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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 March, 2019, 10:00:55 am »
Actually looking forward to seeing where the goddess is sending Slaine next, which was a surprise as I'd set expectations for this book quite low based on discussions here.

Yeah, the Demon Killer arc was superb. Really interesting to contrast it with the same events and characters touched on in Aquila (previous volume), where I didn't feel like I really got to know Boudicca at all, or understand her motivations. Pat gave us a really complete exploration of her campaign and I felt really invested - and Elfric was campy fun, great to see him get another outing. The Lord of Misrule arc feels a bit less essential (and quite a bit preachier!) but still fairly enjoyable.

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News / Re: Rogue Trooper 1:1 Helm
« on: 15 March, 2019, 11:18:39 am »
Not even that big a Rogue fan, but OH. MY. GOD! That is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 March, 2019, 08:44:00 am »
Love the early Langley artwork in lord of misrule.

Aye, he turns up at the end of the volume as an absolute hero. The artwork gets darker, muddier and harder to decipher as the book goes on and then Langley appears and we can actually see what's happening! And what's more, he actually draws Nest to look like Nest, and not that blonde impostor we've been dumped with since The Horned God.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2122 - Your Planet Needs Thrills!
« on: 13 March, 2019, 10:05:05 pm »
Arguing against my main point here, but Invasion was set 22 years in the future.

But by that logic, Button Man is also sci-fi as it was set '22 seconds into yout future' or something similar.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 March, 2019, 07:07:28 pm »
This is something I've been meaning to ask a learned person (as I'm relatively new to all this) – am I right in thinking there are Year Specials that are named "Prog WhateverYearItIs"?

Yes. When it was the Millenium, we were in the late 1100s with the prog, so it wasn't an issue! Obviously the prog soon caught up with the year!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 March, 2019, 10:18:54 am »
Be mindful that a massive chunk of the Rebellion Scars book is a Sláine art volume – only a smallish amount of it is strip.

That's a good point. I mean they could easily split the Books of Invasion differently and then stick 'The Wanderer', which is unrelated to BoI anyway, in with Book of Scars -

Vol 9 - BoI I (Moloch, Golamh, Scota)
Vol 10 - BoI II (Tara, Odacon, Carnivale)
Vol 11 - The Wanderer, Book of Scars

Think I might prefer that anyway, to be honest. Then you've got volume 10 ending on that beautiful splash page by Langley and the emotive caption to the effect of 'And so, Slaine left Ireland for ever.' I could happily call it quits and pretend the saga finished there!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 March, 2019, 09:45:40 am »
Just finished Slaine volume 4, and here we are already at the point where it becomes a beautifully drawn, exposition heavy turgid chore. Are there REALLY 13 volumes of this?

Yup, it seems a colossal amount, but the numbers do work out (this is based on trying to roughly fit the existing Rebellion volumes into the Hachette pagecounts) -

Vol 1 - Warriors Dawn
Vol 2 - Time Killer
Vol 3 - Slaine the King
Vol 4 - Horned God
Vol 5 - Demon Killer, Lord Of Misrule

Vol 6 -  Treasures Of Britain (136)
Vol 7 - The Grail War (176)
Vol 8 - Lord Of The Beasts (256)
Vol 9 - Book Of Invasions 1 (112), Book Of Invasions 2 (112) = 224
Vol 10 - Book Of Invasions 3 (128), The Wanderer (128) = 256
Vol 11 - Book Of Scars (192)
Vol 12 - Brutania 1 (112), Brutania 2 (112) = 224
Vol 13 - Brutania 3 (101), Brutania 4 (96) = 197

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 05 March, 2019, 03:45:52 pm »
They’ve time traveled to collect a bounty on Hitler, won millions for Milton Keynes in space poker, and fought evil man-eating space baboon Bad Bob.

Bubo?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2121 - One Man's Stand
« on: 04 March, 2019, 01:11:04 pm »
I really hope they don't do more Strontium Dog unless John Wagner wants to.

They absolutely won't. It's all down to John, at this point.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2121 - One Man's Stand
« on: 04 March, 2019, 09:20:41 am »
Yup, no contest - has to be Macneil.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 February, 2019, 10:03:12 pm »
Any word on issue 42 yet?

If you mean 'What's it going to be?' - Nemesis IV.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 February, 2019, 02:26:42 pm »
Anyone else's copy of the latest Dante pretty blurry in the first 3rd of the book?

Yeah, mine's the same. A little hard to read some of the dialogue at first glance. I had this in another of the volumes - can't for the life of me remember which one now, though! Like a minor misalignment of colour plates during the printing process.

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 11 February, 2019, 04:59:00 pm »
Love the one where Dredd arrests the man who cryogenically revives Cliff Richard on the grounds of bad taste.  When the guy protests that bad taste isn't illegal, Dredd growls 'It's my strip, creep. I'll decide what's legal.'   :lol:

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 27 January, 2019, 10:44:50 am »

Aquila: Where All Roads Lead (1851-1855)

It is one of those new thrills which was just awesome but for some reason it just disappeared into the cracks the last few years. It might be a case  where Rennie got bored with the character, but I really would like this to return.

Rennie certainly has form in the 'I got bored' field. I find it a bit hard to invest in new stories by hin and Ian Edginton - who knows when (or if) they'll ever be concluded?

Maybe we'll find out what happened this Wednesday - Aquila is the next Ultimate Collection volume. Can't wait to read the back-up stuff and find out.

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