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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by Frank on Today at 09:56:37 pm »
The possibilities are endless and do not need to rely on government coercion.

How does an approval rating of between 77-90%* equal 'government coercion'?

* https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/what-does-public-think-about-nhs
News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« Last post by Richard on Today at 09:49:20 pm »
Yes and you should start it.
General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« Last post by Leigh S on Today at 09:40:55 pm »
"Once Rogue leaves, Venus just tosses Helm off".... :o

The Moses Incident is probably my favourite Stront tale - as you rightly identify, Stront and the fantastic somehow fit at least as much as Stront and Western.  Remind me to pitch the Malak Brood Origin story to Dogbreath!

Add to that peak Nemesis, Graveyard Shift, and God damn Slaine....

Wouldnt have put Uptown Girl so early in the 80s!
Oh wow I thought I'd made comment on the lead up to the relaunch Prog 780, but I seem to have forgotten to do so. So before I get to the relaunch line-up a quick recap of how we got here.

Finn - oh man we really are in a low point in Mills writing and all Tony Skinner seems to do is heighten the cliche and predictible nature of Mills' idea, the harder it seems to be trying to push in brave and interesting directions. Finn is the very embodiment of that. I find Jim Elston's art pretty hard work too, it just doesn't work and for all the effort Unca Patly just isn't finding anything new to say.

The Clown - while Nunca Patiscal is striving to find new ground and be original at least, all be it failing miserably at least he's trying. The Clown just slaps a veneer over a summary of the style over substance party that was the worst of early 90s comics. There just seems no point to it, the characters, the lead especially, are too dull to care about, the violent humour just to weak to get beyond childish and story a bland pastiche. Bliss' art isn't much better, it has potential and technically might have momemts but storytelling is poor its cliche.

At least Tales from Beyond Science has some pretty good stories, a couple feel a little forced, and I'm afraid to say John Smith is guilty of one of those and Mark Miller's opener is really quite good. But overall a nice little series of one offs and by George Rian Hughes art is a down played simply designed delight compared to much of the painted nonsense that surrounds it.

Ennis Dredd continues to be very hit and miss, mind hasn't that Greg Staples come on since 1992!

Oh and I almost forgot there's a Silver from Harlem Heroes story ... actually lets forget it as even though it was only like 4 episode's long I was skipping reading by the end (well after the first episode)...

... so glad to be up to date!

So tomorrow I'll be back to discuss the post 780 strips... gives a couple time to find any sort of saving grace I guess!
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on Today at 09:01:02 pm »
I'd guess that he/she is an elected MP though - I don't follow The Circus, however, so I may be wrong in this assumption.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by Professor Bear on Today at 08:39:05 pm »
Minister for Health is an unelected position, and the current incumbent is independently wealthy, was parachuted into his parliamentary seat when the previous incumbent became a dame or whatever the heck the inbred title is, and is widely regarded as a shock absorber for the government ideological position of dismantling a free at point of use NHS.  It is literally impossible for him to give less fucks what people think of him.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by abelardsnazz on Today at 08:23:47 pm »

Very good film. Slow burn in the first hour, but necessary and then loses it's shit (in a good way) in the second hour.

As a seasoned horror fan, for at least forty years, there were four sequences that sent genuine chills up my spine. Compare this to The Sixth Sense where this happened twice.

Has a good 'Rosemary's Baby' vibe to it.

Recommended if you like creepy horror.


I mostly agree, although it seemed a bit muddled at times, but maybe some processing will iron that out. A brilliant performance from Toni Collette plus an unsettling atmosphere from the start make this an overall hit.
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on Today at 08:20:01 pm »

A clear majority (66 per cent) of adults are willing to pay more of their own taxes to fund the NHS, underlining growing support among the public for tax rises to increase NHS funding.

In which case, they should be equally willing to pay voluntarily - perhaps even moreso - for an NHS run by healthcare professionals instead of ministers looking to their next election.

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« Last post by Frank on Today at 08:07:04 pm »
The problem is it’s not clear cut what it is.

Never investigate Expressionism, BPP.

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