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Film & TV / Re: The Leopard from Lime Street - the TV series
« on: 25 September, 2020, 07:28:15 PM »
That is almost too exciting for words. If this is any way true, it's very heartening to see stuff from outside the worlds of 2000AD getting an airing. Hopefully they are thinking CBBC, and not trying to "adult it up".


Books & Comics / Re: Shift Comic - new UK anthology
« on: 25 September, 2020, 04:46:40 PM »
Fantastic stuff- I wonder if "newsagents and comic shops" includes WHSmiths? Because around my way, newsagents have stopped selling anything remotely comics related over the past few months.


General / Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
« on: 24 September, 2020, 09:50:28 AM »
Something about that reminds me of the grubby, more European art of the original Starlord run. I sincerely hope we are in for a real treat based on that image.


Other Reviews / Re: The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 23 September, 2020, 09:12:23 PM »
I must admit this one didnt do a whole lot for me. Was never a Battle reader, and while I do have a small stack of them- including #1-3 which were entertaining- I'm of the mind that basically the only thing of real note that came from it was Charley's War... which was missing from this one. I'm just not one for war comics, which is kind of why I started with 2000AD in the first place.

All that said, i appreciated getting it as part of the specials bundle, and i liked Dan Abnett's War Child. Anything that makes comic readers start frothing about "wokeness" is alright by me. If the rest if it had been similarly antiwar, I'd be frothing myself- for a regular monthly version. Too much though was exactly what I expected. Did like the bear story though. Cant beat a man-eating bear.


Prog / Re: Prog 2200 - Beyond The Frontiers Of Future Fiction!
« on: 23 September, 2020, 08:45:22 PM »
What a superb prog. What an episode of SiniDex! HookJaw is off to a splendid start- this is obviously a completely different take on HookJaw, far removed from Action, and all power to Tharg's elbow- and the droids involved- for a brilliant synthesis of story and art, and for wrong footing me so successfully.

Fantastic to see Stickleback back, and I really wish I could say I'm completely up to speed, but six years is a long time and I am old. Looking forward to where it's going (which I seem to be saying a lot about the prog this week, what with SiniDex and HookJaw.

Everything else was also very good- a decent Future Shock, a solid Dredd, and even Skip Tracer wasnt awful
 It's still the weakest thing in any given prog and a Meg floppy waiting to happen, but this one held together okay, and only the colour palette puts me off the art. It looks brown, even though it's actually quite vibrant. Like John Higgins on an off day.

Still dont like the cover though. And the inevitable price rise next week was a small shock, even though it is of course worth twice that.


General / Re: UNDT Quarter Finals Heat 4: Johnny Alpha vs Mean Machine Angel
« on: 22 September, 2020, 09:39:42 AM »


General / Re: UNDT Quarter Finals Heat 3: Nemesis the Warlock vs Halo Jones
« on: 22 September, 2020, 09:38:56 AM »
The character who had the biggest impact on me? Or the character who has the greatest development and seems the most 'real'?

It's an impossible choice. So I'm going to say HALO, purely because at this stage in the vote she needs supporters.


General / Re: UNDT Quarter Finals Heat 2: Torquemada vs Judge Anderson
« on: 21 September, 2020, 11:23:08 AM »
Torquemada all the way!


General / Re: UNDT Quarter Finals Heat 1: Nikolai Dante vs Wulf Steinhammer
« on: 21 September, 2020, 11:22:40 AM »
My inner ten year old compels me to vote for WULF, but it was close.


General / Re: UNDT - Quarter Finals
« on: 20 September, 2020, 03:14:27 PM »
Keep going Colin- I've really enjoyed them so far and as a direct result of these, I've been coming to the forum a lot more than I have previously done, of late.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 September, 2020, 10:01:59 AM »
Only the first book of the new Flesh has ever been collected in any form, yes? That's always struck me as odd.


General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 19 September, 2020, 09:03:07 AM »
December 2020 Solicitations:


One day I'm sure we will hear the whole story of these Plague Months and the hoops Tharg and the droids had to jump through in order to get both the prog and Meg out. There are a lot of points of interest in that solicitation: most notably for me the continued non-appearance of Slaine and that The Alienist was/is due in the floppy. How much of a last minute thing was the decision to serialise the Encyclopedia? And are we, as Matt seemed to suggest in the recent interview, really getting it every month until Feb 2022?

Having seen part one, I'm happy for that, to be honest. Not least because its given me an excuse to buy an extra copy each month for my eldest- who reads the prog, and loves that kind of thing (I've only just got my copies of those Mongoose (?) Dredd guide books back from him after several years.


General / Re: Lawless: Bedrock Melody - The musical
« on: 18 September, 2020, 01:27:57 PM »
"BEDrock Melody"?

"Lawson, Metta Lawson, she's an ace right outta Megacityyy
"In the, town of Bedrock
"She will wow you with her comments witty

"One day, maybe Munce will win the fight
"Til then that catt will stay out for the night...

"When you're with Metta Lawson
"You'll have a yabbadabbadrokk time, a dabbadrokk time, you will have a gay old tiiiiiiiiiime!"



Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 17 September, 2020, 02:14:25 PM »
End of Days was distracting enough, but too reminiscent of the Bad Old Days (Crusade, Judgement Day etc) for me to be anything other than glad it's over.

One good thing has been that even the usual "2000AD is entirely about Dredd" lot over on that there Facebook have been forced to look elsewhere for their thrills, and more light has been shone on The Out than perhaps would otherwise have been, in the endless debate about minutiae of Mega City Lore. The Out has been the absolute highlight of the prog this year so far- and hopefully just the first book of many. Anyone know whether Harrison is a "quick" artist, because this needs to return as fast as is humanly possible.

The obvious question about Slaine remains- I was expecting a Manco cover on 2200, and not the image we were presented with in 2199. But something about that- which is undeniably a pretty spectacular piece of art- shouts "placeholder" to me. Maybe because it's not seemingly relevant to any strip as far as I can tell.


Megazine / Re: Meg 424 - Thirty Megnificent Years
« on: 16 September, 2020, 10:26:04 PM »

I take back everything I said and that is now the coolest thing in 2000AD history. And I am now SO going to listen to that while reading Lawless again *first thing in the morning*.



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