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Announcements / Re: 3A Toys/Rebellion Press Release
« Last post by flip-r mk2 on Today at 09:29:29 pm »
Almost time to get home and examine my shiny headed twelve incher  :D

Late Night Phone In.

With a Gun in one hand and a phone in the other, he weighed his options.

"It's everywhere! Don't you see? It's everywhere and it eats. And eats, and EATS AND EATSAND-

"And I'm afraid we'll have to cut you off and hope that you get yourself some help. Let's take another call - What's your name and what's on your mind?"

Name! Not his real one that's for certain. He looked towards his muted TV for inspiration and saw 'Only Fools and Horses', Boom!

"Uh, Hello.. my name's um, Rodney. Yeah, that'll do. Rodney. And the thing is I need to get something of my chest."

"Talk away, Rodney. What's your bother?"

He paused. The Guy's tone, he didn't like it.

"Well, you see..." - Gun in one hand phone in the other - "...I've been Horrible! In the most offensive and inappropriate ways. An all round Bastard! But recently... something's happened."

"Go on, Rod; get it off your chest."

"Yeah, right then." -  Condescending Prick - "I was beating some bloke the other day, different Football team and such, and I had what you might call an "Epiffipy!"

"Do you mean an 'Epiphany', Rod?"

"That's what I said!" - Is he taking the piss? - "Anyhow, I was beating him and I realised to myself that this had been my whole life. Hurting people just because they were different. They didn't think the same things that I did so they got a Slap, you know?... This guy, I had him off the ground, by his throat so to speak, and he was struggling to talk. I loosened up a bit just to hear what he had to say, thought it might be a laugh." - Gun in one hand - "He's spluttering, coughing blood and he says 'My son! He's only little, I have to find him!' -Gun- "I dropped the Guy and legged it..."

"Go on, Rod."

"Yeah." - That's better. A more sombre, respectful tone. But in the end does it really matter? - "As soon as the Match finished we charged outside and waited for the Away fans to exit... Then we rushed them, No quarter given. Thing is they weren't like us, seasoned thugs waving a banner for 'Her Maj', They were families and proper fans, as I've now come to understand, through the News and what have you, the Guy I was choking... his son..." -The decision is made - "I knew then, none of my Bullshit ever mattered. In fact, my Bullshit was not only a waste of my life but also a waste of that Poor FUCKING CHI-

"And I'm afraid we'll have to cut you off and hope that you get yourself some help. Let's take another call - What's your name and what's on your mind?"


So I hailed 1985 the nostaligia fueled best year to date of Thrillpower but left a HUGE question dangling, could


top it? ...
Bloomin' heck genuinely wasn't expecting it to be this cut and dry.


So there we have it to date 1985 was topped by 1986 which leds nicely into...


And you know what the momentum might just about be continuing... might. 1987 was all about a changing of the guard. I speculated it might be at the turn of the year (so to speak) and it is, possible even more pronounced that I'd speculated.

Its the year of Pete Milligan, the year of Zenith, the year of Barry Kitson, the year of Democracy Now!, the year of PJ, the hour of the wolf. The year of Hicklenton on Nemesis and Fabry on Slaine, both returned to their former glories. By George its highs match the highs of any year they really do. BUT with new added second generation zing and edge. Its 2000ad truly hitting its teenage growth spurt a few years year.

Okay so it has one stinking low in Mean Team, but we get that every year and while Mean Team for me is as bad a thrill as I can remember (thus excluding Ange... oh whatever that thing with the plane and the chappie and the shoulder thingie was called) there is sooooo much good stuff.

So its clear then, right... well no not quite. See I can't quite shake the feeling that while these new brash johnny come latelys are shaking things up is quite glorious style, and some old wound soldiers* are stepping up to the plate to match, a couple of the classics slip a little.

I've already said Strontium Dog has a bit of a stinker that takes up about 1/2 the year, the shorter stories that follow are an improvement, particularly The Royal Affair - A Sorry Case being pretty weak and The Rammy a bit middling over all its not a good year for Johnny.

Dredd also if I'm honest is a little past the absolute soaring heights of the last couple of years. I mean there are some absolute stonkers, one of which I've mentioned and Raggedy Man, The Bug, The Return of Death Fist, The Beating Heart and of course Taxidermist are up there with the best of any year its just not as consistantly good as it has been for a couple of years prior. Its possible that I'm coloured by Oz starting... but I'll come back to that next year, its not a fav of mine, but I honestly think we're past a peak (one that will return I should say but that's for the future.).

