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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 17 August, 2018, 09:52:44 pm »
Don't worry your post was better constructed than the script for The Last Jedi  :D

 :lol:

Brexit was better constructed than The Last Jedi.

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Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant
« on: 17 August, 2018, 09:51:10 pm »
... which is exactly where I picked up my copy from.  It needs that high street support.  Personally I'd rather see more comics on the high street than we are seeing at present.  Then again I remember fondly trolling round newsagents in search of the different titles they stocked back in my early collecting days.  Comic shops tended to be insane comic overload.  Today, tat overload.

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Welcome to the board / Re: Reader since prog 7
« on: 17 August, 2018, 09:48:01 pm »
I tend to go on buying sprees to FP in London

Someone once said that FP is where folks go until they discover real comic shops.  Granted London is nowhere near the place it was in the halcyon days of the late 80's / early 90's but GOSH and Orbital still leave FP in the dust.  Megacity is also worth a visit from time to time.

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 17 August, 2018, 09:04:30 am »
I haven't read any 2000AD beyond 2012 (but am trying to catch up) so I don't know about current plot threads.  As other posters have indicated, I may need to wait until the arc plays out over time to be able to appreciate where its heart ultimately lies.

IIRC it elicited some similar feelings when it first came out.  The fact that it has solidly given you such uncomfortable feelings suggests to me that it has been effectively written. 

Plus, what Frank said ....

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Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant
« on: 16 August, 2018, 06:13:06 pm »
On the artwork front I'd have to push a strong recommendation for Dreaming Eagles that he did with Garth Ennis.  A cracking piece of work and one that works a lot better as a collected whole.

The Vigilant very much read as a teaser for the potential of the different characters but I know what JamesC meant about plotting.  I don't know if I'd go with incomprehensible but certainly it did require close reading and a bit of backtracking to follow what was happening.  Then there was the realisation that the main story had finished and it was now a series of character vignettes to try and fill in the gaps in the back story.  Overall a reasonable bit of work.  Let's face it, the main American companies churn out a hell of a lot worse on a regular basis and keep on going.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 August, 2018, 10:33:12 pm »
Sharkey's political views have frequently caused consternation in these parts but I can't help wondering if at present we aren't seeing concrete evidence of the validity of his views.  Trump in the states and the Tories in the UK are co-opting discontent for their own ends.  People have legitimate complaints and concerns yet what we are seeing are 'solutions' that potentially are likely to make situations worse for complainants. 

Personally I'm torn.  On the one hand I see a legitimate need for social action in support of those who struggle to meet the challenges that they face but on the other hand the rationale behind the support they provide is often questionable or contested.  I question whether I have the right to intervene where I see need but at the same time I also worry about the consequences if I fail to do so.  I see a need for some sort of socially responsible framework of support but I worry about the political imperatives that drive it.  Do I have the right to impose my priorities on those around me?  Am I complicit if I fail to act in support of legitimate need?

What we seem to be seeing at the moment though is certain groups tapping into this confusion.  There is an argument that governments are over-reaching rather than a sensible debate about social and political organisation.  Brexit has been cast as 'taking back control' when it is becoming increasingly apparent that it is more a case of consolidating control from some quarters.  Cross-juristidictional governance is about compromise and acceptance.  there may well be a cost implication but the bigger question is how does that stack up against the benefits?  If 'governments' are too concerned with a narrow constituency then how valid is their mandate?

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General / Re: Dredd Megazine Question
« on: 15 August, 2018, 10:11:40 pm »
Like Jim said, the current Meg is original material.  There are a couple of text articles, interviews or reviews, but the strips are all original.  The floppy is where the reprint comes in.  The last few months have been Dredd but they've started to tease the Fleetway archive with material from Battle and Tornado that probably would struggle to justify a standalone.  If you are new to Tooth then the floppies are worth a gander.

What I would say though is that for the last year or so the meg has been on a definite high.  The quality of strips has sometimes outshone the prog.  There have been very few duffers of late.  This stands in stark contrast to meg's of yore.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2094 - The Order Meet The Edge - Walker
« on: 14 August, 2018, 02:32:11 pm »
That was the only thing that did the episode in for me.  Visually the final panel was stunning but the text jarred a little.  Hard to put my finger on why ...

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 13 August, 2018, 06:25:46 pm »
Sorry, is that the government's Brexit strategy slogan?

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 13 August, 2018, 07:51:02 am »
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!

If you've found somewhere to camp in the lakes with full internet access then you are definitely proving your case on the credibility issue.

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 12 August, 2018, 08:22:25 pm »
The only question I haven't seen the answer to about the Parker Solar Probe though is 'are they still planning on landing the probe at night?'

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Prog / Prog 2094 - The Order Meet The Edge - Walker
« on: 11 August, 2018, 03:13:27 pm »
I'm not a massive fan of Armoured Gideon but the cover does do the character justice.  I think though that some of the comments about the prog being a bit of a mixed bag might be applicable again.  Dredd finishes off nicely and McConville has produced a serviceable script for Manco's artwork.

I'm in the 'not really feeling the current series of the Order' camp.  Burns' artwork is as sumptuous as ever but I'm not really sure what the hell is going on here.  Perhaps I need to go back and give it a re-read.  The 3rillers is another tale that has left me cold.  A cliched turn hasn't helped matters.  Maybe the final denouement will help change my mind.

Mechastopheles is another strip I'm hoping will shape up into something more than it is at the moment.  Richardson's artwork continues to serve well and there are some interesting ideas.  It's a bit exposition heavy but not OTT.

Grey Area shows Harrison's strengths and there's an interesting colour pallet in play.  The episode is a bit jarring as the story takes a dramatic turn to develop the plot.  Other than commenting that there are one or two elements that could be construed as cliched, it is probably best to say very, very little about events until the prog hits the shops.  All I will say is that for me, this is the other highlight of the prog.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 10 August, 2018, 08:41:50 am »
Plenty of red pills though.

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Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 10 August, 2018, 08:40:35 am »
This is of course predicated on the assumption that these are in fact 'light bulbs'.  This is a common fallacy.  They are actually 'dark suckers', hoovering up any dark in the vicinity of the said devices.  Higher rated dark suckers are able to more rapidly remove any dark from a given location which is why areas seem brighter.  Obviously they have a limited capacity and once they become full are no longer able to suck dark.  This is clearly indicated by the big dark patch that appears to indicate the need for a new dark sucker.

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A catholic priest from an early 1990s story who looks like they hit the gym often and is very conversant with various weaponry?  Canon Fodder teams up with Devlyn Waugh!

Time slip to Defoe…

.... then side step to Torquemada.

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