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News / Re: Alan Grant's community comic
« on: 21 May, 2020, 12:07:47 PM »
That's a heartwarming tale of comics greatness right there.

Alec Worley for me - almost purely based on the fact that he has produced more original series for Tharg, as others have said.

General / Re: Ultimate Not Wagner Tourney - Qualifying Round 2
« on: 20 May, 2020, 04:39:37 PM »
Yes, many thanks Colin. Keeping threads going every day takes proper dedication!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 14 May, 2020, 01:31:59 PM »
I did send an email in appreciation of Bradley but I'm guessing you never got it - no point now, it was meant to tie-in with the Christmas episode when he has the toboggan race, which I maintain is a proper good piece of comics. But I tired of him during the 'being mean about people's music taste' years.

This is a toughy. Peaty is for sure the better writer, more sophisticated and that. But he's only really written two big strips, of which I quite like one (Diamond Dogs) and quite dislike the other (a neat setting aside).

Tony Lee meanwhile never quite managed even one strip that was entirely good, but he did come up with some neat story set ups. And for a while here and there, I bloody loved Necrophim; I even liked Stalag 666 for about 3 episodes. Cursed Earth Karnage not so much.

Dammit, I'm going to give it to Tony Lee for Necrophim. For all its plot meanderings and nonsenses, it's a 2000AD original. (But I wouldn't be surprised if the next new thing Peaty does puts this to shade).

Gosh, I didn't know there were people who loved Greysuit but hated Defoe. Fascinating. I'm with the Tordmeister on this one, although I did quite like that first series of Greysuit. It bothers me that Mills is obsessed with the idea that most politicians are secret paedoes. I'm sure a small handful are, but one wonders why he isn't attacking the entertainment industry more, which appears to have a far wore track record...

Meanwhile, this exact era of 2000AD is for me when the modern Golden Age starts, and in part it's precisely because Pat Mills is back back back, with Defoe an all-new concept from him, and the fun of seeing a more unleashed Mills redoing Savage and MACH One (and Flesh around the corner). I seem to like Origins quite a bit more than Colin, too, but agree that it improves with the knowledge of what was to come in Tour of Duty.

Two completely different eras and styles of comics writing, and yet it's actually a fair comparison: both have tackled the Prog's biggest star, but both are perhaps more associated with Shocks and smaller thrills.

A couple of years ago I might've gone Lowder, but Wyatt has been getting better and better, and even in his early years he always had that touch of 2000AD weirdness.

Yeah, I'm with Wyatt.

Adams. When it comes to throwaway comedy thrills, Ulysses Sweet beats Kola Kommandoes.

Rory McConville all the way! He's annoyingly good.
And yes, Geller's taglines and next progs carry a fair bit of weight, but not enough weight to make up for the Hit. I'll agree that the episode-to-episode thrills were decent, but the background plot made even less sense than G F-D's original.

There's just no way I can consider Thrill-Power Overload for this vote. An awesome piece of work for sure, but it's not comics, dammit. And when it comes to writing comics, Moore and Reppion win this fight with ease. Storm Warning in particular is excellent, and I think Black Shuck would've gone down better with a different artist, a Mike Dorey or a Dave Kendall, perhaps.

These face-offs are all surprisingly tough!
I think in this case I'm using negativity - there are a few Robinson tales that did little to nothing for me, whereas Gosnell always managed to raise a sardonic smile at least.
And I'll echo broodblik - Gosnell (and Ezquerra's) Stainless Steel Rat tales are arguably the best ever book-to-comic adaptations.

So yeah, my vote goes to Gosnell

General / Re: Ultimate Not Wagner Tournament (self-absorbed remix)
« on: 07 May, 2020, 01:58:41 PM »

Hogan, with an echo of everything TordelBack just said. He's an erudite fellow, that TordelBack.

A fascinating pair-up! I'm a fan of much of Mac-1's writing output, especially MACH Zero, and have been an anti-fan of quite a bit of Spencer's work - but I do admire the man's ideas.
Creep, Havn, the Returners all started really strong but just got stuck up their own arses by the end.
Harke and Burr I liked all the way through. I'll suggest that he's had a LOT of help from great artists, though.

Be that as it may, I'm inclined to vote for the man with the ideas, not the man who can write competent stories using other people's characters.

So yeah, Si Spencer for me.

Worley all the way.
I mean, Niemand's Dredd is genuinely great, but Worley has done his share of great Dredds, too (the Runner, anyone?) Plus I think we're all forgetting quite how insightful his movie reviews were in the Megazine.

(But really I'm voting for his lunatic outdoing of John Smith for graphic horror with Realm of the Damned.)

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