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Messages - Dark Jimbo

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 September, 2017, 04:46:30 pm »
it is the abnett/harrison run

GET IN! That is going to be one sexy hardback...!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 September, 2017, 03:03:58 pm »
With the above, Durham Red may or may not be a standalone. (I'd argue it would be odd if it's part of the Strontium Dog books. It's a different series, in the way ABC Warriors is not Nemesis the Warlock.)

Do we know exactly what it will be...? The Abnett-Harrison run?

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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 19 September, 2017, 09:55:49 pm »
It's fashionable these days to assume the only people who can handle a property are the original creators. how did that work out for the Phantom Menace and Rouge One?

Or - closer to home - the recent (awful) return of Bad Company?
That was written by Milligan though, only Ruffus stepping up to fill a role there.

Yes, I know, that was my point - written by the original creator, and yet it was terrible.

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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 19 September, 2017, 07:38:11 pm »
It's fashionable these days to assume the only people who can handle a property are the original creators. how did that work out for the Phantom Menace and Rouge One?

Or - closer to home - the recent (awful) return of Bad Company?

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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 19 September, 2017, 01:53:36 pm »
I don't think they're awful, I think they're average - which is what I expect more Zenith, more Devlin Waugh, and more Indigo Prime to be. More for the sake of more.

In fairness, Indigo Prime is mid-story; arguably, so is Devlin (his last story was a prologue for something yet to come). Zenith is a bit of a narrative closed loop, and would feel like more simply for the sake of more.

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Help! / Re: Name that Shock!
« on: 10 September, 2017, 03:03:48 pm »
What sounds most likely is that she's inadvertantly conjoined the two in her head...

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General / Re: Texas City
« on: 08 September, 2017, 01:03:05 pm »
Say what you like about Garth, but Monkey on my Back is great. One of my favourite-ever Dredd stories, to be honest.

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General / Re: Your favourite and least favourite from the mega collection?
« on: 08 September, 2017, 10:00:44 am »
Brothers of the Blood is a tough one to beat! Least favourite? Heavy Mob, or Klegg Hai!

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Books & Comics / Re: No more Comic Heroes
« on: 07 September, 2017, 03:15:21 pm »
Why are online magazines 'shit'?
I nearly subscribed to a couple yesterday. Mags I would occasionally buy in WH Smiths...

Those aren't online magazines, then, just online versions of existing magazines.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 07 September, 2017, 01:47:25 pm »
A chance perusal of a thread on here has led to a full-blown return bite by the Fighting Fantasy bug. After a hunt through my parent's house failed to turn up my old copies (the hunt will continue), Ebay comes up trumps with a £15 boxset of the first 10 (original) Wizard editions - and from what I can tell, they've never even been read!

And so where better to start than the fabled Warlock of Firetop Mountain? Never played this one back in the day but it's a great re-introduction. A classic dungeon crawl with monsters, traps and puzzles aplenty. The hours flew by - it's as if I was never away! A starting Skill of 11 and Stamina of 20, plus some reliably great dice rolls (thanks Dice Gods!) saw me slicing through Zagor's hordes like a hot knife through butter, laden down by gold and loot. A lesson in hubris was needed, and this came in the form of the Maze of Zagor. This labryinth had me all but tearing my hair out for the next few hours, so I took a break for dinner and came back to it fresh.
This seemed to have done the trick, and I was out! A dragon on the other side proved the first foe to give me any serious challenge, but he soon fell to my blade like many before him. And then I was stood before Zagor himself. A handy Invisibility potion helped me make short work of him, and I stepped happily over his corpse to claim the victor's spoils... except that I only had two of the three keys I apparently need to open his treasure chest - despite being expressly told in the village that the chest had two locks. Bloody peasants. It's a somewhat ignominious end for my adventure, then, but I still made out like a bandit in the dungeon, so I'm claiming bragging rights in the tavern tonight...

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 September, 2017, 05:02:32 pm »
Looking forward to getting my mits on the Halo Jones book in the next couple of days. Has anyone had a good look at it yet? I'm wondering how Ian Gibson's beautifully detailed artwork from part III has been reproduced in the new Hachette edition.

I would normally guess 'exactly the same as in the past 3 Rebellion editions' but some of the colours and contrast on Horned God were actually better than in the Rebellion book, so who knows...?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 September, 2017, 06:13:10 pm »
I honestly think it must be down to the work involved in doing all that colour repro - it wouldn't just be a case of basically just using the files for an existing trade. That said - boo! Was fully planning to replace my phonebooks.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 September, 2017, 04:08:25 pm »
Will the Kingdom book really just have the first three stories?...

What do you mean by 'just'? That's a decent page count for a £10 book!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 September, 2017, 01:36:10 pm »
does anyone know if the 1st Shakara volume is a match for the Rebellion Trade?

Yep, same contents - Books I, II and III.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 September, 2017, 07:50:14 pm »
Hmm... this seems to suggest the pre-2000AD/Starlord stuff won't be collected.

Optimist in me hopes the reason is to give them more timr to work on the colour repro for the Starlord strips...

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