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Suggestions / Re: Dredd compared to The Punisher on Netflix
« on: 10 January, 2018, 01:46:49 pm »
You seemed to have missed the one big difference between the characters.

One is a vigilante and the other ... do I have to say it!!!

In audience terms this is the fundamental difference between the two.

Vigilantes are a staple of US culture: Batman and almost all superheroes and cowboys; Death Wish, Falling Down, Gran Torino, The Equaliser, Man on Fire, John Wick, to a certain degree Dirty Harry – and Liam Neeson.

US audiences especially have liked the heavy-handed lone crusader fighting socety's perceived ills but not always the man of authority wearing the badge and waving the big stick.

I think that could be overstated. American audiences do have an affinity for "maverick" types, but authority figures can also be popular characters. Dredd (the character) is not dissimilar to the sheriff in a Western, for example.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 December, 2017, 05:41:06 pm »
It’s a nonsense anyway. My reasonably centrist views in Scotland would, if transplanted to the US, have me labelled as a “commie”. There is good policy and bad policy, that’s the only useful paradigm.

General / Re: 2000AD Cover of the year Vote 2017
« on: 10 December, 2017, 07:31:34 pm »
3pts 2032- D’Israeli

2pts 2024- John McCrea

1pt 2036- Chris Weston

Honourable mentions- 2050 by Simon Davis, 2023 by Cliff Robinson and 2027 by Matt Ferguson

Books & Comics / Swan Song - The Music Anthology
« on: 08 December, 2017, 09:38:03 am »
Vancouver based Cloudscape comics is running a Kickstarter for another anthology. I read their "Bones of the Coast" horror anthology last year and greatly enjoyed it, so I've got high hopes for this. There is a 2000AD connection, since Simon Roy is a contributor (alongside various other British Columbia based creators):


Prog / Re: Prog 2059 - Fiends in High Places
« on: 28 November, 2017, 02:51:30 pm »
Indigo Prime is beautiful but impossible to follow on a weekly basis. There have been a few recent stories like that (The Order springs to mind). They might read wonderfully collected in a trade, but I read them in the prog.

General / Re: Justice Department funding
« on: 28 November, 2017, 01:05:59 pm »
Bitcoin mining.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 28 November, 2017, 07:34:55 am »
Yeah, it’s a very short trade. I think I’ll go back to the individual issues in future.

I picked it up on the enthusiastic recommendation of my local comic shop, so it’s certainly found an audience in my neck of the woods.

General / Re: The definitive copyright thread
« on: 27 November, 2017, 01:08:11 pm »
I'm continually amazed that people can muster enthusiasm for Dan Dare reboots. They must see something in the character that I don't.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 27 November, 2017, 01:02:24 pm »
Speaking of Genius I can only assume Kyle Starks is also. As in Rock Candy Mountain 5 he returns us to what is probably my favourite comic on the stands right now. Which if you know in what high regard I hold the aforementioned work of Matt Wagner is quite something. This origin story of a man, his soul, the devil his tricks, and Hilter, his pants is really something that you should all read. Its quite the most refreshing comic in many a year and comics of this and pretty much any haul it appears in.

I picked up the first issue of Rock Candy Mountain and then the trade. It really is excellent.

I was a bit disappointed that the trade didn't reprint the musicology piece that was at the back of the first issue, which gave some interesting context. Do the other issues carry similar pieces?

Prog / Re: Prog 2059 - Fiends in High Places
« on: 27 November, 2017, 12:55:50 pm »
Just to buck the trend, I am enjoying the 3riller. It's a classic 2000AD blend-two-genres thing, and it has enough about it to keep me interested in the conclusion. The betrayal was obvious, though. I assume that there will be some kind of a twist in the final part to show it was anticipated.

Books & Comics / Re: Pat Mills - Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!
« on: 22 November, 2017, 04:33:39 pm »
I would still say its worth reading. The criticisms above are broadly valid, it badly needs a professional editor, but the content has a lot of value.

It needs to be read in context with Thrill Power Overload and MacManus' book, in my opinion. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a definitive history.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 November, 2017, 01:25:08 pm »
Labour in Scotland have finally managed to sort out their rift with the UK party by electing a pro-Corbyn leader. Hopefully they can now avoid needless distractions and act as the opposition Scotland needs.

Oh, I see..:

Film & TV / Re: Marvel Superheroes hit Netflix
« on: 20 November, 2017, 01:18:57 pm »
A pretty interesting take on The Punisher and its problems:

The journalist credits Garth Ennis as having the most successful take on the character.

That artist was using Deluxe Paint 3 to its full capabilities, I see.

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