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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 08 August, 2020, 10:59:58 PM »
I'm halfway through that - It is better than the first season, it seems to hang together a bit more coherently rather then jumping about so much. It also works so much better as a TV series than a comic - I bought the first trade and was completely underwhelmed by the comic version, but this is a lot of fun. I love the MiB/X-files/Vector 13 type guy and Aiden Gallagher does a great job of portraying a 58 year old teenager. Ellen Page's fivehead is a bit distracting though.

The music choices are usually good, the only one that dropped like a clanger was "Golden Brown" over Diego and Lila's love scene. *cringe*

Your thoughts are the same thoughts I had, note for note. I bought the first trade on the back of the first series and was surprised to find that the series had clearly surpassed the source material.

The opening scene of Season #2 is more entertaining than a juggling unicorn at the Intergalactic Festival of Fun who's trying out her new flaming mini-Trump clones routine.

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Megazine / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010: Best of the Meg
« on: 08 August, 2020, 03:22:04 AM »



Judge Dredd: Contrabandits
(2017, megs 390-391)
Script: Rory McConville, Art: Leigh Gallagher, Colours: Gary Caldwell, Letters: Annie Parkhouse


A perfect slice of Mega-City pie, as an alien womb engulfs an immigration facility and Dredd has to go inside and neutralize the threat. Somewhat reminiscent of Tyranny Rex's Under Foreign Skies (Jonah and the whale meets Escape from New York), this thematically harks back to golden age annual fare such as The Alien Zoo, in that Dredd's in way too deep almost immediately, and then things start to get worse (and then worse) at an ever accelerating rate.

Visually, there's a cheeky homage to Frank Quitely's we3:

Contrabandits (art by Leigh Gallagher)


we3 (art by Frank Quitely):



[The Dark Judges]: Dominion
(2017, megs 386-391)
Script: John Wagner, Art: Nick Percival, Letters: Annie Parkhouse


We knew at the end of Dark Justice that leaving Death, Fire & Mortis floating in space was going to end badly for somebody - and this is where we find out how as they get picked up by an interplanetary freighter and taken to a colony world. (Fear got suction-trapped and presumably is being held on Earth.)

If you know your Alien movies, you'll know that in the first sequel (Aliens), Ripley and some marines are sent to investigate a shake 'n' bake colony on LV-426 and, by the time they get there, the attack on the colony has already taken place: we're just there to view the aftermath. Well, stop your grinnin' and drop your linen, because this time we get front row seats at the take down.

Even though this riffs on that source material, it's also very much its own story, as we follow Newt Officer Rosco until a denouement that's about 99% nightmare and about 1% hope, and of course leaves things wide open for a follow-up. Stay frosty!





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Megazine / Re: Meg 415 - The Spirit of the Season
« on: 07 August, 2020, 04:55:01 PM »
++Necropost++

I was just checking out my electronic version of this issue, and the floppy is ten pages shorter than normal.

I'm assuming this is a mistake, because a 58pp floppy couldn't be stapled properly (as it's not exactly divisible by four).

And if this were the full reprinting of Damnation Station, it skips "In Another Lifetime" (prog 1857).

Anyone able to check their paper version and see if I'm missing pages in the electronic version?

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 07 August, 2020, 03:57:00 AM »


Judge Dredd: Echoes
(2018: progs 2061-2064)
S: Michael Carroll, A: Colin MacNeil, C: Chris Blythe, L: Annie Parkhouse


Following on directly from Black Snow, Dredd is trying to get back to MC-1, when a Sov bomb causes their H-wagon / Manta hybrid to crash. Only Dredd (badly wounded) and Salada survive, but as they try to find their way to some kind of civilization they come under attack from some form of malevolent psychic threat that can possess the living, the dead and even defunct droids.

This plays well as a bleak horror and makes good use of the backdrop of the nuked out remains of East-Meg One. Crippling Dredd works to up the suspense, and the technological explanation that gets blended into the mysterious threat provides an ending imbued with bitter pathos.




Judge Dredd: The Shroud
(2018: progs 2065-2068)
S: Michael Carroll, A: Paul Davidson, C: Chris Blythe, L: Annie Parkhouse


Serving as the third chapter after Black Snow and Echoes, this sees Dredd sold into slavery somewhere in Sov territory. Tasked with capturing giant, carniverous squidipedes, and with no equipment and no friends, Dredd must somehow survive and calculate an escape. 

This struggles to work well, immediately falling back on a supervillain as an enemy: Maul is a giant, bearded hulk with cloven hooves and horns, wearing nothing but underpants in sub-zero temperatures, shouting all the time and smacking people around. Turns out he's invulnerable to everything due to magical super-strong skin (and eyeballs, it later transpires - as blowing his head up has no effect).

