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Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 13 June, 2018, 01:22:26 PM »
Deadworld ... the art looks great from 10 feet away

How are you reading your comics?
On the way back from the kettle with a cup of tea and a stack of digestives.

One hand with the cup of tea, one hand with the digestives, how do you hold the prog?

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 12 June, 2018, 09:34:47 AM »
On the way back from the kettle with a cup of tea and a stack of digestives.

Plain, Milk Chocolate, or Dark Chocolate?  Think very carefully about your answer.
For dipping? Plain Mcvities all the way.

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 11 June, 2018, 03:17:57 PM »
Deadworld ... the art looks great from 10 feet away

How are you reading your comics?
On the way back from the kettle with a cup of tea and a stack of digestives.

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 11 June, 2018, 11:05:12 AM »
I'm really digging Survival Geeks. There's some really great visual comedy in there, which is fitting for such a beautiful strip.

Skip Tracer is still waiting in line to grab my attention. I can read it in like 40 seconds. This week's episode was a fight, and one piece of information. Still no clue about the protagonist, and very little about the world. Hopefully there'll be a table-flipping episode soon.

Deadworld continues to intrigue, and its parallels to Dreddworld are fun, but I'm one of those people who just doesn't dig the art. Looks great from 10 feet away, but the characters are just a mess of pale tones up close.

Dredd is great. I'd be quite happy with new stories set entirely in the transitional pre-Booth era. It's fertile ground.

Durham is gorgeous, and pootles along nicely.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 01 June, 2018, 09:55:49 AM »
Recently finished the 'Fifth Season' trilogy by N. K. Jemisin, which was very good indeed. Re-read the original Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin ('Tombs of Atuan' exactly as brilliant as I remembered). Just finished 'Judges: The Avalanche' which felt clipped but was otherwise enjoyable. Currently ploughing through volume 14 of the Case Files -- Dredd at this point was entering my personal golden age, when I was old enough to realise just how brilliant and unique 2000AD was.

Other Reviews / Judges: The Avalanche (vague spoilers)
« on: 29 May, 2018, 11:06:16 AM »
I haven't read any Dreddworld novels so I thought I'd give this a go, as the period it deals with seems ripe for good storytelling.

The transition from due process to instant justice is fertile ground. The Judges are here, they're not going away, and yet no-one gets it. The villains play the usual games and get blown away. Law enforcement keeps citing lawyers and union reps and gets rolled over. It's really cool.

There are various problems. It's over too quickly. The end is a little pat. The conspiracy at the heart of the story parachutes in out of nowhere. What little is made of the Judges' background and their reasons for joining the program is kind of feeble (perhaps the biggest oversight IMO). Also, the book pulls the rug out very effectively right near the start, but never cashes-in. It feels like there's a whole middle third that's just missing.

Considering I only paid a couple of quid for it on Kindle, I wasn't disappointed. It is often very well written, but just feels like it was over-edited, perhaps in a misguided effort to keep the page count down. I'll follow the series, though; it's an intriguing setting, and with what we know of what's to come, could get very exciting indeed.

I don't know what the producers of MC1 are planning (does anyone?) but a serial set in this period would be amazing. You get all the procedural stuff, all of the conflict of old versus new order, a world on the brink of nuclear annihilation under a nutjob president, against a backdrop that doesn't look so different from what we live in now to keep the budget down. Would watch!

Prog / Re: Prog 2083 - Fame in the fifth dimension
« on: 29 May, 2018, 10:49:23 AM »
Epic cover, devoured the prog this week.

Prog / Re: Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 16 May, 2018, 01:15:59 PM »
A great crop of stories this time around. Dredd solid as always, Stront ends in a very satisfactory manner, Deadworld might have got its hooks into me at last (maybe, possibly), and Skip Tracer is a little generic so far, but rendered really well. I ate it up this week.

Prog / Re: Prog 2080 -PSI no More
« on: 08 May, 2018, 11:20:54 AM »
Agreed on Stront. It was already a good yarn, but a creative episode like this really elevates the whole story.

Prog / Re: Prog 2079 - Top of the Class
« on: 28 April, 2018, 07:50:20 PM »
Just popping in to say I thought this week's Dredd was *brilliant*.

Film & TV / Re: Ready Player One review
« on: 16 April, 2018, 11:49:31 AM »
I enjoyed it, but thought it tried to be too much to all people. This might be some mind-bending meta-intention of Spielberg's, but the story seemed to be searching for some dark under-current ("Real people are dying!" or whatever it was she said), and of course the protagonist's (horrible) family and most of his neighbours were exploded, but the story only ever really went for the popcorn. That was a shame because I'm sure there's a truly great dystopian thriller lurking under the spectacle. (I haven't read the book, so maybe it lurks in there.)

Also, the story seems horribly dated. This idea of a dotty professor creating the ultimate virtual world in his office with Simon Pegg is a quaint 70's notion. I'd be interest in knowing *why* Oasis won that race, once the technology reached a certain point. And what is a "bandwidth war", exactly? So for me, great spectacle (who couldn't love the Overlook sequence), but lacking real interest.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 16 April, 2018, 10:34:24 AM »
This weekend's game was Clank! In! Space!, a sci-fi re-skin and rules update to Clank!, one of our favourite board-games.

It's a ton of fun, pretty much a shoe-in if you like the original. It does play differently, though: the map has a ton more mobility, there are (simple) requirements to meet before you can even go for an artifact, and the deck-building has incorporated ideas from other, similar games; for example, there are now faction cards that must be played in the same hand in order to activate effects on other cards.

The fluff is a constant stream of sci-fi in-jokes, which may annoy some people, but we found it amusing enough. The package itself is amazing with huge amounts of tokens and pieces, and a jigsaw board with flippable sides for more variety.

Overall, brilliant.

Other Reviews / Re: Brink - Book One - Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard
« on: 11 April, 2018, 11:38:20 AM »
I ordered this last week and consumed it in short order. The recent(ish) second series was my favourite thrill for quite some time, and book 1 doesn't disappoint either. Can't wait for the collected book 2 (due on 26 July if Amazon is to be believed).

Prog / Re: Prog 2076 - Divide + Conquer!
« on: 11 April, 2018, 11:30:56 AM »
Great prog, no doubt, but Anderson is just unfathomable at the mo. A careful re-read might do the trick.

Prog / Re: Prog 2075 - In the Field of Battle
« on: 04 April, 2018, 02:04:07 PM »
Looks nice.  With luck my subscription prog will turn up today.  Bank holiday weekend has really thrown things for a loop.   :(
Ditto. :(

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