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Prog / Re: Prog 2094 - The Order Meet The Edge - Walker
« on: 14 August, 2018, 11:03:15 am »
One thing I have noticed with Rory McConville scripts – in 2000 AD and the Meg – is there's a lot of exposition in caption blocks. It feels a bit prose-like at times, and very much tell rather than show. I suspect it's just a style thing, but it's making his Dredds sometimes feel a bit off for me, even though the underlying ideas are solid.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 11 August, 2018, 10:41:58 pm »
“has some good humor with a gas that makes Judges shag each other with gay abandon“

I recall it looking on that favourably at the time, given that it was basically “rape LOL”. An astonishingly tone deaf bit of writing in 2000 AD.

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 10 August, 2018, 07:08:51 pm »
A Milligan collection could be interesting. We're getting one in the Hachette collection, but that's, what Hewligan's Haircut (44p) and Sooner or Later (39). Even if Swifty's Return's in there, that's a total of 99 strip pages – under half the requirement. So what else might make it? The Dead is 49 pages. Tribal Memories is only 21. Shadows is 53. Freaks is 30. It strikes me that you could feasibly have a single blow-out Milligan volume in the UC that contained the vast majority of that – here's hoping. (I'd certainly upgrade my paperback HH for that.)

As for combined collections, I suspect they're a tough sell. But as I've said elsewhere, Leatherjack/Firekind would be an obvious one for the UC, not least given that the repro already exists.

General / Re: Stories to should be collected
« on: 10 August, 2018, 10:56:42 am »
Has Shadows really never been reprinted? That'd be ideal floppy fodder. As for the others, I don't see Firekind ever getting the treatment it deserves unless some kind of magic happens. (After all, it's short – only 78 pages.)

I'd happily see anything else mentioned here in the floppies, bar Bradley (which to me doesn't hold up well – and I even liked the bands that featured at the time). Armoured Gideon – bar that awful last series – would make for a nice trade, although I suspect that's wishful thinking. Still, who knows if the 2000 AD UC does well?

Megazine / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010: Best of the Meg
« on: 10 August, 2018, 09:03:06 am »
American Reaper must be one of the most divisive things The Meg has ever run. Personally, I soon got fed up with it. The strip moved at a snail’s face, took up an absurd amount of each issue, and had art that just got boring despite its clear technical mastery.

Prog / Re: Prog 2093 - Infernal Engines
« on: 08 August, 2018, 07:58:48 pm »
I keep refreshing the 2000 AD shop, but there's no collected Armoured Gideon hardback with a brand-new Simon Jacob cover. Must be some kind of weird caching error, surely?

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 August, 2018, 10:51:08 am »
I recall that in the 2000 AD podcast, Matt 'Tharg' Smith specifically mentioned Firekind, and noted that its page count was a problem for this collection, given that it's just too short. But then given that we have Skizz rather unceremoniously smashed into Dr. and Quinch, and that there's a Hewligan's Haircut/Sooner or Later book, I would have thought Leatherjack/Firekind could have worked. But the lack of Indigo Prime (and especially that first set of stories, which would include Killing Time) seems very odd.

As for bad blood, who knows? From public info, you can at least piece together roughly what happened (Smith has a personal disaster and goes 'dark' shortly after filing the start of a new Indigo Prime; years later, 2000 AD gives that to another writer to finish off, having not been able to resume contact, and also hands over more Smith series – Devlin Waugh; Tyranny Rex – to other writers). It does have the whiff of finality about it, but I'd hope that if hatchets can be buried that they will be. Smith was one of 2000 AD's most unique voices, and although he wrote the occasional misfire, his back catalogue is on the whole hugely impressive.

Perhaps if this collection gets an extension at least some of this can be addressed. I'd sooner see Firekind finally get a reprint than see volume 14 of Slaine, for example.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 August, 2018, 10:15:56 am »
So #56 sounds like a version of Rebellion's Future Shocks trade that primarily has content from Milligan, Morrison, Smith and Gaiman. At 210 pages already, I wonder what extras will be included (if any), assuming it is a redux of that book.

Aquila I've never got into, so not fussed about that. Ichabod is one of my recent favourites. Nice to see it included, although I have the paperback (albeit with a dodgy spine print), and so it's unlikely I'd 'upgrade'.

Whatever's gone on with 2000 AD and John Smith, I still think it's a crying shame that after 80 books there'll still be no Smith tales collected. (Firekind + Leatherjack would have been a fantastic collection. And obviously Indigo Prime in hardback would be a total no-brainer.)

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 08 August, 2018, 10:14:26 am »
Or in the Edmonson case that he was a fan of his previous work, and realised a fun way of sneaking in a suitably silly joke that people who realised who the actor was would be really happy with.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 August, 2018, 01:36:38 pm »
What's the repro like compared to the Rebellion volume?

Prog / Re: Prog 2093 - Infernal Engines
« on: 06 August, 2018, 07:15:19 pm »
I'd suspect local foul play if it's regular. I'd say on average I miss one issue of 2000 AD or the Meg about every few years. Damaged items are far more likely around here (with our extremely variable posties).

General / Re: ZARJAZ vol 1: calling all droids!
« on: 06 August, 2018, 09:54:49 am »
preserving the issues digitally
Does this also mean making them available digitally? I always hoped back issues of this and the Strontium Dog fanzine would show up at some point.

Prog / Re: Prog 2092 - The Death of Death?
« on: 01 August, 2018, 02:03:46 pm »
The setup was already done in Part V (Prog 2085) page 3.
Yep, but the general point remains. I'm not sure widening the story in this way will work. Perhaps it will. I'm happy to see where it goes, though, because it's been my favourite thing in 2000 AD for a good long while.

Prog / Re: Prog 2092 - The Death of Death?
« on: 01 August, 2018, 01:05:50 pm »
I really liked the introduction of other world powers.  Other mega-cities not taking advantage of turmoil has been noticeably absent up to this point.
I think I'd always imagined they'd screwed the entire planet by this point (all the bees dying, and so on), rather than just (presumably) their equivalent of North America. But, as I said, I liked the strip's relatively claustrophobic and focussed nature. Much like in Walking Dead, I don't really need to know what's going on in Russia.

Prog / Re: Prog 2092 - The Death of Death?
« on: 01 August, 2018, 11:36:32 am »
Deadworld makes me wonder a bit if we're seeing 'our' Deadworld or an alternate take on the backstory. Either way, I will admit to being a bit hmmm about the strip for the first time on seeing that conclusion. I liked the claustrophobic and contained nature of its horror, and am not convinced about opening it up to the 'Sovs' of that world. Still, it remains intriguing, creepy and often horrific.

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