Even if you manage to swallow Maul, the artist has chosen to draw Dredd as Stallone, which (kindly) is ill-advised. Lots of different plot elements then feel shoe-horned in: a villain from 2013 that I don't remember (Luka Shirokov), a woman who keeps talking in incongruous football references and a really forced method of removing Dredd's clothes but keeping his helmet on.



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General / Re: Best wishes to Dan Abnett
« on: 06 August, 2020, 09:21:26 PM »
Your appendix was full of wrong!

I had mine taken out before it burst (still no fun), but I've heard it's much worse when it manages to go Krakatoa.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 31 July, 2020, 08:16:48 PM »
Slap Kirk

 :D Ridiculous fun. I assume you've managed to get it to red alert?

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Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 31 July, 2020, 03:40:04 AM »
Update on 2000 AD in Stages site:

New Content: I created a page dedicated to 2000 AD's Diceman, from 1986.

Progress Report:
  • The images now have curvy borders! So important.
  • The first eleven stages are now added - covering 1977-1986.
  • I've added the occasional quote from the board - hope that's okay. PM me if not.

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Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 31 July, 2020, 03:16:32 AM »
No worries - I found it a hassle to navigate as well:


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Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 30 July, 2020, 11:37:27 PM »
Not sure if this is helpful, but I had to go to the "backups" tab in order to download a copy.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 30 July, 2020, 06:35:34 PM »
The current President of the United States is now calling for a 'delay' in the forthcoming November 2020 election. 'The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.' Thomas Jefferson.
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/trump-suggests-unprecedented-delay-to-november-election/2542252/

Attempts to subvert the democratic process in order to remain in power are certainly worrying signs of despotism - but on the other hand it's also a clear sign that he's expecting to lose the election.

Delay would, of course, serve him well - he'll be hoping that the Covid crisis will have a real cure (as opposed to the bullshit ones he promotes) in time, and the economy will recover, and then he can win again.

In the meantime, he just needs to be stopped from adopting (more) emergency powers with which to cement his claim to the throne.

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In related news (by which I mean: Republicans are Scunthorpes), the mask-avoiding congressman Louie Gohmert has caught Covid. Rather than fess up to the fact that it's his own damned fault for not wearing a mask consistently, he's instead decided that those rare occasions when he did wear a mask are when he must have caught it. Cognitive dissonance is alive and well.

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Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 29 July, 2020, 11:07:40 PM »
Well, I'm finding that difficult to plow through, to be honest. It's a bit like a comic got possessed by David Icke. One of the core conceits is that all seven stories are inter-linked by the over-arching theme of humanity being toyed with by evil aliens akin to gods. That's an idea that (when I first read it in Slaine decades ago) seemed fresh and outlandish, but I've since come to learn is actually the foundation of a few real, sub-cultural belief systems (or conspiracy theories).

So, there's no escape in the comic from that central conceit, which is coupled with the well-worn idea that the solution to the ruling classes is to execute them. This has been explored ad infinitum in Slaine, Finn, Greysuit, Nemesis, Marshal Law, American Reaper, Ro-Busters, The A.B.C. Warriors, modern Flesh, Defoe & Dinosty. A lot of those are very good, of course, but in many cases they were better in the past and then became too polemical. Another point is that they were tempered by appearing in an anthology that gave you a break from that particular view of the world.

Interestingly, early Nemesis had the very strong idea that humanity was subjugating aliens. This has switched here (in many cases) into the idea that the only good alien is a dead alien. Whether the aliens are responsible for all your woes, or evil but disguised as humans, or infecting your own body, or pulling the strings of your society: the solution is nearly always to stamp on their head until they're dead. Very Starship Troopers.

This comic could be improved if more writers were involved, and the stories were de-shackled from the over-arching thread that forces them to be connected. In most cases the art is very good. In most cases, I had to force myself to continue reading, shouldering aside the rhetoric in an attempt to enjoy the inventive ideas.

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Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 29 July, 2020, 05:05:56 PM »
The back of the comic says "at least six months" before a second issue phase.

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Games / Re: Freebies and/or bargains
« on: 29 July, 2020, 04:28:26 PM »
Bargain Ballad

Just in case you don't already own The Ballad of Halo Jones, the shop is offering each book for $2.49 [digital].

That's $7.47 for the entire Ballad.

Sorry to double post. Just noting that this is a full colour version. (I'm not sure how I feel about that.)

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2015's Megs are now in the shop for half price, and it's a really strong year.

The highlights include:

  • Judge Dredd: El Maldito (Rennie & Ezquerra)
  • Judge Dredd: Terror Rising (Wagner & MacNeil)
  • Angelic (Rennie & Carter)
  • Storm Warning: The Relic (Smith, Standley & Langley)
  • Lawless: Between Badrock & A Hard Place (Abnett & Winslade)

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Games / Re: Freebies and/or bargains
« on: 29 July, 2020, 04:05:50 PM »
Bargain Ballad

Just in case you don't already own The Ballad of Halo Jones, the shop is offering each book for $2.49 [digital].

That's $7.47 for the entire Ballad.

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