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General / Re: New 2000AD Binding from Prog 1
« on: 21 September, 2017, 08:51:30 pm »
There a thread from a while ago where many of us expressed kindness and understanding for the unique way others choose to file their stuff. Its so personal and one person's A-Z is another persons mumbled mess. So please know I say what I'm about to say with both kindness and envy for the beautiful collection of bound volumes you have ... but...

For the love of God man get those Annuals into their own section they kill the flow man.

Beyond that HELLYEAH that's some glorious stuff you got going on!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 21 September, 2017, 08:43:18 pm »
Really loved 15 to 1 (in original form) and William G Stewarts straight edge but cheeky presenting style had a lot to do with that.

Megazine / Re: Meg 388 - This Means Waugh!
« on: 20 September, 2017, 09:36:11 pm »
The Meg remains in very good form. I really enjoyed the Dredd a nice one, off centre one off and man I love Nick Dyer's art so all good here. Anderson I've been enjoying up to now but this episode felt by and large to just not move things on. Its as if the story was commissioned but didn't quite fill the space it was meant to and had tooo beee sttrrreettcccchhhheeddd. Still lets see how it progresses from here, as I say its been good to date.

Movie Dredd was fun enough. The 'happy' ending felt a little cranked on and forced into place, but overall probably my favourite movie Dredd story to date.

Now normally I'd leave Dark Dominion to the end - after all its bloomin' brilliant, I'm loving it, which defies all expectation. After all like Proudhuff I'm well and truly done with the Dark Judges. Haven't really like them for the longest time and I'm not Nick Percival's biggest fan. Here however with the glorious 'Alien' vibe superbly in place everything just clicks together perfectly. The scene were the survivors wakes in the hibanation chamber and then explores the surrounding of death is just chilling and gloriously realised.

But there's a bigger issue in the Meg this week and one I've genuinely approached with an open mind and the return of Devlin Waugh without John Smith is a big deal... except its not... it loved glorious and Mike Dowling produces typically fantastic work. Storywise its not bad... not bad at all... just not great... and I couldn't help but wonder... alas wondering will do me no good and I've got to take this on face value and will continue to do so. So on those terms not a bad start and enough to give me hope.

The added bonus is the floppie, previously normally unread as its normally been stories I have is starting to become essential reading as again it cover material I don't own. Here the 'Whatever happened to' stories are hit and miss... or rather hit and mah. Nothing is terrible but not much (Tweak really) is great.Still the fact that its new material is great news and more than makes up for this months lukewarm text article.

Over all The Meg is becoming superb value.

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd (2012)
« on: 19 September, 2017, 09:49:45 pm »

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 19 September, 2017, 09:19:01 pm »
So I hailed 1985 the nostaligia fueled best year to date of Thrillpower but left a HUGE question dangling, could


top it? ...
Bloomin' heck genuinely wasn't expecting it to be this cut and dry.


So there we have it to date 1985 was topped by 1986 which leds nicely into...


And you know what the momentum might just about be continuing... might. 1987 was all about a changing of the guard. I speculated it might be at the turn of the year (so to speak) and it is, possible even more pronounced that I'd speculated.

Its the year of Pete Milligan, the year of Zenith, the year of Barry Kitson, the year of Democracy Now!, the year of PJ, the hour of the wolf. The year of Hicklenton on Nemesis and Fabry on Slaine, both returned to their former glories. By George its highs match the highs of any year they really do. BUT with new added second generation zing and edge. Its 2000ad truly hitting its teenage growth spurt a few years year.

Okay so it has one stinking low in Mean Team, but we get that every year and while Mean Team for me is as bad a thrill as I can remember (thus excluding Ange... oh whatever that thing with the plane and the chappie and the shoulder thingie was called) there is sooooo much good stuff.

So its clear then, right... well no not quite. See I can't quite shake the feeling that while these new brash johnny come latelys are shaking things up is quite glorious style, and some old wound soldiers* are stepping up to the plate to match, a couple of the classics slip a little.

I've already said Strontium Dog has a bit of a stinker that takes up about 1/2 the year, the shorter stories that follow are an improvement, particularly The Royal Affair - A Sorry Case being pretty weak and The Rammy a bit middling over all its not a good year for Johnny.

