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Messages - Colin YNWA

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Off Topic / Re: Craft Beer
« on: 28 June, 2017, 04:42:19 pm »
I didn't realise they even brewed beer at 11%.


Famously (well if you know Sheffield) The Frog and Parrot pub used to sell a beer called 'Roger and Out' which at the time was supposed to be the world's strongest beer. It was only sold in 1/3 pints I always thought due to the fact it was bloody vile as much to increase its legend. Think it was around 15% or more.

Not sure if they still have as I've not been da frog in years.

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Website and Forum / Re: Is there a review page for Necrophim?
« on: 28 June, 2017, 07:02:31 am »
It's being collected in the floppies with the Meg

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 27 June, 2017, 09:15:23 pm »
Great stuff again.

I think Alvin Gaunt is not just Alant Grant. I think it is Kevin Gosnell and Alan Grant but I can't remember where I got that from.

Yeah in my head (I'm guessing from Thrillpower Overload) Kevin Gosnell started the story but then past it onto Alan Grant to run with, hence the name...

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General / Re: JUNE ART COMP - VOTING THREAD
« on: 27 June, 2017, 09:06:35 pm »
1. Paul Moore - don't know the character - adore the image
2. James Newell
3. Tulio Vilela

Great stuff all.

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"Much as I love Gibson's work on Halo Jones Book III (and generally!), I often think that Farewell My Billions is his true masterpiece.  It's just a level up from what he had done on Robohunter before."

- Ian Gibson's always been great but during the 400s he's really on fire. " Tomb of the Judges" is another classic featuring some of the best Dredd artwork ever.


Well reading Halo Jones Book 3 much as I love Farewell My Billions his work on the former is just astonishing and really is the definition of him being on fire. I'm sure I'm come back to that later, its not what I'm here for...

... rather I'm here to salute another absolute classic ably assisted by stunning art. I adore The Warlord , it head me over the head at the time and does everytime I read it. I'm always surprised its only 5 parts. So much packed in and it just feels so epic I always trick myself that its longer and McGruder's actions at the end felt so significent.

Its a real bright spot in a very shaky start to 1986.... well that and Halo. Elsewhere all is not well. Slaine goes from bad to worse,  I've never been much of a fan of Ragnarok - Strontium Dog can be very hit and miss in its long form stories. Dopplegarp is a story I don't have much love for either... though have to be honest its started better than I recall...

... there's a post here about Wagner and Grant's long form stories some time soon isn't there...

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Prog / Re: Prog 2037 - Unexpected Item in the Fragging Area
« on: 27 June, 2017, 08:54:31 pm »
Late Prog this week, but worht the wait, a far from perfect Prog but when it was good it was good.

I really enjoyed that Dredd and defo get comments that it seemed to go in a different direction in the final pge but I really enjoyed that. The main story about innosense was a nice little teaser but I enjoyed the idea that was a carriage to take us to a different story. Really looking forward to seeing how this all ties together next week (I'm assuming two parter as for some reason this has go two parter written all over it... just watch me be wrong.)

Defoe was there again, I saw it... that's about all the impact it had. Brink on the other hand was back to its blinding best. After a couple of weeks of the plot being at the forefront it slipped back to glorious character exchanges... of yeah all why our heroes are forced into an escape of amazing daring do. A perfectly balanced and executed tale.

Grey Area is a fantastic little story BUT I have two main issues. Firstly as I've said before I don't get on with Mark Harrison's storytelling, his style seems superfically great but it also seems to obscure what's going on and again I really struggled at times this week. Secondly the return to far more grounded stories feels really at odds with what had happened with the epic Godhead arch. I liked it at first and still do, just feels a little hollow after what had gone before. Sure I'll settle back into the groove. Strangely (and no comments before you start please) it makes me really miss Sinister Dexter which seems to be a much better vehicle for these different story types.Don't get me wrong I do really like Grey Area just wish we'd see Dabnett putting his current blinding form to S&D.

Hunted feels a little uncoordinated. It may well be just my readin but its flapping around wildly and not in a good way. I suspect if I took the time to go back its coalesce much better... might just try that.


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General / Re: slaines' return ?
« on: 26 June, 2017, 07:22:36 am »
According to the forthcoming thrills thread, based on solicitations run via Newsarama the strip returns in Prog 2050. So that all seems set to go.

In my head that will be the last of the Brutanica Chronicles but I'm not to be trusted on that one as that's just based on something in the back of my mind!

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Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 25 June, 2017, 08:49:45 am »
Wasn't there a view that it was done to slow her heart beat o the pulse thingies kept going and she didn't blow everything up? Having watched it again the other day there's little to support that reading but I've heard it said (typed) here. Not sure what was included in the script...

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 24 June, 2017, 08:53:01 pm »
So many good comics, this haul, just so many... oh and Doctor Who 11th, 3rd 6th which isn't a bad comic at all and looks great with INJ Culbard on art duties... its just... just this 3rd 'season' is miandering a little, well a lot. The reason is fairly clear with its rotaing cast of writers. Lets see how it goes but this one is starting to make me wonder...

We get two final issues this month, both issue 12s too. One will have to wait until the end, but next up we have Kong of Skull Island 12 with an ending which was a little functional, this series will get a re-read before I make a final call, got a bit chaotic towards the end. Lots of Arcs finishing this month too Paper Girls 15 for starters and well its pretty good and certianly perks interest in whats the come... though in the company it keeps this haul it gets a little lost. Cinema Purgatorio is still a solid 3.5 / 5 and a great read all round (well Code Pru aside).

