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General / Re: Stop me before I read too much into this...
« on: 23 May, 2018, 08:39:22 pm »
Well, I hope to god Keith remembers my email address if there's more to that Battle logo than meets the eye.


Having seen your work on War Stories it would certainly be an easy sell. There's so much potential out there for great stories by great talents like yourself.

General / Stop me before I read too much into this...
« on: 23 May, 2018, 06:36:38 pm »
... but did anyone notice in the latest Thrillmail the logo top left of the 'Sniper Elite' advert... I mean that is the old Battle logo isn't it... isn't it... so do you think we might be seeing a return of the title, even if its as an imprint for some Rebellion stuff...

... I mean I'm not getting carried anyway am I... well I am clearly but UUUHHHH that's intriguing.

I have no interest in Sniper Elite but if any marketing droids want to convince me that by buying this I could add to the possiblity of the comic coming back... well every sale counts right!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 May, 2018, 07:37:28 am »
Big round of applause for surviving that chaps - did I even hear a bit of a 'mouth sick' at one point?

Such a delight and the drunken fun is kinda like making it double sized with a hologram cover, just makes it that little bit more fun and special.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 22 May, 2018, 10:07:34 pm »
Oh yeah sure you start on the Sherbat but then you move to the hard stuff.

I mean have you ever tried to snort a Fox's Glacier Mint?

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 22 May, 2018, 09:48:38 pm »
Though never EVER snort it. Please God don't snort it.

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 21 May, 2018, 06:29:43 pm »
Managed to high five Clint Boon at the Manchester Great Run yesterday. (I was doing the 10k. It was hot!)

Ha! That's cool.

Anyway I've dicovered Goat Girl after seeing them live the other day. Their album is great.

Just caught up with the Mark Russell (writer of the upcoming IDW mini) interview and it confirms everything that made me so pleased that he was having a crack at Dredd. The fella is so smart and insightful and i'm really looking forward to this now.

Cracking stuff.

Just read The Golden House of Samarkand and l have to be honest struggled with this one a little. I mean its still a fantastic read and the story is rich and deep, but at this extended length I was wondering if we'd have more time to explore things. But its so dense and full. The plot cracks on at an immense pace and while there are scenes that are allowed a little more space and time, so much happens and so much is covered.

I just don't think I was able to give it the good length of reading a pleasure like this deserves to get the best out of it. At some point in the future I'll have the time to devote to this the attention it deserves. As it is I'll settle happily for the shallow reading I've managed.Not had this problem before with any of this series but this one left me frustrated as I knew I was missing meaning and ideas.

Still a glory to behold and even read with the lack of insight I managed I fantastic tale. At moments its just breath-taking and Rasputin has turned here into one of my all time favourite comic characters, just a joy. So no problems and I should be happy that I know this has so much more to offer when I return to it.

Books & Comics / Re: The Fleetway Files.
« on: 19 May, 2018, 02:49:38 pm »
Well its landed and while it will be a while until I'm able to say I read it there's a good reason for that. Its a monster. A bloody beautiful monster. Heavens knows how long it will take me to read through this, it took me all lunch to just flick through it!

It also looks great, a wide variety of content, but all nicely themed. I have to be honest if I compare the money I've spent on this to the money I could have spent on Comic Scene (if I hadn't picked it up for nowt at FCDB) and there really isn't much comparison. The Fleetway Files just looks the business and well worth the money I spent (not that much, especially when you consider postage. Can't wait to get stuck in.

Prog / Re: Prog 2082 - Out For Blood!
« on: 19 May, 2018, 02:44:11 pm »
Apart from agreeing with A.Cow and finding Survival Geeks pretty twee and tiresome, if beautifully rendered I think we're on fine form.

The names Carroll and Lynch are two that I look forward to seeing on Dredd. Jake Lynch is rapidly becoming one of my favourite current Dredd scribblers and uses Carroll's nicely intriguing script to good effect. This one is a great opening and looking forward to seeing how it develops and what it reflects from the past.

While I might agree with A.Cow about Survival Geeks I disagree with him about Skip Tracer as I'm really enjoying these playful first two part. The lovely action focused burst of the opener leading nicely into this episode that builds a bit of intrigue and interest. A mystery is nicely form and after two episodes we have had stuff happen and more importantly I'm interested in learning more. While I agree to date its nothing too new with Paul Marshal ever more wonderful art a world is established and story brewing and its more than earnt time to slide into new territory with me. It surely needs to, but it deserves the chance to grow.

Durham Red to be far shows how you can do all that in just one episode. Characters and background nicely established with well disguised exposition. A lovely burst of action and a case shown in draft. Great stuff and Ben Wilsher's best art to date. Great opening.