Dredd also if I'm honest is a little past the absolute soaring heights of the last couple of years. I mean there are some absolute stonkers, one of which I've mentioned and Raggedy Man, The Bug, The Return of Death Fist, The Beating Heart and of course Taxidermist are up there with the best of any year its just not as consistantly good as it has been for a couple of years prior. Its possible that I'm coloured by Oz starting... but I'll come back to that next year, its not a fav of mine, but I honestly think we're past a peak (one that will return I should say but that's for the future.).

So yeah 1987 soooo close and when its good and I'm looking at you Bad Company, Zenith and Anderson it is so very very good. I'm just not 100% its as good as 1986... but it just might be...

Damnit all this change has left me befuddled!

* Well Anderson in Hour of the Wolf as much as I love it, and I do, its on a pa with some of the excellence that has gone before in a strip that to date hasn't missed a beat. On re-read its clear that Anderson has been consistantly good in a way that few strips match.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 September, 2017, 08:49:28 pm »
Colin- stick with it.

So I'd say you're just put the back of Mechanics, and Palomar hasn't really started yet? The adolescent stylings of the former don't move me the way they once did, but that's ok because Death of Speedy is just around the corner, and  no one can resist... That?

Well chaps I returned to this early than I planned as they were stirring down at me from my reading shelf and while I'm still not sold on Jamie - though 'Locas' is a definate step in the right direction. 'Bert's 'An American in Palomar' is the first thing I've loved in the series. Now this was fantastic...

... is my redemption at hand....

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 18 September, 2017, 09:06:58 pm »
Prog 554

You know I used to love the 'chrome' logo. I really did. It was my logo. I thought it was my favourite.

Then they made a key ring off it (I think it was the glorious Planet Replicas?) and I was like so all over that... then I looked at it... and looked again. Then I looked at some Progs... then I realised ...

Roger Moore, magnificent man though he is, isn't the best James Bond and the 'chrome' logo is far from them best*.

Tharg got it right. Stick it on the fire Green Bounce.

*Tom Baker is still the best Doctor Who mind.

Prog / Re: Prog 2049 - The Final Shades of Grey?
« on: 18 September, 2017, 08:59:52 pm »
Well Tharg is getting a bit good at these end of the line Prog clearance issues. I remember back in the good old days, you know before people started to lose faith in Tharg's mighty organ, when chances are the last couple of issues before a relaunch Prog could be a bit sketchy... now I might well be wrong here but for a good long while now this has been consigned to history and Progs like 2049 are cracking affairs.

To the detail then, why is this such a good Prog.

Well firstly Dredd, we all knew how this was going to end, badly, not in story terms, but in the fates of some characters we'd only briefly come to know again, but had come to mean so much. And of course that is the case... but... well a few gory exceptions aside the fates aren't quite as dark as expected. Oh there's enough to keep with the tone of the piece, oh boy is there, BUT Wagner craftily dangles a little hope, a little charity from Joe and the possibility that a year or more down the line the themes and ideas set up here will be returned to. That Mr Wagner certainly knows how to pick and choose hey. Nowt may come of it, but I kinda think and hope it might.

Second with have Alienist, by far the most well executed outing for this strip and with a nice dangling plot line to haul us back in next time. Enjoyed this one and unlike before will be very happy when it returns.

Thirdly Greysuit were Mr Mills and Higgins finish the mad mental crazy with some good old style definative ending in the way they used to in the old days. No coming back for Blake for sure. Nicely wrapped up... except... see much like MACH Zero followed so wonderfully from a great ending to MACH 1 will Greysuit Zil follow this? I really hope so, the parallels are there and if they continue with a Zil story as dark and toned as MACH Zero I'd defo be up for it.

We also get another crackin' Future Shock, nice story with tens of Colin's being butcher as folks with such a shockin' name should be. Nice twist, wonderful Jake Lynch art - Tharg's found a keeper there, he's really come on over the last few years and the art he produces here is cosmetically Flintesque but with a sharp movement and style of its own.

Finally Hope which wraps things up... comprehensively by underlining what we've seen, which given I need to re-read was useful and nice, but might feel laboured in re-read? Who knows, but it left me wanting me and certainly left the door open.

