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Other Reviews / HOPE... for the Future - Guy Adams & Jimmy Broxton
« on: 19 November, 2018, 07:25:45 pm »
This slim volume reprints about 60 pages of the occult detective thriller is the american comic size format. The aged cover & graphic design set the tone a treat. I remember this thrill in the weekly prog, it felt like a dense, atmospheric piece probably closest in tone to Fatale by Sean Philips & Brubaker. I couldn’t really follow it in the weekly, maybe there was a gap during its initial run or my memory’s crap. As s graphic novel it’s a stunner. It’s the Hellblazer comic I always wanted but rarely got - truely horrible, addictive and grubby. The art is classy - Spot on storytelling with great faces & locations. I really hope Tharg gets round to ordering another series. Guy Adams makes every page count. I guess there’s similarities with Absalom, but the tone is different enough make this distinctive. I think it’s a modern classic!

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Other Reviews / Re: Musings on The Small House.
« on: 19 November, 2018, 05:21:03 pm »
Agreed - I'm guessing the Titan/Enceladus is the latest material to collect this storyline. Is there enough for a new Rob Williams volume?

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Other Reviews / Re: The Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing
« on: 19 November, 2018, 05:19:49 pm »
Something horrible happens to the Hulk in the last couple of issues. Its gone from a good book to a great book. Wonder if Al Ewing has any plans for the 4th wall breaking She-Hulk. I don't know much Marvel continuity so apologies if she's temporaily dead, de-Hulked or in a parallel universe.

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 12 November, 2018, 11:49:31 pm »
I’d love to see Ian Gibson back for 2000ad in any capacity. I’d love to imagine he’s busy on a new cover for the inevitable collection of the re-coloured material, health permitting. I’ve loved his Dredd, Halo, Slade and always wished he’d done more Anderson, Tomb of the Judges was a cracker!

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Suggestions / Full Colour DR & Quinch
« on: 08 November, 2018, 10:38:52 pm »
I’d love to see Alan Davis’ art coloured on this one. Maybe get him to do a new cover, include all the pin-ups & the Jamie Delano problem pages. Common Tharg! It’s just a matter of time!

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News / Re: Dredd - Final Judgement 'Special' Edition
« on: 08 November, 2018, 05:35:04 pm »
It seems odd when the earlier Movie Dredd reprint was a hardcover. I'd imagine most people want a matching pair. The Mazeworld and Charlie's War reprints seem equally bizarre choices in softcover. Maybe hardcovers are destined to become endangered, with only the rare beasts like The 13th Floor allowed a limited outing.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 November, 2018, 03:39:57 pm »
I've failed you all. I can't go on. It's not you, it's me. Thirty issues in I've stopped subscribing to the Ultimate Collection. I'll always have the Nemesis statuette and the surprisingly nice metal bookends. I bought all 90 issues of the MegaCollection but this can't go on. I thought the pairing of DR & Quinch with Skizz was inspired, but my heart's not in it anymore. Where would the new shelf go? Like the old shelf would it need to be extended after 80? Think of the Marvel collection, what if this series never ends? Maybe I'll be back. I'll still pick up the 4th Nemesis volume, and Dante of course. The complete Durham Red as well. Maybe it's a reflection on the stunning quality of the weekly. New thrills that's the thing. I've just ordered the signed "Hope" from Gosh comics. Tharg is going to get my cash, but I'll save it for the newer stuff.

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Events / Re: MCM Comic Con
« on: 30 October, 2018, 05:52:28 pm »
I didn't realise the scale of MCM - it's the whole of ExCel. It's huge. I've never paid for autographs before, only for sketches, and felt odd parting with cash even for Chris Claremont. I'm really only used to Lawless, NICE & Leam Con - tiny cons where you almost have to pace yourself! This was certainly disorienting - the variety of the culture on show. Even with this scale ther's still time for the smaller moments with creators. There was a lovely signing with Amanda Conner & Jimmy Paliotti, who were very charming and happy to chat about working with Garth Ennnis & Steve Dillon.
I can see why calling this a comic con is misleading to some, it's Geek Culture - Cosplay, Anime, Film, TV, K-Pop, Computer Games etc - all in the mix. I love comics but I'm glad to see the wider culture - Rick & Morty, Doctor Who, Nintendo and all. I was only there Sunday when i think it was quieter. I'd go again, and maybe do more homework about what's on. I wish Rebellion were represented.
There was certainly plenty to see - everything from Bernard Cribbins to Frank Miller.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2102 - Quick on the Jaw!
« on: 10 October, 2018, 08:52:55 am »
Prog 2102 continues to be stellar. Dredd & Brink are A*, although I’m sure some would find Brink too talky.
Skip Tracer has never looked better and has a real House of Daemon feel. Kingdom is old school thrills. Fiends feels cinematic - Dave Taylor is a master of atmosphere. Truely this run of progs is up there with the best for me. May the Second Golden Age of 2000ad continue...

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Prog / Re: Prog 2101 - The Red, Wight and Blue
« on: 04 October, 2018, 08:45:37 am »
“ Murder is a crime. The chain of command is followed” - Dredd

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Prog / Re: Prog 2101 - The Red, Wight and Blue
« on: 03 October, 2018, 07:26:19 pm »
Question about Dredd The Small House Part 2

SPOILERS

When Judge Smiley reminds Dredd of the high body count of his friends is he implying Hershey needs to be assassinated? Because she puts the city at risk? Is he testing Dredd’s loyalty? Apologies if this is blindingly obvious to other prog readers.  Another stunningly good issue!

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Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« on: 27 September, 2018, 07:22:50 pm »
Please help me with Anderson. I like the art but confused by the third page. Is the initial skysurfing perp killed by a single whack to the head meant for Anderson? She calls in a Death but he doesn’t look too dead behind her. It’s not like half his head’s missing or anything! Great art & colouring though, more from de la Cruz please Tharg?!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 September, 2018, 02:19:57 pm »
I haven't had 27 & 28 yet and I subscribed from the start.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 September, 2018, 02:02:29 pm »
Good point bernardsfingers!
The Premium figures are lovely things, especially the Nemesis the Warlock statue. The are painted well and have a bit of weight to them. Here's to the Halo Jones figure coming next!

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 27 September, 2018, 11:30:47 am »
I'd love to see Ian Gibson do covers for further collected reprints & maybe a few images of Halo's possible futures. He's a definitive 2000ad artist and a singular talent.

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