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Books & Comics / Re: ANT WARS collection
« on: Today at 02:21:00 pm »
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.

I think you are right....it’s not a commonly held view  :lol:

For me, as far as GFD is concerned you can’t beat The VCs.

Megazine / Re: Meg 392 - Dredd vs Death
« on: 18 January, 2018, 09:43:09 am »
Good Meg this month.

Quick question to save me digging out my back issues. How was it left with Harry Heston at the end of his previous appearance? I don’t remember him being in a position where he could be working for the Judges given Dredd’s attitude to him.

Can anyone enlighten me?

Megazine / Re: Meg 392 - Dredd vs Death
« on: 12 January, 2018, 08:48:09 pm »
First time the Meg has turned up on a Friday. Shame I don’t have time to read it yet. :lol:

That art print is lovely. What a great idea.

Prog / Re: Prog 2063 - Beelitz Blitz
« on: 09 January, 2018, 01:48:21 pm »
This is what I think I'm not getting from this series yet. From the off First Casualties didn't take any risks (in a good way) and outlined that truth is the first victim in war and that was what we were seeing, a distorted truth. That allowed the creators to take other risks, such as throwing long dead characters back in and playing with our truth of what war had done to them. Fantastic stuff I thought and was a little perplexed that this didn't seem to be picked up by so many.

The thing for me is it was never enough to just say “truth is the first casualty” and then just do whatever you want without any explanation. I would still like the narrative to make sense.

At this point I think it might be better to consider this series and the last one as completely separate entities to what went before, certainly in terms of the members of Bad Company themselves.

Prog / Re: Prog 2063 - Beelitz Blitz
« on: 08 January, 2018, 07:19:22 pm »
Similar standard Prog as last week.

Cracking cover. Dredd, ABC, Savage and Brass Sun carry on in the same vein. My favourite this week was Savage.

As to Bad Company - I don’t mind Mac turning up this week. It’s just reached that point you see in movies or TV series where you know what you are seeing can’t be the real world and something else is going on. But it’s also at the point where the amount I care is less and less each week.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 08 January, 2018, 12:45:40 pm »
I vaguely recall that one of the early SinDex strips actually has a little bubble explaining this very reference, as least it did in the DC-printed collections. Not going to dig them out to check mind.

I don’t remember that being in the Prog.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 06 January, 2018, 04:12:43 pm »
TPM in 4th spot?

Have to say I’m just a little surprised.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 04 January, 2018, 01:44:19 pm »
Game of Thrones.

I know I am late to the party and wasn’t going to bother.

Well that would have been a mistake.

My wife and I are currently devouring the box set of seasons 1 to 7 and are up to mid season 4 (Tyrion’s trial with Javier Pena out of Narcos about to fight for him).

What is great about it is the huge ensemble cast and not knowing who to root for. Basically there are no nailed on goodies and baddies - everyone is doing what they are doing for a reason ( in their view anyway.) well apart from Joffrey and Ramsay Snow anyway and possibly Cersei.

That all means it is impossible to guess what is going to happen (spoilers not withstanding) as it’s not a case of knowing the good guys will win, as it’s not clear who the good guys are well may Jon Snow is, but I guess he isn’t going to end up as the King at the end.

And please guys and gals - no spoilers in replies. Thanks.

Prog / Re: Prog 2062 - Smush Hour
« on: 03 January, 2018, 11:46:02 pm »
Well whatever you think of the stories, you’d be hard pressed to say the Prog isn’t value. Is that a first? Every page apart from the cover and the Nerve Centre was story - no ads  at all. It feels churlish to say it, but it feels odd reading the back cover. As to the contents it’s 4 good / great strips and one stin that is not so good.

First the great strips and it is great to see Uncle Pat back on form after the disappointment of the last Slaine series. Savage and especially ABC Warriors are fantastic  this week. Indeed I think this ABC Warriors strip could be the best thing he has done in years.

I re-read the Xmas issue and this week’s Brass Sun together and they do a really good job of bringing you (back) up to speed. Don’t think I am going to need to dig out the back Progs after all.

Dredd was solid enough...for a non Wagner.

Bringing up the rear for me is Bad Company . I can’t work out of this is meant to be a parody or not. Well actually I guess it is; it has reached the point where I just can’t read it as a straight story anymore. I won’t skip it, but please: I don’t need another series of this, so it would be good to wrap the whole thing up.

Film & TV / Re: Christmas University Challenge
« on: 02 January, 2018, 08:30:43 pm »
Sorry for double post - I’m stunned Jamie Bamber couldn’t think of Geoff Hurst!

(Apart from that he was really good).

Film & TV / Re: Christmas University Challenge
« on: 02 January, 2018, 08:15:32 pm »
Apollo from new BSG was on the other side!

I see Bruce Dickinson features in another episode.

General / Re: John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra have this coming our way
« on: 01 January, 2018, 07:49:10 pm »
Looks very reminiscent of early Strontium Dog (Starlord days) to me...

Exactly my thoughts when I saw it.

And no I don’t think TPO mentions Sam Street. I don’t remember it anyway. ( I have the updated one).

Books & Comics / Re: Top five comics of the year (not 2000ad or Meg)
« on: 31 December, 2017, 03:26:21 pm »
The only non Tharg stuff I have read this year are Rok of the Reds and Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast.

Not counting the occasional Ulimate Spider-man or Lego Star Wars with my seven year old son.

So clear winner is Rok.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 30 December, 2017, 11:45:07 am »
Wasn’t the exhaust port part of the deliberate flaw put in by Galen Erso?

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 29 December, 2017, 08:49:13 pm »
This is a really interesting take on the film, primarily talking about watching movies in a different way. It certainly sheds a new life on the notion of the side quest and the million-to-one shot, along with the nature of what TLJ is trying to make about the ideas of rebellion and power.

The article in this link absolutely nails it for me. Spot on. Thanks for sharing.

Yes I also think that is a good take. The thing that I found the worst about the film was that it was too long and I blamed the casino planet sequence for that, but it’s a good point - not everything the heroes do has to be successful.

On reflection and taking onboard the replies to my initial post I think I will be more well disposed to it on a 2nd viewing. Unfortunately that probably won’t be until it comes out on DVD.

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