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Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« on: 25 April, 2018, 12:29:23 pm »
Anderson reminds me a bit of those 1990s tales in the Magazine, where you got the impression the writer had everything sorted in their heads, but it didn't quite make it to the page. I've felt something's off about this one as well, which is a pity since I've been a fan of Beeby's 2000 AD output to date. Perhaps a re-read when the entire series is done will do the job.

Sin/Dex has been the surprise for me of late. I'm not a big fan of the strip. For me, it's like wallpaper. But the factory reset has for once done interesting things, and I'm intrigued to see where everyone takes it.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 April, 2018, 10:01:46 am »
Now a question for those more familiar with the Slaine stories; at what point do things start going downhill?
I suspect this is down to the individual. Personally, I liked Sláine a lot through Horned God, even if some of the earlier stuff feels dated in the same way a lot of old 2000 AD does. Horned God was a natural end, and so Sláine ended up being a kind of time-traveller, a bit like a Celtic Doctor Who, which was variable in quality. But the end of that 'second era' Sláine, I felt things had gone downhill pretty badly. I don't recall liking Grail War and Lord of the Beasts, for example.

For me, Book of Invasions was a return to form. There are some things I very much disagree with (not least the unnecessary end for Niamh, reportedly suggested by the editor, which felt like a sickening slice of sexist fridging), but for me it broadly worked really well. I didn't care for Scars, but consider that an interlude, and Brutania 1 was, for the most part, superb. I loved the art and the weirdness. But then that all went a bit downhill, with LOTS OF GODS SHOUTING AT EACH OTHER IN ALL CAPS, and drawn-out, horribly dull fights.

Given Sláine's general appeal, I'm not surprised they're bunging all of it in there. But I honestly don't think the collection would have missed much had it skipped from Horned God right to Book of Invasions, and then used the four 'spare' books for some Indigo Prime or something.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 23 April, 2018, 02:31:52 pm »
Well there's no need to ever pick up what is probably the worst book in the collection again!
I will happily admit that thought crossed my mind, too.

As for an index, I wonder whether we could POD one, although I imagine it'd be quite the sod to produce.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 23 April, 2018, 11:41:19 am »
Looks like it. How strange.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 23 April, 2018, 09:06:16 am »
Having read those Walter stories again, they were a bit of a trudge. I'd have been happy with a couple as a taster rather than all of the things, but there you go. Great to see the Geoff Senior Dredd get an airing though – one of my favourite artists, and someone who I really wish had done more 2000 AD. (Imagine his kinetic artwork on ABC Warriors.)

Two more books just arrived today as well.

86/vol. 82: Day of Chaos Aftermath: Debris; Innocent; Payback; Asleep; Sealed; Save Him; Wolves; Cypher; Suicide The Forsaken; Skulls; Bender; Ferals; six covers; "The Ripple Effect" text feature.

87/vol. 90: Lawless: Welcome to Badrock; Between Badrock & A Hard Place; Of Munce and Men; Long Range War; four covers; DPS sketchbook; "Way Out West" single-page text feature.

Megazine / Re: 395 - Surfing the Songlines
« on: 21 April, 2018, 01:48:51 pm »
I always thought the running joke was that the law keeps changing, and no-one has the slightest chance of keeping up with it. We've seen people arrested in the past for NOT stopping crims getting away, too. DeMarco's gone down the citizen's arrest route, too. So I guess the reality is it depends on the writer, but in the reality of Dredd, the citizens are kept on their toes by a regularly shifting legal arena. Heston, I imagine, is up to date on it, though.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 April, 2018, 11:22:15 am »
I hope it does, despite the current niggles. I'm not sure I'd want some Marvel-style open-ended thing, and I'd hope Matt would be quite choosy about what's included so we don't end up with Dry Run or something. But there's a lot of content I'd be happy to see in these hardback volumes: pretty much anything by John Smith (not least Indigo Prime, but also Firekind/Leatherjack/Cradlegrave), Armoured Gideon, VCs, War Machine (if it's not in the Rogue books) and a carefully hand-picked slice of post-WM RT, Starlord-era Strontium Dog, Jaegir, Button Man (if rights can be sorted), Scarlet Traces, Flesh, Leviathan (somehow – not sure what you'd twin it with though), The Red Seas (complete, if possible), Grey Area, Fiends of the Eastern Front, Ichabod Azrael…

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 April, 2018, 07:26:47 pm »
So people get what they paid for shocker! Really? Not aiming this at anyone in particular but you pay your money and you will get your stuff.
It's more than that, though. A subscription is the best way to reward a publisher with your business. And subscribing generally comes with benefits to the consumer: delivery to your address; getting the product at the very least when it's available in stores, and often earlier. I can't imagine too many people would be thrilled with Rebellion if they suddenly messed up and started sending subscription copies to 2000 AD out a couple of weeks after you could pick the things up in WHSmith.

From what I've seen elsewhere online, dealing with Hachette is a crapshoot. For whatever reason, it seems the Dredd collection went more smoothly than others. It's likely the 2000 AD was was derailed due to the covers volume. Perhaps they thought they could get things done with just a slight delay, which subsequently mushroomed.

It's notable, though, to look at the direct debit dates, which ran like clockwork through into this year, where I see 5 Jan and 2 Feb, before a rather big gap of eight weeks before the next payment. We now hear the next payment will be on 27 April, after which point they possibly (depending on interpretation) aim to get things back on track.

Regardless, sure, you'll get what you paid for in the end. But poor customer service and not making good on original promises isn't a great thing, not least when you're in a project for the long haul. (If the 2000 AD collection ends on 80 issues, it'll be, what, the end of 2021 before it's done?)

General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 17 April, 2018, 11:01:21 pm »
More Deadworld: hurrah!

And I hope that’s the full Heston in that book.

Megazine / Re: 395 - Surfing the Songlines
« on: 16 April, 2018, 09:53:25 pm »
My print didn’t survive the journey. I wish they were printed a bit smaller than A4 so they’d get more protection in transit.

As for the Meg, I liked pretty much all of it. Heston is great. As for movie Dredd, I read it that Anderson is now an ex-Judge – as in, ex-parrot, and wonder whether the world is being destroyed.

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 16 April, 2018, 12:11:22 pm »
Ouch. Poor Ben. Still, if you need a super sub, I can't think of anyone better than Lee.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 13 April, 2018, 01:18:13 pm »
Did anyone else get some shoddy reproduction on the Wogue Wobots stories.
The Gibson episodes don't fare well, that's for sure.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 April, 2018, 01:33:35 pm »
They're not an entire month behind. So if 17/18 are shipped on the 27th, 19/20 could be shipped on the 20th, 21/22 on the 14th, 23/24 on the 7th, and they'd be back to where they should be. But, yeah, I'm not convinced it'll actually happen.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 April, 2018, 11:11:20 am »
Right, so I've finally got an answer, and it's potentially positive:

Dispatches will be pushed until all the subscriptions are up to date . we will send out the letter in every dispatch to inform  your when to expect the next issues until we return to the original schedule.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 April, 2018, 10:51:04 am »
I've just been told the dispatch date for 17/18 is now 27/4. So that means they'll likely show about a week before 19 is on sale in my local newsagents.

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