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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 22 July, 2019, 10:30:02 pm »
Second Coming certainly had a very interesting gestation. DC let it go after a brouhaha kicked up from the christian right because you know God, Jesus and superheroes = automatically bad. Damn actually waiting to read it. So it got slammed which put DC in a post Bat dong quaundry before its realise.

Everyone felt the best way out was to take it elsewhere. as it was creator owned and so the talented Mark Russell (And Richard Pace also talented, but Mark Russell really is something else) took it to Ahoy who have lapped it up.

While each to their own, don't buy it as a reaction to a nonsense fuss it coursed without it being was read, for reasons other than knowledge of its content, just buy it cos it a damned good comic and make up your mind from there.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 22 July, 2019, 09:27:09 pm »
Haul of two halves really. First half isn't as good as the higher numbers show sometimes when you are into a series the quality can ebb and flo.

I've mentioned Criminal 6 below and will say no more here. Two decent if not stella James Bonds James Bond 9 and James Bond Origins 11 I think both these series will hang together well on re-read.

Assassin Nation 5 will likewise hopefully shine on re-read. Kyle Starks is the writer of some of my favourite comics of the last couple of year so the fact that I'm not sure here is hopefully a phase.

Best of this half is Immortal Hulk 21 one of this series absolute highs, loved this examination of Fortean. The art form Ryan Bodenheim is sublime I have to say.

Half time break set up the second half with a one shot Giant Size X-Statix 1 and I was when I saw this one was coming. The result is pretty good and feels very much like a set up for the final page annoucement for X-Cellent 1 a new series by Milligan and Allred coming in 2020. Now this was excellent news indeed!

The second half is all about firsts and they are ALL doozes. I've talked about Ragnarok 1 elsewhere and its a delight to have Walt Simonson's brilliant series back and it certainly starts with a bang as we get development and a summary of Ragnarok itself. Brilliant.

As is Black Hammer Justice League 1 which masterfully weaves to very different, but similar worlds together with great ingenuity. Think this one will be a blast.

All these second half firsts burst onto the pitch with a zeal and energy that might be hard to maintain as time goes on, but is a wonder to behold, but no more so than the TWO, yes TWO best of the hauls. Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 1 by Fraction and Lieber is just impossibly good fun. Its a glorious counterpoint to the FAR more grounded Lois Lane, but I'm very happy that both exist but this one is such smart fun.

Second Coming 1
is cruelly funny and just brilliant (now many times have I said that?). If man is cast in God's own image that must mean God is... well a bit of a grumpy old man and its from here we get the tone of the piece. God's grumpy, Sunstar a superman analogue, is a bit upperty and insensitive and poor old JC just isn't quite ready for the job at hand for all his good intentions. This comic is simply hilarious and fuss and nonsense that surrounds it aside just buy it cos its very, very good.

Film & TV / Re: Blu-ray Minithread
« on: 22 July, 2019, 08:51:47 pm »
Stop rubbing your Fopp in my face!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 22 July, 2019, 08:18:30 pm »

I get that you're just reviewing the one book (which I haven't read), but Philips has done some visually incredible work over Brubkaer's typing, on Fatale, Incognito, The Fade Out, and other bits of Criminal itself. They aren't the incoherent madness of Danzig's Inferno to be sure, but thank feck for that.

All this talk of Brubaker and Phillips is well timed. I'm about to finish my latest haul and aside from a wonderous array of great first issues (so far) the over riding take home is alas I think I'll end up dropping Criminal, which is... well... Criminal. I've spent the best part of the last 7 years buying their stuff month to month, jumping onboard with Fatale and its been fantastic. Fatale, The Fade Out and Kill or be Killed have been delights, and I've dipped into previous stuff like Sleeper and loved that too - must catch up with Incognito. Alas there's something about the short form stuff in Criminal that's leaving me so cold.

The downtrodden, world weary folks from the fringes just don't seem fresh and don't say anything that I've not seen before. It all feels so tired. Such a shame. It might be as simple as his longer form stuff has more space to explore different areas, I'm not sure. Phillips' art is uniformly fantastic as he constantly finds fresh and interesting ways to present characters who inhabit the gritty and dark world he casts them into. No need for theatrics, its just sublime storytelling and glorious acting, enough to keep any artist happy, or at least this one it would seem. This however is not enough to keep me with the series. I found myself struggling to retain interest with issue 6 last night and suspect I'm just getting it out of habit now... time for a break maybe.

