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Messages - JayzusB.Christ

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Adams.

Ennis has a body of work that if it were just his run on Hellblazer, would make him one of my top comics writers full stop. But his 2000AD work was too rough and raw to beat Hope in my affections.

SBT

What he said. Even though Garth has since become one of my favourite comics writers, I really hated what he did to Dredd and the remaining Strontium Dogs.  Other than that, there was only really Time Flies.

Guy it is


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. One of his great strengths is his humour - like the talking horse in Ichabod or Dirty Frank's secret middle name.


To be fair, there was Comrade Ed...

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 04 June, 2020, 10:01:41 PM »
So... What's the crack with Cummings now? Fish and chip papers already?  He and Johnson should be begging forgiveness at this stage, not that I'm naive enough to think that will ever happen.

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Sorry, Gordon.  You're one of the best comic writers the prog has to offer, but Moore is possibly the best comic writer of all time.  So Alan it is.

I was just thinking yesterday about how Alan Moore was originally pencilled in to script the first Batman / Dredd crossover.   I don't think he ever did tackle Dredd in the prog.  Oh, what might have been.

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Finally an easy one.  I'm sure Michael Fleisher is a lovely man and a talented writer, 

Was, not is, sadly. 

Gah, I had it my head that he had passed away quite recently, so actually googled him before I typed that - retracing my steps now I see the page I read was from several years ago. Thanks for the correction, Jayzus.

No bother.  I believe his American stuff was great, but I never read any of it.

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Books & Comics / Re: How do you like your Batman characters?
« on: 04 June, 2020, 12:54:04 PM »
For the Joker - my preference is for the version in The Killing Joke.

Hmm. Not quite evil enough for me... I like the Arkham Asylum version, but I think I'll take the utterly ruthless and strangely camp version in DKR.

Now, why the same writer would later make Batman a cackling psycho and the Joker a grim-faced stoic, I'll never know.

I always thought Miller's take on the Joker (which remains pretty much my favourite) was that he was a humourless grim-faced stoic unless he was actually fighting Batman, in which case he'd clearly be cackling away having the time of his life.

Not the way I saw it - he was clearly having a grand old time as he murdered that TV audience.  He doesn't even smile in ASBAR.  But then ASBAR is a terrible Batman comic, and DKR is the best Batman comic ever written.

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General / Re: Noel Clarke
« on: 04 June, 2020, 12:51:27 PM »
I think it would need modernized.
Isn’t the point of Kirby that it is a period piece? It’s The Wonder Years meets Harry Potter. Then again, given the shit BAME kids go through, a black Luke in some middle of nowhere village could still work as a premise, without losing too much of what made the original great. Mind you, I suspect at that point McKenzie would kick off about rights and such again.

Totally agree - the first one had a serious tinge of - well, I believe there's a Portuguese word for a type of nostalgia for something you've never experienced personally, so that.  Can't see any reason why Luke shouldn't be black, but I can see every reason why he shouldn't be in his mid-40s.

I recently binge-watched Auf Wiedersehn Pet; Clarkey does a great job as the late Wayne's young lad.  Every bit the smug lady's man his TV dad was, with the advantage of not looking exactly like Ronnie Wood.

The game Cluedo, by the way, should have remained a period piece too. Playing as a kid, i could suspend my disbelief and imagine I was walking round a dusty mansion in the 1920s.  Nowadays you can only buy a modern version where the house has a jacuzzi or something and all the characters are young secret agent types.  Break your bleedin' heart.


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Has to be Williams.

BUT... I thought Millar's Silo was excellent (I hadn't seen either The Shining or Die Hard at the time) and some of his Tales From Beyond Science and Terror Tales were great too.  The one about Lovecraft's dark gods proper shit me up at the time, a rare thing for horror in comics to do in my case.

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Books & Comics / Re: How do you like your Batman characters?
« on: 03 June, 2020, 09:41:48 PM »
I haven't read many stories with the Mad Hatter, apart from Arkham Asylum, which was my introduction to the character.  So I'll go with that; I thought the unsettling atmosphere he created was perfect (although, and i might be misremembering here, that version was fond of kids in the worst possible way).

I do know that the Gotham version - David Blaine with silly clothes - is rubbish.  Hypnotism just doesn't work that way, or was there some supernatural power whose explanation I missed? Either way up, he isn't even close to as charismatic and spooky as the programme seems to think, and gets on my tits.

The Scarecrow isn't someone I've read much of either, so I'll go Judgement on Gotham here - Cillian Murphy was way too young, handsome and Irish.  He looked cool on the horse though.

And Jim Carrey Riddler - why not?  Manic energy works for me.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 03 June, 2020, 09:25:29 PM »
I see some US Evangelicals began talking in tongues and ecstatically throwing out phrases like 'the Armour of God' and 'a Jericho Walk' at the sight of their leader and his Bible.  How fucking gullible can you be?

Similarly, I wonder if there is anyone left still buying the cuddly, scatterbrained jack-the-lad image Johnson crafted for hiself over the years.  I can't see anything these days but a cynical, calculating sociopath.

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Books & Comics / Re: How do you like your Batman characters?
« on: 03 June, 2020, 06:05:54 PM »
For the Joker - my preference is for the version in The Killing Joke.

Hmm. Not quite evil enough for me... I like the Arkham Asylum version, but I think I'll take the utterly ruthless and strangely camp version in DKR.

Now, why the same writer would later make Batman a cackling psycho and the Joker a grim-faced stoic, I'll never know.

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Prog / Re: prog 2184 End Times A-Coming
« on: 03 June, 2020, 04:01:39 PM »
I liked the black border too, and thought it made the illustration stand out more.  Which is fecking awesome, by the way; congrats to the above Six-Million-Dollar Droid Mr Austin.

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Books & Comics / How do you like your Batman characters?
« on: 03 June, 2020, 03:58:44 PM »
I may well have asked this before, and I don't read a whole lot of DC comics, but supporting characters within the Bat-verse change their appearance, abilities and character so much that sometimes you'd be hard-pressed to know they're the same person.  I'm thinking about the screen and comic versions here; and I don't have any hard answers myself.

Alfred - Gotham has finally convinced me that a hard, working-class one can work well (the shaven-headed, youthful hulk on an animated Batman series a few years ago notwithstanding).  But I think I'll go with the slightly-built, dry-humoured toff of the Dark Knight Returns (pity about all that's happened with this franchise since).

Two-Face - my introduction was the babbling oddball of Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum.  Great character but it's hard to imagine him as a hardcase crime-boss when he's outside the place.  For me, I think the Joker's creation of the Dark Knight movie wins this.

Killer Croc - I know he's meant to be a crocodile man, but I found Brian Azarello's huge black guy, normal-looking apart from a weird skin condition, a lot more interesting.

Jim Gordon - I'm going with the one from Year One.  Just as tough and smart as he needs to be.  Gary Oldman's one comes second, I think.

Joker... no, I'm not getting into that one.   

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Film & TV / Re: GOTHAM.
« on: 03 June, 2020, 03:46:49 PM »
Necroposting here, I'm afraid, but I've only just got round to watching Season 2.  Nearing the end now and struggling a bit; it's got very sci-fi very fast and I think I preferred the cop procedural stuff.

Some amazing actors though.  I still think this Penguin is the only interesting screen version, and that Jerome lad is one of the best Jokers there ever wasn't. 

And finally I'm sold on a cockney, tough Alfred - Sean Pertwee plays him to perfection. 

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 03 June, 2020, 03:34:59 PM »
Just the nail would be enough.

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