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Suggestions / Re: #2 A Netflix style way to read old progs
« on: 21 April, 2019, 07:48:41 am »
While this would be great I sometimes think its the adverts and similar fluff that really add a flavour of time and place to the Progs which is why I always prefer the original comics, regardless of how impractical.

Mind for those not lucky enough to have the Progs (and I'm still to get the first 39) this would be a glorious thing.

Events / Re: Kaiju Big Battel coming to London
« on: 21 April, 2019, 07:42:46 am »
Well if you are going to introduce yourself do it using Rhode Island Red wrestling a giant mutant waffle.

What a thing that is. There is so much in the world that I've never seen or known!

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 19 April, 2019, 10:13:34 am »
Okay interesting one in the solicitations for July


The Floppie for Meg 411 is Defoe 'The Damned' now hasn't Defoe been collected? Have I missed something? I looked at the shop and Amazon and discovered the later Defoe doesn't seem to be collected and judging my this is considered fodder for the floppie. Given how much there is of it this really surprised me... well okay not interesting but it caught my eye.

Anyway what is interesting is The Returners is ... well returning - WAYHEY - loved that first time round.

Decent line-up in 2000ad too in July Indigo Prime will no doubt continue to divide opinion and we get more Sinister Dexter which always cheers my day and Steve Yeowell is still on art to boot.

Megazine / Re: Meg 407 - Storm Rider!
« on: 17 April, 2019, 09:55:12 pm »
Enjoyed that, quite a lot actually. Okay so the text features were a bit flat this time and Storm Warning while looking stunning isn't exactly capturing my attention the rest was fine.

The floppie was the best of the Operation Overlord volumes. These haven't quite been the blazing success I was hoping, after all they seemed to fit right in my wheelhouse - but its been an incredibly worthy experiment and one I hope Tharg returns to.

Blunt defo needs a re-read but that was blindin' last part and as I've said before its gives me enough to really look forward to doing that and I'm glad to hear this is coming back.

Okay I know we've discussed this before but who the heck is this Kenneth Niemand he writes a mean Dredd. This has the added bonus of some fantastic Nick Dyer art. Its becoming a cliche of mine to say how much better he's becoming each time she draws for Tharg... but this might well be his best yet! There's something Ian Kennedy about it, both in terms of design and colouring to my eye. Just beautiful stuff and a superb story. Absolute winner.

Yet only third best. Well that's cos Torture Garden has another grim gem of an episode. This story has had a few peaks and little lulls to be honest, this episode worked an absolutel treat and that last page was chilling.

Of course that's only second best cos... well LAWLESS is they very best comics has to offer. There will be a point, somewhere down the line, were it dawns on Phil Winslade that he doesn't have to out do himself month in month out.... long may he not suss that. From the high contrast openning, the black and white psychedelia (who knew that was a thing!) of Hetch's message to the superb characterisation through out its a joy. I believe Master Winslade hasn't been selling his art from this. I hope that's cos he knows full well if Tharg isn't daft he'll try that artist edition with this material. I can't imagine many comics that deserve it more. What's possibly even more of note is that Dabnett produces a story that more than justifies Grandmaster Winslade's efforts! Just an absolute masterclass.

Nice comic.

Prog / Re: Prog 2127 - Have you had your Thrill Fix ?
« on: 16 April, 2019, 09:03:06 pm »
Mines arrived at last, so I guess Geoff has someone elses... anyway pretty much worth the wait.

I'm finding the Dredd very interesting. A tighter, darker look at Mega City crimal organisation. One thing did lose me, am I meant to be aware why having a body broken down to the cellualr level can bring down a whole criminal organisation?

Hmmm Survival Geeks ended its story.... except its decided to add a tired pastiche of Silver Surfer out of leftfield. The bit inbetween was really rather fun however.

Scarlet Traces was fantastic. All action, all tension all wonderful.

As was Max Normal, really enjoying this one I love the lighthearted vibe barely hiding the melancholy.

Kingmaker was brilliant as well... yet when you break it down very little happened... but very little happened very well and very engagingly!

Overall very good Prog.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 April, 2019, 11:47:09 am »
Man folks are reading good stuff at the moment. Locke and Key is another favourite of mine.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 April, 2019, 06:08:23 am »
Xstatix - the original run, in preparation for an rpg game where we're playing celebrity superheroes. Allred and Milligan make for a rather special book indeed!

It is brilliant and I'm delighted to see there's a special / one shot coming out soon(ish) by Milligan and Allred.

Prog / Re: Prog 2127 - Have you had your Thrill Fix ?
« on: 15 April, 2019, 06:08:17 am »
Same here... or not here as the case is.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 April, 2019, 12:31:48 pm »
I really need to check this stuff in Thrillpower Overload before spouting!

In my head I have it as Andy D taking over from Prog 2000ad but me and my memory! Now you mention to two moves that also rings a lot of bells... think safe to say there was a lot happening at the time regardless of the specifics.

Thanks for the insights (or at least just checkin') as ever Jim.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 April, 2019, 11:43:11 am »
interesting to note... well I say interesting that all about perspective so.... interesting, to me at least, to note how much info was in the 'Thrills of the Future' supplement. Now this came with Prog 1139 cover date 7th April. So lets image (I have not idea) this had to be in place and ready to go end February, early March.

