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Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 23 January, 2018, 01:25:19 pm »
Yeah his Jonah Hex stuff is pretty good fun, so apparently is his Spectre but I've not read that.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 January, 2018, 07:31:32 am »
Ha! That show my lazy ass not to be lazy. That's cool and makes this volume very tempting.

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Books & Comics / Re: Does anyone read Attack on titan?
« on: 23 January, 2018, 07:07:26 am »
Where Hawkmonger these days? He reads it I'm sure.

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News / Re: 2000AD REGENED (preview)
« on: 23 January, 2018, 07:06:24 am »
Saw the cover preview of this and have been excited ever since. This only adds to that. In my fevered dreams this is being used as a prototype for a new ongoing release.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 22 January, 2018, 09:01:28 pm »
Surely Ron is... Ron the manager.

Yeah this always confused me (well on recent re-reads) as it looks like Ron Greenwood to me... as I say I have a reputation for getting this sort of thing right.

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The ever readable Augie De Blieck Jr is aiming to read and review an Asterix book a week over at his Pipeline Blog. Should make for fantastic reading and I can't wait... in fact I might join in along side him and try to keep up, good excuse to read them all again.

Introduction:

http://www.pipelinecomics.com/announcing-the-great-asterix-reread-project/

Review of Asterix The Gaul:

http://www.pipelinecomics.com/asterix-v1-asterix-the-gaul/

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 21 January, 2018, 10:25:16 pm »
https://goo.gl/images/K2s5Sb

The image middle left (3rd panel) I always thought the Brians were (from left to right) Jimmy Hill, Elton John (who owned Watford at this time I think?) and Ron Greenwood, then England manager... I could very well be wrong.

Could find an image of the Trevs with a quite search.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 21 January, 2018, 09:04:25 pm »
Yeah Jimmy Hill is definately in there and its both Trevor Brooking and Trevor Frances as I recall aren't there two Trevs???

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 January, 2018, 09:00:30 pm »
My first double-dip is here, but with SMS having provided rescanned artwork for the Black Hole segments its not entirely crazy to be buying!

Oh that sounds interesting, where did you hear about that and are there any further details?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2065 - Snow Escape
« on: 20 January, 2018, 09:55:33 pm »
Savage: This weeks episode has lots of foreshadowing that bridges Savage to the ABC Warriors storyline.

I can't shake the feeling that this is all going to end up with Bill Savage's mind being transferred to a very specific Hammerstein Mk.III ... or, more likely, a FRED sewage droid ....

Well the sewage droid does have a cockney accent after all!

Anyway back to poor old Porg 2065. I feel sorry for Prog 2065. I mean after last weeks tour-de-force in Prog 2064 and the wonder that was Meg 392 its got a heck of a job on its hands keepin' up the pace.

Damnit it gives it a good fist and does its damnest, its a fine Prog, just not quite able to sustain that level alas. On most fronts too.

Dredd starts us off nicely as we jump forward to a very good set up Prog and them again to a very exciting bit of Extreme Fishing that would have that fella from Soldier Soldier wishing that he was still with that other fella from Soldier Soldier in a warm TOTP studio. Oh and I love the way Carroll gets around the Dredd keeping on his helmet thing too. Good start, but it is just set up after last weeks fantastic conclusion.

ABC Warriors does a good job of showing how much fun a 'talking heads' episode can be, sometimes you are well reminded that Uncle Pat doesn't half know his craft.

Brass Sun well its just knocked it out the park last week and it would seem so poor bugger than to catch at 'it' field it, run all the way back just to have it knocked out the park again this week. Supreme.

Savage well yes it does play with the old recon vibe and just with the talking heads in ABC Warriors Uncle Pat shows us how to take an old dog and teach it new tricks, its recon done really well. Love the use of the Volganaya (and I'm guessing Ekranonplan but I don't remember that as clearly).

Bad Company you know what it might not have quite come together for me yet but taken on its own merits I really enjoyed that episode. Particularly the last page, which indeed is once again the last page on the prog, as in the very last page, the back cover showing how much Tharg is cramming in for us these day, anyway yeah the last page which provides such wonderful old school visuals in glorious modern techni-colour.

So yeah while this Prog ain't quite as good as its nearest neighbours, absolute credit to it for staying at the races!

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Books & Comics / Re: DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection!
« on: 20 January, 2018, 09:21:49 am »
You're quoting a post from 2015.

Yes when what you said, by all available evidence, was still poppycock.

...so good luck finding concrete proof that either DC or Marvel are just breaking even. 

Yet neither are any of the points you make supported by evidence, yet you seem to assert them with such certainty when they, from all I can see, based on very little.

DC are making some horrendous decisions in my opinion, not from a business sense but from other perspectives, but I suspect they are doing quite nicely financially.