General / 2000ad and Rebellion at Comic Con 2019
« on: 22 July, 2019, 12:57:12 pm »
I'll give this a new thread in case more pops up - and I'm not sure where else to put this - but a nice write up from The Beat about the Satire or Super Cop at San Deigo this year


Off Topic / Re: Marriage guidance for collectors of tat
« on: 22 July, 2019, 12:44:00 pm »
He meant to type 'cave'.  Although from memory of the photos, 'cavern of wonders' would be more appropriate.  When librarians are unleashed on a formless mound of tat and newsprint, the results can be magnificent.

Indeed I did. My ability to make no sense knows no bounds!

Off Topic / Re: Marriage guidance for collectors of tat
« on: 21 July, 2019, 08:04:22 pm »
Comics I get away with no problem.In fact I have a nerd card off the back of our garage as some here might recall.

I tend to avoid 'toys' and figures and what not. On the odd occasions when I've asked if £400 on a Lego Death Star, or would £200 for a two foot tall T-Tex be okay she has this curious ability to say

"Well its your money spend it on what you like"

In a way that means "Are you insane do that and you'll be filling the car on your budget for the rest of our days." and I never vear off the straight and narrow!

Books & Comics / Re: Walt Simonson's Ragnarok
« on: 20 July, 2019, 10:37:57 pm »
Tangent: I discovered via Twitter the other day that Simonson abandoned a career in palaeontology to pursue his artistic ambitions, which makes his signature suddenly make a lot more sense…!

Ha! I never knew that. The signature does make a lot of sense.

Oh yes but what set up. And that summary of Ragnarok was quite something.

Books & Comics / Re: Walt Simonson's Ragnarok
« on: 20 July, 2019, 08:49:35 pm »
Have you read it yet. Its just superb!

Prog / Re: Prog 2141 - Pincer movement
« on: 20 July, 2019, 08:49:00 pm »
Loved the nod in Dredd to one of the earliest Dredd covers.  Really brought back prog 18 for me!

Yeah that was brilliant.

Prog / Re: Prog 2141 - Pincer movement
« on: 20 July, 2019, 08:23:24 pm »
There's some cracking stuff in the Prog this week.

Dredd Rob Williams is already cooking up a storm, one episode in and as Eammon says this has all the marks of being a blinder. Everything about it oozes class and Chris Weston's art delievers the tale with art of the same quality. Its also amazing how much is packed into these six pages. Delightful.

As is Indigo Prime. Never has a boardroom meeting been so delightfully entertaining, I'm sure many have been as chilling. Then the explosion of  chaos and mystery. I hang onto the tale, barely by my fingers tips, but boy is it worth the effort.

Anderson is frustrating and the three panels of ...chappie whose name I can't remember... close up as he watches Karyn save him on the first page kinda some it up. See they're okay, they convey what's needed, I can work it out... its just its not convincing, its lacks conviction, you see what Aneke's going for, but it looks flat and unconvincing. The story is getting much the same alas. I think this one will read better in one and its all such a shame as its so close.

Absalom on the other hand carries its tale with absolute conviction. The betryal by Guv'nor is no surprise, its juts done with such grim and bitter glory. Majestic.

Thistlebone continues its level of creepy horror also with absolute conviction, it cast doubt on what you think you know, on what you assume to be correct with precision leaving you unsettled and uneasy. A bit of a masterclass this one.

So yeah four very contrasting pieces of brilliance and one duffer that's always going to be a big win.

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 20 July, 2019, 07:00:06 am »
The Irish Times gives a viewpoint on the Cats trailer...

Not that I'm about to hand any money to Andrew Lloyd-Webber anyway...

That's hilarious!

Both the commentary and the trailer.

Oh my God what were they thinking???


Diggle in New Blood

I can give Andy Diggle's time as editor a hard time, and I do think it has many miss steps, fueled by shot glasses or not (I think this book deal thingie Jim has mentioned a couple of times explains a lot), anyway what is undenible is in these early days quite what he does to boost the artist roster - the following could all be wrong by the way so I stand to be corrected.

Prog 1205 - FraZer (aways get the S and the Z wrong so I looked it up!) Irving springs on the scene and elevates to a Dredd by Prog 1206

Prog 1207 we get D'Israeli's debute as an artist - he's been colouring for a wee while but I think this is his first pictures?

Prog 1208 Diggle somehow cranks up the pace even more. Boo Cook appears - all be it looking more like Phillip Bond or Glyn Dillon that Boo Cook I think of. AND Richard Elson ... doesn't make his debut... but since his art has changed so much since Shadows and a cameo in Deus Ex Machina it might as well be.

I might have missed some as well before I started to notice his turn around.

DAMN that's impressive and these folks will grow immensely as artists over the coming year its really testament to some talenting spoting that so early in his time as Tharg's little helper Andy D has found so much talent.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 19 July, 2019, 08:08:26 pm »
There's a very clear clean style in all those covers! Something you get the impression Tharg likes too.

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