It's been donkey's since I perused a "new" VIZ. So here's a review of the August 2016 issue.
COVER: Shite. "Hey, let's cram this issue's stars into a scene!" It worked in the old days. Now it's just so bloody lazy, by-the-numbers. Where's the creativity? Where's the spirit of anarchy? Where's the big f**k-you to the mainstream media and to readers? Come to think if it, these all-too-similar covers are a big "f**k you" to readers. All the cover says to me is: "Don't waste your time or money with this same-old shit."
NEXT PAGE: A f**kin' ad. For mayonnaise. Jesus wept. Viz used to take the piss out of ads. Now it just serves up mainstream shite trying so desperately to be cool. Not cool.
FIRST STRIP: MRS BRADY OLD LADY: She gets a handphone. Piss-weak. Not clever. Not funny. Just tired.
ROGER MELLIE: 2-pager. Not bad.
GILBERT RATCHET: Neither good nor awful. Nice bit with the budgie on Radio 4.
NEXT PAGE: A styoopit ad for t-shirts (non-Viz shirts). It should have been captioned: "Wear one of our shirts and instantly transform into a f**kwit."
LETTERBOCKS & TOP TIPS: Tired. Unfunny. Seems to be contributions from "funny" readers. A few hits. Mostly misses. Nice one on wasps.
THE WICKETKEEPER HAD TITS: 2-pager. Weak. Could have been great with a clever ending.
THE DRUNKEN BAKERS: Topical.
NEXT PAGE: An ad for a band. So what?
ABRAHAM LINKEDIN: Dire.
2 MORE PAGES OF ADS: YAWN.
WEE RADGE JOE: Often pathetic attempt at Scottish lingo.
4-PAGE PROGNOSTICATION SPECIAL REPORT: No need to do "funny photos" when spoofing tabloid shite. Delivering satire with a shovel to the head. "Tarot No!" was good.
MORE & MORE ADS AND UNFUNNY CRAP: So commence skimming and there's a Morrissey short, which should be funny, but isn't. Kettle stuff not bad. On Page 51 there's an ad for a CD/DVD folder. Jesus wept! A horrible bit of plastic tat that should cost about three quid (holds 120 discs) - being flogged for 22.95 plus 5.95 for postage! This just shows that the target audience of Viz is dipshits, if this is sort of ad being carried. And there's also a baldness cure ad that isn't a piss-take! What the f**k?
VERDICT: Commercial bag of shite. Bereft of heart and soul. Some glimmers of what it once was. Not worth the effort. The Drunken Bakers guy should do a strip of a VIZ reader or contributor shooting himself in despair.