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Messages - Colin YNWA

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Prog / Re: Prog 2317: Escape Route
« on: 30 January, 2023, 09:09:56 PM »
Well that's quite the cover isn't it, simply stunning.

Behind that there's a decent start a Dredd that continues to weave his ongoing tale, but feels like it will be a fun side quest rather than anything else at this point.

The Out, well takes is out... well actually it takes us back, for the first time as Cyd retraces her steps. She does like it and for a moment I didn't think I was going to... for a moment and I was wrong. Its superb and Mark Harrison's art steps up a notch, somehow.

Joe Pineapples... sigh

The Order its great that this is going to get an ending, really great, but I'll be sad when its done. Its a steady start.

Proteus Vex has a more steady episode, I mean its still excellent, but not quite last time.

So yeah good Prog. Not quite at the heights of last week as some stories settle in but still great stuff.

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Creative Common / Re: Does My Figure look big in this?
« on: 30 January, 2023, 10:54:46 AM »
Arh now I could defo see this being Jim Baikie now its been suggested.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 30 January, 2023, 08:12:55 AM »
Well we've switched internet provider and that's lead to the Forum getting blocked at home... for reasons... well I don't understand at all. Its not device specific as connected to a different networks the site opens perfectly normally... weird... hopefully it'll sort itself. ANYWAY the consequence of this is I'm reviewing blind as I don't have the comics to hand as I type this. Which is interesting as it leaves me reviewing looking in the rear view mirror, with only the lingering impression reflected in my terrible memory to go on... which is an interesting way to do this in itself.

So some comics are getting pretty trying. Han Solo and Chewbacca 8 + 9 principle amongst them. I'm only getting this still as it should be so much better, though these last two do give me some hope. Punisher 9 is similar really, very similar in fact. Its getting better. Oh and so is Daredevil 7 come that that.


Predator 6 didn't, but I think this series is over and getting a relaunch, I won't be on board.

Venom 14 + 15 is doing a crossover thing or other I don't care for, but to be fair it continues the main thrust with of the series and its still better when Ram V is writing it rather than Al Ewing which is a surprise. Speaking of Al Ewing Wasp 1 is him at his best. Its a bright and lovely start to a series featuring one of my all time fav characters so this is a big win. AND speaking of characters I like Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 2 is getting the benefit of the doubt for that reason. Its okay.

Avengers: War Across Time 1 takes me back to when I loved the Avengers big time. Its fun and apparently Alan Davis' full sequensial swansong so deserves checking out for that reason alone.

Someone who isn't retiring from comics anytime soon is Mark Russell and I still happily buy all his stuff, even if the themes is very specific and normally similar he finds different tones and ways to present them and My Bad 2 + 3, Travelling to Mars 2, Billionaire Island 3 all delight in similar, yet different, ways.

Speaking of similar yet different so it goes with Tom King Human Target 10 + 11 build to a promising finale as he explores the JLA characters in a fascinating murder mystery. Danger Street 2 explores the obsure end of DCs character using 1st Issue Special as his launch point and its setting off really nicely.

Sacrement 5 seems to be the last of these recent Pete Milligan minis, don't have any on order at the moment, not sure if I've missed any but this one ends really well. I await what he does next (well that'll be the next series of X-Cellent but that's a returning Marvel property rather than this IP factory mini work). Speaking of waiting I picked up Image! 9 as it had a Jack Staff short in it, worth the price of entry alone, though cruelly left me hankering for when Paul Grist finally gets back to his own characters for a more extended run. We've been promised so much for so long. Time Before Time 19 doesn't leaves you waiting and comes out wonderfully regularly and leaves you wishing this series got the attention it deserves. Its also great to have Pete Hogan and Steve Parkhouse benefit from the attention they deserve as Resident Alien 2 + 3 reward us all from their recent telly 'fame'.

What's the Furthest Place from here? 9 + 10 is such great bang for your buck its sad that this one doesn't get hailed from on high. Wonderful series.

So I guess that leaves Chicken Devils 2 for last and therefore book of the haul... more do to how I've reminded myself of things as I've typed that really thinking about it but you know what it was really go so go for it.

I might do these more distant reviews more often it was quite fun... still what the form on something other than my phone at home mind!

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Creative Common / Re: Does My Figure look big in this?
« on: 27 January, 2023, 03:52:15 PM »
That’s Joe Colquhoun, not Ian Gibson, but you probably knew that.

Arh now is it???? In my head the original Titan covers were done by Ian Gibson and the cover to book 1 defo looks like his work. Book 2 is less clear but I'd say that spiky tree in the background looks very Ian Gibson BUT Barney has them listed as the series artist Joe Colquhoun - but I'm not convinced.

Can anyone confirm either way as I'm dead curious now (and would have had a fiver bet they were Gibson)

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Creative Common / Re: Does My Figure look big in this?
« on: 27 January, 2023, 01:25:50 PM »
Wow when you compare to the original Ian Gibson cover that's astonishingly well done

https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/charleys-war-book-two/product/HD_301268948?pscid=ps_ggl_OOS+-+Performance+Max+BOOKS+-+2022_&crm_event_code=20REUWWS08&gclid=Cj0KCQiAic6eBhCoARIsANlox84bRxc9wMvWKZiL-BdN0a9XxIDIW4j4J_Drg0yi-EXHje9pBuPqrbQaAskiEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

(sorry for the long URL best imagine I could find and I couldn't download to add here alas.)

