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Prog / Re: Prog 2092 - The Death of Death?
« on: 06 August, 2018, 10:25:24 am »
An odd prog for me, especially as I'm coming to it later than usual, due to an apparent calamity at my local newsie resulting in it being shut til early September, and having to track the comic down elsewhere.

Anything with a Clint Langley cover is good by me, and this one rocked, hard.

Dredd was stonking. Love the art, love the procedural nature of the story. One of the better Dress this year- a year which I've felt sadly lacking decent Mega-City strips.

Grey Area was the highlight of the prog- and my possible favourite single episode of anything this year so far. I'm heavily invested in this strip, and this just added several layers of enjoyment.

Mechastophiles- didn't get on with the Norwichmass original at all, but this was a delight. Monsters with a city on their back is such a bloody fantastic, 2000AD, idea that it gave me a jolt of thrillpower I've not had for a while. Gorgeous art, too.

Sadly, neither The Order nor Damned float my boat in any way whatsoever, and I can literally go from panel to panel not following, not knowing who the characters are, and not caring. I'm glad they have their audience- as people obviously like them a lot- but, no, not for me I'm afraid.

3 out of 5, but the three I liked I bloody loved, and despite not being a fan of the other two, I certainly don't resent their presence.

SBT

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Prog / Re: Prog 2090 - Transit Authority
« on: 18 July, 2018, 01:26:48 pm »
Dredd- a nice little one-off that harkended back to the strip as it used to be.

The Order- nope, sorry, dont understand and am not engaged with a single page of this.

Terror Tale- really liked that. Simple, and with a funny twist.

Damned- again, nope. I have no idea what any of this is about. Gave up properly reading a long time ago.

Grey Area- top thrill, always great to have it back. Cliffhanger a punch to the guts. Can't wait for more.

3/5 Zarjaz.

SBT

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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 20 June, 2018, 03:58:44 pm »
It's going to be impossible to comment on this without some kind of disclaimer along the lines of "I am not a Rorschach-style bearded living at mums house-dwelling incel lunatic, but...". Needless to say, I have nothing against female comic creators* but bloody hell, this tested the patience. I sort of liked the Rogue story, but not the art, and I sort of liked the Anderson story, but again not the art. Nothing else did anything else but remind me of the worst bits of the nineties indy comics scene.

I'd love to find some positives, but I'd be struggling just for the sake of saying something nice. 

SBT

*bought a great one today- Land Creatures volume one, by Juliet Brando.


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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 June, 2018, 11:03:24 am »
Ocean's 8

Dragged to see this with my wife, who then spent the time trying to work out of every unaccompanied male in the cinema was gay or not, because it was "a chick flick". Standard heist movie, enlivened by the presence of Sarah Paulson from American Horror Story, but hamstrung by Helena Bonham Carter doing an intensely irritating turn as an Irish fashion designer and James Corden playing an arse.
Not funny, and lacking any tension as to whether they get away with it, which I thought was a prerequisite in this type of thing. Also, my seat was bum-numbingly uncomfortable.

SBT

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 13 June, 2018, 05:06:30 pm »
It cost us £90 to see Jurassic World 2 the other day- tickets and drinks from the corner shop for our brood.
SBT

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 02 June, 2018, 02:11:56 pm »
Well, I saw it yesterday, and thought it's quite possibly my favourite of them all. It was exactly the Star Wars film I wanted to see, and have done since Marvel chose to follow the adventures of Han and Chewie after their initial adaptation ended forty years ago.

As a kid, I always preferred Han to Luke, and Star Wars for me was more about the adventure in a grimy universe than it ever was about jedis and The Force. So this ticked all my boxes.

My only niggle involves the obviously-aged and chubby Ray Park doing Maul, with a comedy voice and needless pansying about with the lightsabre, to set up a sequel we will now likely never get thanks to internet twats.

All in all, my filmic highlight of the year.

SBT

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 31 May, 2018, 04:44:41 pm »
Don't forget Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, which is out in a few days. This particular couple of months is jammed with movies appealing to the same demographic. Something had to give, and it's a shame it's Han.
I'm going tomorrow with my kids.
SBT
 

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 May, 2018, 07:26:12 pm »
Having a look over the three Nikolai Dante volumes released so far, and comparing them to previous collections (DC/ Rebellion volumes 1-9) and the progs (stopping briefly to imagine my wife screaming "THE *SAME* F**KING COMIC?!- THREE TIMES?!?!") I have discovered niggles.
The initial splash page of Hachette 1 is missing the text. Was this in the original progs? (Mine are boxed away upstairs, and Emmerdale is on).
Why do the Hachette volumes start by removing all the start of episode captions and logos and episode titles, but then later on start reprinting them?
I love the look and feel of the Hachette versions, but am missing the covers galleries that the earlier editions printed at the back.
Like I say, niggles. Mainly, having reread Dante a couple of times over the last few years, I've always felt that initial text over the very start of the story was vital. Am I wrong? Was it ever supposed to be that way? How did it start in the progs?
I'd go up and check... But after Emmerdale is double Corrie and it's the start of a big week, what with Phelan being back and all.

