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Oh wow I thought I'd made comment on the lead up to the relaunch Prog 780, but I seem to have forgotten to do so. So before I get to the relaunch line-up a quick recap of how we got here.

Finn - oh man we really are in a low point in Mills writing and all Tony Skinner seems to do is heighten the cliche and predictible nature of Mills' idea, the harder it seems to be trying to push in brave and interesting directions. Finn is the very embodiment of that. I find Jim Elston's art pretty hard work too, it just doesn't work and for all the effort Unca Patly just isn't finding anything new to say.

The Clown - while Nunca Patiscal is striving to find new ground and be original at least, all be it failing miserably at least he's trying. The Clown just slaps a veneer over a summary of the style over substance party that was the worst of early 90s comics. There just seems no point to it, the characters, the lead especially, are too dull to care about, the violent humour just to weak to get beyond childish and story a bland pastiche. Bliss' art isn't much better, it has potential and technically might have momemts but storytelling is poor its cliche.

At least Tales from Beyond Science has some pretty good stories, a couple feel a little forced, and I'm afraid to say John Smith is guilty of one of those and Mark Miller's opener is really quite good. But overall a nice little series of one offs and by George Rian Hughes art is a down played simply designed delight compared to much of the painted nonsense that surrounds it.

Ennis Dredd continues to be very hit and miss, mind hasn't that Greg Staples come on since 1992!

Oh and I almost forgot there's a Silver from Harlem Heroes story ... actually lets forget it as even though it was only like 4 episode's long I was skipping reading by the end (well after the first episode)...

... so glad to be up to date!

So tomorrow I'll be back to discuss the post 780 strips... gives a couple time to find any sort of saving grace I guess!

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 16 June, 2018, 03:34:49 pm »

Last Jedi killed Star Wars 'cos I don't like it!*

*Please note I'm being childish and snarky here, as I've noted many time here I really like Last Jedi.

Prog / Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 16 June, 2018, 03:10:53 pm »
Well betting on Red here is another safe bet, as is 2000ad at the moment, the story's qualities are pretty predictable, not that the stories themselves, but there's little here to change my opinion about whats good and what's not and even why.

The two endings give their stories conclusions on a parr with what's gone before. Dredd is excellent, wraps things up really well while still feeling like its opening more doors. This has been a great story by Mike Carroll (sorry Michael) and Jake Lynch is rapidly becoming, well has become, one of my absolute favourite current Dredd artists, well 2000ad artists generally. He's the perfect mix of Flint, Baikie and most importantly Lynch, so comfortable yet unique. Survival Geeks looked great too, but telegraphed its easy ending which in keeping with the series as a whole felt twee. As did the developments in ... two folks who have that might, they might they not relation thing going on... can't remember their names, which says it all really!

The other problem is I still don't care about fella me laddio in Skip Tracer, so however exciting it might be, it fails to be.

However I'm fully engaged with both Deadworld and Durham Red. DR in particular has a really effective episode, quietly and closely developing story and tension, really well. The change in artist to Lee Carter works absolutely fine and all in all this is a joy.

So 3 for 5 and a good Prog with an advery for the return of The Order next week just being the icing on the cake!

Books & Comics / Re: Comics You Are Excited About In 2018
« on: 16 June, 2018, 10:25:17 am »
Wow... that's going to be new content right? Surely they wouldn't make a fuss about more reprints? Man that could be verrrrrry exciting.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 13 June, 2018, 09:48:27 pm »
£21 per ticket in sunny Liverpool.
It's £6.75 at the Odeon Manchester - hop on a train, you'll probably save money (and you get to spend some time in a superior city too!  ;))

Yeah if you stay on the train and get off in Sheffield!

See what I did.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 12 June, 2018, 06:05:47 pm »
Generally cinema is too expensive in London to justify it - £17-20+

You bloody WHAT - seriously... is that for like regular cinema not these 4D, G-Max schnengans I hear about?

I get outraged everytime I go to the cinema and pay a tenner, but that's summit else.

Oh and to keep on track TLJ is still great and Solo was okay.

Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 12 June, 2018, 06:01:27 pm »
Oh you are heading to some rich territory as I recall.

Also over half way is good... but will it be over half way by the time you are home?

My re-read I'm reading in yearly chunks and at such a pace that on my 'To read' spreadsheet (half re-reads, half new material waiting to be read) I've scheduled up to 2020 so far and do wonder if by the time I get there I will need to have included 2021 (almost certainly) and 2022!

Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« on: 12 June, 2018, 05:57:05 pm »
Are they bespoke shelves - they are lovely.

I'm looking forward to this...

Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 08:57:46 am »
Rebellion own it, like some of the other titles that merged with Eagle like Scream and Battle.

Ohhhh now that is interesting I wonder if they plan to do anything with it?

(Also just goes to show best not to listen to me!)

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 12 June, 2018, 07:50:36 am »
Arh man Prog 335, so good and while its easy to get wrapped in a big love blanket with that issue and grease up your thrill glands with its gooey goodness I think the point you make at the end really carries.

Prog 335 is just the start and those stories are with use for the rest of 1983 (pretty much) and then we get a slightly different type of thrill gush that's almost as good!

Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 06:04:53 am »
I'm guessing, though I have no idea, it would belong to Dan Dare Corporation (why you Dan Dare Corporation we'll get you - shakes fist) as it merged with Eagle?

Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 11 June, 2018, 08:59:55 pm »
For me the reason it is soooo good is it one of the few films, certainly in recent times that realises that cinema is a visual medium and story, characters and themes can all be developed by showing not telling. This in turn allows it to pull off having an interesting story, characters and themes while being an absolute thrill a minute none stop adrenaline fest.

Its simply doesn't compromise anywhere as it doesn't feel the need to explain everything to the watcher and allows them to draw things out from what they see, making it more engaging at there same time.

Oh and cos it does all that it manages to cram more thrills, ideas and originality in under two hours that any film I've seem for a long time manage in what seems these days like the obligatory 2 1/2 - 3 hrs.

And that my learned friends is why its my favourite film of all time ... of that and its super cool fun and looks so astonishing. Just a joy.

Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 11 June, 2018, 06:18:30 am »
Thanks folks. Sounds like this might well be worth tracking down... the hunt begins...

Books & Comics / Wildcat - any good?
« on: 10 June, 2018, 09:07:51 pm »
Well I'm making my way through 'The Fleetway Files'  and have been very intrigued by the article on Wildcat. Has anyone read it? Was it any good, worth searching out? Seemed like an interesting idea and while I seem to recall I wasn't to impressed with the pullout in 2000ad back in the day that was a long time ago and its caught old Colin's imagination.

Any thoughts, feelings, or indeed warnings?

Well 1992 may have started well, but are the changes a coming. A couple of strips I really enjoyed end and some lesser material rolls in, maybe rather than worrying about what's coming I should celebrate what's been.

Firstly Brigand Doom - Voodoo Child, always thought Brigand Doom was a classic example of law of dimishing returns, but I really enjoyed this second story. Okay it has some problems, the mad voodoo chap and his lumbering horbe seemed out of place in the straight edge world of B. Doom and doesn't really fit. The thing is the city and world our undead mystery monster lives in is a bit of a story straitjacket and so spinning it in new and different directions is necessary I'd guess. That said this story plays really well with the mystery and enigma of Doom and his troubled relationship with Agent 9.

The whole thing is of course raised a level or two by Dave D'Antiquis' superb and choice art and its really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to it returning at least once more... there's one more long form Doom right?

Secondly we have Durham Red - Island of the Damned its a great Strontium Dog story a well balanced mixture of hardboiled adventure and action and daft fun. The only real question around it is what makes it specifically a Durham Red story, not necessarily a problem in and of itself, its a good story and does try to crank in a sense that its specific to her and forces some character history a little clumsily into the piece but could this have been a Johnny story, what defines a Durham Red story... does it matter?

Finally SkIIzz I love the original Skizz, love it and while its hard to pretend that the later two books are in that league I've always enjoyed and defended them against their critics. This re-read has done nothing to diminish my view that Jim Baikie is more than capable of continuing this tale. He does a great job of slowly introducing our previous cast in a way that makes sense, but allows the story to focus at first on Skizz and his new dilemma and build his world a little more, slowly building the bigger problem faced.

That does lead to one issue, there is a lot going on and the story could have done with a couple more parts to allow the resolutions of both key situations, Skizz's emprisonment and Snuffer approaching Earth to feel a little less neat and convenient. That said I'm happy to set that aside to lavish in more Baikie art and a return to these wonderful characters.

So yeah 1992 started with three good story... replaced by Finn, The Clown, Beyond Science and the soon to return Khronicles of Khaos... can this bright start continue???!!!

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