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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 16 January, 2018, 09:11:55 pm »
Well interestingish, see after the previously mentioned ups and downs the Prog begins a continued dip... or does it...

It ain't all bad, some decent Dredd, Final Solution continues well, though if I'm honest art aside not as astonishing as I remember, the story feels a bit forced and dare I say it flat at times.

Elsewhere Hilary Robinson is in full force, which given my earlier praise is surely a good thing... and it is... at times... Zippy Couriers makes an all to brief final (I think) appearance. Medivac 318 Book 2 has some fantastic moments, but other moments that makes you go 'What now? Huh' as in:

The invading aliens disappear because what now... huh?

An episode about putting bombs on a box what now... huh?

The war is over cos everyone is dead, what now huh?

Its a shame as it still nicely done, but lacks a real cohesive feel, which the first story really had. Mind Nigel Dobbyn's art is still sublime.

In another Robinson strip The Survivor returns Henry 'Panther' Moon from Mean Team... one of the great questions of our time what on Earth made Tharg think we needed more Mean Team??? Without much mean and no team. Its such a weird one.... not as weird as the return of Moonrunners (not Hilary Robinson I should point out). I'd completely forgetten this series had a second series, I mean completely. So dulled was my brain my the dull dullness of the first...

... or is it just my brain is rubbish cos I'd also forgotten how stonkingly good Anderson - Triad was. Christ why isn't this in my all time list of Anderson classics. Well to be honest cos Anderson has been so good almost all the time. Bloody hell Alan Grant does some fantastic work on this strip and he's rewarded by such glorious artists. I mean how does Arthur Ranson find a the Block Ness Monster to model for him, goes lets face it these has to be photor-referenced its so authentic... right?

There's still 7 Progs til the big hitters return in 650 and Strontium Dog has just dropped out to be replaced by what I think is that rariest of things a John Smith story I don't like... what will Tharg be serving us over these next few issues???

I'm not sure I like this type of interestin'!

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Books & Comics / Re: Top five comics of the year (not 2000ad or Meg)
« on: 16 January, 2018, 06:37:44 pm »

1. Black Hammer


That's another one that didn't make my list for reason that bemuse me... then I look at what's on my list and I remember why.

As you say an astonishing good year for comics!

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Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 15 January, 2018, 09:48:25 pm »

I've barely scratched the surface so I've still got most of the classics to look forward to. I plan to pick up a good chunk of the Ultimate collection since nearly all of it is going to be new to me.

Good option and a great way to pick up some absolute classics. Have fun with it all.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:47:44 pm »
It's interesting, I think your opinion of Redondo on Nemesis is actually a pretty common one. People are down on Book 2 because it's not O'Neill, and while I can definitely see that because O'Neill's work is so amazing and distinctive I think it gives Redondo a rough deal. He's done some really neat work in book 2 that is worthy of inclusion in the larger Nemesis canon for sure! Though I'm certainly excited for the return of Kev in '83 :D

Yeah absolutely with you 100% on this. I yeah its not O'Neill good but damnit Redondo on Nemesis, taken on his own merits is absolutely amazing. I've waxed lyrical about it many times here before, and don't doubt I will again but Book 2 is a great story, with some astonishing art and a joy to read.

And this spiders are just so gloriously hairy!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:44:30 pm »
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Having watched the telly show I now delved into Fire Walk WIth Me in prep for (hopefully) getting the new series soon (I'd buy it tomorrow but I've made that classic error of putting the new series onto my Wish List for my up coming B'day - daggnabbit). Now I've not seen this since I moved from VHS to DVD many moons ago and to be fair a good couple of years before that I don't doubt... so I was shocked by how disturbing it was, so utterly disturbed. I'd completely forgotten how affecting the whole thing was. It felt like all the tension and darkness of the best bits of the telly show, amplified and distilled into a 2 hour film. Quite shocking. At times violent and graphic to boot. Yet also shockingly good.

Such a powerful piece of cinema.

I do question how good it would be as a stand alone movie if you weren't versed in TP... but I guess that's kinda not its main concern.

Lynch at his (almost) best.

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Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 14 January, 2018, 07:38:51 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!

Oh be so gloriously crafted!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 January, 2018, 05:28:49 pm »
Well Tharg just can't catch a break. He gets a truly Zarjaz line-up, Zenith: Ohase 3, Slaine: Horned God and Rogue Trooper: Cinnabar, truly John Smith produces by far the greatest of the original era Rogue stories, its just superb, right to its horrifying end... but boy is it choppy waters. Alongside Dredd though these stories truly are in 2000ad's pantheon of greatness, Dredd is on cracking form and the back up strips do okay...

...Tharg seems to be rushing this stuff out to try to fill the Prog. Okay we seem to have ended a run of Future 'Stock' fillers, often written by folk we'll not see again, or draw by artist we will before they are ready... but the three classics we have running though and all fall short of finishing their runs in on got. In Prog 634 Zenith takes a breather, but its okay Medivac 318 and Arthur Ranson's first outing on Anderson in Triad step up. Phew well done there Tharg... Prog 635... Slaine draws breath and Cinnabar finishes and this time we get two shorts of good standard, but still filler in Stontium Dogs and a one off, its good stuff, not great, but good...

