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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 20 April, 2018, 09:26:49 pm »
Speaking of Astro City... well I will but first let's speak about the fact there's just not enough time to read comics...

... well okay I read an obscene amount of comics but the trouble is that still isn't enough. Over at the Prog threads I often catch myself saying such and such a story will probably be better on re-read and then wonder when the hell I'll get to that and the honest answer is often when I get to those comics on one of my Prog reads... so stuff I'm saying I need to re-read in recent Progs I'll get to in 4ish years assuming my current re-read keeps up its present pace (I've actually added Prog from 2019 into my to read spreadsheet this evening!) ... so what the hell am I doing whittering about this shit for. Well a couple of comics in my recent haul could benefit from a re-read... they'll get added to my spreadsheet and I will get to it... honest.

First there's Vinegar Teeth 4 the last of this interesting series. I loved the first couple of issues of this as I bought both together in a whim and as this series has some pretty difficult but fresh storytelling technics I had time to get into those idiosyncrasies and enjoy them. The last two two bought monthly have been harder to get into and follow. Still I suspect when this gets to re-read it'll be a good un.

Second one to benefit form re-read is Kong on the Planet of the Apes 6 specifically the ending of what has been a fun romp up to this point. On its own this ending felt a little flat and anticlimatic. I suspect however when read back it will read much better and the timing will be fine, he less so. Give me another 4 years or so and I'll come back and let you know.

Anyway elsewhere... if not that far Planet of the Apes Ursus 4 is great, Mage - The Hero Denied 8 MAGNIFICENT and the return of Black Hammer in Black Hammer - Age of Doom 1 sees the core series return, all be it with a new number... well 1 Jeff Lamire really is developing his world gloriously here. I kinda think this is his Astro City (from my understanding of Astro City that is) its brilliant stuff.

Alas for it its not book of the haul, that falls to another returner, not Lazarus 27 mind which makes a very welcome come back, rather its Resident Alien - An Alien in New York 1 which sees Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse's supremely underplayd masterpiece slide warmly and grippingly back into our comicsphere. This book really is a delight and Steve Parkhouse's art just gets better and better.

So interesting haul to say the least.

General / Roy of the Rovers making a come back at Rebellion
« on: 20 April, 2018, 05:51:21 pm »
Well this could be interesting!


Found via Rob Williams Facebook feed.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 April, 2018, 06:16:52 pm »
On another note, it was a year ago today that this thread was created! Both Fox and I have gotten a lot of love and support from this board, and we definitely super appreciate it! We're getting close to a couple awesome milestones for the show and I'm super stoked to share them all with you folks. Once again thanks for all the support, and here's to many more!

Give yourself the credit (well you and the lovely Steve Green who started the thread) its a fantastic Podcast. Fresh entertaining and behind all the fun and frolics pretty smart.

Well done and thanks to you!

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 19 April, 2018, 09:59:08 am »
Not so many reviews this week. Is the post-jumping on thrill surge wearing off already?  :o

It can often be the other way around. When folks are happy they get bored of saying - that's GREAT!

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 19 April, 2018, 07:52:03 am »
So I'm only 6 episodes in and therefore taking care not to read down this thread yet, so sorry if this is covered, but just wanted to comment while I'm absolutely loving season 3 Jez is it violent and grim. I mean its not as if there weren't moment of this in the first two seasons, some really terrifying, disturbing bits and 'Fire Walk with me' is almost unrelentingly brutal, but Season 3 is sooooo harsh.

In episode 6 we have the child being hit by the truck which was just awful, I had to stop for a bit. Then you get the two women stabbed to death by the assassain. Its absolutely terrifying. I'm left to wonder how different the early stuff would have been if this level of stuff had been permitted on network telly back in the day.

Its not a critisism, far from it, as it all absolutely has the necessary impact, its not done for thrills and is in turns soul destorying and terrifying and utterly effective in creating a tone that is gloriously diverse and in contrast, just like the zig zag black and white flooring. Its just not telly to watch before going to bed... which foolishy is what I'm doing!

Megazine / Re: 395 - Surfing the Songlines
« on: 18 April, 2018, 09:04:34 pm »
Well seriously what a bumper treat the Meg is again this month. I mean seriously a bounty of utter delight and all that in the context of a comic that lost one of the great strips in Tharg's time with us last month AND still this month finds a way to get better.

