Picked up The Ballad of Halo Jones from the library after wanting to read it following the tales of its creation in Thrill Power Overload. Pretty much as I remembered: Book 1 is utter gibberish, almost unreadable. Book 2 is solid gold. Book 3 is a gem. The art gets better and better.
The writing quality pretty much encapsulates Alan Moore. You can see the 'up his own arse' version that would write League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and also you can see the great mind who wrote Swamp Thing. Mad.
Alan Moore is one of those maddening writers who has two distinct modes, and it is sometimes hard to tell which one you are going to get. When he is on form he is terrific. Other times he is basically just talking to himself.
Picked up Prog 1788 today, having missed quite a few weeks recently due to travelling around and not having much of a comics budget until payday... Good grief the current Dredd arc really is grim isn't it? I think I probably got more out of Nikolai Dante this prog than I normally do just because I needed that contrast to Dredd. I think that once they trade this current Dredd arc I will probably pick it up - but I doubt that it will be an easy read by any means.
Indeed, but Jones is worth reading for the Book III storyline alone. One of the best war stories you will read in comics and a perfect example of how 5 pages a part is enough to tell a dense, complex and deeply emotional story.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2012 19:54:45 GMT by The Doctor
It is one of those things that I am aware of but have never quite got around to reading. I must have a look to see if my library has it (they have all sorts of odd things tucked away that cycle out every so often).
According to this issue 350 million citizens and 60% of the Judge force have died. Wikipedia indicates that post Apocalypse War the population was 400 million. Assuming population growth was kept in check by Necropolis and Judgement Day the population now could be as low as 50 million, an 87% fall in population, and thus a substantial increase of the number of judges to members of the population.
Francisco resigns? Could have predicted that, as I could Hershey's return. I cheered in the shop reading it I was so pleased to see Hershey back and the sight of Rico riding in with mutants to help clean the city up was an interesting one given the events of tour of duty, especially tied in with Hershey's return. Has he been in the townships ever since?
Logan survives: I was worried he wouldn't. It adds to his indestructability legend.
One final death: Garcia. But she's always been the other half of Buell & Garcia so almost not really a character in her own right. Along with Niles & Roake I think she makes up the total named character deaths in the serial. Did Roffman survive the destruction of PSU's headquarters?
The Day of Chaos was over rather quickly - 2 issues compared to the huge run up - and yeah there were some grim elements again this week but a lot of positive stuff for the future