That only leaves Deadworld for me to blather about and it turns out its the post apocalyptic tale I didn't realise I needed and the more this appears the more I like it. Great stuff and cool show down she a comin'

So yeah 4 out of 5 is good in any Prog and the 4 are a good 4 so I'm a happy terran.

Megazine / Re: 396 - The Razor's Edge
« on: 17 May, 2018, 06:26:41 am »
I’m not crazy — that’s an invunche in The Returners, isn’t it?

I dunno. But that was a Google search right there.

Arh so one Google search later reveals they's the turny round head people in Moore's Swamp Thing. I didn't know they were called 'Invunche' I thought they were called 'The turny round head people from Moore's Swamp Thing'

Yeah I though it was the turny roun... I mean Invunche.

Megazine / Re: 396 - The Razor's Edge
« on: 16 May, 2018, 09:32:23 pm »
Good Meg, maybe not as good as last week however as it had a couple of ending that didn't quite land it.

Cursed Earth Koburn was okay, after an okay strip. It could have set up something interesting to come, or it could have just been underlining its point at the end only time will tell. The whole was okay, but just kinda there if I'm honest and the ending didn't change anything.

Movie Dredd tried so hard and really did its best, but it had a near impossible task. To end Dredd, without ending Dredd. And damn all involved did there damnest and it was pretty good. Alas it could live up to what it was building up, to what it had been putting all the pieces in place for. It'd set itself to be so bold and definative in the end. To do what regular Dredd just couldn't... and alas neither could this. So close, and pretty good... just of it could have been that little bit bolder!

The rest is pretty damned good. I'm enjoying the setup for a danger journey to come in Dredd vs Razorjack. Chopper is almost cliche in its McCarthy originality its crazy fun and seems to be building in a very interesting direction. Lovin' this.

But I absolutely adore Returners. Great characters, heigh adventure, tension. I care and I'm intrigued. Just brilliant. What a fresh enthralling new thrill. Can't wait to see where this goes.

All this some good text articles. But what the heck is the floppie doing? I mean its a good thrill but its very recent and surely this will be getting a trade release at some point... surely??? Just really interesting choice and there's no denying the floppy is stretching its format in all sorts of interesting ways.

Books & Comics / Re: The Fleetway Files.
« on: 15 May, 2018, 09:51:55 am »
This sort of news just makes my day and of course ORDERED!

And so the 700s roll on to their half way mark and the Prog is cleared for a jumping on Prog that will hold much of interest. What is cleared to make way is a very mixed bag.

Muzak KIller is ... okay... the Prog has a real beef with Jason Donovan back in the day. I mean he was fluff nonsense but boy did they give him a hard time... I thought it was cool back in the day, these days its just to soft a target.. I'm not enjoying Ennis as much as I remember I have to admit.

I loved Revere back in the day, this time while I enjoyed it I find this first book a little thin, it gets better as I recall in the later books this one is a little self obsessed but a fun experiment. Is this the first time we're had female nudity in 2000ad?

Dead Meat is... so... there. Its far from the worst, its just not that interesting and I think it could have been... are we meant to know why a ram can last underwater for like 8765 minutes or whatever it was? Anyway I think this one gets a second run and we'll see.

There's some rubbish Future Shocks and Slice is a bloody awful character in a poor story and Tao de Moto ends as its gone really, not quite being as good as it wants to be, not quite having the chance to develop the characters that all seem to have potential that's not realised. Shame, the end in the Prog is pretty good actually, in that the way Sopalco lead the reader and Tao on is nicely done... its just not that satisfying. I'll see how it does when I read the Yearbook.

Oh and the T.M.O. story is really bloody annoying.

I want to find more to say about this stuff... its just not interesting enough on the whole to say much about alas. Still while I'm not sure I get on with everything that we'll get in 750 I think there will be more to say... I can almost feel my hackles rising already at the though of Mrs Mills boy hanging on the street corner with that ne'er-do-well Tony Skinner, trying to look so cool...

I'm with you on finding Weston's early art a bit ropey in his Dredd days doing 'Crazy Barry' and the like - but for me, he stepped into high gear on Killing Time, on of my all time faves. Yes, he'd continue to get better still, but there's something about the colours and somewhat plastic-y people that really works in this inter-dimensional tale.

Is Lovesick World the one with one of Milligan's all-time best throwaway gags - the God of Leaning Against Hot Radiators? But I must say I'd like Bix Barton a touch more if he was a cricket rather than rugby man.

Yes (Lovesick World gas the Radiator God) and so YES - I'd be quite happy with Cricket references.

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