-tempo songs (only Nothing's Impossible matching the opening quality) until we limp towards the end. However, it is worth getting there as closer The Darkest Star is excellent, a brooding menacing thing of beauty with a piano riff to die for.
So what let's this down is one real duff song and a second half that needs livening up - and the real shame is that this was around the time DM started putting out good b-sides again and any of them (Free, Better Days and Newborn) would be much better choices for album tracks than a couple of the slower numbers on there. In fact I'd really recommend listeners download these b-sides as they're all brilliant: Newborn especially so (could've been a lead single it's THAT good).

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