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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 09:59:47 am »
I popped into W H Smiths in Gravesend yesterday, and there was the Zombo volume! I didn’t get it as zombo isn’t quite my cup of tea, although I like the character- but it was nice to see they’re still available there.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 18 April, 2018, 06:08:00 am »
That's okay, I did enjoy the short stories too.

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Film & TV / Re: The Last Jedi - Forum Opinion
« on: 18 April, 2018, 06:01:17 am »
I basically saw Leia's floating through space as another use of telekinesis, i.e. if one can move an object with one's mind couldn't one move oneself, being an object in space too?*

Oo, 'ark at one!

A possible precursor to this may be when Luke allowed himself to drop on Bespin in Empire...
He didn't appear to fly, but he fell an awful long distance before plunging down that chute. Although it's not clear, I figured he used the force to at least slow down a bit.

And in the prequels and cartoons, I think we see Jedi jumping higher than is possible, suggesting a TK lift. (I guess it's possible the force can actually make you physically stronger too, so I could be wrong there.)

As for Luke's projection, I think I'd have had an issue with the if it was the first time we see this in the film, but it's set up earlier with other characters. There's the obvious communication between Ren and Rey, but we also see Yoda become tangible too, smacking Luke with his staff. And didn't he lose the surrounding corona in that scene, as well? If a force ghost can do this, I'd imagine the spirit of a living Jedi could do it too

*Objects in Space. One of the most interesting episodes of Firefly. Not related to this at all, of course.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 17 April, 2018, 04:56:32 pm »
I bought three volumes of Astro City in the recent Comixology sale (not all by chance. I'd read some from the library.)

I'm glad I did.Really good stuff. I particularly enjoyed Confessions. Unlike the others which are usually an anthology of short stories, this contained one long story and one short bittersweet story. The first worked well in the lengthier format ostensibly being a 'new sidekick learns the ropes/detective story' but also being about growing up, and responsibility. The second 'the nearness of you' showed the repercussions of one of those superhero time alteration events from the perspective of an ordinary working bloke. It's heart-rending, yet strangely positive too.

Even those of you not into superhero stories might get a kick out of these books. I hope to get more volumes soon.

The last comic series I read was X-Factor volume 1. I haven't been that interested in the team in the past as I thought it was a teen mutants thing, (although I think inwas getting them mixed up with Generation X or somesuch). This was actually about a mutant team in a PI agency shortly after the House of M event where 90% of mutants lost their mutations. The volume wasn't long, but it was pretty good. In turns brutal and dark, and also rather funny. Again, not typical super hero fare but in a different way to Astra City.

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So I guess this is a follow on from that strip in the Scream/Misty special?

I liked the idea, but I wasn’t keen on that particular story. It didn’t flow well for me,l and yes ‘crammed’, describes it well.

Having the story continue as a full comic could be a good thing though, to do this justice. Even better: if the Scream/Misty version were viewed more as a kind of readers digest version of the introduction and they started from the beginning with this, providing more flesh for the bones, so to speak, explaining better how/why the characters came together, providing more background than ‘they all just turned up’.

Then again a full series might be required to give that full justice, rather than a one shot, but should the one-shot do well, maybe there’ll be further issues. ‘Rebellionverse starts here’ at least suggests more down the line, although it might not be a continuation of the same story.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 14 April, 2018, 11:34:36 pm »
It knows EVERYTHING. http://en.akinator.com/

I almost killed it with Johnny Alpha. The first time it guessed Barry Trotter and when I said it was wrong and tried to continue it crashed.
I tried again and after one wrong guess of Ben Hope it finally got there with Johnny.

It amazingly got Rogue Trooper.

When I chose Nikolai Dante I thought it might actually get him when the last two questions were “does he have a beard?” and “is he Russian?”

Then it accused me of being ‘a smart guy who answers randomly”!

Then it continued, but still didn’t get it.

I’m not surprised that it didn’t get Dante as he is not a well known character, but those two last questions the first time. Quite a coincidence.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 April, 2018, 06:02:32 am »
I haven't gotten round to the recent season of twin peaks yet. Hope to catch it soon.

Last film I watched was The Dark Tower on Blu Ray.

I'm a fan of the books (although I have reservations about certain stuff) and I kind of wish they'd made it a bit closer to the books.

For what it is, I don't think it's too bad. I do like it, and Idris Elba is pretty good as Roland. I do think it could and should have been so much better though.

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News / Re: Rogue Trooper Short
« on: 11 April, 2018, 05:49:26 am »
Great stuff Steve. A nice taster. I look forward to seeing that.

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Books & Comics / Re: Legends of the Batman partwork
« on: 11 April, 2018, 05:32:15 am »
I pick up them from WH Smith's in Dartford, but I realized they seem to be skipping issues. (Or the issues in between sell out before I get there.)

Still, I've been happy to get them as they're nice quality things and at £9.99 each great value for a hardback.

The latest issue they have, however, is £25.99! It is described as 'double length' but it looks around the same width as my others, marginally wider at most. I didn't get that one.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 April, 2018, 06:30:09 pm »
I never quite understood what that weird sequence with David Bowie in FBI HQ was about... but I love the fact it's there.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 09 April, 2018, 06:19:37 pm »
I have it on good authority* that while the actor who plays Han Solo through most of the film will definitely be a white male, the character will in fact be revealed to be transgender, born Anne Solo.

The fact he was able to father Ben Solo perhaps goes to show the advances in Sci-fi tech. Or maybe Ben was another product of those saucy midichlorians.


*Aka my overactive imagination which goes to a very silly place sometimes.

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Oh go on then. :lol:

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Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 07 April, 2018, 08:19:45 pm »
Not as Dredd, but I could see him as a character in that universe...

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 April, 2018, 09:32:35 am »
I don't know man, I watched CW after Black Panther and both events appear to take place in the immediate aftermath of the UN bombing and his father's death.

That was not my take on it .. I thought that the women in BP got the upper hand on him more often than not. I thought it was an attempt to market to the female African American audience by portraying BP as a man very much in need of the guidance of strong black women. He is surrounded by women (his mother, his sister, his love interest and his military leader). Not that there's anything wrong with that but I don't see other characters in the MCU receiving the same treatment.

Also the fact that it is ultimately a white guy Frodo Baggins that "saves" Wakanda in the end .. food for thought ..

The director was black, so I doubt he was attempting to show black people in a negative light. Even the main villain was relatable and understandable in his motivations. And it was my take that the CIA chap played his part . They all saved Wakanda, and he was part of the team.

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News / Re: Planet Replicas Brainbiter 1:1 replica
« on: 06 April, 2018, 05:26:41 am »
I don't think I've ever felt quite such an immediate need to own anything so desperately impractical.
So if you bought it you'd think it too many? 🤣

I understand just what you mean. A beautiful item. All that lovely intricate Celtic knotwork is very impressive.

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