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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 01:16:25 am »
Good bits

The theme tune
The fez
The robots
The robots 1.0
The straight up murdering that girl.

Bad bits
Ryan - possibly the most boring voice on television
The doctor being assigned cleaning duty
The waste of Lee Mack
The ‘I only had one present once’ thing.
The suit on the not-bad-guy-guy (could only have been less subtle if it said Wrong Un #misdirection on the back)
The oh so busy packing line that wasn’t busy at all.
The belt jump (lols at 80s kids tv level effect)
The pauses to talk about feelings (every bloody week)
The random firing lasers to destroy organic matter (nobody heard of targeting?)
The doctor blowing up all the robots for no reason
The absolute waste of the sinister robots
Oh yeah...

...Hold on, the lesson of this was that the algorithm / capitalism was ‘innocent’ and that humans driven to protest low employment economies were evil murderers. What?

Bonus points for the company shutting for 4 weeks (yeah, right) but the workers getting 2 weeks paid holiday. Guess that’s meant to be generous. Here, have 2 weeks involuntary unemployment. And then back to never seeing their families again. What?

There was a semblance of a good story here, some great design work, a potential for a great new foe and they threw it all away on more bad uninteresting Scooby gang stuff (she needs to leave them at home) and some very wonky thought out plotting.

And you know, Amazon IS evil.

General / Re: Top 2000AD moments of the last 25 years
« on: 18 November, 2018, 12:37:25 pm »
Bagwells art on the return of Indigo Prime.

Flints art on Shakara

Any rob Williams Dredd or Dirty Frank - he writes the perfect Dredd and the supporting cast from Frank, sensitive clegg, pin, Nixon, Gerhart allows a range of stories to be told. His comedy writing is the best, his angry Dredd is the best.

But also a shout for Robbie Morrison and Dave Taylor’s beautiful Great Executions from meg 325/7 - beautifully told sad tale of love in the mire of MC1.

Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 16 November, 2018, 04:30:00 pm »
I've been getting my sub prog in the post on a Thursday for the last month. S'not fair.

You’re lucky. Mine at best comes the Friday after it’s in the newsstands and often not till it’s left the newsstands.

Definately something has changed with how the subs are being handled.

Prog / Re: Prog 2106 - End Times
« on: 12 November, 2018, 02:07:25 pm »

(However if Dredd's magic horse turns up again to save the day, I'll be disappointed. That was the most ridiculous deux ex machina ever.)

At last someone mentions that horse again!

I was pretty unimpressed with all that ice creature business but then that horse turning up... that was a bit of a piss take.

The ice theme is clearly part of this story too...if the foam on Smiley's latte is anything to go by...although of course it's tea

Titan and Enceladus are Rob Williams doing 80s action hero dredd. Titan starts off like aliens or predator and ends up a prison exploitation flick. Enceladus is The Thing. As such a horse turning up is completely en point.

I thought those strips were the best Dredd in years - certainly since Trifecta. And good to note how Enceladus focuses on Dredd saving the chief judge at the risk to his own life to now he’s done with her. All of which Williams has gently seeded over the recent years. Fantastic stuff. And this run is really blowing it all out of the water too. Love it. Hope it goes on for 20 more weeks.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 11 November, 2018, 08:20:14 pm »
I don’t think anyone can fault the messsage in that and some of the acting was great but structurally it was pretty stodgid stuff - after 15 minutes there was no threat. The observers were a nice idea but maybe there could have been an actual enemy rather than ‘oh fate, it all has to play out Make India Great Again.’

Part of the problem again is too many side kicks not opening up the room for the ancillary characters needed for tension and action.  Can only imagine kids were bored silly (cue twitter parents claiming how their kids loved it).

10 for intention
5 for execution.

Books & Comics / Re: Scream & Misty Special 2018
« on: 11 November, 2018, 04:18:54 pm »
Late to the party but just finished reading this - absolutely top drawer. Every artist was knocking it out of the park and the stories had real variety - from silly comedy to action adventure to dark horror. The only story telling mild-muddle was Black Beth where I couldn’t really get the role / interactions with the witch / hag / soothsayer. But the art itself was great and the character intriguing. The Smuzz story suffered a bit from not knowing who was who in the first few panels but loved the characters switch up in style and the ending. Minor quibbles overall this was a solid 8/10 outing.

If this was monthly i’d be a subscriber.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 November, 2018, 11:12:03 pm »
What volumes don’t people want? I think the whole thing is damm near flawless. Yes some Slaine might be less than stellar but so much of it is great that I’d indulge what misses.
Hm... collections they already have, for one thing?

Quite enjoying the cherry-picking exercise myself. A quick check and it seems I’m batting 16 of 32. Dipping in more than I expected, and that includes the Moore books - I just buckled... :-)

Hm.... like most of us have multiple reprints of 75% of this stuff but for me the hardback nature makes these superior to phonebooks and standard repo. Sure some stuff like the oversized Slaine and ABC Warriors might be ‘better’ but likely that’s a small few things. Repo and completeness does come into it but I’m more likely to sell my phonebooks (or give them away) and keep the hardbacks. Just my view, there is no right answer but if ‘stuff we already have’ was criteria sales would be slim.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 November, 2018, 08:43:20 pm »
What volumes don’t people want? I think the whole thing is damm near flawless. Yes some Slaine might be less than stellar but so much of it is great that I’d indulge what misses.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 04 November, 2018, 08:13:29 pm »
Well now we know what the cybermen fear.

It is somewhat enjoyable that they are trolling the folk who object to a female doctor. Male Pregnancy, female warrior role models, lengthy discourse on single parenting and absentee dads. Next weeks monster - English Colonialism!

The Scooby gang don’t really ‘work’ for me - just too many of them and chirping on the same beats. The same sort of problem they had when Rory joined in. Whereas Nardole and Bill were very different characters.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 November, 2018, 06:39:41 pm »
I think some of the out of stock is due to subscriptions being on different schedules. I’m a month behind everyone (most) here and am sure others are behind me. Marking those as out of stock till the last subscriber has got theirs makes some degree of sense.

Prog / Re: Prog 2105
« on: 03 November, 2018, 07:06:46 pm »
Are there legal assassinations of citizens?

I'd be happy if Rob Williams had time to write Dredd for most of the year. Frankly I'd rather have that than a Dredd tv series!

Judges have been executing citizens for years. Sometimes as a sentence sometimes as policy (‘this guy is too dangerous to live, go get him Joe’). Without trials judgement becomes the purview of the police and if they think you’ve committed a crime you can be sentenced immediately or prior to direct contact. Execution, assassination all roll into the same thing - direct judgement. As long as it’s sanctioned by the statutes and codes it’s legal. 

Prog / Re: Prog 2105
« on: 03 November, 2018, 11:20:47 am »
And indeed ooooooooh.

General / Re: Thrill Containment Unit 2018?
« on: 24 October, 2018, 10:24:37 am »
Cheers Tomwe - that was a great Reply.

General / Re: Thrill Containment Unit 2018?
« on: 23 October, 2018, 01:44:12 pm »
Anyone any pics of one ‘in use’ - showing how progs attach.

Does the standard design allow the end of year prog to be included?

Other Reviews / Re: The Thirteenth Floor Volume One
« on: 22 October, 2018, 12:26:51 pm »
Hardback copy landed today, absolutely stunning edition. The cover is a great bold choice. Love seeing the Brett Ewins cover too. Ortiz is such a great stylist - always loved his Burton and Cyb stuff. One of those prolific artists English-speakers only saw a sliver of his work.

Just a great collection. Hurrah for The treasury of British comics project.

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