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Off Topic / Re: Strange Dreams (or, an odd Revere-ie)
« on: Today at 08:19:14 am »
Maybe you shouldn't be watching this before bedtime!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CwB_4-QFnmM

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 13 August, 2018, 06:10:58 pm »
Do both. Publication order first to maintain that Prog slog feel. Then the intended order to get the story as it was meant to be.

Well heart of hearts I always figured I'd end up doing that! It is the kinda thrill once you finish you just want to start again.

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 12 August, 2018, 06:14:46 pm »
Lenny Zero was a pretty weak series and while the love gas caused quite a fuss I was always happy with the removal of inhibitions leaving Judges particularly open exercising years of sexual frustration hence the consentual (with the stimuli) sex.

Anyway of more note to me the end game Red Seas is really played well.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 12 August, 2018, 06:09:06 pm »
it's the journey that makes the tale.

Tordelback's impassioned and poetic argument has swung my vote.  You must read it in the order originally published in order to maintain your credibility.

That would suggest I have any credibility to start with. Which frankly is a bit of a stretch!

Anyway nothing quite like full internet access when in the lakes to remind you camping is a very different beast than it was in 1993!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 August, 2018, 09:25:03 pm »
Look I'm off on me holidays for a week can you chaps kindly reach a consenus by the time I get back. Otherwise we'll have to rely on me coming to a sensible decision we really don't want that to happen do we...

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 August, 2018, 07:43:16 am »
Garth Ennis has said similar (in line with common wisdom, he did some good stuff, some intermediate stuff and some mediocre stuff).

One thing I'm noticing more about Ennis this time is he seems interested in creating tough, credible villians to fight Dredd, then he cranks a story around them as best he can. We're just had Jonni Kissyface introduced and in Prog 832 we get the hard Scotsman with his killer bagpipes*. Previously we've had Musical Killer Chappie, The Raider, that pair of hitmen whose names I can't remembr... that's just the ones that spring to mind. The trouble is this leads to quite dull repeatative stories that ultimately rung hollow.

Introduce the baddie by having them do something hard and killie. Set up their motive with flashback. Have their motive interconnect with Dredd. Have  them fight Dredd. Dredd, though knackered, wins. Rinse wash repeat. Its just not a great method for coming up with Dredds and its something Ennis seems to fall back on quite a lot.

Anyway if you've got this far I have a question for you. I've just read Prog 833 and next Prog is the Firekind episode mix up (I think - his filter mask has just broken). Now this re-read I'm being good and reading things as they appear in the Prog so my question to you is.

Should I read Firekind as printed, error and all?

The purist in me wants to BUT I adore Firekind and who knows when I'll read it again, so why read it all wonky knowing its not going to take much effort to read it properly like. I'm conflicted...

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General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 10 August, 2018, 05:34:47 pm »
Didn't realise Family and XTNCT were in there. That's a fine collection!

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General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 10 August, 2018, 04:47:40 pm »
I always wonder why the shorter collections aren't combined or paired up. So say Firekind with Leatherjack or some such. Shadows with The Dead. Or you could mix it up and do a 'Flip' collection and get Shadows in with Firekind. Now that would be some read.

I'm guessing that odds and sods trade which had Tribal Memories and the first Universal Soldier didn't do too well as it's never been followed up.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 10 August, 2018, 06:42:12 am »
Well at least he's self aware!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 August, 2018, 10:11:41 pm »
Prog 829

Now I accept I've been a bit whiney of late. Ohh this isn't so good. That story was a bit rubbish. Gosh why are the heroes so shouty and twaty... PPPPPOOOOOOOOOOO! I know, I know... I'm sorry I try to focus in the good stuff, but you have to be balanced and honest otherwise saying stuff is good loses its meaning and value...

Then we get to Prog 829 and WAYHEY one of the great Progs... just superb... well okay two of the thrills aren't all that and one is a recap.... but the good stuff is SO good.

