fantastic this week, that twist should have been either completely obvious or downright awful: instead it was genuinely thrilling. Fingers crossed that things get even weirder next week: Rogue Trooper meets Meltdown Man
, I'm on for that if you are.The Order
takes some well-earned time to catch its breath, for about three pages. I'm in awe of how Kek-W juggles his bulging cast, giving them all room to establish themselves, even if it is only a few panels. And nobody draws a nice interdimensional shapeshifter bottom like John Burns, always good to see an artist given a chance to play to their strengths before it's back to the giant wyrms on a buccolic rampage.... This series is so good its ridiculous: sign me up for a collection now, preferably bursting with author's notes and design sketches.
I'd definitely enjoy Kingmaker
(and a lot of Edginton's work) more if his character voices didn't swing from cod-medieval to Radio 4 documentary with little in between. I get that a revisionist history of Orcs and Elves is the current point (although given the satircal-pastiche status of the pre-invasion world I wonder why I should care, but then I have read about 30 Discworld novels so who am I to cast aspersions), but I do draw the line at Orky Mc Scarface coming out with 'it validates their behaviour': not sure even Pat Mills would try shoving that in Ro-Jaw's cakehole. Astounding art and design aside, can we get back to the shooty aliens please?
being very Dredd this week, and glad Paradox limped away to star in future Carroll tales. The robo-cab sequence was a bit lacking in originality and seemed to eat up unecessary pages, and there seemed to be a lot of technobabble doing likewise, but I am greatly enjoying this story and its cast and intrigued to see where it's going.
And lastly but by no means leastly, that was a very solid, fun Future Shock
with some snappy dialogue and memorable visuals.
Mild reservations about Kingmaker
aside, the prog is in excellent form these days, wish I'd looked as good when I was 40!