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Books & Comics / Re: Legends of the Batman partwork
« on: 15 January, 2018, 11:34:06 pm »
I was fortunate enough to find the first two of these in WH Smith’s. The first at the one at Gravesend on my way to work, the second my local at Dartford. Not sure I’ll be getting them all. I didn’t intend to, as I lack the space* and I’d intended to complete the Dredd collection at some point and get at least some of a certain other 2000AD collection. The previews are of what is to come are all tempting however... I doubt I’ll get them all, but I will likely get more.

The first volume was decent.  I’m not sure about a retelling of the Batman origins in a modern setting, and I miss the noirish tone of Frank Miller’s take on the origins (a volume to come!) but the story is good, and the art is lovely, although I thought the batmobile design a bit rubbish. (It does some cool stuff I’ve never seen in a batmobile, though.) I’ve yet to read volume two.

* My two bookshelf cabinets are almost full already, and my room won’t easily accommodate another. There are a couple of shelves I brought from my previous residence that I never got round to installing however, but I don’t really trust myself with a drill. :lol: I guess there always the floor...

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 15 January, 2018, 12:32:56 am »
First volume in the new Eaglemoss Batman collection: Year Zero

It was pretty good. I picked up the second volume recently so I will read that soon.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 January, 2018, 07:17:34 am »
Concerning Noah: I recognised the name of the main antagonist in this film as the new moniker of Happy Shrapnel: Tubal-Cain. After a bit of research, I see he was a renowned metal-worker briefly mentioned in the Bible. (He didn’t fight Noah in the original account though.) I see why Mr. Mills chose the name!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 January, 2018, 07:05:23 am »
Noah

A curious take on the Biblical story complete with rock giants* and Methuselah with a magic sword. I expected a film to pad things out a bit, but they didn’t half take liberties. And Russell Crow’s Noah came across as a bit of a nob.

A curious watch, but a bit rubbish, I thought.

Before that I saw Grandpa’s Great Escape: a delightful story based on a children’s book by David Walliams, who also stars in a supporting role as the main protagonists amusingly boring father. It was a bit silly, in a good way, a bit sad, also in a good way. It did get a bit sentimental, but this did not ruin the film at all for me. Despite the sad part of the story (it deals with an old man suffering from altzeimers after all) it finds a lot of humour in the situation, without denigrating or mocking it, and ultimately is an uplifting tale. And spitfires are cool.

* The fallen angels are mentioned briefly in Genesis just before the Noah story, and they are named and described in more detail (this time described as ‘watchers’, where they obviously got the name for the creatures in this film) in the apocryphal Book of Enoch. They were not rock giants however, but they are mentioned as teaching humanity and are the fathers (by human women) of the nephilim who were giants, although probably not rocky.

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General / Re: Why is Judge Fear so unpopular?
« on: 08 January, 2018, 04:52:28 am »
I’ve often thought Judge Death to be the weakest in terms of supernatural power. Sure, I understand that’s not his point as his deal is that he is the brains and originator of their outfit*. His sole supernatural power seems to be phasing his hand into people’s chest, and even then it’s debatable how supernatural that actually is, the later stories show him litterally poking his hand into chests which shere force leaving a hole, I.e. no phasing required. Ouch.

Then I saw he seemed to have a necromancy thing going on in recent stories too (I.e bringing back victims as zombie slaves), which is a pretty big power. But maybe anyone using dead fluids can do that, or it’s the sisters doing it remotely from the Death dimension. He seemed to have some direct agency however.

Fear is  interesting as his power could create the least victims,literally face to face,but imagine the massive casualties should he broadcast via a TV (or equivalent) station.

He’s probably the coolest looking of the Dark Judges’ too.

*Although it could be argued that the sisters had a role in that, but I think they’re primarily facilitators. I might be wrong there as i haven’t read the whole of Young Death,and it was years since I read the little that I did.

