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Messages - SmallBlueThing(Reborn)

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General / Re: UNDT - Quarter Finals
« on: Today at 03:14:27 PM »
Keep going Colin- I've really enjoyed them so far and as a direct result of these, I've been coming to the forum a lot more than I have previously done, of late.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 September, 2020, 10:01:59 AM »
Only the first book of the new Flesh has ever been collected in any form, yes? That's always struck me as odd.


General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 19 September, 2020, 09:03:07 AM »
December 2020 Solicitations:


One day I'm sure we will hear the whole story of these Plague Months and the hoops Tharg and the droids had to jump through in order to get both the prog and Meg out. There are a lot of points of interest in that solicitation: most notably for me the continued non-appearance of Slaine and that The Alienist was/is due in the floppy. How much of a last minute thing was the decision to serialise the Encyclopedia? And are we, as Matt seemed to suggest in the recent interview, really getting it every month until Feb 2022?

Having seen part one, I'm happy for that, to be honest. Not least because its given me an excuse to buy an extra copy each month for my eldest- who reads the prog, and loves that kind of thing (I've only just got my copies of those Mongoose (?) Dredd guide books back from him after several years.


General / Re: Lawless: Bedrock Melody - The musical
« on: 18 September, 2020, 01:27:57 PM »
"BEDrock Melody"?

"Lawson, Metta Lawson, she's an ace right outta Megacityyy
"In the, town of Bedrock
"She will wow you with her comments witty

"One day, maybe Munce will win the fight
"Til then that catt will stay out for the night...

"When you're with Metta Lawson
"You'll have a yabbadabbadrokk time, a dabbadrokk time, you will have a gay old tiiiiiiiiiime!"



Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 17 September, 2020, 02:14:25 PM »
End of Days was distracting enough, but too reminiscent of the Bad Old Days (Crusade, Judgement Day etc) for me to be anything other than glad it's over.

One good thing has been that even the usual "2000AD is entirely about Dredd" lot over on that there Facebook have been forced to look elsewhere for their thrills, and more light has been shone on The Out than perhaps would otherwise have been, in the endless debate about minutiae of Mega City Lore. The Out has been the absolute highlight of the prog this year so far- and hopefully just the first book of many. Anyone know whether Harrison is a "quick" artist, because this needs to return as fast as is humanly possible.

The obvious question about Slaine remains- I was expecting a Manco cover on 2200, and not the image we were presented with in 2199. But something about that- which is undeniably a pretty spectacular piece of art- shouts "placeholder" to me. Maybe because it's not seemingly relevant to any strip as far as I can tell.


Megazine / Re: Meg 424 - Thirty Megnificent Years
« on: 16 September, 2020, 10:26:04 PM »

I take back everything I said and that is now the coolest thing in 2000AD history. And I am now SO going to listen to that while reading Lawless again *first thing in the morning*.



Megazine / Re: Meg 424 - Thirty Megnificent Years
« on: 16 September, 2020, 12:17:13 PM »
Yep, this is a good one. And like broodbilk this is the first time in an age where Lawless didnt take the number one spot for me- for the same reasons. I'm not one for musical comics- going right back to that Robo Hunter story in the prog back in the day, I've found them generally irritating.

That said, this one was better than most as the lyrics served the story and the story was fantastic as I would expect from Lawless. And, of course, the art was phenomenal.

But still, top thrills for me were Dredd, Megatropolis and Dreadnoughts- and of those I would not like to choose between them. While Dredd was as youd expect, a superb piece of writing and art, Megatropolis was instantly absorbing and probably the best example of art absolutely fitting the tone of the story in a way that is seldom gotten exactly right in comics... it was probably Dreadnoughts that impressed me the most.

I've not read the "Early judges" books, but the way this was ripped off the front pages of the newspaper (figuratively) in front of me and from the headlines of the news I'm watching while writing this actually put a shiver up my spine. If this were a lesser writer than Mike Carroll I'd worry that the mirroring of this story by current events would put the comic at risk of media ire for having dared to go there. As it is, I hope some media outlet picks up on it because this is 2000AD at its very best and proof if any were needed that comics can be relevant to people over the age of six.

