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Messages - Colin YNWA

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 23 January, 2019, 07:19:11 pm »
I'm hoping that next year we'll finally get some proper Sinister Dexter collections to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

Oh I'd not clocked that. I wonder if Dabnett and Tharg have. Hope they do something with the strip in the Prog to mark it. I'm not holding out any hopes for a nice trade or hardback collection being viable alas.

I always struggle to get into Sin/Dex and this might help me to start from the beginning (it started in my slumber period away from the prog).

Well it always helps starting at the top but worth remembering it takes a while to really get going (well if you ask me). First stories I don't really like. Next to longer form stories, with Simon Davis art - Gunshark Vacation and Murder 101 are pretty good but not quite there. There is then a series of shorts after that however which are just superb.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 23 January, 2019, 06:18:39 am »
I'm hoping that next year we'll finally get some proper Sinister Dexter collections to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

Oh I'd not clocked that. I wonder if Dabnett and Tharg have. Hope they do something with the strip in the Prog to mark it. I'm not holding out any hopes for a nice trade or hardback collection being viable alas.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 21 January, 2019, 09:44:17 pm »
Well your right there. Much as I don't like it its better than strips like Angel which I don't even have an option about they were so dull.

Anyway to matters new... or ending. Prog 1061 has three of um, and we seem to have started the cycle of a few launch Progs a year with accompanying clearout Progs like this. I don't remember them being in place quite yet, but then my memory and all that. Something I'll keep an eye on.

Anyway lets look at those endings and the series they end.

Witch World is the weakest on both fronts the ending is a pause rather than a conclusion but one I don't think we get to. In my head (see comment about memory above) this one doesn't return? If it does I don't recall it - see comments about bland series that leave on mark about. For all it pith and vinegar, pushed advertising and top rank art it just doesn't amount to much. Hard world weary warrior is all bitter and hard to his young ward - who frankly doesn't seem to need the help with all the blasting and power she doesn't even seem to earn. Shallow and bland sword and sorcery guff and in the end it just fizzles out.

Anderson - Crusade
is certainly not bland but seems to push to hard to be powerful and dramatic and really juggles with over egging the pudding. As the millions of children are led out of the city and the city takes some pretty extreme action blowing up... well we're not quite sure how many. Its an action that I just don't see why they'd take and it feels forced for dramatic effect. Still it brings together some stories that have been developing for a while. Blows the head of the Judge Goon storyline and while it too leaves things open for the next story unlike Witch World its not a fizzle and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next... which if I'm honest I don't 100% remember... bloody memory!

Finally saving the best until last we get the conclusion to Sinister Dexter - Murder 101. Well I say the best. Its fast paced, exciting and immense fun but its still not quite S&D at its best. I mean its getting very close with glorious Simon Davis art and Dabnett seems to be having a ball. We get the shoulder shot and its all starting to fall into place as Weld and Rocky join the cast. The trouble is Dabnett also tries to make an early stab at dealing with the moral of it all placing the police and 'establishment' of Downlode as worse then the Gun Sharks themselves - what with their code and all. And frankly it feels weak. But as I've said before if you don't look at things too closely you can get past it and just enjoy the glorious fun our leads provide.

So with endings so new beginning and we have Sinister Dexter get to its peak with what I think is going to be a series of shorts over the next 100 or so Progs (my count might be out) and we get... Space Girls ... and Vector bloody 13 is back... and Life Less Ordinary starts next Prog after Next Prog... oh ... well we'll have stuff to discuss at least!

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Not heard of this but now really my thing and though its on my door step and literally next door from were I work I'll give it a miss. Mind if anyone is there Friday I can give them my own Sci-Fi experience and take them to our office and show them where they filmed Doctor Who!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 20 January, 2019, 09:16:01 pm »
Teenage Tax Consultant is the first make way from the Summer line up after 10 parts. The ending sums up just what a weak concept this was.

After our lead rambles around showing what an uninteresting fate being turned into a were-accountant is the end is a tension gripping escape to a luxury Scottish island, saved by his beautiful girl friend. Such a waste of two great talents.

In the Nerve Centre character based teases for Space Girls have begun appearing... it really is going to be that bad isn't it... while we are well on the path to recovery these sort of things remind us what a rocky road we have ahead...

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 20 January, 2019, 03:52:09 pm »
Good to see Lawless still there... at least 3 more episodes...

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Prog / Re: Prog 2115. Next-Gen Policing.
« on: 19 January, 2019, 09:48:08 pm »
Well its very easy to get distracted by all this talk of Brink and Lawless and how they create a world of immersive wonder and delight the likes of which we're not seen for many a year... and we're right...

except....

...except then a certain Mr Wagner (J) rattles up, ably assisted by a one Mr MacNeil (C) just walks casually into the room, gives us all a knowing look, one that on the surface is casual and dismissive, but underneath has a cold clinical menace. He then drops a simply exquisite opening episode of Dredd like that. Two pages he draws the impact from Small House effortless into his world  (making slight of those that assume he pays no heed of what others do in Dredd's world) its an absolute masterclass from both writer and artist. MacNeil's dark brooding art perfectly capturing the tension between these two titans.