Now I'm sure not everything I'll read over the next 7 1/2 months (re-read time) will be covered in here  - but it does feel pretty comprehensive. Its missing details of both Dante) though it does hint enough at what's to come to suggest that they had this largely bolted down for Courtship into Tsar Wars which starts in Prog 2000ad (right?). It also skips Sinister Dexter in Downlode Tales - but that I guess is for story reason as readers didn't know what to expect at this point. Aside from that though we get

  • Hints at Dredd
    Ball Brothers
    Devlin Waugh

Add Dante and Downlode and I don't expect they'll be too many other thrills to come in 1999 - which speaks a lot of the quality to come!

We even get some pretty spot on details for Prog 2000ad and a few thrills after that in Glimmer Rats and Slaine The Secret Commonwealth (ouch that preview art!). The only misses I spot is clearly it was still hoped that not knowing who will do the art in Slaine in that Prog (is there a Slaine story in there - I don't remember) and still thinking Simon Fraser will start Tsar Wars which we know gets lost in the mix and the mighty John M Burn steps in, possibly the greatest fill-in job of all time!

Anyway why is this interesting. Well firstly as mentioned earlier it speaks to the quality of the Prog to come. Secondly it shows how Tharg has been able to re-build a steady roster of creative talent so that he an line things up for almost an entire year. Third it explains how the transistion between Bishop and Diggle happened and the move to Oxford (that happens during this period right?) as Bishop slowly moved off the comic - it was all set to go!

Funny how the clearest sign of quite the rude health of The Galaxy's Greatest is 16 page supplement. No wonder Tharg looks so proud on the cover!

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 12 April, 2019, 09:08:56 pm »
I worry that the good work of Last Jedi might get undone here... which will mean I'll turn into the whining fanboy that the whining fanboys became over Last Jedi.... damn this is all going to get a bit tricky isn't it!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 April, 2019, 09:22:54 pm »
So its cleaer that Eurocrash holds up to repeated reads. This must be the third time I've read it since first doing say maybe 10 years or so ago and time and agia its works a treat. I've linked to the last time I gave a link to my thoughts on this below and frankly they've not changed.

Neither has my thoughts on Nikolai Dante. I suspected, as I came into this third (at least) read again in ten years that I'd find these earlier stories a little predestian. That as they were building the word, and fleshing out characters they won't sustain the impact of the post Tsar War material when the world's built and the characters fleshed out here go through so much. But then you read the first story and the Great Game and so many others including the delights of early 1999, 'Masque of Dante', 'The Moveable Feast', 'Tour of Duty' and 'The Cadre Infernal' all brilliant and collectively showing the breadth of Dante.  Then you get to 'Hunting Party' and in the first part alone, all be it double length as Dante and family enjoy a hunting trip in the snow set upon by Sinister Dexter and Slaine we I get that full scope in a wonderful 10 pages. Its a personal favourite Dante tale.

So while Mercy Heights once again fails to met its potential - it really worked best when it was a hospital soap in space, with war and murder just there to add Holby Cityeque favour. shame. We are in heady times indeed.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 April, 2019, 08:13:50 pm »
We haven't had an honest-to-god bad year in at least twenty years. Remarkable, and a fairly staggering achievement by Matt Smith and Tharg's other helpers in the Command Module.

Yeah that sums it up nicely. I completely sympathise with folks who say the Prog isn't for them any more and they drift away as its not ringing their bell. That's completely cool, folks have different opinions, the things they like and look for from what they are reading changes. All of that is fine and all if that is a good reason to move on from the Prog. But its them its not the Prog.

Damnit when you have 2000+ of the buggers you might just have reached the oversaturation point of your thrill-buffers and simply have too much 2000ad. I know Mr Muffett the caretaker at my kids school hit that.

The thing is I find it hard it sustain an argument that its 'cos the Prog is objectively bad, or any worse than its been in its history, that just isn't the case. Which is a weird thing to say as one man's bad is another man pick of the pops. But really if you look at the quality of the story telling or the art now, across a year of Progs its fluculated, but not really signifcantly varied - except for a few peaks, rather than troughs - for 20 chuffin' year, 1000 Progs of 27,000ish pages of comics...

... that must take some doing when you think about it and is testament to the anthology format, the flexability of the content and the stable of creators and production Droids that have contributed.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 10 April, 2019, 06:13:37 pm »
That's all good news Smallbluething (reborn or otherwise).

I do fear if I met Dan Abnett I'd just hug him and weep with joy, thanking him endlessly through sobs and snot... until the police arrived.

I sometimes think its a good thing I've never met him.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 April, 2019, 09:19:30 pm »
Dredd - Scorpion Dance

There's so much to like about this story. For a start the John Burn art is stunning. The development of the Roffman, DeMarco story is good. Dredd vs Edgar is always a delight. I adore the way Volt stands up to Dredd. ...

... its just the whole Vitus Dance escape and subsequent mischief feels one layer too many for me. It feels a bit like John Wagner had created this villian, set up his importance... then decided he didn't really want to use him so offed him. All be it with a big exciting schebang, just not one that really added anything. Well except kinda leveling up Narcos.

Shame as everything that lead to this had been so much fun and as I say there's much to love here... but its just not quite all working for me.

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