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I liked the book, but I'm afraid I'm REALLY not happy about the repro issue.  Some of the text, especially the bolded stuff was damned near unreadable.  I'm considering contacting Hachette about this, it would be the first time I've ever brought it up, but I got my collection through Smith's subscription rather than directly.

Did you contact them about this?

I have, some days ago, no response as yet.

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I liked the book, but I'm afraid I'm REALLY not happy about the repro issue.  Some of the text, especially the bolded stuff was damned near unreadable.  I'm considering contacting Hachette about this, it would be the first time I've ever brought it up, but I got my collection through Smith's subscription rather than directly.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 July, 2018, 10:37:15 pm »
Having just compared volumes, the change to the SMS art is noticeable. In the Mek Files, there's much less nuance, and a lot of the greyscale is lost. That said, Mek Files 01 includes the complete Black Hole, rather than just stopping part-way through. (It's also a really lovely book.)

The main thing I don’t like about the Mek Files volume 1 is the way they cropped the art to remove the next Prog caption boxes. I just don’t see why they didn’t just leave them in. Especially it’s (series 1 anyway) quite episodic.

on the subject of SMS's 'remastering', I was surprised to find in the second ABC Warriors volume there are quite a few differences to the artwork in the Mek Files book. See here, there are others (Mek Files at the top):


I notice as well that Nemesis Volume 1 was different from the original source material as well.  I'll try and get pictures, but when Torquemada was introduced as 'Traffic Controller' in Killer Watt his helmet was significantly different looking from his later Terminator Grand master one.  The Ultimate Collection volume used his Terminator one.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 July, 2018, 12:33:05 pm »
Dante 1 was decent, 2 was good, but agreed that volume 3 was head and shoulders above the previous ones. It's a lot darker as well as retaining some of the humour.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 July, 2018, 09:56:24 pm »
I'd still like to know for sure what Savage we're going to get, as I have the two Savage softcovers and Invasion already but I know the story has carried on significantly further.  However Rebellion haven't printed any more collected ones so I doubt that Hachette will.

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Any chance Pirates of the Black Atlantic will be in the 2000AD collection?  Really, compared to some of the tripe that made it in, it's a crime it wasn't in, especially as a prequel to Block War and Apocalypse War.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 June, 2018, 12:33:31 am »
Last night I blitzed my way through The Art of Kenny Who.  I can't say I remember any of these stories and while some of the scots stereotypes are a bit cringeworthy it was a great laugh.


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So you mean that's the only scans there are, or thats the only ones Hachette has access too?

If that's the case I'd rather a different books with good stories if we couldn't have got decent quality text.  One or two stories, acceptable, but not the vast majority of the book.

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Only read part way through War on the Streets and I'm not at all happy. Not with the stories which are great but the reproduction is lousy. Too dark and a lot of text is virtually unreadable. I wonder if it's possible to get a proper replacement from Hachette.

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One partwork I would have liked to have seen, since we're seeing 2000AD, Dredd, and there's Star Trek, DC and Marvel ones out there as well as Batman was a Star Wars one.  I've only got a few graphic novels like The Emperors Hand and a few others, but I imagine that won't be happening.

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In a way, sad to see it end, especially as the extension volumes were so strong, but equally, a bit less from my wallet.  I haven't been quite as enthused about some of the 2000AD collection, it's hit and miss, but then again so were some picks for Dredd.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 June, 2018, 08:47:41 pm »
Well, I read Ace Trucking Co, and it was fun, silly, but fun.

I wasn't a fan of this in the day but can appreciate it a bit more.  My older brother had had an old 40 Channel CB at home, so I knew of the craze.  I watched the films like Convoy, Smokey and the Bandit and other stuff like that.

The artwork of Bellardinelli really is awesome.  I only spotted two humans in Ace so far, his arch enemy of the Yellow line and the guy with an eye patch in the mail run story.

Fatty or whatever he's called, reminded me of another alien from some other story.  It might not even have been a 2000AD one, but I seem to remember a story with a character with a huge nose with a nose patch.  I'm NOT thinking of Citizen Snork from Dredd.

So what's next.

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I loved Dead End, but also wasn't fond of Mutineers.  Perhaps it was the jumping back and forth timewise, but otherwise a solid book.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 31 May, 2018, 01:25:12 am »
Jesus Redondo still chugging at 83... man does a good horror turn.

I remember he did a few of the old Starblazer comics, like Promised Planet and Pirates of the Ether Sea.  When I saw his origin of Torquemada in Nemesis, I instantly recognised his style.


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There was one of the stories in my Crazy Town book seemed to be very heavy on the reproduction.  I can't remember which one off-hand, but did anyone else get that?

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