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Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 15 May, 2019, 01:31:19 pm »
Is it only in the south east that this Meg seems not to have been distributed today?

Prog / Re: Prog 2130 - 2000ad Regened
« on: 10 May, 2019, 01:49:09 pm »
Having had a few days to think about it, I realised I've paid more attention to (and seen more attention paid to it online, which must be good) this week's prog than any other for a good while.
Immediate thoughts: Chris Weston can do no wrong, and I'd love to see more strips both written and drawn by him.
Full Tilt Boogie, while my least favourite thing when I read it, has become more interesting in retrospect and I'd like to see more.
Rogue seems to suit a younger approach, but needs more disturbing and crazy violence and "horror of war" allegory. As a straightforward adventure strip it just doesn't work.

Everything else was perfectly adequate.

Re the logo, it doesn't look right in its new incarnation. Restore the textures! And then shove it back on the front of the prog, as this proves it still works.

While the cover was attractive, it shows how things have changed: wherefore the people being consumed by giant monstrosities and screaming flesh of yesteryear, that so attracted youngsters to the prog's delights on a weekly basis?

I'm quite happy that it "took the place" of the normal prog for a week. But I'd prefer a fortnightly regular edition, thanks.


Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Thread
« on: 02 May, 2019, 04:50:42 pm »
Like a few here, while I didn't think it *quite* matched the sheer awesomeness of Infinity War, it was still just about as damn-near perfect as it's possible to be.
I have a few niggles, most of which have been mentioned elsewhere, so it seems churlish to bring them up again... but the one thing that *really* irked was Cap's swearing. What was up with that? That's a major character shift and I didn't feel it fully explained the whys and wherefores.
I've only seen it the once- I will go back- and maybe I missed something (having all six kids plus their various friends/ partners around does lead to attention being occasionally divided).

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 10 April, 2019, 01:21:24 pm »
I've just bumped into Mr Dan Abnett, while walking back to the car in Eastbourne, and after a) being shocked he recognised me,  b) introducing him to my wife and c) fanboy gushing at him for a bit, I had it confirmed to my actual face that Grey Area isn't over, The Out isn't connected to it, and SiniDex continues. The third was for my own peace of mind because I live in fear of it ending, and the first two were because my slightly panicked mind knew you lot were concerned. I completely forgot to mention Kingdom or Lawless to him, but fear I may have ended up just crying, so I'm kind of glad.

I'd love to see complete reprints of The Spider and Rat Trap. Obviously, the Most Desired would be Doomlord- but I understand that's still under the control of the Dan Bloody Dare Corporation and unlikely to see print this side of the apocalypse (or Brexit, whichever comes first). A vote for The Driver here too.
Before all of that though, Sinister Dexter from the top, and complete.


News / Re: New specials: 2000 AD, Cor!!, Tammy, Vigilant, and more
« on: 22 February, 2019, 10:15:42 am »
Interesting, and slightly disappointing, to note that Prog 2130 is now being trailed in Previews at 48 pages and not the 100 originally stated in the article linked at the top of this thread.
I wasn't overly fussed about the Regened FCBD issue, but accept that it probably wasn't entirely aimed at me anyway! But I was very much looking forward to a bumper "special edition" of kid-friendly proggage of the heft of the end of year progs.
I'm assuming the original press release was a mistake, but clarification would be good.

Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 20 January, 2019, 10:54:02 am »

Many thanks for tha. Will give it another go later or tomorrow, as the misprint plus the teeny tiny font reproduction in the half light of the energy saver  bulb I was reading by combined to make me give up!

I will destroy the planet with proper light and this thread to allow me to read it.


Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 19 January, 2019, 09:46:27 am »
Absolutely stonking Meg this month, with almost everything being on great form. One major niggle though is the printing error in the floppy. The reprint of the opening page towards the end of the book, with the speech bubbles from whatever *should* have been in its place, made it quite difficult to work out what is going on. Would have thought, what with this being quite a big thing for Rebellion, we may yet see the missing page printed next month though! (Or perhaps a corrected floppy reprint bagged with the next Meg as well. Nah, that won't happen.)


General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 08 January, 2019, 09:02:18 pm »
Hope not too late:

1st Brink
2nd Fiends
3rd Grey Area


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 December, 2018, 11:20:07 am »
Infinity War, which was on Sky Premier last night when I happened to flick over about fifteen minutes in. Have seen it a couple of times already, and wasn't really looking for a third viewing so soon after... But you know what, after giving it five minutes with a "I'll have an early night after that" proviso, I sat through the whole thing.
I think it's just "one of those movies"- like American Werewolf and The Wicker Man (and The Happening, but for entirely other reasons) that is endlessly entertaining. Probably one of my favourite films ever, to be honest.
They really did get everything right, didn't they? Might watch it again tomorrow.

Prog / Re: PROG 2111 - Welcome to the Thrill-Party!
« on: 19 December, 2018, 06:02:31 pm »
Just picked up the Meg (in fact, am in a cab home as I type) and fantastic to see Matt Soffe's name in the credits.

Any idea when we are likely to get the Mind Wars floppy?


And that should have gone in thrnMeg thread. Ah well, that'll be because my dad (who I had just bumped into and shared a cab) was talking to the driver about Brexit and I was earwigging. Sigh.

Prog was aces, as I've said elsewhere.

Merry Christmas, all.


Prog / Re: PROG 2111 - Welcome to the Thrill-Party!
« on: 19 December, 2018, 12:35:21 pm »
Just picked up the Meg (in fact, am in a cab home as I type) and fantastic to see Matt Soffe's name in the credits.

Any idea when we are likely to get the Mind Wars floppy?


General / Re: Top 2000AD moments of the last 25 years
« on: 16 November, 2018, 08:24:17 pm »
As others have said, highlights of 2000AD's second golden age include the entirety of Nikolai Dante, all of Kingdom so far, Cradlegrave, Brink, and I'd say Caballistics and Absalom, possibly also Stickleback, and definitely Lawless in the Megazine. That's some damn good comics right there.


Other Reviews / Re: The Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing
« on: 16 November, 2018, 07:36:39 pm »

Went into my local second hand records and comics shop today, and they had a pack of the first four issues of this run for £7, so I bought them.

First up, I had no idea this was a continuation of the "proper" Incredible Hulk series (as in legacy numbers under the issue number), instead imagining it to be yet another stand-alone series that will inevitably be cancelled and forgotten in a year or so. That this is part of the proper Hulk continuity lends it an "importance" it wouldn't otherwise have.

Secondly, it's bloody, bloody good. I have very little love for the big green guy in comics, barring a few instances- but this has grabbed me immediately. Four issues down and I'm dying to pick up #5 to whatever it's up to now. I want to see the savage Sasquatch (last time I read anything about Walter Langowski he was in a turtle neck sweater and completely in control of the beast, oh, and I was a teenager). Love the art, love Ewing's script and love the tone.

Anybody who has been reading this care to reassure me it doesn't tail off after the first four issues?


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 October, 2018, 03:14:40 pm »
Carp is BY far my favourite filmmaker working today, which is sadly easier to say after the death of George A Romero. There's something magnificent in all of his films, even when he's battling a shitty idea or not firing on all cylinders.

I'd put my favourites as:

The Thing
The Fog
Cigarette Burns
In The Mouth of Madness
Prince of Darkness
They Live
The Ward


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