Regular Dredd is just such fun and Jake Lynch is rapidly becoming one of my fav artists. His work is such a delight, kinda Flint mets Baikie to my eyes. Movie Dredd is almost as good and of course just plain Flint is an absolute delight, really enjoying this as the story rattles towards what you suspect will be a very final finale.

Cursed Earth Koburn is the only none out and out winner to me, the story feels strangely flat and disjointed... which is weird when you consider the stella characters and creators involved. Oh and the text piece is really short, made up by the fact that we get the Nemesis Monograph instead of a reprint, and its immense, if a little familiar.

Of the shortness of text bits is also worth it for a Razarjack bonus strip, which is a great appetitiser for the series starting next month.

The two highlights are a fantastic opener for the Brendan McCarthey David Bailie Chopper story, which I suspect might work its way to becoming a classic and the glorious Returners, which I thought was an absolute enjoy again, I mean it did rattle along bit is both fun, action filled and immensely intriguing all wrapped in glorious out which to its absolute credit isn't out of place along side Flint, McCarthy, Higgins, Lynch and Carlos... I mean lets just say that again when we consider what a treat we have in our hands.

The art in Returners stands up amongst... Lynch... Higgins... Flint.... McCarthy and Carlos... all in one issue....

Bloody hell this is good stuff isn't it!

News / Re: Rogue Trooper Short
« on: 18 April, 2018, 08:49:49 pm »
All looks very well done and I see there's a statement of Rebellion's ownership, credit for the creators and not for profit thingie at the end there. Suspect this was what Molch-R was after!

Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 18 April, 2018, 07:38:17 pm »
It looks like a legal row between Miller and Warner Bros may put the skids on any potential sequel:

George Miller owns the Mad Max property so he can probably take it elsewhere.

If he could wouldn't he have done that by now ... mind I'm not sure I understand how these things work so what do I know.

Either way its a real shame as I'd love to see a follow up to what on some days is my favourite movie of all time!

General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 17 April, 2018, 08:02:20 pm »
Well we ain't looking out for this thread proper are we!

Anyway Rebellion solicitations for July

398 on sale 18 July 2018
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! The epic Razorjack crossover ‘This Corrosion’ by Michael Carroll and John Higgins comes to explosive conclusion as the lawman fights for his life to escape the demonic dimension; Devlin Waugh’s date night goes from bad to worse in ‘Kiss of Death’ by Rory McConville and Mike Dowling; secrets are revealed in ‘The Returners’ by Si Spencer and Nicolo Assirelli; Oz faces destruction in Chopper: ‘Wandering Soul’ by David Baillie and Brendan McCarthy; and there’s the start of a special Strange Brigade story by Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion to tie in with this year’s must-have action-horror videogame. Plus the usual interviews and features – and in the bagged supplement this month, a former Chief Judge dispenses justice in Mega-City One in The Streets of Dan Francisco by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Marshall!
64pp (+ bagged 64pp graphic novel), monthly, £5.99
UPC: 9 770960 181187 98
ISSN: 0960 1813

2000 AD PROGS 2088-2091
2088 on sale 4 July 2018
2089 on sale 11 July 2018
2090 on sale 18 July 2018
2091 on sale 25 July 2018
Incredible SF action from the Eisner-nominated UK anthology! Judge Dredd’s on a high-speed elevator straight to hell in ‘Elevator Pitch’ by Rob Williams and Chris Weston; young Jess attempts to save Fairfax in Damned: The Fall of Deadworld by Kek-W and Dave Kendall; Nolan Blake learns the truth behind the ‘Crown’ in Skip Tracer: ‘Heavy Hangs the Head’ by James Peaty and Paul Marshall; and two new series start: Grey Area’s back, and the Exo Transfer Control cops battle murderous aliens, courtesy of Dan Abnett and Mark Harrison, and we journey to the New World in the time-shift fantasy saga The Order by Kek-W and John Burns!
32pp, weekly, £2.75
UPC: 9 770262 284227 88
UPC: 9 770262 284227 89
UPC: 9 770262 284227 90
UPC: 9 770262 284227 91

I've tried to spare you a visit to Bleeding Cool increasingly clunky site but to be fair and decent the linkie to the source


Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 16 April, 2018, 08:59:57 pm »
The saving of early 1991

Its getting pretty rough out there. 2000ad has a venerable history of dark heroes who defie expectation and the cliche of the hero. Dennehy in Junker isn't one of those he's just a charmless twat. I'm almost enjoying reading it to see just how much of a twat they will make him... but then it dawns on me what a joyous twat he is and I go back to not liking it.

