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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 January, 2018, 08:42:24 pm »
As ever with right wingers, just look at what they're raging at to find an explanation for their behavior.  In Trump's case, it's "fake news"
Worse, a recent poll (yes, I know) has over 4 in 10 Republicans believing accurate but negative news was "fake news". We're all screwed.

This ... this .... this .... this here!!!!! This is the reality of Trump's crime; not just against the US but the whole world.  Anything that one chooses to disagree with is now 'fake news'.  What was once the sole purview of the tinfoil hat brigade is now the political dictator's rebuttal de jure.  Trump has becoming the living embodiment of the old axiom; repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it. 

Books & Comics / Re: ANT WARS collection
« on: 17 January, 2018, 07:19:06 pm »
Harsh, yes.  Accurate though.  It's one of those tooth strips from the early days that merits the floppy treatment rather than the full blown GN treatment.  Like you, I enjoyed it when I first read it as a sprog and have fond memories.  On prog slogs though it is one that hasn't aged brilliantly.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 January, 2018, 07:07:39 pm »
You sure it's not "It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere?"

Are you alone?  More or less?

What are the Goldfish up to?

Classifieds / Re: Ultimate Collection Nemesis the Warlock Figurine
« on: 17 January, 2018, 07:06:31 pm »
Well, I've got to say, £25 for a new member of the family is pretty good going.  Is it house trained though?

Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 17 January, 2018, 05:58:16 am »

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 January, 2018, 08:01:28 pm »
Finally got round to picking up Empire Games, the latest Merchant Princes offering from Charles Stross.  In preparation I decided to re-read the first 6 novels ...

Not ... bad, but certainly not his best.  Don't think they've aged brilliantly but still enjoyable although some things do seem to drift if you are not careful.

Empire Games seems a stronger offering with far more potential.  Almost as if Stross has realised the scope of what he created.  It's mildly amusing to see an ex-Stasi officer railing against the US government and another alternate timeline government talk about bringing democracy to America.  It's touches like that that show where the novel works it's best.  After the Laundry novels I think that this has the potential to be some of the best material Stross has produced.  Having said that, the diversity of his oeuvre does present challenges in deciding that.

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 16 January, 2018, 07:54:11 pm »
avoid paying the bloated licence fee for the BBC propaganda machine -

Yet ironically are more than happy to watch any amount of Murdoch-esque garbage / consume Mail 'news' / regurgitate the latest Twitter 'truth' whilst at the same time proclaiming their intellectual independence.

[Spa Wars?  Isn't that about the corner shop conflict that has blighted communities up and down the West Midlands?]

Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:57:44 pm »
Might it just be a collection of various text stories or articles from annuals and specials?

Now that might not be such a bad idea, you know.  Some of the stuff that has been printed over the years does have some interesting little gems.  I wouldn't object to an edition reprinting some of the intro's from Titan's Dredd reprints.  IIRC the various Apocalypse War volumes have always had slightly different versions that add a little more insight each time.  Better than having seven different versions on our shelves.  (shuffles away guiltily)   ::)

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 14 January, 2018, 07:02:16 pm »
Why didn't you just tell him to get back in the kitchen?

Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 14 January, 2018, 07:01:01 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!

Megazine / Re: Meg 392 - Dredd vs Death
« on: 14 January, 2018, 06:59:38 pm »
Well, if we're going down that rabbit hole then my money is on City of the Damned Zombie Dredd being ported in by the Proteus team, tearing out Dredd's heart and feeding it to death.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 January, 2018, 02:50:19 pm »
It does seem a bit of a pastime, to loathe whoever is in office as American president.  Obama has been the rare bright spark but even there his record has been tainted, particularly over the issue of Gitmo and drones.  That said, Trump seems an order of magnitude worse than anything that we've seen in the oval office.  Reagen might have been a dithering fool, Bush a stooge of the oil business and Clinton a lying womaniser but the comments, actions and behaviour of Trump are disturbing at times.  More worrying is the way in which he has seemingly accelerated media mistrust.  Editorial bias has always been a concern but he seems to have seized on it and expanded it in an especially damaging manner.

Impeachment though?  I'd have to agree with PB here; not particularly likely to happen.  Even if it did, it doesn't necessarily guarantee that Trump will go. I suspect that we will have to ride out the next three years, praying that Trump doesn't manage to destroy all human life on this planet.    :|

As for the 'shithole' comment; there are plenty of parts of the US and Europe that could potentially fall under that category.  Personally I have a high level of antipathy for Suffolk, particularly the Stowmarket area.

Megazine / Re: Meg 392 - Dredd vs Death
« on: 12 January, 2018, 09:47:35 pm »
I would have to say this; find the time!  The meg has been on a form that, as has been noted, the prog is lacking at present.  Jake Lynch has produced a blinder of a cover.  His colour artwork is definitely an order of magnitude greater than that he produced on some of the earlier Orlok stuff.  He continues to impress with the Dredd strip and we have the first of a quality story.

Lawless continues to showcase the talents of both Abnett and Winslade.  An interesting Freudian interlude into the depths of Pettifer interspersed with Lawson's calculations.  In some respects it makes for a far more interesting episode, comparing and contrasting the two lead characters in the story.  Especially when you consider how far Lawson has come since Insurrection.

Waugh continues this theme of the mechanisms that drive behaviour but perhaps less effectively.  Dowling's art brings out the best in McConville's narrative but the sibling rivalry seems a bit overdone.  May well work far better on a complete reading.

McConville does a far better job on Koburn; or is it the sublime pleasure of Ezquerra on art duty?  Hard to tell but the core characters have an interesting dynamic; anal retentive, classic oppositionist and idealistic novice.  Layered in with a familiar air of bigotry and a possible conspiracy.  Hopefully McConville has something more interesting up his sleeve than the standard 'something rotten in the heart of Justice Dept' trope that we've been subjected to over recent years.  Certainly a lot of promise but some reservations.

Wyatt and De Campi have however, certainly for my money, dispelled the notion that the Dark Judges might be an error for movie world Dredd.  It must be a massive challenge to take one of the classic Dredd stories and reimagine it.  The thought of Bolland's artwork combined with Wagner / Grant's story telling is a daunting challenge.  Yet it works.  There is a modern sensibility that allows for the potential reinvigoration of what has become a bit of a joke in recent years.  The story telling has a subtlety to it, a maturity to it that the original possibly lacked.  At the very least it hints at significant potential.  Of course Flint on art again massively helps but if this is the final movie world Dredd strip then it is possibly going out on a high and presenting a massive argument for revisiting that decision.

For quite a while now the meg has consistently delivered.  The quality of artwork, of story telling, the articles (arguably this month is an Adverorial for Ranson's Beatles volume but hey ho) all add up to what for me is the best value for money out of all my comic buys at present.

As an aside, the cover for the forthcoming Grey Area volume with it's pastiche of Farage's Brexit poster did make me laugh!

Events / Re: Lawgiver MK4
« on: 12 January, 2018, 09:19:15 pm »
I most definitely need to get a pink chit for this.  West Country too!

Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 10 January, 2018, 06:08:23 pm »

I know what you mean and I'm really not looking forward to a few things from this era when I get there in the none to distant (trying to work out if I'm catching you up or not???) and Friday Rogue is high on that list. With a title like Apocalypse Dreadnought how can this be dull... but I seem to recall it really is!

Wasn't it one of Fleischer's 'scripts'?

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