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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 20 September, 2018, 10:18:34 am »
Normally I'd be in favour of having one of 2000AD's most prolific and brilliant artists return to the Prog.

But we're talking about someone who once drew a pair of tits! Gen-u-ine mammary glands.

Is that the kind of artist we want in 2000AD in 2018? Won't someone think of the children, etc?

Events / Re: ICE BIRMINGHAM 2018 - Official Thread
« on: 14 September, 2018, 12:00:54 pm »
Jim- that pub's shut, mate.


Well, that's what you get fer votin Brexit Jim.

Enjoy your weekend Creeps.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 14 September, 2018, 11:58:58 am »
It always seemed to me that Grant was setting things up for a post-Final Solution situation where SD could work as an ensemble piece, with Feral as one of many central characters (maybe integrating characters from the Tales of the Doghouse strips). Shame we never got that.

It could've gone that way if the course laid out by Peter Hogan was continued.
'Monsters' and 'Dead Mans Hand' (wonderfully illustrated by Simon Harrison) were the only Feral-centric stories (the others being shared with The Gronk, Durham Red and Bullmoose).

I really liked Joe 'Bullmoose' Saxon in those latter Strontium Dogs tales.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 September, 2018, 09:15:59 am »
Who was this even aimed at?

Teenage me.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 10 September, 2018, 02:44:39 pm »
the last few SD stories have been good fun, I'd just keep my fingers crossed that John and Carlos have got a few more in them yet.


General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 10 September, 2018, 02:42:50 pm »
all the possible options are a bit silly and not particularly interesting from a storytelling point of view.

I agree with you there Frank, but it didn't have to be (and as it turns out it wasn't) that particularly interesting.
It just had to be functional, i.e. bring Johnny Alpha back to life. And on we go from there.

The multi-book 'Life and Death of Johnny Alpha' epic or
the tortured process to get here
is what failed in my view.

General / Re: George Perez in the Prog!!!
« on: 10 September, 2018, 01:57:02 pm »
Love Perez natch, but can't say that cover is doing anything for me.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 10 September, 2018, 01:48:49 pm »
Magicking Alpha back to life was still silly. *

Reflecting on the strip since Johnny's resurrection, I've softened to it somewhat.

Getting over the fact that Johnny was brought back from the dead at all, I still think the execution of "The Life and Death..." was sorely lacking.

Didn't need to be as ridiculous as it was.
Didn't need to disregard The Final Solution / Strontium Dogs / Durham Red.
Didn't need to 'punish' Feral, who was a pretty decent character.

A simple time travel story could have re-set the stage.
Lets say;
Feral (now Firefall- stop sniggering in the back) goes on a suicide mission to the past to somehow save Johnny from his Lyran fate.
After some violent and entertaining shenanigans his younger self takes Johnny's place, simultaneously;

- Johnny never dies.
- No previously published stories need to be retconned.
- Feral / Firefall gets that desired punishment- he simply wipes himself from existence.

Something along those lines would have been a slightly less biter pill to swallow for me.

News / Re: Get Well Soon, Carlos.
« on: 10 September, 2018, 01:31:07 pm »
Bizi ezazu erregea

General / Re: Women don't age in dredd universe?
« on: 24 August, 2018, 06:43:09 pm »
though she could have come in under Sinfeld.

I knew March wasn't a Gruddamn clone!

Books & Comics / Re: Scream & Misty Special 2018
« on: 23 August, 2018, 12:16:00 pm »
Like the alternate cover too, but I ain't double dipping this year.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 23 August, 2018, 12:13:24 pm »
Number 3 Big Dave[/b
This is strip that made me stop buying the Prog  :'(

Grud help me, I found it hilarious and still do.

Peaked with Costa Del Chaos though- the panel with Big Dave's plane on fire and crash landing in Tenerife was one of the handful of times I genuinely laughed out load reading the Prog.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 August, 2018, 12:04:40 pm »
How good is Massimo's Battle of Clontarf?! Had never read this outing before, or indeed seen much colour Belardinelli - what a treat for the eyeballs!

I never get tired of re-reading the 1985 annual, and truly love that Slaine story.

I distinctly recall that Dunnes Stores Kilnamanagh were selling off this annual for peanuts in the January sale in 1986- almost every kid I knew had a copy.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 August, 2018, 08:09:49 pm »
Always meant to pick up this series on Blu-ray, but never seen it going cheap enough.
Still though, seems there's a forthcoming re-release in October.
Yours to pre-order for only 8 million nicker on Zavvi;


Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 August, 2018, 03:07:11 pm »

8. Nemesis - The Shape of Things to Come... alas that's actually years of teasing stories about hammers as I recall

I got such kick out of that Prog- Nemesis returns (in full colour) with a cracking cover and absolutely out of the blue.
Then nuthin for 3 more years!

Its an okay story, but sets up something that never really got played with - the idea that all the hate and
 vitriol in Termight would led to its own downfall... and a hammer.... there's another short story in the 900s? Then we have to wait for Book X - which moves things in a different direction... oh my memory could be so wrong there!

You're not wrong Colin, another 'teaser' to the final confrontation appeared in Progs 901-903, with some grotesque but brilliant Clint Langley painted art.
Then on to the main event in Book X several years later, which despite featuring some astonishing artwork, fell a bit flat for me too.

Did the line 'Irish pies are smiling' get used anywhere?

Sure t'was the name of the story.

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