Alas Rogue Friday in the Golden Fox Rebellion isn't much better. At least Rogue Friday isn't a twat he's just dull.

There's some lukewarm Future Shocks and while I've always been a defender of Ennis Dredd I'm wondering if this will continue as I'm finding Death Aid pretty flat, especially when we get a lovely Wagner and Yeowell one off pop up.

Anderson - Engram is great but alone its a struggle to save this pretty dire start to the year... I mean a run of Bitz is becoming one of the highlights of the Prog and I was genuinely happy when Roxilla waxed lyrical about a band I'd heard of and actually really like (Lush for those interested).

This tricky period for Tharg is of course however saved by a classic, that for reasons that I'm sure baffle you as much as me has never been reprint and that of course is the letter printed in Prog 715. A masterpiece, cleverly defying expectation, sharp, witty and endlessly entertaining. This letter at first seem to be a plea, you then reflect on it as an artist poem exploring the phrase 'Careful what you wish for' then the pathos and irony hits you. It works on so many levels.

I'm sure in some far off database Buttonman has this highlighted in a special colour, just incase he wants to read it again. He doesn't need to of course as this favourite of all the missives has been read so many times he's commited it to memory.

After the joy of the picture I'm sure we will all discuss in a couple of Prog's time the big question on everyone's lips is whatever happen to that great artist. Whatever happened to Colin Taylor?

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 16 April, 2018, 07:53:05 pm »
Robinson and Collins - what a great team!

Testify brother.

Film & TV / Re: The Last Jedi - Forum Opinion
« on: 16 April, 2018, 07:52:22 pm »
Snoke as a character has (I believe) more lines that the Emperor did in the OT, refers to his motivations, events in the past and plans for the future, and other characters say more about him than they did in the OT: he also takes a far more active role in the plot, instead of merely setting events in motion.  His death only seems premature because you expected to learn more about him, as we eventually did about Palpatine.  Any maybe we still will, post-mortem, as we did (in a sense) about Palpatine.  Or maybe we won't, and you can fill in the blanks yourself, as we once did about the Emperor.

But do we really need to learn any more about him? He's served his purpose wonderfully. Much like the reveal for Rey's parents what did people expect. If he was just another big bad he becomes Emperor lite. Instead he gets shrouded in mystery, built in folks minds and then the rug is pulled and its shown his purpose is two fold.

1. in the moment to create that wonderful story dynamic - has Kylo gone good on us?
2. When its revealed that Kylo ain't gone good all of a sudden we have a great viable villian whose offed the assumed villian to advance his own ascent.

I can't think of a better use of him as a character and I'm really happy with what they did as other options don't serve Kylo as well. If he sticks around Kylo as Tordelback points out is just Vadar lite, to Snoke's Emperor lite.

Also is it not great to have him built up in folks minds just to be literally chopped down. When did it become a bad thing that a piece of fiction defied our expectations and assumptions?

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 16 April, 2018, 07:41:08 pm »
I mean we knew this cover was the one coming but come on Disco Rogue. I'm no fan of Rogue but I LOVE disco Rogue.

Does this mean that Furman was the writer of the Death-Man strips?
Hopefully the one-off calms down a bit and takes a bit more time and doesn't feel as rushed and/or tied to editorial diktat as that last DM strip in the Scream! special.  I thought it was fine if you liked superhero team-up books, but as a story it tried to cram too much in to give any characters time to breathe, so I just felt cheated as a Death Wish fan.

Yeah quite excited by this and it seems a noice bold experiment by Rebellion. But yeah with 48 pages to play with lets hope they use them well.

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 14 April, 2018, 01:54:06 pm »
Pretty much as you were last week BUT Anderson, the rocky ride that it is takes an upswing. I have to be honest I prefer Collins and Robinson to Roach, they make a great team, fantastic and I think the colourist suits their style more making the art much improved over all. Story felt more coherant but this one still needs a re-read.

Elsewhere both Dredd and Jaegir are excellent. Sinister Dexter is just fantastic - I'm loving this story in a very strong run and Strontium Dog has its strongest episode yet in a story that is getting better and better the longer it goes on.

So all in all a very strong line-up.

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