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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 12 November, 2019, 09:34:37 pm »
Slipping in a quick one tonight. Been interesting to see how the none Wagner Dredd's are coming on. Grennie is coming on a treat and Progs 1339 - 1341 has a very strong three parter by Robbie Morrison - Hard Day's Night. Which sees Dredd take a rookie for his final exam, after just having lost this original examiner. Moreno the rookie is clearly out for revenge... but revenge for what? Its tight, sharp and gripping, aided by some great Patrick Goddard art its a minor trimpuh.

We also see the current line up start to wrap up at this time. Caballistics Inc ends a short story really well in Prog 1340 and the current book of ABC Warriors ends after only 6 episodes in 1341 and it remains immense fun to the end.

So with subs being brought on already can Tharg keep this excellent start to this season up?

General / Re: How do you read yours?
« on: 12 November, 2019, 01:05:53 pm »
Week to week I'm a straight front to backer - with the odd exception if I'm particularly excited about an episode of any given story, but that's the exception rather than the rule.

I do however really like a story in one go approach from time to time. Done an entire Prog Slog that way a few years ago. I'd take a years Progs read all the Dredds then go back and read each story, or book / volume / phase there of. This gets a little slippy on thrills like Sinister Dexter but I read those in clumps.

I will also add specific stories to by read/re-read spreadsheet to read them in one go. Particularly ones I've enjoyed but don't think I've fully got to grips with. Can take 2 or 3 years to get to these but its fun when they land.

Occasionally when I'm struggling with a story I will go back and read from the start in one go to see if that pulls it all together as well.

So basically I true all sorts as suits. I do find you get a very different view of the pacing etc when read as one.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 November, 2019, 09:44:16 pm »

The first relaunch of 2003 is a pretty decent thing. Prog 1336 gives us three strips, Dredd and the trial of Orlok, ABC Warriors and Snow/Tiger. Prog 1337 sees Caballistics Inc and Interceptor join them.

What strikes me is quite the wonderful balance and variety on offer, yet in that classic 2000ad way there is a tone and style that permiates. I'll start with ABC Warriors as the three episodes I've read of this so far are some of Mills best for a while. I can be a bit hard on Unca Pat but its times like this, the beginning of Shadow Warriors remind you this incredible talent and imagination. Accompanied by Carlos, who I mustg admit I've never thought was a great fit for ABC Warriors we see similar themes and ideas just delievered with more precison, craft and energtic fun than so much of 2000ad's father work at this time.

The high tech chaos wonders of Mars are contrasted by Snow / Tiger ... interesting by another ex 2000ad editor I've not always had the kindest words for. But Snow / Tiger starts really well. Its a modern terrorist thriller and feels a little different in tone at first as it feels very contemporary ... but under that its adjacent to the future robots. Its tight, sharp and just like ABCs full of energetic fun.

Interceptor I seem to recall doesn't stay long but the first two part move at a brisk lively pace as alien battle in a hospital and a doctor gets caught in the middle. Again energy and fun drive the tale and it starts really nicely with lovely art by Steve Pugh.

Next Caballistics Inc adds its dark, horror blend to the mix. Again though energy and strong character sass runs through.

It takes GRennie and Paul Marshall's cute Cal opera Dredd to inject some out right humour to the mix in a fun tale. What I like about this line-up is while on the surface these are pretty different there is such a clear and typically 2000ad vein through them all and that's something I love about the Galaxy's Greatest. This might not be a hailed line-up. It wouldn't appear on anyones (well there's always someone - another joy of 2000ad is the diversity of fandom) all time list but its so satisfying solid and enjoyable, so full of that energy I've mentioned often before in this post.

Heck run of the mill 2000ad is streets ahead of the rest.

Books & Comics / Re: Orbital to stop selling weekly comics
« on: 10 November, 2019, 08:59:50 pm »
There is a balance to be struck, but the best comics shops I've been in across Ireland, UK, Belgium, Holland and France these past few years have universally had current monthlies and longboxes tucked away at the back somewhere, with collections and original GNs taking up 75% of floor-and-wall space. Everywhere that looks like it's doing well looks like Page 45 did back in the '90s.

Yeah definately this. Dave's Comics in Brighton has the model absolutely right. Okay so they have the luxary of space. 4 floors over two shop next door but one to one another. You can stick the monthly floppies anywhere and the folks who want to get there will get there regardless. MAke the stuff front and centre appeal to the more casual shopper.

Mind having said I love my LSC -Sheffield Space Centre and looked at objectively that's a bit of a nightmare. Cramped and 1/4 of the wall real estate - the most visible - a wash with confusing monthly titles... but I loves it - then I'm a crusty old goat who first discovered comic shops in the 80s and so I really shouldn't be the audience anymore!

General / Re: 2000 AD Advent Calendar SIGN UP thread 2019.
« on: 10 November, 2019, 11:47:15 am »
Oh Pete Wells is wonderful, oh Pete Wells is wonderful
He organises cool stuff on the forum
Oh Pete Wells is wonderful

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 November, 2019, 10:09:50 pm »
So like do I have to hand my Nerd Badge back in if I admit that until watching it again tonight I'd never realised that Starman is a John Carpenter film? If so I'll no mention it.

