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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: Today at 11:39:31 am »
Rogue Trooper: [....] Had Tharg removed the author's name from the credit card, I'd never have known this was a newcomer to the strip.

Very good point! 

On the DeMarco subject, we do go all on about the (much-missed) Travis Perkins, Urbane Gorilla, and Jack Point's Main Squeeze days, but there's a whole run of Carroll post-DoC/Trifecta strips over in the Meg that head off in other strange directions where she's effectively a plainclothes Judge again, or at the very least an agent of the City.  I still don't think any of the solo incarnations worked particularly well for the character.

TBH I think the whole thing went off the rails in her very first post-Judge story, Doomsday, where after some brief and engaging gumshoe establishing sequences, DeMarco is right back into saving-the-city mode in a couple of pages, in order to anchor the non-Dredd half of the story.  We have plenty of heroic judge types - what we don't have is private detective stories set in the Meg (Simping Detective's whole schtick is that Jack is wally squad, so that doesn't count).

DeMarco's edge should be her judge training and experience, and possibly her connections with the Dept that let her operate a little more freely than most, but beyond that, she should be down in the Blocks and streets helping the little guy for a little green.  The version we get in the Special is pretty much this, a return to those opening pages of Doomsday.  No billions, no Sovs, no Justice Dept conspiracies.  Love to see more (but maybe Travis had a brother/son/clone?).


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General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: Today at 08:57:18 am »
Totally brilliant, that Necropolis one.  Why have we never had a poster like this before?

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General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: Today at 08:51:38 am »
And don't get me started on Harry Kipling, Ampney Crucis, and Dead Signal!  Want. More. Dead. Signal.

And where's my Red Seas epilogue, while we're at it.  Too many loose threads left lying about the deck, most unseamanlike.

Now look what you've done, gameluvah, that's my morning gone off into cloud-cuckoo-land, dreaming of what might have been...

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General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: Today at 08:46:27 am »
Don't worry about it gameluvah, much like Halo Jones, Cabs Inc does have a satisfying ending, if not necessarily a conclusion, since it leaves many character fates open and sets up a new story.  But that's the nature of most stories (and reality itself). That said, I'd love to see what Rennie could bring to the strip now, were he to take up the reins again: methadone-equivalent Absalom has been an utter treat, and over the past few years Rennie's handling of the short-satisfying-episode format has become second to none.

Lobster Random and Stickleback are different matters entirely - both left hanging in the worst way.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 24 June, 2018, 02:26:01 pm »
Aw shite, sorry to hear that Sharkie. 

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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 22 June, 2018, 03:33:20 pm »
Emma Vieceli's art on Anderson is outstanding. Her style reminds me of David Roach. Would be very happy to see more from her.

Yeah, and she takes on a hell of a lot of established visual elements in this strip for a first timer, and succeeds with 90% of it: only Orlok felt a wee bit off to me.  I'm really enjoying this development of Anderson as a multi-writer strip, after years of thinking it as 'Grant only', and to be honest, believing the character was entirely played out. 

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Interesting!  I haven't read it in years, but IIRC I didn't find Kola Kommandos to be too bad. I was on a downer with Williams at the time, and I think I felt it was a bit too silly-strip-at-the-back-of-Crisis for the Prog, but it still entertained: this at a time when I was drifting in and out of love with the prog.  A Parkhouse strip usually has something going for it, even at the worst of times.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 22 June, 2018, 12:25:06 am »
Darth Maul has 2 lines of dialogue in The Phantom Menace or 31 words.

Don't forget the tone poem. As TPM was the first truly multimedia film experience, you have to take on board all the trimmings.

But good point.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 22 June, 2018, 12:20:48 am »
I probably want to see that more than I wanted to see Last Jedi.  How can you not want to see how this turns out?

Oh Grud yeah. I'd pay double to see it. Quadruple if there was a "making of" feature running with it. 

