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General / Re: Top 2000AD moments of the last 25 years
« on: Today at 07:13:37 am »
It's ALL spoilers, innit? I suspect that's why most posts have tried to be fairly general: this is fast becoming the "ruin every cool surprise Tharg ever pulled off" thread. Shall I tell 'em about Malone and Crispy while we're here?

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 17 November, 2018, 09:37:09 pm »
Yeah, but would you?  I mean she's supposed to be his girlfriend, but WTF is she getting out of it?  It's either a rather disturbing view of a woman's role in a romantic relationship, or it's basically Deep Throat remade for a tween audience.  I believe the usual phrase is "poor taste", but given the circumstances, I think we'll settle for "badly judged".

(I accept the counter argument that it could be meant to show that people with physical disabilities can have meaningful sexual relationships, but the overriding comedy twang of the whole episode makes it impossible for me to agree).

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 17 November, 2018, 12:24:57 am »
The only issues of this I'm picking up are the Dante ones so I can have a lovely hardcover collection of that glorious classic.

I'd love to have the same for Red Seas.

Gods yes.

Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 17 November, 2018, 12:19:59 am »
Well everything's just tickety-boo this week. What a comic.

And despite the giants around whose epic ankles it scurries, my favourite bit of the prog was in Intestinauts: "The wash never came...  We have not been used as directed". That's a line - and concept - worthy of Wagner, Moore or Mills,  and true to the noble heritage of 2000AD. There's also little I enjoy more than full-page in-universe ads.  Top marks all round.

I'm a little torn about this week's Dredd: Dirty Frank is the element I enjoy most from the Williams stable, so I was lapping up the backstory... but at the same time, the inciting incident seemed a bit...  prosaic?

For those wondering why a covert kill team rather than just welcoming willing defectors,  it's because Smiley wanted the intelligence for himself. By this stage, a few years post-Cal, he's well established in his role of Knowing Best, and like Edgar already more interested in hoarding his nuggets than spending them.

General / Re: Top 2000AD moments of the last 25 years
« on: 16 November, 2018, 03:22:11 pm »
-tccchh- Everyone knows there's been nothing good in 2000AD since the mid-80s. Insert anecdote about tracing Nemesis for an art project and some vague memory of Dredd shooting a mutant in the face. You couldn't get away with that nowadays, the triggered snowflakes would be all over you! And even if they were still publishing it today, it'd all be PC nonsense aimed at empowering muslim lesbians. 

Warning to the OP: this is one spoilerific thread!  If behind the black bars you go, only pain will you find.

For my money, any strip that has the words 'D'Israeli' in the credits box can be counted on as being a highlight of the whole 40+ years, never mind the last 25.  Picking individual moments is more difficult, but the successive revelations of the Big Man's identity in Low Life (written by man-of-the-moment Rob Williams) has to be in there.

Still resurfacing in my head on a daily basis is the glorious slab of solid atmosphere that was Cradlegrave, by John Smith and the late and so-very-much-missed Edmund Bagwell: the whole strip was one single, claustophobic moment. In fact, you could add both those men's names to the 'guaranteed highlight' list.

You've had Nikolai Dante recommended to you as a matter of course, and rightly so, but specific moments include its exquisitely judged ending, and the single-episode 'Love and War' (there's another multi-episode story of the same name, but this one appeared in Prog 2000), that issue itself representing one of the great moments of the comic's history (there's another Prog of the same name, but that's another story...).

Right now two of the greatest strips of the past quarter century have their current instalments running in the Prog - the so-2000AD-it-hurts version of Lassie that is Kingdom, and the high-tension-cable of a slow-burning thriller Brink. Today is the good old days, Earthlets!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 03:20:14 pm »
You can lead a librarian to where the dictionary is shelved (019), but you can't make him read it...

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 03:14:25 pm »
Japan seems like the place ye want to be doing your best-ever-trade-deals with,  so. At least you'd have mutual transparency.
 Oh, wait a mo.. ..

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 01:14:01 pm »
Can none of these grexnixes stick around to do a day's work?

Off Topic / Re: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Prog
« on: 14 November, 2018, 03:31:19 pm »
Good news: The executions all involved being punched off a conveyor belt into molten lava.

General / Re: modern Dredd graphic novels reading order
« on: 14 November, 2018, 02:42:25 pm »
Yep, can't wait for that - Harvey was superb, Wagner's familiar trick of creating a sympathetic character out of the most unlikely ingredients, and McCrea's art was, ahem, electric. I really hope we see the next story usher in a permanent robot presence on the streets of MC-1. I know it won't, but the hope is real!

Going back to rs_jr's question, there has seemed to be a tendency to focus on Wagner-penned strips in the  Rebellion GN choices, to which Trifecta, Titan and Every Empire Falls represent a welcome change.  I wonder to what extent the drastically smaller yearly page counts we get from the great man affects the amount of recent non-Casefiles collections (12 years amounts to roughly 5000 pages of Dredd, if I'm not mistaken), as opposed to the economic considerations of producing new books while trying to sell over 100 chunky hardback collections over the past 4 years to much the same people.

General / Re: modern Dredd graphic novels reading order
« on: 14 November, 2018, 01:57:39 pm »
Are there a lot of essential material not collected?

Now that is a very interesting question. There is a lot in that list, Tour of Duty and Day of Chaos cover a lot of pages, but it's surely not everything essential

Quite a bit more of the quality of recent years found its way into the Hachette Judge Dredd Mega-Collection (for example the superb Al Ewing Deller sequence, or Mega City Confidential), and other chunks into the Dredd Megazine floppy collections (I'm thinking of Block Judge here).  But what important/excellent post-Origins stories haven't made it back into print in any form?

The first one that pops into my mind is Ladykiller.

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 13 November, 2018, 10:29:01 pm »
8/  Taxi Driver by Alan Grant & Paul Hardy (531-532)

Now I often say "Eh? I have no memory of this?!?", but usually the thrill in question is from the mid-90s and there's a good reason.  This is from a period when I hung on every dribble from Tharg's well-wrung organ.  So why does something that makes it into Frank's Top Ten ring no bells?

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 09:47:18 pm »
I see what you did there, and the resulting earworm and disturbingly sharply remembered video imagery is not appreciated.  Why is some of my very limited storage capacity filled with this sort of thing, and not something useful (like Prog numbers for specific Future Shocks, for example),

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 08:20:25 pm »
Pardon my ignorance, but what's the "Timmy Mallet tie debacle" problem with Girl in the Fireplace? That's one of my absolute favourite NuWhos, and not just because Sophia Myles is staggeringly gorgeous in it (honest).

Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 13 November, 2018, 03:40:58 pm »
How in hell was that username not taken!  Welcome, you genius!

(Scurries off to find what else can be pressed into service with an '@' prefix,  then remembers the chameleon circuit was taken offline...)

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