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Prog / Re: Prog 2090 - Transit Authority
« on: Today at 12:35:16 pm »
Dredd - ....Also I hate MC1 cits looking so dull and c20th ordinary, no colour, no simps, no crazy.

But in the context of this story I really think it worked and this is one of the great things about Dredd and MC 1. If you want it to be colourful and crazy it can be. If you want it to be dull and downbeaten it still works. Depends on the tone of the story and for me this was drop dead perfect.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: Today at 07:50:59 am »
Well again we could get distracted by what a great podcast it was again but there are two far more significent things we need to mention.

1) How the hoopin' heck have we got to Frankie already. Pottering down the road listening to the show I was at first delighted when I heard 'Relax', but then more than a little shocked that you'd made such progress that we'd got to this*!

2) How the f**k are you so young that you had to explain the Osmonds??? Your youth disgusts me... I'm so old...

*Of course if you were being a little more on the ball you'd have played Radio Gaga instead having banned 'Relax' just as the BBC did!

Prog 800

A line-up of Dredd, Flesh, Zenith, Journal of Luke Kirby, Robo-Hunter. That's got to be a winner right. I mean each of those is a classic strip in its own right, they each have some genuine stone cold classics in their catelogue... but of course these are different times. You don't need to actually read the stories to realise this though, infact you don't need to go past the inside cover.

In the box 'Some useful, Betegeusian phrases' box we get:

Borag Thungg: Skin me, Bro!

Splundig vur thrigg: I'm outa here!

Zarjaz: Fab! Gear! Groovy!

etc. I think this last one is meant to be ironic. It's hard to tell.

Okay so two things in that box alone that go a long way to explaining why even a line up like the above has the potential to be a classic, if each of the strips was at its Zen... best...

1. The phrases are like your creepy uncle trying to be cool. Sure he has some cool stories, some of the others are just plain sad.

2. There's an exclamation mark after everything!!! Why!!! There's just no need!!!! Its the embodiment of Ennis Dredd when its bad, Millar Robo-Hunter, or Patisical hangin' with his skinboy on Flesh.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 16 July, 2018, 01:08:52 pm »
I assume it's cheaper to have a painted actor but maybe a CGI Rogue would be better.

Are those the only two options? Would it not be possible to tweak the skin colour of a real actor ...

That's a bit harsh Jim, what you want some poor schmo injected with blueberry juice or some such!

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 15 July, 2018, 07:37:07 pm »
Its very exciting for those that love Rogue and there do seem to be many. It seems like a simple enough concept (once you've sussed how to make the Bio-chips work I guess) and you can easily imagine how it will be visually interesting - just use Colin Wilson's design for vehicles they feel so solid and real as they are.

For me the fundamental problem they'll face, as with the strip, is the led character is so bland. Still there will be smarter people than me involved so I'm sure they'll sort that... by just not making bland being my first guess!

General / Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« on: 15 July, 2018, 06:29:11 pm »
There's a more direct thread already. He appears to be making a Rogue Trooper film.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 15 July, 2018, 06:07:11 pm »
Beat me to it. The boards about to go ballistic!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 14 July, 2018, 10:05:54 pm »
In honour of The Breeders who I saw last night

We read comics once
So good my head exploded
Imagine my head like the Big Bang did
These new comics
I Knew they were loaded
Read um  'cause these comics ain't never comin' down
I just want you to read along
I just want you to read along

I've covered Immortal Hulk 2 elsewhere - its pretty good but not without problems.

Speaking of Elsewhere and and problems issue 8 has two main ones... firstly its the last bloody issue, which I wasn't expecting, alas sales ain't enough. Secondly it therefore rushes to a conclusion in a way that suggests what might have happened if the series had had more time. So its rather a unsatisfying tease. Such a shame.

Judge Dredd Under Seige 2 is probably being discussed elsehwere too but here will have to do. Its very good and writer Mark Russell is very smart and that's all you need to know.