Jez its not like Tharg isn't trying here but amazing as some of this stuff is it doesn't half feel like he's constantly sprinting to the line at break neck speed and as such he's stumbling a lot... yet at time he's still putting in a gold medal performance.

Interesting times indeed.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2064 - Return of the Mac!
« on: 14 January, 2018, 06:38:24 am »
I think it might be a joke in reaction to the last line of mine (review that is).

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Prog / Prog 2064 - Return of the Mac!
« on: 13 January, 2018, 08:09:58 pm »
Love it, good line up at the moment but this Prog all of the stories are turning it to 11. Absolutely cracking episodes.

I'll start with Bad Company , which has been a little fly in the line-up ointment at the moment, not feeling it before, this Prog, regardless of my same issues still being there, not quite getting the theme yet, I loved this episode for what it was. Just good, violent, classic tooth fun. Well crafted and glorious in it energy.

Back to the rest then in order. Dredd had a very satisfying ending to this episode of the Russian Odyessy we now fine ourselves in. The story revealed its cards well, had a glorious resolution for Salada, just brillant. AND it still finds space to set up the next stage. Just brilliant, quite brilliant and testament to something yet to be discussed that its not the highlight of the Prog.

Savage continues to play with its fantastically uneasy relationship. No one trusts each other, we don't know if Savage can trust Nika, he certainly doesn't trust himself. What are the 'allied' scienctist doing in the there? We know Uncle Pat doesn't trust scienctists. The central relationship in this story is just played so well and those other touches (well got over the science thing Uncle Pat) just add spice to the mix AND its a thrill packed delight at the end.

Good as all this is Brass Sun is the absolute shining light on this illuminated Prog. Its lacks action and kick of the other thrills, all of them, but it doing that it stands out and really takes the time to let the character drama breathe, get into you and like all the other thrills this week has a smackin' cliffhanger to pull you back in next week. Just perfect and in the context of of this weeks Prog the best of the best.

ABC Warriors is probably the weakest thrill this week and I still enjoyed it immensely. Loved the way Clint Langley used the visual cues handed to him by Uncky Patty and uses them to such effect. Its a fun story and while are writer does hit us over the head again with some of his ideas, lacking any subtly this does work in the context of this hyperbolic series. Its really good fun.

So yeah this is a real standout Prog. All the thrills avoid any mid story lull and just knock it out the park. The best thing is that each one of the, each one, has a fantastic last page and cliffhanger to absolutely pull you back next week. I'd be amazed if this was the prog that any didn't come back for more from its just a masterclass in pulling you back next week.

... just watch some bugger say, that's it I've had enough I'm done with the Prog now!

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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 12 January, 2018, 08:47:14 pm »
Fortunately, I don't like LoEG so I think I can resist this one for a while...

Arh I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get on with LoEG. The Bundle is great but thankfully there's not enough stuff I don't have to drag me in.

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General / Re: Dark Justice / Dominion / The Torture Garden
« on: 12 January, 2018, 08:43:41 pm »
I'm pretty much with you there, except that I've not read Dark Justice that I thought was pretty damned average and one of the weakest Wagner's for a while. Tempted to do that, but so much to re-read.

Dominion has completely revitalised the Dark Judges for me for the first time since Necropolis. There's been the odd moments before but I've winded on at lenght of how I wish they were done with. Then Mr Wagner manages manages to make them terrifying horror monsters again, so hats off to you!

I can't wait for The Torture Garden now.... as for Deadworld, well its not harming the course is it!

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Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 12 January, 2018, 04:57:38 pm »
... so I guess that makes me one of those new readers that you all worry far too much about (no need to fret, guys, Tharg's doing all the right things to attract us!)

That's good to hear. Always great to hear what 'fresh blood' has to say. Have you started to catch up on the old stuff yet?

Welcome aboard and have fun.

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Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 12 January, 2018, 04:55:14 pm »
It's when they have to reprint stuff from the same issue the floppy is with we really have to start worrying!

Shame that Outlier didn't justify a trade as I really enjoyed it, though I'm consious I'm in a minority!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 10 January, 2018, 03:59:11 pm »

It's odd, isn't it? On a re-read she comes across as a breath of fresh air. 

Yeah always thought about her like this.

I can't help feeling that a lot of her material would have been warmly welcomed in the current prog in a way that I don't think they were at the time.


But never this and now you've planted the thought in my head and reading Medivac 318 I can't help thinking you are right (as ever!). Was she just way ahead of the curve?

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Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 10 January, 2018, 03:56:16 pm »
Rogue Trooper is mind-numbing, particularly the recent Apocalypse Dreadnought. 

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!

Good to have you back, always enjoy these updates.

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