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Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: Today at 10:25:28 am »
I find it entertaining that in 2141, robots have connectivity akin to dial-up internet. (And, yes, I know this is for narrative and pacing purposes, because otherwise they'd know everything at all times.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 10:23:47 am »
- Ask for something you cannot have
- Keep everything else the same
- Grab a headline by throwing a bone at the Three Million (while not even informing the Home Office first)
- Continue running down the clock

Plan C will be the above, minus the third bit.

Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: 21 January, 2019, 08:14:14 pm »
You look kinda long in the tooth to be in active service buddy. You sure you oughta be on the street?'
I thought the robot was being a bit of an arse there, frankly. Not like Dredd's sort-of buddy from the last series.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 January, 2019, 07:04:52 pm »
I think we got lucky with the Dredd series. It seemed to suffer from relatively few problems, bar the rubbish packaging early one. This one seems par for the course for these things. But having to chase up so often is really beginning to grate. I shudder to think how much all the replacements costs Hachette, too.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 January, 2019, 02:29:55 pm »
On the plus side, they're not taking monthly direct debits, and only charge you when they dispatch something. Well, apart from the guy I saw online complaining that Hachette randomly cancelled his direct debit, but carried on sending him stuff, and despite the fact he repeatedly alerted them to the problem, they've now dispatched a debt collection agency.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 January, 2019, 11:24:55 am »
To be fair, they're actually responding quickly today:

We are still waiting for new stock to arrive we will send the issues earlier to go back to the proper schedule . there december holidays has delayed the subscription we are working on fixing that .

Long-time subscribers will remember they said exactly the same thing when they delayed everything for the covers volume. Still, who knows? But I'm seeing subscribers online who are already three issues behind getting a mite pissed off that their subscriptions have been delayed further. (I was one issue behind – maw two.)

Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: 21 January, 2019, 11:06:09 am »
I hope they don't let the Comics Treasury acquisition go to their heads and start peppering every story with contrived crossovers with rebooted classic characters.
Unless we get a second crack of Sweeny Toddler does Judge Dredd, obviously.

I liked the issue enough. Dredd and Brink were excellent. Skip Tracer is fine. It's readable, but lacks a spark somehow. The 3hriller starts well enough. Was anyone else reminded of John Ridgeway regarding the art? Fiends… It hasn't grabbed my attention nearly as much as in the previous run, and I do hope it doesn't just become two big bads punching each other's faces off. To this point, we'd seen some serious range in the concept, and so it deserves better than that. (It's still good, but the previous run was superb.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 January, 2019, 11:01:00 am »
On Question Time, there's a failure at some point in the pipeline, although I'm not sure precisely where. Fiona Bruce is supposed to be a mediator/moderator, but appeared to stamp her own opinion in there, which is not a good look. But also the producer should have dealt with this, feeding figures to her earpiece. This happened more than once with Dimbleby, and so Bruce was also let down. (The BBC non-apology tries to weasel out of this by saying that different polling says different things. Not really, given that Oakeshott was arguing Labour was "way behind" in all the polls.)

I'm of late very much not a fan of Abbott, due to her stance on freedom of movement (and outright lies about it that she's spat out in the Commons), but her treatment in that section of Question Time was unacceptable.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 January, 2019, 10:53:26 am »
I suspect they're just being shite. I've asked my questions again, publicly and privately. I suspect I'll be ignored again.

EDIT: Amusing, got an answer seconds after typing the above. It is:

"Issue 39 and 40 will be dispatched on the 12/02/2019 ."

So by my reckoning that puts my subscription 11 days behind where it should be. I don't really care now. (I was interested in selling off a chunk of the collection, and so wanted issues early for that, but am now keeping them all.) Even so, it's astonishing that of every publisher that has a publication I subscribe to, this is the only one that can't seem to send books/magazines regularly.

(FWIW, I've been promised replacements for my missing order, which will "arrive by Friday". We'll see…)

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 21 January, 2019, 10:52:41 am »
Just a scripting cock-up. Something similar happens during the democracy arc, when Ennis starts getting the figures wrong. That said, as has been mentioned elsewhere (most beautifully by Michael Carroll on the Thrillcast), the population thing remains bonkers anyway. 800 million for a city of that size may have seemed a lot at the time, but the population density would have been minimal. And today's MC-1 – 130 million – would mostly be like a ghost town, given how packed into massive city blocks the citizens are.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 January, 2019, 08:33:57 pm »
Nothing here.

Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: 20 January, 2019, 02:39:13 pm »
making slight of those that assume he pays no heed of what others do in Dredd's world
Frankly, there's no real way this can be avoided now, unless Wagner is writing one-offs that don't play into continuity at all. It's one thing if you're the effective show runner; it's another entirely if you've decided to take a step back and just go for the equivalent of guest appearances in a strip, leaving others to dictate its future direction.

Ah, I also misread the listing, which I was reading on a phone at the time, and missed Martin-Green. (The primaries list on Wiki is still nonetheless 3:1 male:female, which I these days find a baffling state of affairs in this kind of show.)

Mrs G quite likes ST and I imagine might like this, and so I hopped on to Wiki to check out the cast list. Is this yet another future where women for some reason aren't really on the bridge beyond a token effort, or is the cast outline on Wiki wrong?

Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 19 January, 2019, 04:15:53 pm »
If you can find a copy second hand (eBay of Facebook marketplace are good bets), it's also collected in hardback as #67 of the Dredd Mega Collection. (Hachette itself is out of stock, although even if it wasn't, who knows if they'd actually send a copy you'd paid for? Grumble grumble.)

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