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Messages - Greg M.

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Games / Re: Fallout 76
« on: 19 November, 2018, 06:29:55 pm »
Haven’t done too much of the main quest line yet, mostly just exploring, building and enjoying getting dragged off on side-quests. I like how desolate it all feels, and I love encountering all the weird little vignettes – it’s far closer in atmosphere to Fallout 3 than it is New Vegas or 4. It’s getting some stinking reviews, but I’m finding it enormous fun, so I must be doing something wrong.

General / Re: Top 2000AD moments of the last 25 years
« on: 17 November, 2018, 05:21:28 pm »
"My name is Dredd. You may have heard of me. I'm a stickler."

Games / Re: Fallout 76
« on: 16 November, 2018, 06:39:40 pm »
I had absolutely no intention of buying this. The idea of an online Fallout game didn't particularly interest me. And yet... somehow I seem to be playing it, and, despite the rather superfluous onliney-ness, enjoying it. How did that happen?

Creative Common / Re: The Writers' Block
« on: 15 November, 2018, 07:20:58 pm »
Paragraphs are a tool wielded by the upper-classes to enforce artificial divisions on the text of society!

(Sorry, I’ve been reading Charley’s War…)

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 13 November, 2018, 09:51:55 pm »
Our mums must have been wheeled into the delivery suite within minutes of each other, Greg.

From what you've said previously, I'm pretty sure our first progs are only weeks away from each other (I'm 506, for what it's worth.)

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 13 November, 2018, 07:24:47 pm »
Not sure how I missed this thread before: I do like a list.


1: Bad Company Bk2
2: Bad Company Bk1
3: The Dead Man (others seem to be listing this as a Dredd story, for obvious reasons, but it appeared under its own title, and is very much its own thing.)
4: Revere (I know there’s 3 books, but they’re only six episodes each, so I’ll count it all as one.)
5: Chopper: Song of the Surfer
6: The Dead
7: Nemesis the Warlock: Bk V
8: Nemesis the Warlock: Bk I
9: Ace Trucking Co.: The Great Mush Rush
10: Zenith: Phase III

1: Necropolis
2: Young Giant
3: The Raggedy Man
4: Hitman
5: In the Bath
6: Crazy Barry, Little Mo / Banana City
7: The Pit
8: Blood Cadets
9: The Apocalypse War
10: The Lurker

Off Topic / Re: RIP Stan Lee
« on: 12 November, 2018, 06:56:40 pm »
Nuff said...

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 12 November, 2018, 05:46:03 pm »
And a superb grail page for Dave. With Carlos in all his magnificence.

Which I own! Had a chat with Dave on this topic - it's his favourite Carlos page ever, but it's probably mine too, unfortunately (for Dave!)

Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 10 November, 2018, 02:57:33 pm »
But any story that brings in Richard E. Grant's Withnail as an alcoholic magician is ok by me.

That's funny - I always think Willoughby Kipling's the worst thing in Doom Patrol, 'cos he' s such an obvious lift.

Off Topic / Re: Help with the Woman's Weekly puzzle page.
« on: 10 November, 2018, 11:44:29 am »

Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 10 November, 2018, 11:08:20 am »
I read All-Star Superman recently. Left me cold. I wonder how familiar you need to be with various Superman tropes to appreciate it?

I'm not a particular fan of Superman: I love the superhero genre but I've always been more Marvel than DC, and I can't say I've read that much in the way of Superman's solo exploits. However, I think All Star Superman is one of the greatest comics ever - issue #10 alone must be contender for one of the best single issues of anything. (Not just because of the famous 'You're much stronger than you think you are' page - every page of #10 is filled to the brim with sheer glorious wonder, imagination, and comicsy genius.)

Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 09 November, 2018, 11:46:12 pm »
Animal Man wouldn't even crack my Morrison top ten - but I think Colin and I have had an 'Animal Man vs Doom Patrol' conversation before. I do enjoy the former though - it's certainly better than Morrison's Batman run, which would, subjectively, be way down there. Apart, of course, from the Dick Grayson bits. (Can we still call him Dick, now he's... ugh... Ric?)

Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 09 November, 2018, 06:04:25 pm »
I think The Invisibles is generally great, but it takes a while to get going. I feel like it finds its feet in the issues collected in the second TPB, Apocalipstick, not least because of the increased focus on Lord Fanny, probably the most likeable character in it. (Notably, Morrison writes Fanny almost identically to how he writes Emma Frost in his X-Men run.)

The Filth is more focused and consistent, mind you, but The Invisibles is a big, mad, crazy quilt of a saga.

As for Morrison's best work... We3? All-Star Superman #10?

Books & Comics / Re: Do you follow characters or creators?
« on: 05 November, 2018, 06:17:06 pm »
I follow creators, specifically writers. The only artists I tend to follow are writer-artists, like Eric Powell. However, when it comes to US comics franchises, I'm a fan of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four, so I'll read these unless I've tried the writer's work before and found it wanting. Sometimes I'll still give them a go, irrespective - I wasn't into Warren Ellis, for instance, but I read his X-Men stuff.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 October, 2018, 09:54:10 pm »
I wonder how the Scotch would vote if another indy ref were on the cards.

Exactly the same way as last time, sadly.

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