The rest of the haul are all absolute blinders. Black Hammer 10 really moves this already superb series on supremely. It started as glorying in its mundane back drop but lately its been really cranking up the intrigue and revalations, which given the former are all the more powerfully delievered. Love the way this series is developing.

 We also get a Bulletproof Coffin one shot - The 1000 Yard Stare and its an absolute gem and the best compliment I can think for it is its a welcome addition to the fantastic original two mini's with a monstrously un-meta meta take on the series.

Copperhead 14 end an arc to and also does so in fine style. This series has returned in fine form and luckily it seems like its now on a firm footing, taking breaks between arcs, but all planned and so all good. This really is the series that all 2000ad fans should be reading, trust me you'll love it.

Normally there's be no doubting that Rock Candy Mountain 3 would be book of this, or any other haul, and to be honest it is the best comic in my pile... but ... well we'll come to that soon BUT this comic has sent this already enjoyable series into the ... well a fantasy land. We learn so much, we get such bristling interchanges, such great character devlopment oh and a fight between a hobo and the devil himself, the fear absolutely palpable. This really has become a supreme comic with this issue. So glad it caught my attention, I really hope it finds an audience.

So yeah what can possibly rob that joy of a comic of its rightful crown. Well the end of a series that has been a similarly suprising piece of genius I was lucky to stumble across. The Flintstones 12 ends what must surely have been the most surprising comic from the main two for years and years. This comic has somehow managed to remain true to the spirit of the cartoon it is based on, while at the same time completely reinventing it into the best piece of social satire I have read in many, many a year. This comic really dug into the modern world and exposed our primative natures so brutally, yet compellingly and its simply flat out hilarious. If you've turned your nose up at this, as I  almost certainly would if it hadn't been for the comments on here (so a massive thank you to you lot - pulling me into this series is exactly why this is my favourite place, on my favourite place - anyway I digress ...) if you did turn your nose up at this series well damn fool you. Quickly stop, I say STOP whatever you are doing, run, I say RUN to your local comic shop and buy as much of this as you can find. 'cos if you don't you will be a lesser person and understand the human condition less than I do now for having read it.

The Flintstones has been the  best surprise I've had in years and that's why the last issue of this series gets comic of the haul over even an better comic. Its wraps things up just magnificently and succinctly sums up everything that has been great and this GREAT comic. Just wonderful and while I'll miss it I'm so very glad that these 12 issues exist and I know I'll be returning to them time and time again.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 385 - A Town Called Malice!
« on: 23 June, 2017, 09:52:01 pm »
Yep - GREAT Meg. Loved the Dredd, just a really fantastic trick and I hope we haven't seen the last of ... Narrator Lady (sorry her name escapes me!). Likewise Lawless just sings and shines as gloriously as it always does. Can't wait for it to be back but by George its been a delight. One of the best comics about full stop.

Havn is losing me a little... well a lot if I'm honest BUT in a really good way, not in the throw it away can't handle that way. Rather in the man I can't wait to give this another go and to get my head into what's going on. That's the good way by the way.

Anderson continues were we left off with a solid opener... which isn't really an opener and I almost wish there'd been a bit of a gap between the twop stories.Just would of had a better rhyme... but happy enough to have it continue. Nice little Black Museum story.

As its new comic book day (well for me) haven't got to the text articles but they are looking nice so will.

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General / Re: Missionary Man - Anyone want to see him return?
« on: 23 June, 2017, 09:43:41 pm »
I loved Missionary Man and dispite Gordon, particularly during Alex Ronald's time on the strip. His art was just glorious and perfectly suited Gordon's tight, dark series.

Have to be honest I've never read the final story as it languishes in Meg's I don't own so can't comment on wanting more, but very glad we have the stories we do.

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Other Reviews / Re: Necrophim - Hell's Prodigal and Civil Warlord
« on: 23 June, 2017, 09:41:28 pm »
By the time you get to the end, the twisty-turniness is so relentless that it kind of left me wondering what any character's motivation actually was...

This sentence - ripped of its context - summons it up for me. I really enjoyed Necrophim when it ran in the Prog but it did really relish and as such over use its twisty turnyness to the point where it lost its impact. Now given the setting and characters this could be said to be justified BUT it was a story and in that realm it was the strips biggest weakness. That and at the time Lee Carter's work could look a little static and didn't serve the action well.

All that said overall it was a fun, engaging thrill, with art that had real potential and at times was stunning. It was always welcome in the Prog and I'm glad people are getting the chance to re-evaluate it, for good and ill.

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General / Re: The Commissions Thread
« on: 23 June, 2017, 09:35:56 pm »
That's blinding! Great commission.

Isn't it just. Fantastic!

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Website and Forum / Re: Is there a review page for Necrophim?
« on: 22 June, 2017, 07:40:45 pm »
Don't think so - start one.

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Annuals 1985

Not much to say about these, both 2000ad and Dredd annuals labelled 1986 are okay, nothing more, nothing less BUT when the quality is pretty imuch evenly matched as it is here its become clear that I prefer the variety in the 2000ad annuals simply cos of the variety.

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