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Messages - Colin YNWA

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General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 22 March, 2019, 10:18:39 am »

Your livin' in the past, man.

General / Re: Drokk!! - a rival to SpaceSpinner 2000??
« on: 22 March, 2019, 07:49:10 am »
Just started to listen to the latest one that came out earlier in the week and its already a very interesting listen. I'd forgotten it was about so thought I'd just revive this thread to remind folks who might have missed it - like I was close to doing.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 21 March, 2019, 09:02:55 pm »
So I really want to like Sancho Panzer, I really do. It looks great, the design is great, Dabnett is great... the strip just ain't alas. I don't hate it but I can't bring myself to actually like it either. Its tone is just kinda off and its does work.

Just like Vector 13 - I thought we were done with these Prog 1117 says otherwise alas.

General / Re: This week's thrillmail
« on: 20 March, 2019, 09:32:13 pm »
Okay another thing of note from the Thrill-mail.

Anyone know anything else about Larrigan? I love me a western comic and the art by Arturo del Castillo looks stunning from what I can see of it BUT I know nowt about this series and can't find too much out from a quick search.

I'm intrigued by the comic but £25 for a small book I might need to be more than intrigued...

Megazine / Re: Meg 406 - Flower Power.
« on: 20 March, 2019, 09:23:30 pm »
Bit of a mah Meg for me alas.

The Dredd ends with all flash and fury but nothing more really. A distraction and a little disappointing.

Lawless has a great episode - which by its own standards was a little disappointing BUT by George I think Jim has called it.

Both Storm Warning and Blunt have kinda lost me now. The key difference is I'm engaged with Blunt enough to be really looking forward to reading it again. Storm Warning I'm just not interested in this time.

Torture Garden has a quiet menance all be it with a new Dark Judge I'm not convinced by the scene with Hershey at the end was creepy as hell mind.

Text features didn't really grab me this month and the interview with Casper Wijngaard made me sad as it seemed to confirm we ain't getting any more of his and Si Spurrioso's wonderful Angelic - this makes me very sad.

The floppie remains okay as all of these Operation Overlord comics have been. I applaude the idea wholeheartedly even if I've not been blown anyway by the choice of series. Which given the series is right in a wheelhouse is a real surprise - ho hum.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 March, 2019, 05:45:53 pm »
Still waiting for Kings (Tom not 'the') Mister Miracle to go on sale digitally as I hear nothing but good things.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 18 March, 2019, 09:26:25 pm »
All the Legs Eleven or four Kelly's Eyes - which a few hundred progs ago would have been more appropriate....

Annnywayyyy another in the now regular relaunch Progs. I think in the last couple of years we have pretty much set up the regularity for relaunch Progs that still last today and I've only just realised....

Annnnnnyyyyywayyyy 48 pages and only 4 stories and none of them a newbie, that's not a good return .... not that its a bad Prog. The Slaine isn't great and the Durham Red is fairly mundane BUT the Sinister Dexter is really strong and foreshadows Eurocrash which I think is coming up pretty soon....

Annnyyyyyywayyyy none of that us what I've here for, what I'm here for is to praise the Dredd - The Mega City Way of Death, its a beaut. As it weaves the tail of two star-crossed lovers, a rich socialite and a sky surfer and the cruels ways life in the Big Meg beast them down.

In some ways its similar to the Dredd in this week's (as I type - Prog 2123) Dredd which I'm not a fan of. In that its exposition heavy and plays on a tough and tradegic relationship to pull at the heart strings. The key difference is that Wagner and Staples here, admittedly with  4 extra pages, balance the exposition with some sharp, smart character work that just draws you in and means you care, so much, about what's happening in the exposition parts of the story. Its just a masterclass. As with this weeks story Dredd is a bit part, but because of that Wagner doesn't use him to drive the story, just to anchor as he moves through it. He's unnecessary here to, but Wagner uses that to his advantage.

Sorry I don't say this to beat down in this weeks story, rather to elevate the forgotten (by me) gem.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 18 March, 2019, 08:52:22 pm »
New Gods is one of my absolute favourites. Pretty much all of Kirby's post-Lee 70s work is and New Gods stands up well in a field of quite exceptional quality. If you enjoyed this I can't recommend the rest of his Fourth World stuff enough, its quite majestic.

That said read all of this stuff, Demon, OMAC, Kamandi, The Losers. Then  follow him back to Marvel for Devil Dinosaur, 2001 (personal favourite), Black Panther, The Eternals (another favourite of mine) and even Captain America which I'm sure is better than I give it credit for.

