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Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2018
« Last post by Bolt-01 on Today at 03:22:52 pm »
Hi Bhuna- The Oldham gig is the only other one on my list. I'm just hoping it doesn't get scuppered by Uni visits like the rest of this year is being...
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by GrudgeJohnDeed on Today at 03:22:47 pm »
have you got anything I can read?

I highly recommend ReGeneration One, as it shows how the G1 Transformers story finally ends, though I also hear good things about The War Within.

:D I'm a G1 guy so I'll check it out!
Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« Last post by feathers on Today at 03:20:32 pm »
Wasn't it one of Fleischer's 'scripts'?

It was! Having looked back at his previous work there's not a good one among them.  I don't always pay attention to who's doing what, but he'll be hard to forget now.

Prog 824 - Finn and Revere have concluded a second run and come more into focus - or more out of focus for Revere, which does less this time than it did first time, and seems to dilute what potential it had in the confusion.  Finn is alright, but nothing special.  It doesn't have the richness of setting to support its fantasy that Slaine does, and feels a bit half hearted in trying to reach for a depth in it's mythology that it's previous comic trappings can't give weight to.  They both feel like they've run their course already, although Finn more satisfyingly while Revere strays towards the please-make-it-stop territory of Brigand Doom.  Is this feeling Doom inspires supposed to give the reader an empathetic connection to his victims?

Flesh: Legend of Shamana is not really working either.  The original Flesh is still one of the greats for me, and while the first sequel couldn't quite live up to it it at least managed to set up a chain of events and desires and then unfold the terrible consequences.  This is a much lesser story than both and doesn't have anything driving beyond simple opposition.

A while back I asked about the Gronk going on a RAGE style rampage, and now here we are.  Also, everyone on the letters page are right - Wireheads was appalling in every way.  It's amazing, especially when Shadows (fairly recently, it seems) treated some similar ideas in a far more intelligible and dramatic way.  Happily Dredd has picked up a bit from it's slump, though Judgement Day itself felt a poor relation to Necropolis, so it's nice to be back to normal.  Though I might be on a high from a recent, all too short return for PJ Maybe.  Oddly though, things don't feel too bad.  Luke Kirby was great all the way through, Robo Hunter has it's moments, and the increasing 90s-ness of things is interesting, and coming through in unexpected ways.  I'm really enjoying reading each prog at the moment, despite the currently variable quality within.
Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2018
« Last post by Bhuna on Today at 03:18:22 pm »
Glad you secured a table mate. Are you not doing the Oldham Comic Con in May??
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Professor Bear on Today at 03:17:24 pm »
have you got anything I can read?

I highly recommend ReGeneration One, as it shows how the G1 Transformers story finally ends, though I also hear good things about The War Within.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by CalHab on Today at 03:13:28 pm »
Go, enjoy - as I used to enjoy his boyhood adventures in "The Happy Warrior" in Eagle, and recently his alternative-history role as a resistance leader in C J Sansom's Dominion.

Off topic, but Dominion was badly written tosh and, in my edition at least, had an afterword by the author on the evils of Scottish Nationalism and how the SNP are modern day Nazis. Bizarre.
Announcements / Re: 2000AD graphic novels 2018
« Last post by oddballuk on Today at 03:10:06 pm »
What are other Squaxx tempted by?
Given that I'm buying both partworks, and subscribing to both 2000 AD and the Meg, AND have a stack of books to read, AND still want to pick up some of last year's greats (The Fall of Deadworld, in particular, after seeing the hardcover recently), it's going to take a lot for me to part with actual money. Of that list, Complete Future Shocks is a total no-brainer. Grey Area's a strong maybe. Lawless would be a thing if there weren't rumours of the first collection showing up in the Dredd partwork. (I kind of wish it wouldn't, seeing as we won't get the entire story.)

I have a feeling, given the size of that first Lawless collection, that the Mega Collection will probably collect all of that plus the recent Long Range War story arc to make up the pages.