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General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 27 January, 2023, 09:36:17 AM »
Funnily enough I've just this week finished reading a lovely hardback collection of Carl Critchlows most recent (as far as I know) Thrud run and the art is just wonderful. You can tell he's having a ball.

For me his linework is streets ahead of his painted (I'm wondering if this will become a repeated theme for me here as most artists I can immediately think of that's the case!). While modern Thrud is wonderful - there are a few of the old White Dwarf Thruds in there and there his art is... well... developing shall we say) for me Lobster Random was his absolute best work. The story allowing his anarchic imagination run riot.

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General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 26 January, 2023, 07:23:00 AM »
Yeah much prefer Kev Walker's pen and ink work as exemplified by Mandroid. Its so clean and the use of blacks to create atomsphere and tone is wonderful, even when coloured (the colours normally feed off this and work so well too).

I find his painted work to be a little forced and doesn't convery mood as well. Its clearly technically very good but its just not as effective for me as his later work.

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Off Topic / Re: Boys Adventure comic blog
« on: 25 January, 2023, 07:45:00 AM »
Wow they really were trying to look good. That's kinda shocking, yet not at all surprising!

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General / Re: John Wagner topic - can we have some more, please?
« on: 24 January, 2023, 11:23:10 AM »
I’ve always found that “bigger than Bowie!” line somewhat suspicious.  I mean, did Bowie even do any signings at that store?

And now that I know it came from arch-bullshitter Igor Goldkind….

Bowie defo did signing at the London Virgin Megastore, though can't speak to the timing. The bigger factor, if it was 1988, wouldn't that have been during his Tin Machine phase, which may explain a lot!

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General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 23 January, 2023, 11:55:28 AM »
I seem to recall John Wagner saying that they are with Dan Dare Corp but he and Alan had a stake that meant they couldn't use they (not that they seemed likely to be planning to do so) without agreement from John and Alan and it was all too complex and not worth the effort to sort things beyond that...

... as every whatever the situation damned shamed series if lovelyl shiney Doomlord collections seems to be a long way off.

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General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 23 January, 2023, 08:29:42 AM »
Listening to this reminded me that I'd not got around to watching 'Hell Drivers' and so looked it up on YouTube and there the whole thing was and last night watched it.

It was refreshing to watch a film from this era, the pacing, scale and action felt of its time, yet of my childhood too, when films like this would have been a staple. The cast is incredible, if not all on their best performances, Herbot Lom was a little disappointing, though Patrick McGoohan is an absolutely delicious villian and Stanley Baxter cuts a fine stoic jib.

Overall its incredinbly well done, the action is curiously thrilling and for a film about shipping gravel strangely entertaining.

As said in the podcast it little more than a curio in terms of its influence on 2000ad. Stanley Baxter's character bares little resembance to Bill Savage outside the physical BUT its a curio I throughly enjoyed watching so thank you for the heads up.

I'm tempted to watch Damnation Alley again, now after many years.... my memories of it though make me thing I might not actually bother!

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General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 22 January, 2023, 06:45:25 PM »
As ever with these things depends on the strip and what works best BUT in the spirit of the question I'd go his more 'natural' style which he's using in Joe Pineapples.

That said his use of photos worked really well in ABC Warriors by way of contrasting the 'human' characters really sharply. In Slaine for me it really didn't work at all. Different strokes for different strips as well as fiolks.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2316 - Taking Liberties
« on: 22 January, 2023, 12:46:01 PM »
Loved this prog plan and simple.. well like many of the best Progs one story aside.

Dredd chilling and brilliant conclusion for another Niemand classic showing again why he's the best of this generation of Dredd writers. Loved the way Assirello used the down to earth backdrops of the city the citizens live in tio contrast the future tech of the Judge's holding area. Just superb all round.

Joe Pineapples... I mean with better writing this character reflection and introspection could have been great... it wasn't.

The Out has that brilliant writing, which serves the art and the way this moves the story is just fantastic and in its own way as thrilling as anything in the Prog. Brilliance defined.

Terror Tales I mean its a play on the old theme of 'we the aliens' or 'we're the baddies' but its done so well who cares. Lovely to see Steve Yeowell do his own colouring again. Understandable when it was so centre to the story. Tale as old as time told with wonderful execution.

Proteus Vex rounds off superb Prog with such fun and quality as is fitting. Fantastic way to advance the story from a oblique angle. Genius wonderful realised.

Superb Prog.

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Announcements / Re: Helltrekkers - Released December 2023
« on: 22 January, 2023, 09:12:51 AM »
Oh man that's almost worth it for that lovely cover alone!

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 19 January, 2023, 08:32:20 PM »
I'm loving Human Target as well. I may even double dip and get the collection when it comes out.

All hangs on how well he pulls off the ending now!

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