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Megazine / Re: Meg 392 - Dredd vs Death
« on: 17 January, 2018, 09:12:09 pm »
Oh my giddy Aunt isn't the Meg on blindin' form at the moment. Wow that was good - I even loved the all to short ending to Wagner's Walk, but then I'd enjoyed what I'd read up to that point so much I was disposed to having a positive attitude!

The new Dredd story feature the return of not one but two apes (I suspect) is just great fun, a total delight and I'm not being funny but Jake Lynch just gets better and better and the art is sublime. One thing though am I meant to know the ape at the end?

Then we get to Lawless. How the hell does this greatest of comic strips find ways to get better and better. Just quite supreme, Abnett and Winslade are just knocking it out the park. Genius. Don't know if it was deliberate (I'd guess it was but what do I know) but page 7 of the strip, the one where Dredd appears is just so Dave Sim and Gerhard and seems to come straight from the pages of Cerebus with all the glory of Gerhard's painstaking background. Glorious. The two storylines bouncing around the rigor of law and the practicality of necessity is played just as well. This stuff just blows me away. Oh and that cliffhanger! We've been waiting for that!

Love Devlin Waugh to continues to be great and has a blindin' episode with a great ending too. McConville - who seems to own the Meg at the moment - has another superb story in Cursed Earth Coburn - the interplay between the characters being the star until another fantastic ending - fantastic.

So its all been about great endings then so fitting we should end with another as the Movie Dredd story has a blinder to. The story getting there is a little more steady than the rest but its far from bad and definately enhanced by some fantastic (as ever) Henry 'Mr 2000ad' Flint art. Good stuff.

Oh that isn't the end as the text pieces are really good too.

Bloody hell that was a good, packed, comic!

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General / Re: What happened to Myra Hancock?
« on: 17 January, 2018, 08:52:49 pm »
No idea but I'm a big fan of Sticky Fingers, just a fantastic slice of life series that was a delight to read.

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Books & Comics / Re: ANT WARS collection
« on: 17 January, 2018, 08:51:26 pm »
I've said it before and I'll say it again (no doubt) but I don't know why Ant Wars has the bad rep it does. I really enjoy it. Yes its hockum, yes its not aged that well but by George its a fantastic entertaining and surprisingly* grim story about GIANT CHUFFIN' ANTS snapping endless folks in two with their mandibles of death. The art most of the time is fantastic too. What's not to love.

I know its not a commonly held view but I really do think it's my favourite Gerry Finley Day story as its B-Movie stylings really suit his B-Movie style - big on ideas clumsy with execution.

*Well actually not that surprising when you consider early 2000ad

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 16 January, 2018, 09:11:55 pm »
Well interestingish, see after the previously mentioned ups and downs the Prog begins a continued dip... or does it...

It ain't all bad, some decent Dredd, Final Solution continues well, though if I'm honest art aside not as astonishing as I remember, the story feels a bit forced and dare I say it flat at times.

Elsewhere Hilary Robinson is in full force, which given my earlier praise is surely a good thing... and it is... at times... Zippy Couriers makes an all to brief final (I think) appearance. Medivac 318 Book 2 has some fantastic moments, but other moments that makes you go 'What now? Huh' as in:

The invading aliens disappear because what now... huh?

An episode about putting bombs on a box what now... huh?

The war is over cos everyone is dead, what now huh?

Its a shame as it still nicely done, but lacks a real cohesive feel, which the first story really had. Mind Nigel Dobbyn's art is still sublime.

In another Robinson strip The Survivor returns Henry 'Panther' Moon from Mean Team... one of the great questions of our time what on Earth made Tharg think we needed more Mean Team??? Without much mean and no team. Its such a weird one.... not as weird as the return of Moonrunners (not Hilary Robinson I should point out). I'd completely forgetten this series had a second series, I mean completely. So dulled was my brain my the dull dullness of the first...