SBT

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 May, 2018, 11:45:40 am »
Three days, three movies.

Swamp Thing- the Craven original. I loved Wes Craven movies as a kid, but now every time I watch one I'm struck how utterly bloody awful they are. This one leaves me scared to watch Elm Street (which I haven't seen in ten years, I guess). Truly abysmal on every level, and not even an Adrienne Barbeau topless scene can save any of it.

Cold Skin. The novel was one of those irritating books that was lauded by people who don't usually read that type of thing. The movie is just a bit dull. Nothing you haven't seen before, a few crappy makeups, mumbled dialogue, Ray 'The Punisher' Stevenson banging a fish. Nothing of interest, to be honest, and a great disappointment.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Yeah, probably my favourite Star Wars film since Empire. Still surprising, still funny, still very poignant. Not much about this I don't like, to be honest, even when it goes a bit off the rails and stops feeling like Star Wars. Or worse, when it feels a bit like the prequels.

Next up will most likely be either The Greatest Showman or Deadpool 2, depending on the missus's choice tomorrow. Neither of which appeal greatly, but we will see.

SBT
 

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Prog / Re: Prog 2080 -PSI no More
« on: 12 May, 2018, 11:19:03 am »
I'm not sure if my thoughts this week are entirely relevent, as I'm really not feeling too hot- which is probably best left for another thread- so I'll concentrate on the positive.

SiniDex was smashing- really liking this story, and the change of pace. The suggestions made above would have been interesting, but as we have it it's more than good enough.

Stront is magic. Loving this run, in a way I haven't for a long time. He needs a Wulf (of some kind).

That's about it, really. I didn't get the Future Shock, I gave up on Anderson a few weeks ago and Dredd was basic stuff. Of the cover I will just repeat what was asked of me, as the prog was laying on the coffee table: Why is that woman's fanny on fire?

SBT

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Film & TV / Re: Avengers - Infinity War
« on: 28 April, 2018, 07:47:13 pm »
All reservations I have about this one, are probably entirely down to the cinema I saw it in and the audience I saw it with. You know how one of the complaints about 3D is that it's "projected darker" than the 2D equivalent? Well, this seemed to be projected for 3D despite seeing it in 2D. Great swathes of the film were a murk of greys and muted colours, which meant I couldn't work out what the sneck was going on, and even daylight scenes were darker than you'd expect. Even Wakanda seemed more a drizzly day on the Isle of Wight.
The audience found EVERY joke hilarious. I mean, really hilarious- meaning every line of dialogue following a gag was lost. Then halfway through they all decided to go and empty their bowels/ fill up again with nachos- five at a time.
As for the movie- no spoilers- it really did feel like the culmination of a decade of careful world building. Bearing in mind my kids (and by extension quite a lot of the audience) had never consciously known a time when these films didn't exist, there was a sense of great importance about the events playing out. Did it disappoint? Only in small, nerdy bits that anyone not versed in these characters would never even consider.

I will be going back to see it on a better screen one night this week, buying the dvd on release day, and watching it now and again for the rest of my life, probably.

Minor, yet joyous, spoiler: Groot providing the handle of Thor's new axe. Perfect.

SBT

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Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« on: 25 April, 2018, 11:35:35 am »
The prog powers on, with absolutely no complaints from me about four fifths of the stories. Dredd completes one of those little tales that you just know will resonate for the next year or so and eventually lead to something mahoosive- though it seems odd for something as potentially explosive as the living relative of Bad Bob Booth being introduced in a strip written by someone other than JW. Maybe Tharg is gently seeding the ground for when the big man finally decides to take the Long Walk from scripting. If so, I hope it's a premature act, because I want to be reading Wagner Dredds for years to come.

Jaegir told a visceral, fast-paced tale that seemed to be over too quickly- which is infinitely preferably to one dragging on forever (more of which in a bit), and went a long way to cementing this as a worthy (perhaps, shhh, superior) follow-up to Rogue Trooper, after decades of rubbish faffing around in that corner of toothiverse. As always, Simon Coleby and Len O'Grady worked together better than any prog art team since Andy Clarke and Dylan Teague, in my book.

