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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 06:24:39 am »
Betting on Grendel for New Years Day.

Well that Hunter Rose goes bloomin' get everywhere...

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 December, 2018, 09:41:14 pm »
Bloomin' heck the early 1000s make for interesting reading. You get the (failing to be) hyper cool Outlaw just dripping out more bad, bad, bad storytelling as our lead is assasinated in the night. Gun seen blazing at both the cliffhanger and opening if the following episode, only for the assasin to proclaim they can't go through with it... well what the bloomin' heck were they shooting at? Black Light continues to dally with being a good thrill, but never quite gets there. which makes it a fascinatating read in itself. Slaine spins off on a little two part... I don't know what... and certainly hadn't remembered. Though its worth remembering this is the time I finally stopped getting the Prog all together an so have only read the next (almost) 500 Progs as back issues.

Anyway its really Dredd in these issues that really bring me here. My oh my they are an interesting bunch. We get some magnificent examinations of Mega City One as the cruel brutal lead in 'Awayday', and 'My Brilliant Career' . We get the glorious fad in 'The Rise and Fall of Chair Man Dilbert. Very different sport in 'Question of Sport' - a side note to ask what the heck Tom Carney was thinking in his depiction of Dredd? -  and finally the seering hard humanity of 'Death of a Legend' which packs such a magnificent emotional punch. I might not have liked Wagner's 'Dead Reckoning' but in the next 7 issues he shows his genius by giving us an almost perfect summary of the range and wonder of this most magnificent and terrifying of strips.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 09 December, 2018, 08:00:29 pm »
I thought it was pretty good and while Graham's arc 'Be the better man' is a cliche that reading superhero comics has taught me soooo many times Bradley Walsh's performance made it really work well. The rest was entertaining enough though it didn't stand up to close inspection.

Problems... well there are many. I too didn't give too hoots about the Stanza, though I was pretty certian it was coming back and its turn as a false God almost justified it, for a while it looked pretty frightening... until he was defeated... his terrible alien power, this vile scourge of the galaxy... by getting shot in the foot and then falling over. It was Milleresque!

The following false Gods and not yourself was pretty interesting, if at time dealt with a little in ya face... but until the faithful, these poor angels serving an evil master, torn between what was right in their hearts and what the unholy beast they'd be following for 3 1/3 thousand years told them to do. Their almost limitless loyality and devotion was enlighted ... by some stranger telling them they's met him down the pub on Divison Street or summit and pop illusion shattered.

Can't land his ending this Chibnall chap can he.

Oh and don't start me in those trooper bots or whatever they were called. They look really cool and menacing when they are marching purposely but in all other ways are bobbins.

Still somehow it sweep me along happily enough, looked great most the time and The Doc is really working  now. Looking forward to New Year's its the Daleks right? Ill informed speculation tabs there rather than spoilers.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 09 December, 2018, 07:01:01 am »
Finished Rome.Now thats great tv.

Man I love Rome. Such glorious nonsense.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 08 December, 2018, 09:28:42 pm »
Some quick thoughts on the very early 1000s.

1. Why did we get that free trading card on 1001? It seemed to have no context what so ever and has left a worrying stain on the inside cover!

2. Love Dermot Power's take on Slaine. I think he's often over looked when the great Slaine artists are rolled out.

3. Similarly John Burns art  really elevates Black Light and I think goes a long way to explaining why I enjoy it so much more than this seemingly bland hard boiled sterotype of the 90s deserves.

4. Simon Davis does paint himself as Outlaw - right?

5. I also really like Marc Wigmore's hyper stylised work on that strip... alas all the great work can't elevate this clunker.

6. The Independence Day cover to  Prog 1004 may well be the latest in a long line of 2000ad movies tie in covers but after the Dredd movie for some reason I'd have thought it best left!

7. Forgot to mention how horrible the wordart on the Black Light logo is! Bet I loved it and thought it was super cool back in the day!

8. By Prog 1005 the horribly dis figuring scars on Emma - great name - Paris' face have deminished to the point they just look like some crap hipster oriental face tattoo.

9, Durham Red ends the Strontium Dogs run in the same issue and I think I thought this was cool back in the day. I was wrong. It such a shame this storyline was curtailed.

10. Oh and Mark Harrison has some real problems with the storytelling here, even more than in other work of his.

11. Why are wonderful Shaky's Beyond Belief! packed off in one hit on the back page in a four for one dump? So unfair for a while they were the only bloomin' good thing in the Prog. I'm guessing Mr Bishop didn't like them!

12. Dead Reckoning ends in Prog 1006. Phew its one of my least favourite Wagner Dredd and reads to me like him being sucked into the 90s nonsense that at times has so marred the strip.

13. Next Prog 'Return to the Hottie House' just shows what we all know he is more typically capable of! Isn't this one of his favourites?

14. So did the old mystic fella last Prog pull some sort of magic teleport stunt to get Lawless through his 'impossible journey' in time or am I so bored with the clicjed ridden strip I missed something?

Overall though the start to 1000s is VERY hit and miss I'm actually quite enjoying them, nonsense and all... oh Rogue's back...

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 07 December, 2018, 09:44:26 pm »
One of the things I love about 2000 AD, and this board, is that there's almost no thrill that's universally either loved or loathed.  Something for everyone.

This, so very this.

Oh and I really like Silo and the first Manic Five as well.

PJ must do what PJ must do BUT please folks all pile in on a given day if you have something. Its ever been so.

