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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 20 January, 2019, 10:49:31 pm »
I've been rereading large parts of the Mega-Collection and the other day I reread the Day the Law Died. 

I noticed something a big strange.

Around the time of Block Mania/Apocalypse War I'm sure it was stated that the approximate population of Mega City One was 800 Million people as the city stretched down the entire Eastern Seaboard, basically from Canada to the Florida peninsula.  Once that is over, the cities population is basically halved, and well, post Day of Chaos, Necropolis etc we know just how bad the Big Meg is....

Anyway, my point is that Day the Lawed Died is just after Cursed Earth, pretty much the time when the city is at it's peak in terms of population.  However, the beginning says that the cities population is 100 Million.  Was there a rather....ahh, accelerated breeding program when I wasn't looking.  :D

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 January, 2019, 06:24:57 pm »
Really, far too many Slaine for my liking. I've got a standing order with my newsagents and wish there was a way to skip Slaine altogether. IMHO there's far too high a proportion. Unless there's an extension I can't help but feel there could have been a bigger cross section of storylines.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 January, 2019, 07:23:50 pm »
My viewpoint is that in all the years of Dredd, if they couldn't get War in the Streets at decent quality, there's plenty of other material, Black Atlantic for example. It's not as if there's a shortage of decent stuff.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 January, 2019, 03:09:22 pm »
Well got back in phone contact with Hachette about War on the Streets. I explain the whole situation yet again, stating there's a text reproduction issue, that there's been a replacement that has the exact same problems and I get the stock line about "Do I want a replacement....

What does it take to get through their skills that one replacement or one hundred, if the problem is the source it won't fix it. I was told this would be escalated (yet again).

At this point I'm really starting to despair.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 January, 2019, 12:08:33 am »
Any idea what the next volume will be?

I read Ace Trucking Co Volume 2 in one sitting.  I have vague recollections of some of the stories but not all.  Although in some ways I can't judge the omitted storylines, I have to agree that I think bringing the newer ones in would be a mistake.  Ace was very much a product of it's time although I enjoyed Volume 2 better than 1 and I feel it did end well enough.

Ended up having to take my Nikolai Dante book back to WH Smiths and will have to wait till they get a replacement from the publishers.  I wonder what will happen in the unlikely event that there is none left as that will leave me with a gap in the collection.

Also, going to get back in contact with Hachette re: Judge Dredd War on the Streets.  I wasn't expecting anything before Christmas but a progress report from them would have been welcome as they said they were elevating this complaint up.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 January, 2019, 09:29:30 pm »
Does anyone know if the collection will feature Jaegir or should I just buy the available graphic novel.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 January, 2019, 04:20:35 pm »
I'm not bothered about incorrect endpapers myself, but damaged books and the already mentioned Judge Dredd War in the streets one does

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 January, 2019, 03:29:49 pm »
Well I opened my still sealed copy of Nikolai Dante last night. The first four or five pages have the corners torn of them at the bottom. Totally unacceptable.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 December, 2018, 03:38:42 am »
The UC has been my first time reading Ace Trucking, and I haven't found it dated at all. I wasn't alive in the 70s and can't say I've seen any CB radio/trucking films from that time, so I'm just taking it for what it is - knockabout space fun.

Well Convoy is the best known example, you also have the now obscure TV series BJ and the Bear, but also 'road trip/race's films like Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit capture the mood of that era. Agreed that it's dated better than Robo Hunter though.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 December, 2018, 10:21:34 am »
Well apparently my complaint about the quality of the last Dress volume is being escalated, whatever that means in reality.

Is this croakside trip an Ace Trucking story? Frankly Ace feels to me very much a product of the time with the whole CB/trucker movie craze. It's still worth reading but hasn't dated particularly well.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 December, 2018, 07:10:26 pm »
In my mind artwork having issues can be bad enough depending on the severity but the text is even worse.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 16 December, 2018, 02:22:04 pm »
Sorry if this is a necrosis but I haven't read all the thread due to a low phone battery, but it would be nice to have an appearance by Rafella Blue. Also, I liked the slightly grittier Rogue shown in the Realpolitik graphic novel.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 December, 2018, 02:03:26 pm »
And I got my replacement I . The dozy postman left it on the doorstep, thank god my neighbour is honest.

Same text problems exactly in the replacement. Given the wealth of unreleased Dress, this is inexcusable. There should be something like a Black Atlantic book or similar if they can't be bothered to get decent reproduction.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 December, 2018, 10:13:35 pm »
Still no sign of my replacement War in the Streets from Dredd.  From what has been said here I don't hold out hopes that the replacement will be any better and frankly I think text that is near unreadable is unacceptable.  I know you can get the idea of what is being said, but that's not the point, personally I think Hachette should issue a replacement volume with different content if its not possible to get better source material.  There's no shortage of desirable Dredd, Black Atlantic for example.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 December, 2018, 03:10:11 am »
My copy of War On The Streets came through.  The repro on some of the Mega Rackets stories looks a bit heavy on the black.  Most of the text is, just about, readable but there are a few panels where it's obvious A LOT of the detail has been lost from the artwork and we're left with a mostly black square :(

What issue number is that?

That is issue number 88, it was the last book we got, volume 90, but it's number 88 in the collection.

I find a lot of the text is so blackened that it is damned near impossible to read.  Frankly, I haven't complained about any other book but this one has been an exception.

Anyway, I sat through and read the Strontium Dog Volume 4 in one sitting.  This is one I thoroughly enjoyed.  I don't remember Ragnarok or Rage, but the villain Max Bubba seemed vaguely familiar so it's possible I saw it years back.  Great stories all round.

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