I'm not a fan of these Judge Death spin off things- neither this one or Deadworld do much for me, but the art here is nice. The Anderson strip was perfunctory and stuck out like a sore thumb when surrounded by much better material and I have no idea what The Returners is about or why it is there.

Encyclopaedia part one was as I expected it to be. Are we to have this every month for the next year with no more comics? Hmm. Not happy about that, but hey ho.


General / Re: UNDT Round 4 Heat 8: The Stix Brothers vs Johnny Alpha
« on: 15 September, 2020, 07:11:55 AM »


General / Re: UNDT Round 4 Heat 7: Judge Death vs Judge Anderson
« on: 15 September, 2020, 07:11:33 AM »
Two characters who (whisper it) dont really do a whole lot for me. So I'm voting Anderson but under the proviso that I'm voting explicitly for the *original* Anderson, who was part of those early Dredd stories as a supporting character . I dont really have any love for anything beyond that.


General / Re: UNDT Round 4 Heat 6: Fink Angel vs Halo Jones
« on: 14 September, 2020, 09:17:10 AM »
This one is hard. Halo is one of the most complex and rewarding characters the prog has ever featured. And her gender is secondary even to that. But on the other hand, Fink is Fink. A bony psycho who sits in a hole with a pet rat and murders people with spikey balls.

Thankfully I do not have spikey balls
Fink wins.


General / Re: UNDT Round 4 Heat 5: Blackblood vs Nikolai Dante
« on: 14 September, 2020, 09:14:25 AM »


Help! / Re: Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 11 September, 2020, 02:48:12 PM »
Not sure how I missed him in the special, and thanks. I must have reading with my eyes closed.
And yes, while I have bugger all interest in Dan Dare in any of his incarnations- beyond a vague nostalgia for the early New Eagle strips- Doomlord is so deserving of a massive hardback (and a relaunch in the prog or Regened, with modern photo strips designed by Clint Langley) it hurts that they arent available.


Help! / Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 11 September, 2020, 12:19:09 PM »
Help needed with a clarification fellas. I'm a huge fan of the strip RAT TRAP, that originally ran in COR!! in the issues dated 29th July 1972 (#113) to 15th June 1974 (#211)* and live in permanent hope that Rebellion will print them- either as Meg floppies, Webshop exclusives like Janus Stark or trades/ hardbacks.

My love of this strip is down to a particularly vivid nightmare I had (presumably during the original run) in which Dr Rat came into my bedroom and blew a raspberry at me. My dad completely failed to subdue his traumatised son, mistaking my no doubt garbled explanation for night time terrified screaming as accusations our house was infested with vermin. I've never forgotten that dream, or the sense of utter terror and have deeply loved the strip ever since.

Rat Trap got a revamp with a new series running in the Eagle from 21st Oct 1989 (#396) to 21st April 1990 (#422) and therein lies the problem.

Does that mean that Rat Trap- in either incarnation- is off limits to Rebellion, and owned by the Dan Dare Corporation? Charley's War was reprinted in Eagle and that has seen various subsequent prints. Do I need to expect Dr Ratty Rat to languish in unpublished obscurity, or can I look forward to a possible volume on my increasingly crowded shelves?



*with teasers in #111 and #112

General / Re: UNDT Round 4 Heat 4: Torquemada vs Slaine
« on: 11 September, 2020, 09:05:35 AM »
It should be Torquemada. Hes 2000ADs number one villain. But, I vote for Slaine- because his strips have entertained me more than any other over the past 40 years. And bad guys should lose.


General / Re: UNDT Round 4 Heat 3: PJ Maybe vs Nemesis the Warlock
« on: 11 September, 2020, 09:03:23 AM »
Oh god, Nemesis EVERYTIME. One of the greatest characters in comics, in one of the greatest comic strips ever. No contest.


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