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Film & TV / Re: The Punisher TV series whats the verdict? worth catching?
« on: 05 January, 2018, 05:34:26 pm »
I liked it. I can imagine it might drag a bit if you watch episode by episode weekly, but consuming a few at a time, I found it okay. I have little experience with the comic version, so I can't compare it with that.

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 02 January, 2018, 02:55:53 pm »
Youre most welcome. Thank you!  I'm in the UK, but don't worry, it's okay. I think the prices I saw were in dollars, so maybe I took a wrong turning somewhere.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 January, 2018, 04:37:51 am »
Bright

I enjoyed that a lot. Comparisons to Alien Nation are understandable but I think the fantasy spin on it worked well. It’s interesting that it didn’t just go with a humans and others theme, dumping the other races all into the unjustly maligned roles. The orcs are in that situation, (and there’s a historical reason for this) but the elves,if anything, are put in an elite wealthy caste, which makes sense as they’re often depicted that way in fantasy novels.

It was rather predictable in places - who didn’t forsee the revelation concerning Will Smith’s character a mile off but it wasn’t unsatisfactory.

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Books & Comics / Re: Top five comics of the year (not 2000ad or Meg)
« on: 01 January, 2018, 03:31:29 am »
Mardroid: download Chunky. Best iPad DRM-free comic reader by some margin.

Seconded. I like it a lot.

Thanks for the recommendations, guys. I’ll have a look for it. And apologies for posting the above in this thread. I honestly thought I was posting in the comic book day thread. Just realised coming back here. Not sure how I managed that.

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Books & Comics / Re: Top five comics of the year (not 2000ad or Meg)
« on: 31 December, 2017, 08:51:26 am »
I’ve finally made the transition to iPad (it literally arrived yesterday morning)* so I’ve been downloading my main comic apps. (Namely, 2000 ad and ComiXology.)

On looking through my books on the latter, I came across a comic forgot I’d purchased: East of West.

I’ve only just started it, but it’s certainly interesting stuff so far as a kind of alternate world future sci-fi/supernatural horror/western. It feels a bit like I’ve been chucked into the deep end as it throws quite a lot of world-building stuff at you at the start. So far there’s been an odd macabre fantasy bit with some weird kids, a quick rundown on alternate American history with prophetic stuff, a not entirely standard bustup in a bar and a big reveal it’s actually the future. A pale hard-case, who I think might be a personification of Death, gets on a headless robot horse.

It’s not that hard to follow, though. I’m interested to see where this goes.


*After years of using Android devices, I feel a bit guilty, but the deal from the eBay seller was so excellent and coupled with eBays recent 20% discount.....

Its a nice beastie for sure. Nicest tablet I’ve owned, although the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is a major contender. I think I still prefer the Android OS but that might just be due to my familiarity with that platform.

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 31 December, 2017, 08:17:21 am »
Oh go on then. Ordered.

The postage doesn’t actually appear to be free, by the way, (I’m not complaining, just so you know) but the discount is appreciated.

I hope things work out for this comic. I don’t get it regularly,but I’ve purchased issues over the years. I’ve found it well produced and interesting.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 30 December, 2017, 05:26:21 pm »
Imagine the internet meltdown if she dies from the fall and regenerates into a male again. Ouch!

Joking aside, I'm interested to see how she does in the role.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 December, 2017, 05:39:20 pm »
I was running early on my way to work so decided to pop into W H Smiths in Gravesend, hoping to find the new Batman volume. Found it, I did.... along with the new Ultimate 2000 Nemesis issue!

I didn't initially plan on getting that issue, but since it was:

A) there
and
B) seems to contain a whole bunch of stuff not included that big special edition volume I own*

I couldn't resist. Result!

Oh, and I never read the prog during the Nemesis days, so this stuff is a first time for me. I have read the other (rather nice) volume mentioned above, but there seems quite a lot left out. Glad to see this seems to cover the crossover with ABC Warriors.

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