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Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 10 November, 2018, 02:26:08 pm »

Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 10 November, 2018, 12:48:49 pm »
Top billing as usual in this run is Dredd followed by Brink then Kingdom.

In Dredd we get a flash back from file 2103 whichs fils in a bit more backstory for Frank and his early dealing with Smiley and then ends with yet another major revelation, but this time one that you can kinda see coming.

Indeed - Given he has failed to help avoid/alleviate Apocalypse War, Necropolis, Judgement Day, Doomsday, the Chaos Bug etc. it isn't much of a revelation - and who is to say he didnt try to do something but they failed in the time they had - how is it much different to Captain Skank and the Black Atlantic Sov involvement stories pror to the Apocalypse War - knowing what is coming and stopping what is coming are two different things

Other Reviews / Re: Musings on The Small House.
« on: 04 November, 2018, 05:14:24 pm »
I can think of a few, but they aren't working for Tharg - Al Ewing being the closest I've come to thinking Dredd could be in safe hands post Wagner retirement. 

Possibly I still havent forgiven Rob Williams for that horse(!), but the tone of his strips seldom chimes with my idea of what "feels" right for Dredd - but then, he gets closer than Alan Grant, long time collaborator on many of my favourite thrills, so them's big tight boots to fill

Books & Comics / Re: Do you follow characters or creators?
« on: 04 November, 2018, 03:33:38 pm »
I think the only time I followed a creator onto an existing franchise was "The Killing Joke", because it was the done thing.  I like to think that depsite enjoying that, I made a conscious effort not to encourage any more of that kind of thing as a waste of the creators time in someone elses paddling pool.  I have bought Brats Bizarre and The Terrarists, but no Punisher 2099 - not read Moore/O'Neills Green Lantern and was even put off reading Swamp Thing by the knowledge Batman turned up, so I couldnt read it as a stand alone thing!

Though I did buy Mills/O'Neill's Death Race 2000 comics...!

Books & Comics / Re: Do you follow characters or creators?
« on: 04 November, 2018, 02:40:53 pm »
I'm pretty much creators all the way - is there any other fiction where that isnt the standard? 

I love 2000AD, but mostly because I love the minds behind Nemesis, Stront and Skizz - take those minds way and put the worlds into others hands, and it is prone to puppetry.  I have no interest in reading a Pat Mills character by another writer, for all his flaws - the story might be technically "better", or less obsessed with whatever Pat happens to be obsessed with at the time.  But if someone could do that (like Moore could), I'd rather read their own ideas, as they should be more than up to the job and are wasting their talent playing in other peoples paddling pools

Prog / Re: Prog 2106 - End Times
« on: 04 November, 2018, 02:32:55 pm »
I can see that, but ultimately, other reasons these middling stories didnt catch fire:

They didnt have a strong enough hook to build on - mutant bounty hunter / Judge, Jury Executioner / alien freedom fighter etc.

They didnt have a strong enough world to build on

They didnt have enough original material in the first place

I would most prefer new and good stories - If I have to choose one, I'd go for good.  Stories like Kingdom and Brink and Defoe all hit the ground running.  If by your second tale your NEWLY FOUND PSYCHIC POWERS leave you trapped inside a MINDSCAPE because some SHADY MILITARY ORGANISATION sought the ULTIMATE SOURCE OF POWER.  I'm not holding out for the switcheroo that takes that much cliche and turns it into gold

Prog / Re: Prog 2106 - End Times
« on: 04 November, 2018, 09:26:51 am »
Glad most are enjoying the Dredd, but I find it whizzes above my head and hard to get behind.  The basic concept of Smiley raises more questions than it answers (just reading Necropolis this weekend - where was Smiley then, surviving on his rich tea digestives?  He is like Moffatt's Clara - a figure whose presence has been inserted into all the previous stories retrospectively  - if you can buy into that, fine, but neither concept works for me.  Doesn't help that Justice Dept conspiracies are not my cup of (rich) tea.  If Smiley has control over Frank, why not (hob) nobble him when he was in Sino-Cit?

Also cant see the fuss over Skip Tracer, which feels like a slightly more competent, but still dull and cliched mid 90s strip - theres an energy source! When isn't there? All it is proving to me is that MacNeil could draw the phone book and make it look exciting, but I'd rather he was elsewhere employed.

All that said, 3 out of 5 is not bad for a prog, and Brink is the best new thrill in years by far

General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« on: 27 October, 2018, 05:23:04 pm »
But how to represent Rico being the better cadet?