Should say that I have no comment to make on the quality of their books, as at the moment aside from Mark Russell's Hanna Barbera stuff I've not read anything by them for a year or more now I don't think. Such a shame as I was such a fanboy for so long, but we move on... well some of us do...

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Megazine / Re: Meg 392 - Dredd vs Death
« on: 17 January, 2018, 09:12:09 pm »
Oh my giddy Aunt isn't the Meg on blindin' form at the moment. Wow that was good - I even loved the all to short ending to Wagner's Walk, but then I'd enjoyed what I'd read up to that point so much I was disposed to having a positive attitude!

The new Dredd story feature the return of not one but two apes (I suspect) is just great fun, a total delight and I'm not being funny but Jake Lynch just gets better and better and the art is sublime. One thing though am I meant to know the ape at the end?

Then we get to Lawless. How the hell does this greatest of comic strips find ways to get better and better. Just quite supreme, Abnett and Winslade are just knocking it out the park. Genius. Don't know if it was deliberate (I'd guess it was but what do I know) but page 7 of the strip, the one where Dredd appears is just so Dave Sim and Gerhard and seems to come straight from the pages of Cerebus with all the glory of Gerhard's painstaking background. Glorious. The two storylines bouncing around the rigor of law and the practicality of necessity is played just as well. This stuff just blows me away. Oh and that cliffhanger! We've been waiting for that!

Love Devlin Waugh to continues to be great and has a blindin' episode with a great ending too. McConville - who seems to own the Meg at the moment - has another superb story in Cursed Earth Coburn - the interplay between the characters being the star until another fantastic ending - fantastic.

So its all been about great endings then so fitting we should end with another as the Movie Dredd story has a blinder to. The story getting there is a little more steady than the rest but its far from bad and definately enhanced by some fantastic (as ever) Henry 'Mr 2000ad' Flint art. Good stuff.

Oh that isn't the end as the text pieces are really good too.

Bloody hell that was a good, packed, comic!

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General / Re: What happened to Myra Hancock?
« on: 17 January, 2018, 08:52:49 pm »
No idea but I'm a big fan of Sticky Fingers, just a fantastic slice of life series that was a delight to read.

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Books & Comics / Re: ANT WARS collection
« on: 17 January, 2018, 08:51:26 pm »
I've said it before and I'll say it again (no doubt) but I don't know why Ant Wars has the bad rep it does. I really enjoy it. Yes its hockum, yes its not aged that well but by George its a fantastic entertaining and surprisingly* grim story about GIANT CHUFFIN' ANTS snapping endless folks in two with their mandibles of death. The art most of the time is fantastic too. What's not to love.

I know its not a commonly held view but I really do think it's my favourite Gerry Finley Day story as its B-Movie stylings really suit his B-Movie style - big on ideas clumsy with execution.

*Well actually not that surprising when you consider early 2000ad

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 16 January, 2018, 09:11:55 pm »
Well interestingish, see after the previously mentioned ups and downs the Prog begins a continued dip... or does it...

It ain't all bad, some decent Dredd, Final Solution continues well, though if I'm honest art aside not as astonishing as I remember, the story feels a bit forced and dare I say it flat at times.

Elsewhere Hilary Robinson is in full force, which given my earlier praise is surely a good thing... and it is... at times... Zippy Couriers makes an all to brief final (I think) appearance. Medivac 318 Book 2 has some fantastic moments, but other moments that makes you go 'What now? Huh' as in:

The invading aliens disappear because what now... huh?

An episode about putting bombs on a box what now... huh?

The war is over cos everyone is dead, what now huh?

Its a shame as it still nicely done, but lacks a real cohesive feel, which the first story really had. Mind Nigel Dobbyn's art is still sublime.

In another Robinson strip The Survivor returns Henry 'Panther' Moon from Mean Team... one of the great questions of our time what on Earth made Tharg think we needed more Mean Team??? Without much mean and no team. Its such a weird one.... not as weird as the return of Moonrunners (not Hilary Robinson I should point out). I'd completely forgetten this series had a second series, I mean completely. So dulled was my brain my the dull dullness of the first...

... or is it just my brain is rubbish cos I'd also forgotten how stonkingly good Anderson - Triad was. Christ why isn't this in my all time list of Anderson classics. Well to be honest cos Anderson has been so good almost all the time. Bloody hell Alan Grant does some fantastic work on this strip and he's rewarded by such glorious artists. I mean how does Arthur Ranson find a the Block Ness Monster to model for him, goes lets face it these has to be photor-referenced its so authentic... right?

There's still 7 Progs til the big hitters return in 650 and Strontium Dog has just dropped out to be replaced by what I think is that rariest of things a John Smith story I don't like... what will Tharg be serving us over these next few issues???

I'm not sure I like this type of interestin'!

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