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Messages - Greg M.

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 30 November, 2019, 10:32:03 am »
I can’t wait to reveal it!  :)

Ever the exhibitionist, Davey! Still, I'm sure that when you whip it out and give us all an eyeful, there'll be no-one disappointed.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 29 November, 2019, 09:45:45 pm »
I think The Satanist has some great individual moments, buried amidst a story that, broadly, doesn't quite work.

But it's certainly no 'Awakening of Angels' or 'Star Drekk'.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 10:36:33 pm »
There’s a difference between objectively appreciating the quality of such products and finding them personally appealing. I’ll happily read kids’ comics from the past, but I’ve no interest in reading brand new ones. I’m not complaining about the Regened issues  – I’ll just stick them in my classroom library and let some junior-years pupils look at them – but from what I recall, some of the stories in the last one were about as far as you could possibly get from what I’d be interested in reading. (Ironically, the one I found most incomprehensible and out-of-place is the one that seems to be transitioning to 2000AD proper.)

For what it's worth, Bad Company I & II are my favourite comics of all time, so it's always interesting to see anyone writing about them. Yes, you'll see Sheeva in 'Bad Company II: The Krool Heart' - she certainly has a few pivotal moments therein. For my money, 'Krool Heart' is the best story 2000AD ever ran, and the perfect ending to the series. Be prepared though - what follows is highly variable, and a tad superfluous. There's a flashback one-off and a solo series focusing on one Company member - but after that, I'd stop reading. The next story exists for the best possible reason - giving Brett work when he needed it - but it's no-one's finest hour.

Not sure about your take on Sheeva - her power is blowing things up! I don't think the 'zoom' panels are designed as a time-saving feature, but a stylistic one: the whole of Bad Company was written and drawn before it ran. (I think Brett started drawing it in 1984, judging by some of the original art from the series I own.)

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 24 November, 2019, 09:21:32 pm »
Twilight's Last Gleaming (by Ennis) is generally well written but there are a couple of key problems. The population of the city is given as 800 million, which is the pre-Apocalypse War value. A sign of Dredd's encroaching senility?

If you mean the quotation on the final page, it is exactly that - a quotation from Prog 59, correctly labelled as being stated by Dredd in 2100.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 22 November, 2019, 02:04:51 pm »
We're not too far away from Pip-Boys, are we?

I look forward to freezing time with VATS mode.

News / Re: Game News - Judge Dredd: Crime Files
« on: 17 November, 2019, 10:44:08 am »
Finally completed the third plot line. Easily the best of the three, in terms of the variety of foes faced (once you know what's going on, you start predicting who you'll run into next - and they indeed turn up, including some continuity deep cuts, and a remarkably up-to-date one.) I gather some of the art on this is Boo Cook.

Prog / Re: Prog 2158 Fear the Reaper
« on: 16 November, 2019, 03:24:32 pm »
I unfortunately now have the Blue Osyter C*** song stuck in my head thanks to that strapline  :(

Don't fear 'Don't Fear the Reaper'.

News / Re: Game News - Judge Dredd: Crime Files
« on: 16 November, 2019, 10:20:55 am »
I do wish they'd got someone to proofread the text in this game - it's riddled with typos. When a rogue med-droid threatens you with 'ambutation', the effect is somewhat lost.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 15 November, 2019, 05:30:11 pm »
Walter was a smarmy little creep. Anyone who resembles an adolescent Rees-Mogg deserves all the bullying they get.

Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 14 November, 2019, 08:45:40 pm »
Holy Motors

Balls!   I'm going to go through the full charts and do a proper list.

I just watched the accordion scene again. "Trois, douze, merde!" I should have pretended it was released in a different year just to stick it into the list proper.

Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 14 November, 2019, 08:01:04 pm »
2010: Black Death
2011: Trollhunter
2012: The Act of Killing
2013: A Field in England
2014: The Rover
2015: The Wolfpack
2016: High-Rise
2017: It
2018: Arcadia
2019: Stan and Ollie

Bubbling under: 20,000 Days on Earth, Holy Motors, Berberian Sound Studio, What We Do in the Shadows, The Look of Silence, Mad Max: Fury Road

General / Re: How do you read yours?
« on: 14 November, 2019, 06:51:20 pm »
Tharg's intro bucked the trend this week, with TMO urging readers not to vote Tory.

The Johnson humanoid may never have picked his top three thrills, but has the Corbynlet? And were they Red Seas, Durham Red, and, of course, Antisemitic Wars?

Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 13 November, 2019, 08:14:31 pm »
I liked Captain America: Civil War, but I couldn't say I loved it. If anything, I might go High-Rise, 'cos it was quite stylish. (It's arguably a 2015 film, but 2016 in UK.)

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