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Prog / Re: Prog 2058 - A Frosty Reception
« on: 21 November, 2017, 07:12:27 pm »
Treading water Prog for me I’m afraid.

Bit disappointed with the break for Indigo Prime....but only in as much as it’s coming back and not wrapping up. :D

I really would like to like it you know, but, as I have said before it just loses me. Yes I was hoping it might be more comprehensible with a new writer (which Devlin Waugh seems to be in the Meg) but sadly not. But then again I can’t follow The Order either. Actually that’s not fair. I find The Order way easier to follow than this.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 November, 2017, 05:47:11 pm »
You are right that is what I wanted to know. I don’t actually own Journey to Hell, but I have read it in the SD Files I borrowed from the library.

To me it’s one of the weakest Strontium Dog stories, so no colour spreads means no purchase for me I’m afraid.

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Music / Couple of Iron Maiden related questions.
« on: 12 November, 2017, 06:35:49 pm »
As I have posted on other threads Iron Maiden have been working their way up my list of favourite bands. Right now they sit just about at the top (or Manic Street Preachers depending on how much I have been listening to them.)

Given that I have been reappraising them and have even listened to The X Factor and Virtual XI properly for the first time (it’s only taken 20 odd years) and actually they are not that bad once you get used to Blaze Bayley not being Bruce Dickinson.

So my questions are:

1. Is it worth getting Bruce Dickinson’s solo albums? I bought Tattooed Millionaire when it came out but thought it was only alright.

2. What about Maiden’s live albums? I have Live after Death but haven’t listened to it in years as I have it only on vinyl and have no means of playing it. As I understand it Rock in Rio has a cracking version of Sign of the Cross with Bruce on vocals( a song I have only just become aware of.)

3. What about other Maiden solo albums / members playing in other bands e.g. Adrian Smith in  Psycho Hotel?

So any thoughts/ recommendations?

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Film & TV / Re: Red Dwarf XII
« on: 12 November, 2017, 05:14:00 pm »
Yes you are right- I had forgotten that. From series 3 it morphed into more of a wacky action driven sci-fi comedy rather than a character driven one with sci-fi trappings.

It’s a while since I read them, but I recall the books put quite a lot of focus on that aspect as well.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2057 - A Witch in Time
« on: 12 November, 2017, 07:53:23 am »
Not sure if this should go in the Prog thread or the Meg thread (but that hasn’t been started yet)...anyway...

In the Nerve Centre Tharg describes the latest floppy as “The Complete Helium”.

Does that mean it’s not coming back? I didn’t think what was published was it. If it is, it puts a different take on the ending: I had taken it as a cliff-hanger, not that Constable Hodge and the others were killed.

Also (and I haven’t read it again yet), but weren’t there a load of outstanding questions, not least how did the world come to be the way it is?

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Film & TV / Re: Red Dwarf XII
« on: 11 November, 2017, 08:47:23 pm »
I thought M-Corp was the best episode of Red Dwarf in a very long time. Easily the best of the Dave era. It was as good as something from series 3 or 4. It was funny and had a genuinely good sci-fi plot. it was also poignant in a way I don't think we have seen on Red Dwarf before.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 November, 2017, 07:39:20 pm »
I think there are parallels to be drawn between SMS and David Pugh. Artists not seen in the Prog before doing a very good job on a legendary strip being  completely over shadowed by the other artist who is producing work of a level virtually never seen in the Prog before.

It’s kinda interesting the level of reverence the Squaxx show to Bisley given the limited amount of work he has actually done for Tharg. The Black Hole, The Horned God a few Heavy Metal Dredds and a few covers. And that’s about it.

But that’s what happens when what you do do moves the bar so high.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2056 - Bringing the House Down!
« on: 10 November, 2017, 06:56:13 pm »
Yes I am genuinely interested to find out the answer. It’s been a while since I have looked forward to the next episode of Slaine but that is the case this week.

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Just love that Strontium Dog colour print, but as was pointed out on a previous thread, I can’t see beyond the perspective mistake (presumably by the colourist as it does appear on the b&w version) where lower “flame” from Johnny’s electronux appears behind Wulf’s hammer.

Thinking about it, since when do electronuxes have flames anyway?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 November, 2017, 10:42:15 am »
I always felt Leyser guns were a bit naff, but other than that Timekiller rocks. It is full of interesting ideas: the El world, The Cythrons, Elfric, Pluke only being able to help if they do good deeds.

Plus awesome art from Fabry and Pugh.

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General / Re: List of all the Dredd film sequel/Prequel comics...?
« on: 09 November, 2017, 10:23:53 am »
I’m happy to move on from the movie world Dredd strips. As a world it was great for the film. In fact it was defined by the limitations of what they could shoot on the budget they had. But for the comic it is like a stripped down version of the main strip, missing the wackier elements that bring so much to it.

Doesn’t mean it’s bad, just not as flexible.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 08 November, 2017, 08:56:04 pm »
Having recently re-read Bad Company in the TPB, I would say series 1 is definitely my favourite and everything else is diminishing returns. (Bit like ABC Warriors then!).

I also seem to remember Rogue Trooper being immensely popular at the time, possibly 2nd only to Dredd. I never quite understood that, but I think liked it well enough, just not as much as Stront, Slaine, Nemesis etc.

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Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 07 November, 2017, 08:18:49 pm »
This Prog was out on the week of my tenth birthday.  I'm constantly wondering at what point, had I tried to, my parents would have let me read this.  My guess is - not yet.  And for some of these thrills, I wonder if I would have understood them if I had?  When is the right age to become a Squaxx dek Thargo?

I was wondering something similar myself recently. My son will be eight early next year but there is no way he would want to start reading the modern Prog anytime soon nor do I think I would let him. I started reading Starlord when I was nine and if the Prog was like that now that then I guess nine would be ok. Not that nine year olds these days would be interested ( I Base that purely on what my kids are interested in, so that’s not a particularly wide sample).

So I guess the answer is the ideal starting age has gone up over the years.

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Off Topic / Re: My Awesome Millennium Falcon Build Thread!
« on: 06 November, 2017, 04:07:32 pm »
Just seen issue 87 in the Co-op next to work.

Which seems a bit random to say the least.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2056 - Bringing the House Down!
« on: 04 November, 2017, 02:26:59 pm »
Who's the cover by? I've been trying to work it out since Wednesday's thrillmail. Some of the colours remind me of early Duncan Fegardo but I don't think its him and I'm away on a parent run this week therefore Progless and still pondering.

Er.....it clearly says “John McCrea” under the picture on the Thrillmail.

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