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Messages - Dark Jimbo

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 18 July, 2018, 09:29:43 am »
Dandridge: The House That Dripped Devilry
Dandridge is tasked with anchoring his house before it leaks away or is consumed by uncanny forces, whilst also attempting to save a young couple from a malevolent spirit.  This all occurs with a beautiful mixture of humor, terror and style...

I loved Dandridge. You've only got one more story, though, and that's your lot - a crying shame if you ask me.

Absalom: Noblesse Oblige
Unfortunately, the lead characters isn't at all sympathetic, which is a flaw that seems to pervade quite a few 2000AD thrills of this era.  Absalom... is basically a shit-heel.  He's devoid of conscience: ordering an underling to murder a defeated opponent (with no explanation given beyond that he feels like it) and then later bartering the lives of his underlings seemingly without care.  Why are we on his side?

You're maybe the first person to articulate how I feel about Absalom - adore the strip, but Harry himself's a right sanctimonious prick - and not in the 'loveable old Harry' way that the other characters seem to think.

Flesh: Texas
I don't know how people reacted to this when it was first published in 2011, but I was finding it difficult to comprehend how awful it is...   It's unbelievably stupid, for 62 pages.  And it ends on a cliffhanger, which means that there will be more of it.

Unbelievably, Flesh somehow gets worse each and every time it shows up.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 July, 2018, 12:27:12 pm »
Have you tried looking on eBay, much cheaper than hachette and how I picked up most of the dredd series.

I gave it a look but most stuff listed at the moment was around the same price as Hachette once I factored in postage (Hachette's was free for 3+ books).  That or they were volumes I had less interest in.  I'll be keeping my eyes on it to see if I can pick up any of the others I've got earmarked though.

Your best bet by far - assuming you can - is to go to Forbidden Planet. Yesterday I got Lawless and Crazy Town for less than a fiver each in Southampton; last time I was in London I got Complete PJ Maybe and Mad City for only 3.99 each...!

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Help! / Re: Rogue Trooper help requested
« on: 15 July, 2018, 09:49:31 pm »
I don't really know what you mean - the four Rogue 'phonebooks' do include everything.

All you'll miss are the reboots (Fr1day), sucsessors (Tor Cyan) and spin-offs (86ers, Jaegir).

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Prog / Re: Prog 2089 - The Apes of Wrath!
« on: 15 July, 2018, 03:37:03 pm »
[5] 'After' being a relative concept. Wagner Dog takes place 'after Abnett Red took a pill and went Sleeping Beauty, after all. In a universe where time travel's commonplace, Tharg probably wouldn't mind doing the quick narrative tidying up necessary to bring Red out of future exile and back into play in the main Wagner Dog storyline...

Is it set after Red went into cryo, though? She was part of the Stront army who answered Johnny's call to arms in Prog 1821 (albeit in a non-speaking cameo) and although Worley's series has made no mention of her part in the Second Mutant War, it hasn't contradicted that appearance either.

Also, don't forget that Red was scheduled to run before the recent Stront - so this should have been the first mention of the Doghouse opening, followed by our actually seeing Johnny and Kenton there next week. Not really Worley's fault that this didn't happen that way.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 July, 2018, 11:50:44 am »
Really keen to get to that Skizz / DR & Quinch one. So much Alan Moore goodness!

Praying it includes the Agony Pages (in colour)!

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Suggestions / Re: 2000AD Uncensored hardback
« on: 13 July, 2018, 11:47:43 am »
A great idea, but it's awfully Dredd-centric! How about the first few episodes of Rudinshtein Irregulars that were drawn by Si Fraser before John Burns drew the story instead - or the early design work and character studies done by Frazer Irving for Caballistics before Dom Reardon took the gig?

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 10 July, 2018, 08:18:35 pm »
Kingdom: His Master's Voice
I didn't get the "Surfeater Roberts" pun, though: maybe someone can help me out.

Servitor Robots!

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General / Re: Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« on: 10 July, 2018, 08:07:54 pm »

I always thought in 'Crime and Punishment' he really looks like Pat Mills!

Yeah, that was deliberate, but Pat didn't think it was funny and asked that they stopped drawing Cal to look so much like him - hence that weird bit at the start of DtLD with Cal saying 'Now that I have my new haircut, I'm ready to rule Mega-City One...'

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 July, 2018, 01:28:39 pm »
With Rebellion due to publish The Complete Caballistics Inc. next year (as noted in SO WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO STICKLEBACK???) does that mean the volumes in this collection will be on the small side at 150pgs a piece, or will it be padded? Did I read it will have some Absalom in there too?

Not padded; we're getting it across two volumes, with the first Absalom story included.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 July, 2018, 01:01:08 pm »
i doubt it will happen but i would love eurocrash in hardcover as it should have been printed

Why won't it? Sin/Dex in the UC is only three volumes - more than enough room to include everything right up to Eurocrash, and quite a nice end point to boot.

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If, say, I didn't yet have a collected _America_, is there any difference between the 2013 collected edition and the Mega Collection one (apart from the cover)..?

Yes, there's one extra story collected in the Mega Collection book.

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General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: 27 June, 2018, 03:59:58 pm »
Loving the style, line work and colouring on Mr Berry's submission - really nice!

He's the board's very own Radiator, for those who don't know!

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General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: 26 June, 2018, 10:49:22 am »
 :o

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General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: 26 June, 2018, 10:28:53 am »
Yeah, it finishes on the climactic battle with Ethan Kostabi and after that it's pretty much run its course. The only thing that did annoy me (and I started a thread to say so a few months ago) was that we don't find out if Hannah Chapter and Solomon Verse survive (though we are told they suffer some pretty gruesome injuries).

It's Chapter and Verse's fate that feels really... off. Shunted off-panel with no real closure when they were the heart of the strip (Jonathon and Jenny aside) and the closest thing to audience-POV figures. Plus those last two pages set up a great story that never happened - an undead King-and-Country Victorian redcoat revenant sent as an assassin to kill Ravne's offspring? I wanted to read that, dammit!

To be honest I've found it hard to invest in any Rennie stories ever since - coming so soon after he walked away from all his ongoing Dredd subplots (not to mention The 86ers) I'm always wary of him losing interest again at the drop of a hat.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 25 June, 2018, 04:53:10 pm »
Post 'Eye of the Traitor', it increasingly looks like Rogue Trooper has forgotten about the Main Quest and has become determined to finish all the Side Missions, even the stupid ones and the weird off kilter dream sequence one.  He even dodges out of an NPC trying to railroad him back into hunting for the Traitor at one point...

 :lol:

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