I'm expecting (hoping) that the Dark Justice volume announced for the Ultimate Collection might include the current Dominion arc in the Meg which might be out the realm of possibility if they release that volume a year or two down the line.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by GrudgeJohnDeed on Today at 03:04:06 pm »
Yes, yes, I agree, no justification for comparing Churchill to Hitler (unless you were watching your children starve in Bengal in 1943, or dying pointlessly on a Turkish beach in 1915, when it was probably much of a muchness).

Do you agree though or is that sarcasm? If they made a film that concentrated on a short period of Hitler's life that didnt involve constant racism and megalomania, I'd be fine with that. I think that would be the like for like analogy.

But it would be naive to expect everyone else to shut up about it.

I hope you don't think I do!

Food was at subsistence levels in Bengal even before the war, but Churchill took it regardless and sent it to the Middle East where it wasn't actually required.  You can't even argue that he couldn't have seen this leading to mass starvation, because it's more or less what happened with the Irish famine, added to which he also directly prevented American and Canadian aid from being delivered to India once famine was known to be affecting the region.

Whereabouts in the middle east was it sent? Wasnt a lot of it used for self-defence, to feed the army stationed in India too? They had the enemy on their border by then. I wouldnt argue he didnt know it would have led to starvation, but the war was of the utmost importance.

I've not heard about him blocking aid from other countries, that sounds bad, have you got anything I can read?
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by CalHab on Today at 03:04:02 pm »
Some people in Labour said X ≠ Labour policy was X.

The Scottish Labour leader would be a reasonable source for Labour policy in Scotland, I'd have thought.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Professor Bear on Today at 03:03:12 pm »
I will risk derailing the Churchill thread with film talk to say that I think Transformers: The Last Knight is a transcendentally bad film to the point that film school papers will be written about it in years to come.
It has some really great elements, though, particularly Anthony Hopkins getting to pay his bills by doing panto (he has a robot butler called Cogman), and the Cybertron/Earth scenes at the end looking dang Lovecraftian, eventually devolving into a robot dragon fighting alien robots on flying islands as the US military mobilise in force to shoot a million bullets at something offscreen and you realise holy fuck they made a movie of an Iron Maiden album, but it is 2 and a half hours long and really feels like it thanks to the episodic structure that I realised was so that the film could be watched in chunks on DVRs, or possibly to make it easier to splice in scenes to make the film friendlier for certain foreign markets.  It also has the effect of reminding me a lot of how utterly batshit insane a lot of the later Generation 1 Transformers cartoon episodes were, thanks to the way it just nonchalantly segues from King Arthur and Merlin using a dragon Transformer to form the Round Table, to Stonehenge being a USB port to link Earth and Cybertron together, to Bumblebee fighting the Nazis in WW2, to the Royal Submarine Museum being a Transformer - this is exactly the kind of nonsense you would expect to see in a 1980s cartoon show about toys that was being written by people who really knew they were slumming it but would never in a million years break the fiction by not doing the whole thing with a straight face.
Also funny is the little girl in it, whose character was - I suspect - given the actor's IRL name because Michael Bay couldn't remember the name of two female characters at once, and fair play, once you have that nugget in your head, good luck not noticing that Marky Mark's character states his name a lot in this film at the start of scenes, or other characters introduce him to other characters, almost like this was deliberately in there for someone's benefit.  This is the second TF film in a row where there's a jailbait kid knocking about telling people her age onscreen for some reason, and I'm pretty sure someone told Michael Bay that he had to put in a young girl into his movie because all the big sci-fi franchises were cashing in on the previously-untapped young female market, but unfortunately no-one stopped to consider who they were talking to and how he only knows one way to film female characters: bouncing towards the screen in slow motion, and this is like the second shot of the character, so if you're a dad with a young daughter, good luck not having nightmares at the world you've created for her thanks to your financial support of trash like this.
I have no idea why anyone thinks Optimus Prime is a good character apart from having a great voice, either, as he is as completely shite in this as he was in all the other films, as well as only in it near the end to take focus off other characters - though to be fair, none of the other characters get any development anyway.
I'll stop now.  Despite my high expectations, this film was terrible.
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