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Other Reviews / Re: Johnny Alpha
« on: 21 April, 2018, 05:20:24 pm »
Perhaps it's because of the cover to this week's prog and Colin's remark about Ezquerra's artwork but it suddenly occurred to me that we are very close to the 40th anniversary of his first appearance.  Issue 1 of Starlord dated 13th May 1978.

Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« on: 21 April, 2018, 05:06:47 pm »
Mr Ezquerra's artwork on Stront has always been something special, hasn't it?  Recently going through some of the Starlord work, it does stand as a strong contrast to stuff of recent years but it has always been a wonder to behold for me.

I think there are two challenges in Anderson for me; following who is actually 'speaking' at any point in the story and following the rapid jumps in the narrative.  The PSI threat subplot doesn't seem to have been built up enough to cope with the main plot which makes it seem a little disjointed and push for a re-read to remind myself of what is going on there.

For me Dredd suffered from a similar 'flaw' (sorry).  The revelation about SOB seemed plucked out of mid air (although I may have missed it in one of the earlier episodes).  The reporter that they gulled could have done with being pulled in as well.  Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, I don't know.

Other than that though, I'm with Colin on the rest of the prog.

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 21 April, 2018, 09:08:49 am »
Thanks.  I think it does help that Rennie has gone for the potentially more interesting of the two sides.  Working into the inherent darkness of the Norts seems to have given far greater scope.

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 20 April, 2018, 09:43:42 am »
Now that would have worked nicely, aye.  It was something that they toyed about with a little with the Everglades story and Colonel Kovert.  For me, the other issue was the fact that the wider universe building was not particularly robust.  The conflict on Nu-Earth was fairly self contained and the Nordland / Souther factions were little more than labels, it seemed. 

For me, this is where Jaegir has been more successful than some of the other strips set in this milieu.  His Nordland seems far more real.  Personally I had always envisaged it as some kind of Teutonic society, possibly since a lot of the war stories back in the day still centred around WW2 largely.  I'm not saying that was the writers' original intent, rather that it was my interpretation.  Maybe this is why it works for me.  That plus I really do like Coleby's artwork.

[The Hit was finally put down in the 1999 Winter Special courtesy of Steve Dillon and Chris Weston]

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 19 April, 2018, 10:06:36 pm »
I'm going to repeat my appreciation for folks on this board.  Thank you for your support, I will wear it always.  Ironically today I had an interview for a job and was successful.  I had to demonstrate my skills and the feedback I received was that I was 'a strong practitioner'.  So the gaslighting by my current employer has been demonstrated for what it was and I fell for it hook, line and sinker.  I'm going to let my union sort that one out.

To those who, like me recently, have felt the pull of the dark canine I guess I would say; look up and see what colour the sky is.  My thanks to those who have offered the voice of reason (Jimbo / TLS/ Bolt in particular).  I just hope and pray that fellow travellers draw comfort and support as I have (again Blaze, I'm thinking of you and your wife).

Film & TV / Re: The Last Jedi - Forum Opinion
« on: 19 April, 2018, 05:34:44 am »

Who taught ....

No-one did. 

Some abilities are demonstrably innate, or instinctive, in those pre-disposed to them. 

Two other cases that are worth considering here as well in favour of this argument; the stable boy at the end of the Last Jedi and Rey.  Both use the force to move objects.  In Rey's case it is clear that prior to approaching Luke she had no training but was able to do this (Lightsaber duel on Starkiller base).  In the stable boy's case there is no evidence to suggest an training, in fact the casual way in which he does it suggests it is something he is used to as matter of fact, or 'instinctive'.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 18 April, 2018, 01:38:27 pm »
Thanks folks.  Blaze, here's to hoping for a positive resolution for you and your wife.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 17 April, 2018, 09:00:53 pm »
I know it's been a while since this thread has seen any traffic and it seems like I'm the most frequent flier here.  Regrettably my condition seems to be putting the boot in my working life.  A meeting with OH ended with a single refrain; 'have you considered resignation?'  Yes, I have.  Thanks for the vote of encouragement.

All I can say is, I am so glad that so many fellow travellers on this thread have been absent for so long.  Hope that is an indicator of how well things are going.

Help! / Re: Starlord Badges
« on: 17 April, 2018, 07:10:27 pm »
how much of it do you want?

Help! / Re: Starlord Badges
« on: 17 April, 2018, 09:15:55 am »
Hi to both,  I can accommodate this if you are still after them.  What resolution / format are you after?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 April, 2018, 12:59:57 pm »
Yeth Marthter!

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 April, 2018, 11:56:59 am »
Thall I throw the thwitch now Marthter?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 April, 2018, 09:17:01 am »
At least Brexit will be a success.

.... and now the Political Thread and Squaxx telling Jokes thread have merged.

Megazine / 395 - Surfing the Songlines
« on: 14 April, 2018, 07:59:34 pm »
I think that it is fair to say that the new cover prints initiative really comes into it's own this month with McCarthy's work.  His psychedelic worldview is perfectly suited to Baillie's script and starts us off nicely. 

Krong wraps itself up in what is possibly the weakest part of the meg.  Nice to see Heston getting his just rewards and the Court of Owls ending does seem a little contrived but I'm willing to be converted in the future.

The Returners continues to confuse nicely.  A team of complete misfits put together for who knows what purpose?  A lot of cliched posturing but it's starting to show a bit more promise so here's to what comes next.

I guess for those complaining about Ezquerra 'phoning it in' for Stront, Koburn is probably the strongest argument in their favour since the maestro shows his true flair.

Then we wrap up with 2012movieworld Dredd, with Flint once again delivering in spades.  These Dark Judges show how disturbing they really are, Dredd struggles with the full force of their might and it looks like Anderson is really struggling with these guys.  Wyatt and DiCampi have definitely succeeded in making the DJ's fearsome again (okay, so has Kendall and co but that's another story).

Razorjack though really does read like something half way through the story.  Higgins' artwork is outstanding and the story works but I'm minded of one of the earliest editions of Sandman that has a text introduction talking about walking into a film part way through.  Yet it is touted as a prologue tale.  Maybe it's me then.  Thinking that this is something I should be familiar with off the back of ComiX.  It works well and does leave me wanting more which is surely a good thing.

This month's floppy though is probably the icing on the cake.  The Nemesis monologue makes for a pleasant change and is probably the best forum for such a dissertation.  Granted there is a lot already written about the genesis and gestation of the character but it is still nice to have it as a complete text.  This is speaking as an owner of both editions of TPO.  It would be nice to see more of this sort of thing.  Granted Dredd has been done to death but Halo Jones would be a prime candidate for this treatment.  It would be a real treat to hear from the likes of Beeby, Moore et al how they viewed the character, commentary on the new colorised version, even a new analysis from Mr Moore himself.  I'm sure Mr Mills could be persuaded to write a monologue on Slaine and ABC to help those of us confused as hell about where we are at (let's face it, ABC continuity baffles most Chaos theory experts).  If push comes to shove, no before then, commission Hibernia to do some of their outstanding work on Tooth related stuff.  It's been nice to have a supplement that hasn't been flicked through then shoved in a box until someone starts searching it out.

Classifieds / Re: Action Comic Collection
« on: 14 April, 2018, 07:33:05 pm »
Thank you sir, glad you're happy.  Thanks for the interesting drive into the wilds of the South Downs too.  Part of the world I've not had the pleasure of before.

Would now be a good time to mention a Cerebus the Aardvark graphic novel collection I'm thinking of shifting?

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