A single loaded die seems appropriate? (You could maybe have a Rico rule where the highest die is automatically a 6, so only kicks in on a poorer roll?)

Off Topic / Re: “Truth? You can't handle the truth!”
« on: 24 October, 2018, 09:19:59 pm »
So you would shut off the water supply? and try to fix the damage? 

But when it comes to global warming, you would assume we have no agency and do nothing to inconvenience yourself?  Even though action would benefit us from cleaner air nd better technology, even if we had over estimated our impact?  You would rather side with the same vested interests that have brought Government into disrepute?  Sharky your ways are very strange and seemingly contrary for contrary's sake

JBC, iIrc, that 97% figure was from an alarmist Obama speech and based on a study of published scientific papers of which about three quarters expressed no opinion but of the remaining quarter that did express an opinion, 97% agreed with acc. (Taking that from memory so it may be wrong.)

Leigh, all the plumbers might agree that the water is coming out of the taps - the obvious part - but they may not agree on why the water is coming out of the taps. One might blame me for not shutting them off, one might blame perished washers, one might blame a surge in water pressure, another a defective tap. I would, of course, look at the cause myself and go with the plumber most likely to be correct based on my own investigations, regardless of whether his was a majority, minority or middling view. In the meantime, I'd find the stopcock and fetch a mop...

Off Topic / Re: “Truth? You can't handle the truth!”
« on: 24 October, 2018, 06:45:40 pm »
Yeah, meant to make this point too - the scientists who don't think climate change is happening need to look up the definition of "scientist" in one of those big book things.  Those who accept it is happening, but donlt put man as a major contributor (if not the sole/biggest factor) are vanishingly small and probably funded by Big Oil.

Jim, there is a consensus of scientists who accept that climate change is a real phenomenon but this does not mean there's a consensus on its cause.

That's wrong. Plain and simple. The 97% consensus referred to is that climate change is man-made.

Off Topic / Re: “Truth? You can't handle the truth!”
« on: 24 October, 2018, 06:37:26 pm »
I suppose I would ask that you look at it this way Sharky

You come home to find your bathroom is flooding - you can see the water on the tiled floor, just a surface flood, but clearly not what you would like.

Your taps have been left running - the water isnt demonstrably pouring over the edge of the sink, so would you leave the taps running until the plumber gets here to  tell you exactly whats wrong? Would you ask a few more plumbers to come around over the week rather than just accepting what the first plumber told you?

Off Topic / Re: “Truth? You can't handle the truth!”
« on: 24 October, 2018, 05:36:57 pm »
This does seem to boil down to "I am suspicious of Gvts and all their works"

As for, "they have been told to focus on man made heating", well so what?  They could just conclude - "no evidence for man made heating" without discussing other causes if thats teh remit they have been given - no conspiracy there.

What are you basing your reluctance to follow the overwhelmingly agreed science - I mean, I am no scientist, but I know how the carbon cycle works and I know theres a lot more carbon in the air (due to our activity) and I can see temperature figures inching up in line with said increase - I frankly don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure theres maybe some connection. 

No offence, but I do wonder how your utopia based on the concept that of "people are generally reasonable" as opposed to "people look for things that confirm their bias and excuse their bad behavour/lack of positive action" stands up against your view on this subject, Sharky

Now I might sit there and look at the facts, but the facts lead me back to man made, so why teh reluctance, unless you are cherry picking to suit your own agenda?

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 21 October, 2018, 09:49:42 pm »
I thought it was great and dodged most of the pitfalls to provide something new for Who, that also felt a bit like a throwback to Hartnell era historical (though does everyone in the 79th C know what a TARDIS is?)

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 11:07:11 pm »
My wife is pretty horrified at the idea of them using Rosa Parks, and I kind of agree - as you say, if it was handled well, like Alan Moore well, it might work, but Doctor Who has yet to provide us with Moore level writing, new or classic series! 

She is particularly offended by the idea that the Civil Rights movement wouldnt have happened , albeit slightly differently/later without Parks - after all, Parks was one of a thousand examples of injustice that the movement, which was aleady gathered great momentum, could have built it argument around. 

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2018, 08:35:15 pm »
Plus points, it wasn't about the end of the world, all the acting bar Ryan, who drains the life out of every line he delivers, great old school but updated theme tune and old school but updated time tunnel opening credits

minus points for the talky cloth scene - what was that all about?

Is Rosa Parks too soon / important to throw into Dr Who? I guess we will find out next week!

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