So as we head towards what seems like a very promising line-up for 2050 - with only the bitter taste that two John Smith stories are returning (one in the Prog and one in the Meg) with barely a John Smith to be seen apparently, GMozz isn't the only one being sniffed at with Rebellions new found confidence in its properties... but I'm heading into territory I don't have the inside track on so should tread carefully... all is looking good in the house of Tharg.

All this ^^^ except the last para  :D

Don't you be taking all my ill conceived review nonsense and then dismiss my ill conceived and ill informed (no doubt) ranting at the end. You take me as I am warts and all, or you leave me. Leave me you hear. I can't take this constant teasing. Using me then tossing me aside right at the end.

You're a cruel mistress Proudhuff.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 September, 2017, 09:56:54 pm »
Hateful Eight - taken me a while to get around to this, stumbling across it in a charity shop this week put a end to that, which is a shame (my delay)  as I think its one that would have well served by seeing on the big screen. Loved the supposedly over long beginning, which provided a wonderful panoramic contrast to the tight claustrophic secomd 2/3s.

All the typical Tarintino things are there, but since I love a Tarintino film no great lose there!

News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 17 September, 2017, 07:44:49 pm »

One reason Zenith 2017 would be a bad cover version of previous hits is that music's no longer central to popular culture.

Frank man, when did you get so old?  Aside from accusations of today's music just being noise, that's been the most common refrain of the geezer since we were hitting antelope bones together on the savannah.

Ha! So very true. Even though she's only 8 I keep congratulating my daughter when she doesn't like my music and I hate whatever pish she's listening to. As it ever been and ever should be.

Thanks folks. Might explain why when I tripped along to e-mail to pick up a copy all of a sudden (I assume) its selling for daft money.

Dammnit! Why isn't this a fiver. I bet its been a fiver for the last 15 years or more!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 September, 2017, 05:25:50 pm »

I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. It was alright.

Always felt that way about that movie. I remember there was all the fuss when it came out about DeNiro and Pacino appearing on screen together for the first time. Alas it was all just so average. My overriding feeling when leaving the cinema the first time I saw it. There is no way Al Pacino could kick Henry Rollins' ass!

I've just been catching up with this and have to say that the John Stokes interview was excellent. What an incredible career that man has had!

I've ordered a copy of Marney, so Molch-R is obviously earning his oil ration.

Yeah just to echo this one of my favourites to date an absolutely fantastic listen. The stories of John's early days I could have happily kept listening to for hours, alas Molch-R had to go on about comics!

But yeah another order of Marney off the back of the podcast as event though I love John Stokes art its not a strip I know or immediately caught my imagination. On the back of this I'm sold.

Megazine / Re: Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 16 September, 2017, 05:37:43 pm »
Lot of love from me for this month's floppy. Whatever Happened To..? It's almost the perfect floppy - this would never be collected as a trade. Some top drawer talent - Mills, Grant, Weston - wrapped in a Robinson cover. It's what the floppy was made for!

Yeah and with the addition of the British Comics Treasury stuff that won't make trades the floppie has all of a sudden become essential reading!

Film & TV / Twin Peaks - question from someone trying to avoid spoilers
« on: 16 September, 2017, 04:08:06 pm »
Sorry to start a new thread but I'm avoiding the 'Gum Style' thread so as to avoid spoilers for the the new Twin Peaks. Suspect my question is well covered there but hope you understand.

Anyway very much looking forward to the DVD release of the new Twin Peaks, but been trying to stay away from too much info to be spoiler free. Very much been thinking about watching the old stuff in prep. Then as luck would have it when pottering with the boy today stumbles across the Gold Edition of the complete old stuff for less than a tenner in a charity shop. Snapped it up, after all I'm sure Mrs YNWA will be up for a re-watch.

So my question - it doesn't contain 'Fire Walk With Me' as I hoped it might (really like that movie, though I've not seen it for a while). So folks who've seen season three am I right in suspecting, as I've heard vague mumbling, that a re-watch if FWWM is a good idea as well as walking the first two seasons?

Is there a viewing order to Twin Peaks... might investigate that!

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