Firekind I've waxed lyrical about before, but that opening part is just a masterclass. The purple prose of the first page as our hero travels to his destination all lyrical delight and evocation. Then was our traveller materialises DRAGON IN YOUR FACE.

Seriously it could have been just these two pages and it'd have been one of the all time great openings but no the dragon soars and worlds start to be built with craft and guile... oh my gooey comic juices are just bubbling to pressures they have never been thrust to before and we're only 6 pages into this comics beauty.

Kano ... well all you folks that think Kano doesn't have a place amongst Bad Company I say YOU FOOLS... you fools... you fools. It makes me sad this thrill isn't hailed as an absolute classic on a par with its forebears and set out the themes and reason to love it right from the off. Just like the original it takes a trope, in this case the war veteran trying, but (spoilers) failing to deal with normal civilian life. He won't escape his past, literally and he will question the monster he has become.... its glorious, glorious...

... you fools...

Armoured Gideon is pretty good, Dredd is weak and Kelly's Eye is kinda okay.

But those first two I rub them all over my slightly greasey naked body and wait for the moment to arrive.

Oh Mark Millar's first Dredd next Prog... I've gone all flacid again...

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Dan Dare and ACE Trucking

Oh momma that one works!

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Megazine / Re: 397 - Love Bites!
« on: 09 August, 2018, 12:44:55 pm »
Agree with all of the below. 

Don't you mean above?  People could write anything below...

Its all about ya settings. I have my display set up so that the most recent comments appear at the top.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 August, 2018, 12:44:04 pm »

8. Nemesis - The Shape of Things to Come... alas that's actually years of teasing stories about hammers as I recall


I got such kick out of that Prog- Nemesis returns (in full colour) with a cracking cover and absolutely out of the blue.
Then nuthin for 3 more years!

Its an okay story, but sets up something that never really got played with - the idea that all the hate and
 vitriol in Termight would led to its own downfall... and a hammer.... there's another short story in the 900s? Then we have to wait for Book X - which moves things in a different direction... oh my memory could be so wrong there! A bit of a shame but still...

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Megazine / Re: 397 - Love Bites!
« on: 09 August, 2018, 07:06:25 am »
Agree with all of the below. I didn't get back on board with the Meg until I went semi-digital over 3 years ago now and got a Digital sub. For quite sometime before folks seemed to suggest it had been struggling quality wise. Have to say since I subbed at least it's been as good, if not better, than the Prog.

This is furthered by the floppies being really interesting particularly since the purchase of the archive.
 

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 08 August, 2018, 09:01:57 pm »
With an almost relaunch Prog in 828 time for some quick thoughts on early 1993

1. Ennis Dredd has been getting better, though its still inconsistant. I enjoyed PJ and the Mock Choc Factory particularly.

2. Though did he really have to have PJ captured?

3. Kelly's Eye Get shot... oh hold on no need to worry he's invulnerable.

4. Legend of Shamana dunnt half gone on dunnit

5. Return of the Gronk shows how to do dumb fun and make it good at the same time... others could learn!

6. Oh no Kelly's Eye has been thrown out a tall building... oh no don't worry he's invulernable

7. That's a fun Tharg Story in the birthday issues (the rules of submitting to 2000ad)

8. Nemesis - The Shape of Things to Come... alas that's actually years of teasing stories about hammers as I recall

9. Mind hasn't Paul Staples come on since then!

10. Oh no Kelly's Eye been blown up by a grenade... oh no hold on he's invulernable its okay...

11.  The second half of Bradley's Bedtime Stories isn't as good as the first... still love Simon Harrison mind.

12. I'd forgotten Ron Smith did a Millar Robo-Hunter... doesn't save it mind!

13. Oh no Kelly's Eye is in a bar that's been hit by a rocket launcher... oh no hold on.... well you get the idea by now.

14. The (almost) relaunch Prog is going to be very bloomin' welcome as I recall.

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