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Prequel to Plastic Jesus: Kitty Wants A Hitty

Notice anything different around here?

Like a brand new website logo?

That’ll be thanks to my pal Sion Smith who’s not only a damn fine writer, but a dab hand at the ol’ DTP to boot.

So to celebrate a reboot of sorts, let’s have some cyberpunk: KITTY WANTS A HITTY is the almost-new prequel to my sci-fi thriller PLASTIC JESUS (published by Salt) and I’ve parked that bad girl right here in this thread.

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PLASTIC JESUS is basically my love letter to Ridley Scott (for Blade Runner) and the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000AD. Its prequel KITTY WANTS A HITTY focuses on two of the book’s main characters, Paul and Kitty McBride, and their bittersweet relationship.

To read KITTY WANTS A HITTY, follow the ‘continue reading’ link below…

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Dredd vs Dredd

So, DREDD (2012) vs JUDGE DREDD (1995)…

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There’s no contest, is there? 2012′s DREDD, starring Karl Urban, wins hands-down. Urban captures the morose, no-nonsense Lawman perfectly and who better than Wagner and Esquerra themselves to ensure Garland and Travis whip up a credible Dredd without all the cardinal sins of the 1995 Stallone outing (removal of helmet/ grinning/ romancing the ladies).

But for all its faults, Stallone’s JUDGE DREDD does have some redeeming features.

In terms of capturing that old-school cyberpunk vibe of Mega City One,  the 1995 movie is probably the most faithful to the comics. Urban’s Mega City One is less vivid, going more for a dystopian, noir vibe which very much suits the movie. But, geez, no kneepads?

The cast isn’t the worst, either. Max von Sydow actually makes a great Fargo and Stallone, while definitely a more pantomine Dredd than Urban, does on occasion capture the character quite well; that forlornness; the blending of Dredd’s brutality and humanity; the chin.  Ultimately, it all goes too far, but with a better script and less hammy direction, could Stallone have been a more successful Joe? Maybe.

But let’s not get too carried away: Since watching it, 2012′s DREDD has become one of my all-time favourite movies, period. Like many, I’m hopeful for a second outing for Urban, signing the official petition to try and make that happen.

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In the meantime, we have UNDERBELLY, the official comic book sequel released just this week by 2000AD. We have a couple of interesting fan films; the excellent JUDGE MINTY and  2013′s promising CURSED EDGE.  And last, but not least, we have the Prog and Meg themselves; while the vast majority of brit comics have long since bitten the dust, 2000AD remains strong.

And that’s something, right?