Then the switch to an action piece that simmers with tension and undercurrent. The high octane surface all exciting flash and action  yet some how these two manage to weave an hidden sense that something is wrong, very wrong. Just wonderful.

SO then we have the rest of the Prog that struggles to keep ...

...except we have another masterclass in Brink itself. The tension from last episode doesn't so much burst but ooze into physical form as shots are fired and visions errupt... its just as creepy as all hell and almost on a parr with the masterclass above....

SO then the rest of the Prog struggle to keep...

Except...

...oh well except nothing really. I mean that's hardly a surprise given how good those two are and Fiends ends with a whambang that is quite brilliantly good fun and Skip Tracer tries to remind us what made last time so much fun AND the 3riller layers on the mystery all be it a little too thickly and doesn't yet give us enough to actually get our teeth into but its an okay start... and did anyone else think there was hints of John Ridgway about Steve Austin's art at times?

Anyway nowt is bad but when your standing on the shoulders of giants like the above... errr sometimes you don't get noticed cos of ... well like the giant... I mean I stir at the giant right... not the regular folk on the shoulders... I'm escaping this terrible extended metaphor now and just to so its a great Prog but only cos to strips are SOOOO good ...

... oh and The Beast has something good to eat...

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Books & Comics / Re: Toxic
« on: 19 January, 2019, 05:04:51 pm »

Not to derail the thread, but I thought a rubber johnny was a condom, not a willy???

I mean I shouldn't continue such things but yeah defo.

I however refuse to change my mind whatever new information I'm supplied with. I said 2 years ago a few days ago that a rubber johnny is a condom and I don't care if I was mislead and didn't bother to check my fact I stand firm even as the clear evidence of economic ruin and chaos build around me of my mistake gather. I'll just find another (ill informed and probably dishonest) reason to restate in the ignorant pap I've stated already FOR I'M A PATRIOT and anything else is a betrayal of...

... or to put it another ways...

...whoops sorry - can I vote post again now I understand.

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Film & TV / Re: Stan and Ollie
« on: 19 January, 2019, 04:52:01 pm »
Queen was the music of my teenage years until the cool kids told me I should be listening to The Smiths, the Clash etc.  Which I did and liked. 

But as mentioned on music thread, I revisited all of the Queen albums after nearly 25 years and could still singalong to pretty much every track.  The first 3 albums are fantastic. And they keep up a reasonable standard for about 4 more until they start to almost parody themselves.


You're me you are except for Smith and Clash insert Pixies and Sonic Youth. My tolerance on re-listening ended with Jazz which I really struggled with - though The Game is pretty good.

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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 19 January, 2019, 02:37:46 pm »
Criminal is fantastic (not news!). Read vol. 1 and have the rest lined up  :)
Including the brand new series - in trade form when that happens, eventually.

I think the new series, in floppie at least, is waiting or me in my nerd shop just haven't picked it up yet. Have to say its the one Brubaker Phillips series I've not got to yet so really looking forward to it.

As for Cholly and Flytrap I had a couple of the 'prestige' format comics back in the day and they were pretty good fun. Not read this but it looks glorious and the post apocalyptic wonders ideas really appeals ... for like £2.99 hardback at 250ish pages and originally retailing for £23 its gotta be worth a punt.

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Classifieds / Whole loads of comics for sale - priced to sell
« on: 19 January, 2019, 07:42:47 am »
Hi folks,

So I'm finally getting rid of a load of comics I've ear-marked for selling over the last few years for one reason or another. Tried of eBay I decided to try something different and I've booked a table at a local comic mart in a months time. Anyway in preparation for this I've drawn up an Google Sheet of what I'm selling so I thought I'd give my favourite people on the Internet first bite of the cherry

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MJmXdzLSNYFcgIzh8VsvtO9FcvFmIUSZAZ_4qAolaMs/edit?usp=sharing

Not a great deal of 2000ad related stuff but lots of superheroes and other intriguing bits and bats. The comics marked as 50p will be sold as 75p each, 3 for £2, 5 for £3, 10 for £5 but for you lovelies I'll stick to the 50p. All priced to sell but I will need to add postage to these prices.

Anyway if you notice anything that interests you just let me know if not I'm sure I'll see you all at Showroom in Sheffield on 19th Feb!


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General / Re: A confession
« on: 19 January, 2019, 06:43:44 am »
If the library has the two Lawless trades I'd defo give them a spin.

Otherwise as Dandontdare says really.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 19 January, 2019, 06:24:42 am »
And I like to be a tease!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 18 January, 2019, 10:26:19 pm »
Ohhh that Spreadsheet looks like a thing of beauty!

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 18 January, 2019, 10:14:05 pm »
What you want me to say more - you fool you. The story is Mad City a three part that follows a bunch of citizens as they crash into Dredd's world. Most are on a bus together as two of them rob it, stealing drugs from Oola and pills from a Doc Jekyll stand-in as Oola's husband flys overhead watching and the bus hurtles towards a theatre were Chris Evans rages against the abuse of the Bard with a blaster...

... does that help any?

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