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Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: Today at 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'?

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 10 January, 2018, 06:05:17 pm »
Do we need to comment on the irony of the Scottish stereotyping in tooth over the years?  The nationality of the lead writers?

Aye, HH really did showcase British sensibilities towards foreign nationals (granted as did the Warlord and Robo Hunter).

Well, looking at that volume 81 and having invested in the bookplate Fall of Deadworld, I'm bowing out.  Some of the other suggestions from around here would have kept me in but I reckon I'll wait and see what ebay offers at some future point.  As someone pointed out quite early on, part works never offer a good return on investment.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 09 January, 2018, 06:14:24 pm »
What's glaringly missing???

TBH that is part of the problem, there is nothing that you would point to and say, 'you MUST read this or you won't get Dredd'.  That said, there are some quality runs that could do with an outing.  Cam Kennedy almost took up residence during the 400's with some quality strips.  Sladek's appearance hasn't been given an outing yet has it?  Neither has the Warlord which has the additional quality of a) following up from Haunting of Sector House 9 and b) featuring McGruder's resignation. 

The recent Return of the King volume would have had me hanging on with my subscription but that is now sadly no longer an option.  I guess the Robot Wars would help give some context to Doomsday but it's not essential.  Perhaps an Oola Blint volume (or serial killers of MC1?)  How much of the Edgar material is left to publish?

I think I may well cancel my subscription and see whether anything worthwhile is published.  The silence is not particularly encouraging.

General / Shop Service
« on: 08 January, 2018, 07:22:05 pm »
Like quite a few boarders, I've purchased quite a few items from the Tooth shop.  May well be that i've been fortunate but I've always been privileged to receive first rate service from them.  Which is why I was slightly more than a little surprised when the bookplate Fall of Deadworld I ordered failed to arrive.  This is where I've discovered exactly what their service is like.  No quibble, no fuss, no arguments, just got on and sorted it out.  Then the replacement failed to materialise!  Wondered if there was something odd going on and got in touch.  Again.  No problems, no arguments, just got on and sorted it out.  I'm going to single out Oliver for his sterling service here and heartily recommend them.  Not that this is anything new to most of us but I do think it's a welcome reminder of how well served we've been over the years and long may it continue.

Cheers Guys.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 05 January, 2018, 07:14:26 pm »
May need to expand this now to include SW, but I’ve been saying for a while that the two scariest internet communities to get on the wrong side of are Whovians and Mumsnet

OOOOh, Mumsnet?  No, just .... no.  Imagine the scariest, b********* girls in school, all grown up, then cross them with a mountain lioness protecting her cubs.  You'd be safer strapping yourself to an ICBM and shouting 'mines bigger than Donald's!'

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