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General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 14 August, 2018, 10:23:36 pm »
Helltrekkers made it onto Tharg's list of the 16 worst stories ever to appear in 2000AD (in a special in the prog's 16th year).

I remember that, and it seemed ridiculous at the time. Nothing really wrong with Helltrekkers other than a lack of originality: grim, silly, great art. Plus I used it as a handy source of D&D NPCs and on-the-road situations, so it gets a pass from me.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 August, 2018, 07:57:10 pm »
Inclined to disagree there, DDD. While Connery himself is much (even?) weaker than Praed as the lead, the later episodes are really strong, and the concept of the Hooded Man as a role, not an individual, is too good to dismiss.

Hawkie, if you haven't already you must listen to the commentary tracks, especially Season 1. They're up there with the Conan the Barbarian commentaries for sheer entertainment, and the sensation of sitting in a pub snug with the crew is palpable. You'll never look at golf courses the same way again.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 August, 2018, 04:24:44 pm »
FFS Donald, have some fecking dignity - irrespective of how you cheated your way into that office,  you still represent 325 million people on the world stage. Calling former staff - and your only senior black staffer at that - a dog: what an ill
mannered insecure person you are. Maybe if you had retained a shred of respectability you could simply rise above the accusations of disgruntled ex-employees,  like almost everyone else in business manages to do (in public at least).  But because you've positioned your presidency - and life - in the gutter you have to screech at them like a junkie whose fix has been stolen.  Pathetic excuse for a man.

Help! / Re: Lawgiver ammunition types
« on: 13 August, 2018, 05:23:46 pm »
The Mk II (and III?) does have a seldom-used stun function, of course, but its some kind of electromagnetic pulse emitted from beneath the barrel, rather than being a round...  Somewhere (somewhere) Dredd remarks that its not reliable enough to use in life-threatening situations.

Help! / Re: Lawgiver ammunition types
« on: 13 August, 2018, 01:52:45 pm »
If nothing else,  I don't think Wagner nor Grant ever wrote a story where a Ricochet round was used to stun anyone!  If anything,  it's one of Dredd's most lethal techniques...  It's Titanium Rubber,  not regular only-occasionally-fatal Rubber.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 11 August, 2018, 11:45:57 pm »
Lenny Zero: Zero's 7 (1792-1799)
Script: Andy Diggle
Art: Ben Willsher
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Lenny Zero gets together a gang of misfits to plan the heist of a lifetime.  One thing this does is borrow heavily from the back catalogue: we get Satelat (Orlok's robotic assistant from Block Mania) and Max Normal (early era Dredd's informer) as part of the gang.  It's well told as a heist, has some good humor with a gas that makes Judges shag each other with gay abandon but ultimately fails to hold together as a serious premise.

This forum's finest hour.

Ohhh boys,  I did not need to read that again. No doubt I'll next see it at my eventual trial.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 August, 2018, 05:58:33 pm »
Because Wakanda is the most technologically advanced place on Earth, and that's where the goodies take the last Infinity Stone to try to separate it from their teammate and friend so they can destroy it without killing him? Also, everyone complains when superhero throwdowns always take place in big cities. This one doesn't.

Or it's a timely homage to Phantom Menace,  take your pick.

The green girl is truly gorgeous though.

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 11 August, 2018, 04:49:05 pm »
Indulging in a broad-spectrum Strontium Dog re-read recently,  I dug into the Tales from the Doghouse Meg floppy, and I was just bowled over by Jacobs' art.  Talk about an original style!  I really didn't appreciate him enough at the time (possibly because I wasn't really loving Inspector Raam or TftDH as stories).   So yeah,  some AG floppies at the very least would be nice.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 August, 2018, 04:42:25 pm »
Should I read Firekind as printed, error and all?

No.  The writer wanted you to read it in the order they wrote it.   

Yes. Because you're not reading a collected edition if Firekind,  you're reading the prog-as-she-was-published: warts and all. Appreciating the tides and calamities that pull the good ship thrillpower hither and thither, like wily Odysseus storm-driven across the wine dark sea, it's the journey that makes the tale.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 10 August, 2018, 08:15:12 pm »
Mam! Mam!  Hawkmumbler's making up words again!

Prog / Re: Prog 2093 - Infernal Engines
« on: 10 August, 2018, 06:13:57 pm »
Addendum:  Mechastopheles gelling a bit better for me this week, but still not stoking the eternal furnaces; the 3Riller, I dunno, nice art? Kneale references may be a bit overused at this point, but sure we'll see how it plays out.

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 10 August, 2018, 05:17:15 pm »
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.

And that's a shame, 'cos Sci-Fi Thrillers also hoovered up some great stuff like Maze Dumoir, Family and XTNCT... but then it was bulked out with some pretty weak pish like Colony Earth, which seems odd when it could have included Firekind (although I've just realised all the other stuff is B&W).   

Prog / Re: Prog 2093 - Infernal Engines
« on: 10 August, 2018, 04:56:17 pm »
What an excellent Prog! 

Unfortunately a Tweeted cover reveal for next week spoiled the surprise in The Order, but I'll live.  And let's start there: we get that breather I was looking for last week, or at least a few pages where Burns has time to do some detailed art while folks chat about how things got to the present pass, and its to the benefit of the strip.  And then the big crossover splash, which I'm in two minds about: I think the big guy fits perfectly into the complex inter-dimensional time-crisis world of the Order and its steampunky robot men, and I'm delighted to see him back into the bargain; on the other hand, I don't much like Burns' rendition, especially the Escher drawing that is his left arm, the topology of which I can't resolve at all.  Let the mighty Burns draw his own batstomm designs, sez I!  Anyway, cant wait to see where this goes, as ever.

Dredd is great again.  Can't say I normally care for the judges enabling lawbreaking, no matter how useful, but if I'm honest it all feels like this is a missing chapter of The Crime Files and that is a Good Thing.  I like that both gangs have a SF/Crazy dimension, and I like the procedural chat between the judges.  Add some all-out fantastic art from Manco, which in places looks like Will Simpson at his very best, and I'm happy out.  McConville's best work yet, fingers crossed he sticks the landing.

However, Best In Show has to go to Grey Area.  If this series has been building to anything, it's this week's unassuming episode.  Everything works, everyone looks and sounds like a real person; this is the setting and the characters and the storyline all syncing up perfectly.  Highest possible marks to Abnett and Harrison, like Feo I sincerely hope this strip doesn't quit.

EDIT: Drokk, I've just realised I haven't read Mechastopheles or the FS yet!  Only 60% read and I'm sated!  That's the sign of a dense and statisfying prog if ever there was one. I'll be back...

Megazine / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010: Best of the Meg
« on: 10 August, 2018, 09:24:07 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.

I had only ever seen the odd episode of AR before reading the latter 'books' in a big Meg catch-up. Having read the complaints in the review threads, and not being a fan of Langley's fumetti style, I was expecting an insta-skip, but it was actually a really good read: one of their best collaborations. 

Another case of slower pacing running afoul of a monthly schedule, I think.

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 10 August, 2018, 07:36:07 am »
How many muties does it take to change a light bulb?

None, they glow in the dark.

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