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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 February, 2020, 10:53:59 pm »
I found the pacing of the Alpha story a bit off at times, Kid Knee Jr was certainly an asshole though.  It did seem to suddenly end with little explanation of the Ikons or what was the future (if any) of the Mutants, after all how many are left, was there truly no cure etc.


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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 February, 2020, 10:45:08 pm »
I've been suffering from some major depression for some time now and had fallen behind in reading some of the books as I find it hard to focus, it took me over a month to read a Peter May crime novel.

Anyway, I've said before I'm not a Slaine fan, but I found myself enjoying the book before Book of Invasions (haven't started that yet), the book with the Tale of the Swan Children in it.

Hewligans Haircut though, I'm only a short bit into it.  Does this thing get any better because to be frank, at this stage it seems like almost unintelligible nonsense and I'm not sure I can be bothered finishing it.  I realise the early stuff is essentially a one page strip but it seems totally nonsensical.  I know by the blurb at the front that's partly intentional.

Still to read the newest Nikolai Dante, have read Invasion and ABC Warriors Volgan War Volume 2, and Life and Death of Johnny Alpha.  I'm happy it's not a Harrison art book as I just couldn't gel with his art style but the story does seem a bit of a balls up and jumps around a lot without explaining much.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 February, 2020, 05:17:35 pm »
Well the fact is, you're paying full RRP for it, if you saw one in a bookshop or even a charity shop you'd expect it cheaper in that condition.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 February, 2020, 07:34:26 pm »
Give WH Smith's their due, only had problems once and that was one of the more recent Slaine books but a lot of people had problems with that one.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 January, 2020, 01:17:24 am »
An extension I would like Leviathan, maybe Fiends of the Eastern Front, certainly if there was more Dredd I think Captain Skank should be there, it was puzzling how it wasn't part of the Dredd collection.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 January, 2020, 12:23:25 pm »
So what is this week's book since the main site is still down.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 January, 2020, 12:56:15 am »
I'm going to be down money, and I'm really wondering whether to cancel my subscription, but its this far into it.  It would depend on the extension perhaps, if we knew for certain how long and what it would consist of.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 January, 2020, 10:42:57 pm »
Jaegir is a rather thin book, but maybe a Jaegir/86ers volume.

The entire Flesh that's in trade just now is a fair size, more than one book but not enough for two.

As to Invasion, some stories seemed very heavy on the black but this seemed more of a thing in the stories from Prince John appearing onwards.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 January, 2020, 08:33:34 pm »
I noticed that the reproduction of Invasion in some stories did seem a bit dark. One thing, I have the original Rebellion trade and it has the annual story with the raid on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, this is missing in the hardback.

Not sure on what's left on the original run. Not as many Slaine left as I dreaded but some of the other stuff is totally unknown.

Any ideas on the extension. Shako has been mentioned as a possible but it's a very slim book.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 30 December, 2019, 02:26:18 pm »
Any chance we might get Stainless Steel Rat in the extension or is there too much of an issue with rights.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 December, 2019, 12:54:22 pm »
I thought it was a Carlos story but I freely admit I may be wrong as it's been so long since I read it.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 December, 2019, 10:56:48 pm »
750 pages, according to the 2000 AD shop. So, yeah, that’s a bursting-at-the-seams three volumes or – more likely – four. I’d be up for it being included, but there’s no point in including Red Seas if we don’t get the entire run.

The collection has a bit of precedent for leaving out non-essential stories where there just isn't room (A Sorry Case, for instance, from the S/D volumes); so you could jettison Beautiful Freak and its time-travelling tortoise for a 45-page gain, and the remainder splits nicely across three volumes for an average 235-page count.

We also never had the S/D story from the, I think it was, 1981 annual, where Johnny and Wulf arrive in a frontier town which is under threat from a bunch of lizard/reptilian aliens, and one of the few who resists is an older woman.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 December, 2019, 04:54:23 pm »
The later Savage books took a bit to get used to due to the contrast in style. The Volgans in Invasion were moustache twirling villains and Savage was way over the top, this isn't a criticism, just reflecting the style of the time. Taking Liberties and Guv'nor were a lot darker, like a certain scene that Savage does. I don't want to give spoilers for those who haven't read it.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 December, 2019, 03:27:33 am »
Ah, thanks for that, I doubt that will be in the collection then, not that I'm complaining, but I remember the first few annuals were a bit variable in quality.

I've mentioned before that there was three Bill Savage books released by Rebellion, the original Invasion, Savage:Taking Liberties, and The Guv'nor.  However, the description in Wikipedia makes it plain that there is still stuff that has not been released in graphic novel form.  Does anyone know if its a sizeable amount.  Wiki makes it sound so, but that could depend on the person writing the entry.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 December, 2019, 08:14:48 pm »
I still think it's strange that in the Dredd collection we never had a Captain Skank story especially considering how much of the Dredd lore was taken up by the Apocalypse War and both its lead up (like Luna City) and it's ramifications like Orlok and Chaos Day.

Shako is one I have the trade in, and it is a fairly slim book.  It includes the story and an annual story which was basically an 'origins' story.  Still, it wasn't as thick as say the Jaegir book.  It is too thin to stand on its own and I can't see that theres something with a similiar theme to pair it with.  What about Leviathan?  Flesh complete is a sizeable book, not quite as thick as the Harlem Heroes/Inferno phonebook edition, but about the thickness of Nemesis phonebook 2.

The VC's would be nice in hardback, though there's quite a contrast in style between the original story and the 'Back in Action' era, but still worthwhile.

I remember the 1980 2000ad annual had a story about a WWII platoon and a captured german prisoner with a time machine, but I can't remember what it was called and I wouldn't be surprised if it was a holdover from the Starlord days.

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