The man is The KIng for a reason!

Off Topic / Re: The Older Dads Thread
« on: 18 March, 2019, 05:55:42 pm »
Beautiful post Hippy dude.

Yeah... is it dusty in here... or maybe its my hayfever.

To dispell this lovelyness its as I sit here and watch my two fight over Mario Cart and slices of pepper I also remember that they are getting kicked out at 18 with a breakdown of how much they owe me in cold hard cash!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 18 March, 2019, 07:54:19 am »
congrats on making it to 150 not counting the collections and the action podcast!

Yep this podcast remains as fun, exciting and insightful as the day it started. Keep it up and well done.

Other Reviews / Re: Last Comic Read
« on: 17 March, 2019, 09:45:39 pm »
I've started to work my way through Stray Bullets David and Maria Lapham's tale of crime in Baltimore impacting on small town America, well it is up to issue 14 which I've just finished.

Man this is quite exceptional comics. I mean really really good. The way they weave seemingly unrelated stories together is masterful and the characters.... The characters are second to none. Just brilliant. Its compelling, as its grounded, as its fantastical, as its familar, as its original, as its beautiful, as its ugly, as its crazy funny, as its chilling.

Really this comic has it all and I can't recommend this series enough.

Read the complete first run up to 41 and it remains quite superb through out. I don't think I've been quite this blown away by a new to me read since Locke and Keye... and this might be even better than that. Just a brilliant, brilliant comic.

Prog / Re: Prog 2123 - It's Time To Bring The Magic Back.
« on: 17 March, 2019, 09:43:46 pm »
New Prog largely new line-up but the question is does it hold up to the quality of late and the answers is... kinda.... abit... well no, not really.

While I've been a fan of Rory McConville's Dredd's up to this point this one was pretty weak. It read like the Vector 13 remix in that it was entire exposition and in that detached me from the characters and thus the story. At the same time many a good Dredd doesn't really feature the lead but here he felt cranked in an unecessary and the end of weak. A shoulder shrug if we'd known, neither hard faced, nor surprising just disinterested... as was I alas. Still Jack Lynch is still superb.

Survival Geeks is playful but vacuous.

Kingmaker was superb and double sized. The Shire turns into Texas (where the chainsaw massacres happened) and its done with almost effortless skill and much joy. Wonderful.

Grey Area manages to crank the tension dispite the hard boiled military babble. Great stuff.

And... oh just the four. Can't remember what we get next week but looking forward to having a fifth back BUT what is this comment in 'Input'? When Tharg says two weeks to Grey Areas finale he means for this run... right... this run not finale, finale???

Books & Comics / Re: Matt 'the other' Wagner
« on: 15 March, 2019, 12:34:58 pm »
Well what better news could we have to cheer us up after Mage finishing (and what an ending!) why


more Matt Wagner Grendel that's what!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 13 March, 2019, 10:13:54 pm »
Hey take it back - so okay this isn't the best Slaine its better than its been for a while and sure Paul Staples art isn't great but its servicable.

Wrap that up with the line-up mention below being blinding.

A great four part Sinister Dexter as Ramone thinks he might be a serial killer, but are his eyes decieving him ... a story that starts to develop Rocky and Tracey and their relationship with Finny and Ray. Julian Gibson's wonky inconsistent art aside its a blinder.

Add to that some of the finest Dredd in a sequel - of sorts - to The Pit, with the introduction of a gloriously messy Roffman, the fall of DeMarco and 'Beyond the Call of Duty' is just fantastic.

ADD TO THAT - one of the very best pre Tsar Wars Dantes with the heartrending and action packed Great Game, when the strip in some ways amazes by finding another gear to shift up...

ANNNNNDDDD... Mazeworld Book 2 being better than the first...

Wow Tharg that's some Thrillpower you have on the go for the middle of 1998. I don't remember the Prog sustaining this level for an extended period for some time to come BUT man these are high highs we've returned to and the lows are settled by the holy triumvant and 1998 is turning into the best for some time... still lets watch how the second half handles that mantal...

Prog / Re: Prog 2122 - Your Planet Needs Thrills!
« on: 13 March, 2019, 09:59:51 pm »
Yeah that was my issue. I nothing about the story suggested it was either a change for the reader to emphasize the deception nor a physical change for the character but it was one or the other and I'm not sure which - this is a significent problem with the story... or more for bieng dumb!

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