I absolutely bloody love Sinister Dexter, so more is always a joy. The current run has even made me re-evaluate the work of Mr Yeowell, whose work I've not been particularly enamored with these last few decades since Zenith finished. I want SiniDex in the prog, on a weekly basis, til the end of time.

Strontium Dog was just blissful. I have nothing else to say, except I will reread this often, and buy it in oversized hardback should such a thing ever become available.

The only downer for me is Anderson- in which I am completely lost. I can't tell who is speaking, I can't remember who anyone is, or why they are where they are doing whatever they are doing. After rereading the first four episodes in an attempt to get on top of it, I did think perhaps it was an art problem- there were quite a few panels in which the composition or colouring seemed to actively work against the story being told, and once I'd figured that out I was better inclined towards the strip as a whole. Now though, with the change of artists, it has gotten completely incomprehensible. And I know there's nothing wrong with Collins and Robinson's storytelling nous. I can only lay the blame at the door of the writer and Tharg. It looks pretty- even more so these last couple of weeks, but doesn't seem to make any immediate sense. This is what I was referring to earlier about things dragging on. Too much to hope for a speedy rounding-up and for the next one by Emma Beeby to be a little more... straightforward?

Letters page always a treat- especially so as it features a Squaxx more senior even than most of us here, which gave me a huge grin and caused me to mutter "fair play to you sir" under my breath. It may be twenty years away, but I hope the prog is still around and printed on paper in weekly installments, when I'm seventy.

Astonishing cover by Carlos, too. Has he ever done anything dodgy? Man's an utter genius.

SBT

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Prog / Re: Prog 2075 - In the Field of Battle
« on: 06 April, 2018, 01:45:46 pm »
After long weeks of wishing everything would.. just... end, the junping-on prog delivered longed-for quality thrills and that has thankfully been continued in the progs since.
Just about every strip is of high quality at the moment, with only Anderson letting it down somewhat by being a bit incomprehensible. I may well give the previous episodes a reread before next week to see if I can make sense of it though, because it all looks very pretty.

Top Thrills for me are SiniDex and Jaegir. SiniDex because I have a deep and powerful love for the world, the characters, the puns and not enough is said about how it's definitely in the top ten percent of all 2000AD series, ever.  Jaegir has ratcheted up a notch this time as well, with Simon Coleby as always giving us 110% and there being something extra in the storytelling this time, that has hooked me more than previous outings.

Strontium Dog is blissful too- Wagner and Ezquerra doing what they do best. Yes, Carlos's art looks different to how it has been at times (and I'm speaking as someone who passionately loved his Wilderlands stuff, where the enthusiasm for- amongst other things- Kai's Powertools shone like a glorious nova) but literally anything The Master wishes to do is absolutely fine by me. And those designs! Is it possible to fetishize artwork? If so, that's what I'm doing.
Dredd was lovely, a clean one-off of the kind we too-seldom get these days. Anyone picking up a prog for the first time in thirty years would recognise it and feel satisfied not too much has changed.

Top proggage. Can't wait for next week.

SBT

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Other Reviews / Re: Outlier
« on: 05 April, 2018, 04:49:22 pm »
Inspired by this thread, I've spent the last couple of hours rereading the whole of Outlier in the floppies. And we'll, wasn't that just a whole different experience to how I remembered it in the prog! Maybe I'm just a bit more attuned to this kind of large-scale galactic war sci-fi currently, but that held up so well.
As I remember, in instalments, it became a chore to remember who was who and what they were doing- but here, it all flowed beautifully and the art really shone. Appreciated the downbeat ending, and the whole set-up greatly appealed. Even the "armourogami" droids didn't seem so silly this time out.
Yeah, my Thrill-Circuits have re-evaluated Outlier and recategorised it as a "Top Thrill".
SBT

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 03 April, 2018, 06:38:06 pm »
I'd agree with the love for Black Hammer, wholeheartedly. Waiting for the spin-offs and likewise inpatient for the next volume when it finally arrives.

Novelishly, I'm becoming a little enwrapped in Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Space series of books and short stories. But also have the very interesting Themis Files series on the go- Sleeping Giants was a fun, light and quick read, and Waking God's is prepped for cracking open tomorrow while herself is at work.
In addition, I recently finished the first Noumenon novel, just in time for the sequel, Noumenon Infinity, to hit hardback in the next few months. That's worth a read of your tastes are, like mine, for hard Sci-fi.
SBT

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