Sometimes folks miss slots for all sorts of good reasons and if we have wonderful folks like PJ able to produce wonders at such a rate it means we've always got not just a back up, but another treat. I remember so fondly the year Andy Lambert seem to be popping treats out at an indecent rate. It was such a joy. There have been others.

Think of it this way. You open ya advent calendar on a given day and you get one lovely choccie. Yum, nice one. Now imagine opening the same window and getting 4 choccies, each as lovely and velvetly scrummy as the last. Four times yummy - I love 4 times yummy.

Now imagine cos we've scared off our multiple choccie providing champions of milky delight and some poor bugger misses their slot for whatever good reason. Imagine that. JUST IMAGINE. Not only not 4 x yummy. Not even yummy BUT no chocolate goodness. No Yummy.


Please PJ and anyone else who wants to chip in do so, or I'll stretch this metaphor even further past breaking point.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 07 December, 2018, 09:22:09 pm »
Sick of reading a tried-out comic
Another drippie fail, a head full of zombie
I met a strange broader, he made me nervous
He took me in and looked at me steadfast
And he said

Do you come to comics in a blunder?
And get rubbish that makes you thunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear my wonders?
I'd better review, you better think them over.

Christ only knows where that song choice came from. Given some of the rythming not a good place that's for sure! Anyway dunn't matter none as it only a wee haul this time. Small but perfect.

Cinema Purgatorio 16 is still firmly 4 out of 5 and know I know it'll be done in two issues time I'm looking forward to reading the 4 as individual complete stories to get a better sense of them.

Immortal Hulk 10 was good, but frankly dragged out what we knew was coming and therefore felt like a tease. But we're there now and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Hillbilly - Red eyed witchery from beyond 3
continues to mark this series as not quite as good as the ongoing BUT Eric Powell is back on art so its still bloomin' excellent.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 38 damn when this comic is good it is such unfettered delight and this opening episode to a new arc suggests we got another great tale coming up. But its not quite book of the haul cos this is a...

Batman and The Maxx haul and that can only mean Batman and The Maxx 3 is book of the haul I mean this was good before but this issue marks up a notch it opens astonishing and then takes us to Batman's Outback for the last few pages and in doing so makes entirely clear why Maxx had to crossover with Bats and quite what Sam Keith has to bring to The Dark knight that no one else, NO ONE could of done. To say this is unfathomable undiluted genius is to undervalue it. I hope I never truly understand this but I will always love trying to work it all out.

Other Reviews / Re: Charley’s War
« on: 06 December, 2018, 09:05:51 pm »
Ouch indeed BUT the positive way to look at it is all that extra art to see!

Welcome aboard you got a whole load of wonderful catching up to do. Have fun and enjoy.

Oh gosh just realised I didn't add an 'after Watterson' as I have in the past - these are essentially direct lifts from specific Calvin and Hobbes cartoons just 2000ad'd up.

All humour is almost entirely stolen!

General / Re: The 2000 AD Messageboard Advent Calendar 2018!
« on: 05 December, 2018, 06:16:20 am »

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 04 December, 2018, 10:16:41 pm »
Prog 1000

Gosh do you remember the days when reaching Prog 1000 seemed like an unimaginable achievement! While a clear and important milestone, it also very much represents the times in which it was produced... for both good and alas mostly ill.

Arguably the biggest sign of that is after the Dredd movie bombed and even after a classic like The Pit it feels as if Tharg is a little embarrased by ol' Joe and he's bumped from the covered and relegated to the back of the Prog. As still shining from Horned God, all be it now a glow that's had to last 6 years Slaine is propelled front and centre. Alas the waning of that once bright light is felt in this 'cute' stand alone story. Which is kinda a shame given what follows is a pretty good story in 'Treasures of Britain' as I recall.

Dredd himself, even with John Wagner settles for last strip and also presenting the final condemnation of Judge Death as pantomine dame - I mean they're not even pretending by the end of this story BUT taking the episode in 1000 in and of itself its a great introduction to so much of Dredd and the full scope of his world. You can push it push it to the back but you don't put Wagner in the corner.

Elsewhere we get to the real problems with this Prog... well the content at least. We get a Durham Red story that we know folks are all but done with and what could be the great new thrill in Outlaw but one which seems rather than summarising the anarchic, thrill-powered energy of the previous 999 Progs it settles for being the zenith of the hackneyed bland uder hard, souless cliched hardman of the last few years. Its just such a weak thrill and sad opener.

The art throughout is meant to be a painted wonder. Most of it is style of substance.

Ultimately Prog 1000 isn't a great product and not worthy of what's gone before. Its a real shame, but worst of all it just feels so ordinary. It doesn't feel like a celebration. The free suppliment is okay but really but worth the effort? Well actually it is as  what it does give us is hope of whats to come. Those previews remind us that while Prog 1000 reminds us of some lows, its is the gateway to the time of recovery and we can see that coming here.

Prog 2000ad may be 3 1/2 years away, but if you think of the distance Tharg has to travel from here to there, you can fully understand why that journey will take so long. But then after all 2000ad has aways been about the future, so its almost fitting that the best thing about Prog 1000 is the hints of what's to come.

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 03 December, 2018, 07:49:06 am »
I kept meaning to get to this and when I got close continually flip-flapped about getting my list right and hnece procastinated enough to never get to it.

Now I feel bad as while its difficult to argue against any of the decisions here I feel I've let my favourites down and lament the lack of Nikolai Dante and Sinister Dexter.

I see that fine Shaolin Monkey and waht a treat it is.

Once again however special mention has to go to Eamonn who shows he is a prince amongst Squaxx dek Thargo.

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