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Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 19 June, 2018, 05:12:05 pm »
Addendum - forgot to mention Anderson, whose recent Crusade storyline of kidnapped children was baffling to me.  Was the baby behind it a character from the Megazine?

No, Hope was introduced in the Anderson story Engram in 2000AD. Crusade is indeed a spectacularly terrible story though.

Other Reviews / Re: The Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing
« on: 18 June, 2018, 03:42:48 pm »
It's a good start - the idea of bringing Hulk back to his horror roots is definitely better than anything that's been done with him in the last few years. I wasn't blown away by it, but it clearly has potential, and I prefer it to virtually all Ewing's other Marvel work. It'll be interesting to see where Ewing goes with the idea that Banner can be temporarily killed, but will rise again as a vengeance-seeking Hulk.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 June, 2018, 09:00:53 pm »
My Friend Dahmer (2018)

An adaptation of Derf Backderf's autobiographical comic about going to high-school with Jeffrey Dahmer. It's pretty faithful to said comic, though not nearly as good. The lack of Backderf's authorial voice robs it of quite the same sense of impending doom, though Ross Lynch does well as Dahmer, increasingly becoming a kind of human void as the film progresses. Almost everyone around Dahmer is monstrously selfish, using him as a pawn - the sole exception is his awkward but well-meaning father - and as such, you can feel sympathy for the boy, if not for the man he'll become. Not bad, but if you haven't read the comic, I'd recommend that instead.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 June, 2018, 06:08:06 pm »
Aye! There's just that briefest of moments where Quint and Hooper are drunkenly laughing at emotional scars, and Brody briefly looks at a stab wound on his stomach. It's brilliant character work, nothing is said but you now know exactly what drove a family man cop to move to a quite, seemingly safer island community.

Is that what that's meant to imply? I always assumed it was an appendix scar, and he realised he couldn't compete with the other scar-stories.

Announcements / Re: Strontium Dog Miniatures Game
« on: 13 June, 2018, 03:32:09 pm »
So september.

Sounds promising. Some of the Dredd miniatures have become quite expensive, so I might try and be quicker off the mark getting hold of these.

Classifieds / Re: WTB RoboHunter Verdus original art
« on: 09 June, 2018, 06:23:19 am »
Just been looking at your gallery Greg, never realised you had all those deadman/Necropolis pages... Superb!!

Cheers - the focus of my collecting has narrowed considerably, but I still keep an eye out for anything Dead Man related.

Re: Verdus - now you've said it, I can't actually remember seeing any pages from it. I just assumed I must have, given how much Robo-Hunter there is out there.

I can't help but almost enjoy it.

I think you've nailed this one, Colin. Trash is pretty close to being good, but it just falls short. The art is great, and it's not a bad try at the old 'yes, it's a future cop, but different from Dredd  because....' paradigm (though the later Mambo is a better one.) But it just falls at the final hurdle - an honourable failure, at least, especially compared to toss like Junker.

Classifieds / Re: WTB RoboHunter Verdus original art
« on: 08 June, 2018, 08:27:11 pm »
Most of the Robo-Hunter art I've seen seems to be post-Verdus, though I'm sure Verdus stuff is out there. If you can't get any, I can sell you a Day of the Droids page.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 08 June, 2018, 06:50:03 pm »
Been reading Al Ewing's Immortal Hulk. Not bad at all - others have observed a certain similarity to the Bruce Jones run, what with Ewing's Banner being an itinerant haunter of lonely diners along US highways. Feels somewhat less arch and potentially more weighty than some of the writer's previous Marvel work.

To me, the start of Ennis's Dredd run is pretty good, and the end is really good. It's the middle where it all sags, and the pressure of having to churn out a story a week leads to all these hackneyed parodies of now-dated pop culture.

Games / Re: Fallout 76
« on: 30 May, 2018, 03:44:18 pm »
Please let it be better than Fallout 4.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 May, 2018, 05:32:19 pm »
A question for Scotch* boarders: if a Scotch* independence referendum happened again, post-Brexit, do you think it would have a different result?

No. If anything, I think it would be a more pronounced victory for the 'No' side. I'm not saying that's what I'd want, mind.

Film & TV / Re: Bill and Ted Face the Music
« on: 09 May, 2018, 04:33:53 pm »
Non-non-non heinous.

Film & TV / Re: Avengers - Infinity War
« on: 07 May, 2018, 08:14:37 pm »
I haven't watched Civil War in a while, but isn't the Avengers as a team effectively defunct after that? Certainly Cap's lot are ex-members: my perspective may be clouded by knowledge of the typical status quo for the comic book team, but if there is still a legitimate Avengers, it's presumably the government-sanctioned pro-Sokovia Accords people. None of this is a criticism, and I may be misremembering details - I just find it interesting that there isn't an actual 'official' Avengers team in the film beyond Iron Man and Spidey.

Film & TV / Re: Avengers - Infinity War
« on: 07 May, 2018, 04:43:24 pm »
Late to the party (only just saw it today), but it takes a lot of cojones to do an Avengers movie that doesn't actually feature the Avengers. (I mean, they're in it individually, but not as an actual cohesive team. Tony and Steve don't even meet for the entire film.) I'd had plenty of spoilers before seeing it (I'm a school teacher, unless I experience a big pop culture event on the day it occurs, I've no chance of an unspoilered existence) but the appearance of the Red Skull was still a real jolt. Minor criticism - not enough Steve Rogers. To me, that man is the heart of the franchise - I suspect we'll see a lot more of him (including his certain demise) in the next one.
Best moment - Rocket's designs on Bucky's arm.

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