So yeah 1987 soooo close and when its good and I'm looking at you Bad Company, Zenith and Anderson it is so very very good. I'm just not 100% its as good as 1986... but it just might be...

Damnit all this change has left me befuddled!

* Well Anderson in Hour of the Wolf as much as I love it, and I do, its on a pa with some of the excellence that has gone before in a strip that to date hasn't missed a beat. On re-read its clear that Anderson has been consistantly good in a way that few strips match.
Announcements / Re: 3A Toys/Rebellion Press Release
« Last post by SIP on Today at 09:16:20 pm »

He's absolutely fantastic.
There have been quality issues with the 1/12 figures, but this guy is absolutely top notch. Really solid stuff.

Nothing I could do would make the shield sit in the right position, so I attached a small metal washer to Dredd's chest under his suit (just using a small piece of blu tack) in the correct position - sorted, badge attaches to that.

Great figure 3a - hope for more.

Megazine / Re: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!
« Last post by Freddychopper on Today at 08:53:49 pm »
In fairness to JW, the Dark Judges are back by popular demand. At least this story will be different, in that it has them without Dredd or Anderson to contend with, and they could even win.

Also I don't care what Nick Percival paints as long as it looks as amazing as this.

Yeah, I really love it and I also think that things will not end well for the colonists. It kind of has a grim feeling that the Dark Judges are in charge here...
Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Last post by Colin YNWA on Today at 08:49:28 pm »
Colin- stick with it.

So I'd say you're just put the back of Mechanics, and Palomar hasn't really started yet? The adolescent stylings of the former don't move me the way they once did, but that's ok because Death of Speedy is just around the corner, and  no one can resist... That?

Well chaps I returned to this early than I planned as they were stirring down at me from my reading shelf and while I'm still not sold on Jamie - though 'Locas' is a definate step in the right direction. 'Bert's 'An American in Palomar' is the first thing I've loved in the series. Now this was fantastic...

... is my redemption at hand....
News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« Last post by Hawkmumbler on Today at 08:47:21 pm »
It's fashionable these days to assume the only people who can handle a property are the original creators. how did that work out for the Phantom Menace and Rouge One?

Or - closer to home - the recent (awful) return of Bad Company?
That was written by Milligan though, only Ruffus stepping up to fill a role there.
Announcements / Re: 3A Toys/Rebellion Press Release
« Last post by lincnashOZ on Today at 08:23:01 pm »
What did everyone elses packaging have on for item value folks ? Did I jinx it buying 2 ? Did Gregory have a word with the team to make my paperwork special  >:D  :lol

They probably sent them wrapped together - I've had that in the past - so it'll be a big package.

Yep, FEAR and MORTIS were in separate 3A shipper boxes.
Strapped together with the tough blue straps, Newsagents use to bundle papers.
Oz Customs are okay, so no duties owing.
Announcements / Re: 3A Toys/Rebellion Press Release
« Last post by TheTooN on Today at 08:10:52 pm »
I still havent filled the paperwork in for a refund on the second customs charge for the replacement PCS Dredd statue Linc. (I'm the unluckiest Drokker alive...one broken and 2 customs fees) It should more than cancel out the Dredd ransom note if I can just get off my arse and face down the forms of death. 

I'm curious what charges they raise, if the paperwork is low as usual did they open it and check costs online ? I've never had anything like that before, just straight charges on the correctly filled in paperwork. HMRC are getting tougher and tougher on imports, changed a lot the past few years.

Hope the package is waiting for me at the depot and the letter arrives tomorrow, here by Friday all being well.

Good to see yours got through ok Pete :) Did they come in one big box or singles ?

I think thats a bit naughty of 3A if so Mikey, you dont get a postage reduction for buying multiples. Even if it costs 3A the same to do it either way, If it leaves you more at risk of a customs charge sending in a big box rather than singles its not very customer friendly.

Edit :- I've had multiple boxes arrive in laccy bands from them before, 2 or 3 figures. Never a big box, first time for everything though, good things come to those who wait I guess :)
Announcements / Re: 3A Toys/Rebellion Press Release
« Last post by Mikey on Today at 08:04:53 pm »
What did everyone elses packaging have on for item value folks ? Did I jinx it buying 2 ? Did Gregory have a word with the team to make my paperwork special  >:D  :lol

They probably sent them wrapped together - I've had that in the past - so it'll be a big package.
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