Paper Girls 22 is another much improved issue and I want to find time to re-read this now to see if the middle period lull was more me than it!

Black Hammer - The Quantum Age 1 is very good, but while its immense fun I do want these Black Hammer spin offs to offer more than very entertaining analogues. They have to date so I'm sure this one will too. Just not really in the first issue.

Two more comics that will be ending soon - I worry for my standing order, its whithering.... anyway Resident Alien - An Alien in New York 4 ends excellently, even if one of its key themes I'm not sure I like... though that might be my mis-reading - regardless its a superb piece of craft. Alas it comes with the news that the next mini will be the last.

Hillbilly 11 therefore gets book of the haul. Not only is it absolutely superb, as they rest of the series has been, it actually has good news. See we know this series is ending next issue BUT I hadn't realised there will be a follow-up mini starting immediately after. WAYHEY... so while other comics might have been as good as this mini-masterpiece none had news that good!

Other Reviews / Re: The Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing
« on: 14 July, 2018, 09:20:49 pm »
Issue 2 was pretty good but I do have warning bells that each month Banner will have to die so The Hulk can appear  and that's going to get tired pretty quickly. Still it was handled nicely this month...

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 14 July, 2018, 04:26:52 pm »
The Breeders in Manchester last night. Heard someone say Cannonball was worth the price of admission alone and while that is such an anthemic classic it really shouldn't over-shadow the fantastic depth they have in their tunes. Just superb.

Prog / Prog 2090 - Transit Authority
« on: 14 July, 2018, 04:24:10 pm »
Okay we're going to use spoiler tags properly on this one. We're going to need them...

Love the cover, really striking (I decided not to go with arresting so you should count yourselves lucky)

Dredd - nice little one off. Nothing special but fun if it felt a little bit done before, just turning out a new way for the Meg to grind you down.

The Order - continues to be magnifient - no need for spoilers there as if you don't know that already you are daft! But we're going to need them...

Terror Tales... well again no real need for spoilers here, this looks great and I really enjoyed it but when the twist is clumsily slapped on us, very clumsily, its main saving grace is we'd seen it comin' like the 88 Bus down Eccie Road. For all that as said actually really enjoyed this?!?

Deadworld - again no need for spoilers here as I've said all you need to know in my review for The Order. Great stuff.

Finally the magnificent return of Grey Area... I want to wax lyrical about how happy I am about its return. How much this has a fun opening, how it mixes snappy amusing dialogue with high octane action. I want to do all that but IF YOU KILL OFF RESTING BITCH FACE I will be MOST BLOODY ANGRY.... don't you dare KILL HER OFF... or I'll go all caps lock on YOUR STUPIDLY TALENTED ASSES... you hear me, you hear me DON'T KILL HER OFF... I'm not sure you will BUT DON'T...

Film & TV / Re: RoboCop Returns
« on: 11 July, 2018, 08:17:14 pm »

Will this one be about the revenge of his brother, Rocko?

Christ I hope no one writes a book about Rocko...

General / Re: Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« on: 10 July, 2018, 08:01:45 pm »
Incidentally, I've also learned that the real Caligula most likely wasn't much of a nutjob really; more the type of victim of negative propaganda that Trump erroneously believes he himself is.

Nero suffers from a similar bad press from what I remember.

I always thought in 'Crime and Punishment' he really looks like Pat Mills!

Film & TV / Re: Shane Black's The Predator
« on: 09 July, 2018, 09:26:33 pm »
They have Super Predators now... when did regular Predators become not good enough?

General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: 09 July, 2018, 09:21:53 pm »
This is utter poppycock and silly speculation based on doubt. But isn't there something very Stickleback about the title 'Thistlebone' (see this week's Prog's letters page).

I also love the title 'The Devil's Railroad' but that doesn't have even a spurious made up connection to this thread so I won't mention it.

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