... or is it just my brain is rubbish cos I'd also forgotten how stonkingly good Anderson - Triad was. Christ why isn't this in my all time list of Anderson classics. Well to be honest cos Anderson has been so good almost all the time. Bloody hell Alan Grant does some fantastic work on this strip and he's rewarded by such glorious artists. I mean how does Arthur Ranson find a the Block Ness Monster to model for him, goes lets face it these has to be photor-referenced its so authentic... right?

There's still 7 Progs til the big hitters return in 650 and Strontium Dog has just dropped out to be replaced by what I think is that rariest of things a John Smith story I don't like... what will Tharg be serving us over these next few issues???

I'm not sure I like this type of interestin'!

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Books & Comics / Re: Top five comics of the year (not 2000ad or Meg)
« on: 16 January, 2018, 06:37:44 pm »

1. Black Hammer


That's another one that didn't make my list for reason that bemuse me... then I look at what's on my list and I remember why.

As you say an astonishing good year for comics!

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Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 15 January, 2018, 09:48:25 pm »

I've barely scratched the surface so I've still got most of the classics to look forward to. I plan to pick up a good chunk of the Ultimate collection since nearly all of it is going to be new to me.

Good option and a great way to pick up some absolute classics. Have fun with it all.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:47:44 pm »
It's interesting, I think your opinion of Redondo on Nemesis is actually a pretty common one. People are down on Book 2 because it's not O'Neill, and while I can definitely see that because O'Neill's work is so amazing and distinctive I think it gives Redondo a rough deal. He's done some really neat work in book 2 that is worthy of inclusion in the larger Nemesis canon for sure! Though I'm certainly excited for the return of Kev in '83 :D

Yeah absolutely with you 100% on this. I yeah its not O'Neill good but damnit Redondo on Nemesis, taken on his own merits is absolutely amazing. I've waxed lyrical about it many times here before, and don't doubt I will again but Book 2 is a great story, with some astonishing art and a joy to read.

And this spiders are just so gloriously hairy!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:44:30 pm »
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Having watched the telly show I now delved into Fire Walk WIth Me in prep for (hopefully) getting the new series soon (I'd buy it tomorrow but I've made that classic error of putting the new series onto my Wish List for my up coming B'day - daggnabbit). Now I've not seen this since I moved from VHS to DVD many moons ago and to be fair a good couple of years before that I don't doubt... so I was shocked by how disturbing it was, so utterly disturbed. I'd completely forgotten how affecting the whole thing was. It felt like all the tension and darkness of the best bits of the telly show, amplified and distilled into a 2 hour film. Quite shocking. At times violent and graphic to boot. Yet also shockingly good.

Such a powerful piece of cinema.

I do question how good it would be as a stand alone movie if you weren't versed in TP... but I guess that's kinda not its main concern.

Lynch at his (almost) best.

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Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 14 January, 2018, 07:38:51 pm »
though I'm consious I'm in a minority!

So you could say that you're a... statistical........  outlier...

Now that's just mean!

Oh be so gloriously crafted!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 January, 2018, 05:28:49 pm »
Well Tharg just can't catch a break. He gets a truly Zarjaz line-up, Zenith: Ohase 3, Slaine: Horned God and Rogue Trooper: Cinnabar, truly John Smith produces by far the greatest of the original era Rogue stories, its just superb, right to its horrifying end... but boy is it choppy waters. Alongside Dredd though these stories truly are in 2000ad's pantheon of greatness, Dredd is on cracking form and the back up strips do okay...

...Tharg seems to be rushing this stuff out to try to fill the Prog. Okay we seem to have ended a run of Future 'Stock' fillers, often written by folk we'll not see again, or draw by artist we will before they are ready... but the three classics we have running though and all fall short of finishing their runs in on got. In Prog 634 Zenith takes a breather, but its okay Medivac 318 and Arthur Ranson's first outing on Anderson in Triad step up. Phew well done there Tharg... Prog 635... Slaine draws breath and Cinnabar finishes and this time we get two shorts of good standard, but still filler in Stontium Dogs and a one off, its good stuff, not great, but good...