Remember Supershadow? It's Supershadow all the way down now.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 21 June, 2018, 07:18:59 pm »
Same reason Anderson was topless in a Sci-Fi special in the dreaded nineties!
I'd hope we've all grown up a bit since the Loaded days and that frankly sexist bilge of a poster. Also, that was on the inside, and I can't imagine 2000 AD even during its nadir going for a fully topless image on the cover. That'd be a good way to find yourself on the top shelf at WHSmith.

Nothing that extreme, but they gave it a few good tries!














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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 June, 2018, 06:51:23 pm »
Totally agree IP: the problem we have to tackle is education, information and engagement, I think a more functional political establishment would inevitably follow, if only it could be done. 

A  democracy requires a level of enlightened self-interest, with emphasis on the enlightened.   That's the nut that needs to be cracked - on all sorts of levels, because the choices we're facing regarding the environment, biodiversity and mass migration are going to be very hard ones.  Disappearing down internet rabbit-holes of confirmation-bias bandwagonning and rampant Dunning-Kruger everyman 'expertise' is not going to cut it.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 June, 2018, 09:22:00 am »
ah... so Sharky's theories are possible, we just need to fundamentally alter human nature. Sorted.

In so far as it exists as a thing at all, "human nature" changes all the time. Usually for the better. It's no harm factoring further change into utopian aspirations.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 June, 2018, 09:14:14 am »
I want an Obi-Wan movie for the simple reason that it would be nice to see Ewan Mcgregor get a crack at the character under a decent director, with a decent script. I fear the problem is that Obi-Wan must surely be wallowing in survivor guilt/PTSD before he finds redemption as Luke's mentor. It won't make for a happy story, will it?

It will when he's reunited with live-action Ahsoka!  Whatever anyone's feelings on the Sequels/Story films, even the ropiest performances are streets ahead of what passed for acting in most of the Prequels - so I'd agree entirely, seeing what a good actor like McGregor could do with a more 'modern' working environment would be a treat. But then they went with TCW's Sam Witwer for Maul in Solo, rather than the great Peter Serafinowitz, so who knows, they could go for James Arnold Taylor in a comedy beard for Obi-Wan...

My other main interest in a putative Obi-Wan movie is seeing how they avoid saying that name for its entire duration..

 

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 June, 2018, 08:39:45 am »
The people we vote for generally don't know how to run an economy (even assuming that an economy needs to be run), they only know how to get elected.

SO ELECT DIFFERENT PEOPLE. 

Look, in a representative democracy we aim to elect people who we feel demonstrate our biases and concerns, and can listen to the advice of public servants and others who are genuine experts in a range of fields and parse that into policy and action that (we hope) is what we would do ourselves.  We do this because no one person has the time to have a competent understanding of every aspect of decision making that affects a society, so we do what humans always so: we choose specialists to do it full-time on our behalf, no different from bronze-workers or sysadmins. I pay a kid in China to make my phone, I pay a ham-faced twat in Dublin to navigate health funding.

That we don't do that, that we treat democracy as, as Shark says, a popularity contest for demagogues who can spin the most attractive fantasy, that's on us.   

"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos" is often used to indicate the Hobson's choice faced by voter - but in fact it's one that's self-imposed.  It's seldom noted that Ross Perot was also on that ballot.  Not an ideal example, I grant you.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 June, 2018, 08:24:41 am »
Just for clarity, I was talking about cinema attendance drop off rates, NOT comparing total box office of each movie to its previous movie. The drop off rates for last jedi were reportedly more than double (70-80%) that of Empire strikes back (20-30%) in its second week. The drop off rates were much higher than any star wars movie.

Apologies SIP, misread you there. 

(That may in part be confirmation bias on my part because the family and I went back 3 times, including twice to IMAX, and I bought the BluRay! I even bought some of the shitty 5POA toys, 'cos who could live without matching Rose & Paige Tico action figures.  Now if only I could scare up a few quid for Tallie's A-Wing... ) 

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