Prog / Prog 2157 - Red Army!
« on: 09 November, 2019, 08:10:36 pm »
So its the small things that make a difference.

Dredd - Okay this is probably just me, and I don't know what I expected, but Dredd didn't completely stick the landing. Everything finished perfectly satisfactorily. The commentry on Dredd as the survivors flew back was just wonderful. The end reveal allowed a legacy without tainting a record, which was really neat. The art was stunning... but for some reason - and I think it was simply that this has been so good - I greedily wanted more. I wanted this to amaze me and turn on a sixpence ... or something. Instead I got what I should have expected a gloriously crafted masterwork with nice resolution and a great character moment.

Defoe - Well I'll be I see improvement. I'll be honest I've almost entirely dropped off the story by this point but I think the art is much improved this week. Last time I whined and cried for the art to express moments of calm and quiet when required and here we get this. Its has all the talent but dialled back enough to allow it to be appreciated. You know what it might be as simple as more panel boarders?? One really striing moment is the cutout. Now it has the same problems as the art to date. Too  much going on to really be able to pull anything useful out but in this context it looked like a 17th Century cutout of a spaceship would in my minds eye and the splash of colour was very effective.

Not going to say I liked this I didn't but was very happy to be able to appreciate the art this time out.

Everything else as you were sir (or madam).

Brink is a character masterclass. For folks who complain about talking head we get a very clear lesson in its not just the words, this strip is as much about what is conveyed in the art and here it is masterful.

Hope - might just be a cliche baddie being bad to a bunch of this up til then baddy peers but jeepers creepers its done well.

Deadworld kinda spins off on one but I enjoyed it and its really comics turned up to 11. But a good eleven.

Its a great Prog and has the Art Stars Winner Star Scan - which looks wonderful but for me doesn't quite have the impact and imagination of a couple of the entries but its hard not to be bowled over by the technic

AND wonderful confirmation that Full Tilt Boogie is heading our way in Thrills of the Future.

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 09 November, 2019, 04:44:06 pm »
I must of had a few beers I'm seeing double!

Books & Comics / Re: Asterix - the French comic not the punctuation mark...
« on: 08 November, 2019, 09:26:43 pm »
Well sure there's been some talk about the new Asterix book on the board somewhere but can't find it so thought I'd resurrect this thread to pay homage to the best Asterix book in.... well in 38 years!

Asterix and Vercingetorix's the Chieftain's daughter

I've not enjoyed an Asterix book this much since Black Gold - the absolute highlight of the Uderzo solo works. Okay so this one is no Goscinny - what is - but its really good fun. Which was a real relief as I'd seen some damning reviews for it. I think its fresh funny and for me captures the tone and feel of Goscinny's work like almost nothing since his all too early passing. Okay a couple of the jokes really over stay their welcome - the pointless and frankly annoying lisp of Adrenalin's (the daughter of Vercingetorix of the title) guardians being prime example. The racial sterotyping still shows no signs of moving with the times either. I do wonder if the humour has either - though since I've grown up having these books in so many ways defining what I find funny that's fine with me. And I'll say it again I wish the series had taken a bolder break when Uderzo stopped doing the art, but heck if you are going to have someone ape Uderzo its hard to imagine anyone doing it as well as Didier Conrad.

The story by Jean-Yves Ferri feels tight and cohesive in a way that a number of his previous volumes haven't. And while some of the themes and points he's playing with lack the guile of execution that Goscinny at his best mastered so well, they aren't horribly done.

Overall this is a bit of a triumph of a book for me.

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 08 November, 2019, 11:43:15 am »
Alas for the second year on the bounce life has got in the way. Mrs YNWA having minor surgery today (in hozzie as I type) and so I'm on duty... bloody families and the need to prioritise them over comics apparently!

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 08 November, 2019, 11:34:59 am »
From Sheffield the rivers will be rising until late afternoon, but at this point there is no expectation for the Don or other rivers to break now. Fingers crossed.

Rotherham is best avoided as the station is closed but aside from that and assuming the rivers do hold it's an improving situation.

Hopefully folks make it okay.

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 07 November, 2019, 09:28:50 pm »
emailed Hatchette about the Asterix collection and got this reply

Thank you for your email.

The is not a definite date for releasing first issue yet unfortunately.

Please find link below with information about collection , i am afraid i would not be able to guess the accurate measurements of books. Hope this helps:

And a link to the webpage that answers neither question. Not much help alas but I do find it funny that they thought I was asking for a guess on the size as opposed to asking someone who'd know!

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 07 November, 2019, 09:18:02 pm »
Yeah I got mine last night and then got the fear trying to make my mind up who to ask for my sketch... I thought I had it pinned down... but now...

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 07 November, 2019, 06:18:16 am »
Finding out Inferior Five has been cut from 12 issues to 6 has got me right pissed off. Giffen and Lemire’s are killing it.

Oh no I hadn't heard that, really enjoying the series. Where did you read this?

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