Jez its not like Tharg isn't trying here but amazing as some of this stuff is it doesn't half feel like he's constantly sprinting to the line at break neck speed and as such he's stumbling a lot... yet at time he's still putting in a gold medal performance.

Interesting times indeed.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2064 - Return of the Mac!
« on: 14 January, 2018, 06:38:24 am »
I think it might be a joke in reaction to the last line of mine (review that is).

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Prog / Prog 2064 - Return of the Mac!
« on: 13 January, 2018, 08:09:58 pm »
Love it, good line up at the moment but this Prog all of the stories are turning it to 11. Absolutely cracking episodes.

I'll start with Bad Company , which has been a little fly in the line-up ointment at the moment, not feeling it before, this Prog, regardless of my same issues still being there, not quite getting the theme yet, I loved this episode for what it was. Just good, violent, classic tooth fun. Well crafted and glorious in it energy.

Back to the rest then in order. Dredd had a very satisfying ending to this episode of the Russian Odyessy we now fine ourselves in. The story revealed its cards well, had a glorious resolution for Salada, just brillant. AND it still finds space to set up the next stage. Just brilliant, quite brilliant and testament to something yet to be discussed that its not the highlight of the Prog.

Savage continues to play with its fantastically uneasy relationship. No one trusts each other, we don't know if Savage can trust Nika, he certainly doesn't trust himself. What are the 'allied' scienctist doing in the there? We know Uncle Pat doesn't trust scienctists. The central relationship in this story is just played so well and those other touches (well got over the science thing Uncle Pat) just add spice to the mix AND its a thrill packed delight at the end.

Good as all this is Brass Sun is the absolute shining light on this illuminated Prog. Its lacks action and kick of the other thrills, all of them, but it doing that it stands out and really takes the time to let the character drama breathe, get into you and like all the other thrills this week has a smackin' cliffhanger to pull you back in next week. Just perfect and in the context of of this weeks Prog the best of the best.

ABC Warriors is probably the weakest thrill this week and I still enjoyed it immensely. Loved the way Clint Langley used the visual cues handed to him by Uncky Patty and uses them to such effect. Its a fun story and while are writer does hit us over the head again with some of his ideas, lacking any subtly this does work in the context of this hyperbolic series. Its really good fun.

So yeah this is a real standout Prog. All the thrills avoid any mid story lull and just knock it out the park. The best thing is that each one of the, each one, has a fantastic last page and cliffhanger to absolutely pull you back next week. I'd be amazed if this was the prog that any didn't come back for more from its just a masterclass in pulling you back next week.

... just watch some bugger say, that's it I've had enough I'm done with the Prog now!

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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 12 January, 2018, 08:47:14 pm »
Fortunately, I don't like LoEG so I think I can resist this one for a while...

Arh I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get on with LoEG. The Bundle is great but thankfully there's not enough stuff I don't have to drag me in.

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General / Re: Dark Justice / Dominion / The Torture Garden
« on: 12 January, 2018, 08:43:41 pm »
I'm pretty much with you there, except that I've not read Dark Justice that I thought was pretty damned average and one of the weakest Wagner's for a while. Tempted to do that, but so much to re-read.

Dominion has completely revitalised the Dark Judges for me for the first time since Necropolis. There's been the odd moments before but I've winded on at lenght of how I wish they were done with. Then Mr Wagner manages manages to make them terrifying horror monsters again, so hats off to you!

I can't wait for The Torture Garden now.... as for Deadworld, well its not harming the course is it!

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Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 12 January, 2018, 04:57:38 pm »
... so I guess that makes me one of those new readers that you all worry far too much about (no need to fret, guys, Tharg's doing all the right things to attract us!)

That's good to hear. Always great to hear what 'fresh blood' has to say. Have you started to catch up on the old stuff yet?

Welcome aboard and have fun.

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