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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 June, 2019, 09:30:42 am »
I thought it originated from Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's Batman. You can never be over-educated, and all that.

There were undoubtedly some classics missing from the collection, which several volumes could have been much better served by. I'm still planning a re-read, probably after the Tooth collection has finished, and will document my opinions on the ups and downs on here. Current plan is to read the original 80 in volume order, dipping into the extension as relevant/appropriate - Anderson, mega-epics etc. Waffle to follow down the line.

Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 06 June, 2019, 01:14:42 am »

When I found out about debating societies I felt hugely let down that they didn't have one at my school. A grasp of, and practice in, proper debating might have proved hugely useful in my life, especially the most recent decade or two of it. (As a man with a great many axes to grind, I have only recently begun to explore the correct operation of the grinder.)

I do enjoy a good argument (not a slanging match - those are just tiresome), the way it stimulates and challenges the little grey cell can be quite exilerating. I sometimes hear a comedy program on Radio 4, I forget what it's called, where humorous debates are held under the title, "this house believes that..." The subject can be anything and they have an impartial chair and votes at the end and everything. I'd love to be able to participate in something like that.

Maybe we should have a go? Pick a subject, serious or silly, two debators and a chair. Start with opening statements, then cross questioning, then chair and audience questions, closing statements and a vote or/and general comments. No rancour, no name-calling, no expectations - just good natured and civilised debate.

I commend this notion to the House!

I'd like to start this thread, which the admins may wish to move, with the proposal: Stone Sour are better than Slipknot.

Other Reviews / Re: The Incomplete Case Files
« on: 04 June, 2019, 09:57:14 pm »
Bad Mother was also reprinted in the Mandroid issue of the Dredd Mega Collection - this volume is no longer available from Hachette, but i just saw one on ebay.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 June, 2019, 01:34:16 pm »
Loving the new set of covers. A couple of points /questions on potential contents:

Slaine: Steve Parkhouse's name on the cover suggests more annual stories. I know Slaine has its critics, but it looks like the collection will collect it all, which at least means there's a host of great art to enjoy.

Bad Company: the remaining stories excluding the most recent Rufus Dayglo collaborations total 168 pages, making it a bit on the slim side. Any ideas on potential other inclusions to bulk it out?

Dark Justice: will this include everything from Dark Judges Deadworld volume 1? Strip page count indicates yes.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 May, 2019, 12:50:11 pm »
New as in new to the collection. In this case, in the sense of a series, but also a writer. (Unless I’m mistaken, John Smith has largely been wiped from existence as far as TUC is concerned. While I realise there have been issues with Smith and 2000 AD, it would be a great shame to not have some of his greatest comics work collected in this collection, should the opportunity arise.)

Hoping for Cinnabar and some Future-Shocks, at least. But yes, it does seem odd given that the Dredd collection represented Mr Smith very well.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2019, 09:22:25 am »
The Stickleback volume contains:

Mother London
England's Glory
London's Burning
Twas The Night Before Christmas

Exactly 200 pages of strip, by my count.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 22 May, 2019, 12:07:50 pm »
Looks like the first 3 stories {Mother London, England's Glory, London's Burning} would give us a page count of ~195 which would seem pretty much perfect for a Hachette volume so I think you might get your wish Jimbo.

The issue does indeed collect these three stories, plus Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 May, 2019, 10:15:44 pm »
Very much enjoyed Brett Edwins' art on From Hell to Eternity, think this was his last work on Rogue. Also intriguing that Boluda did a few highly detailed episodes without much other work for Tooth. And Cam is the man, as ever, enjoyed the Gasbah particularly.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 May, 2019, 06:18:49 pm »
I stand corrected on two counts. Brain must have had an attack of Thrill-suckers due to missing issue 44.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 May, 2019, 01:02:51 pm »
I collected Rogue volume 3 from the Thrill-merchant this morning, hopefully SinDex 2 was just a glitch. Contents are Eye of the Traitor to Milli-Com Memories, which along with Matt Smith's intro stating the next volume covers 1984-85, suggests there'll only be room for the original run up to the Jose Ortiz stories. It'll be a shame if Cinnabar isn't included, as aside from some future shocks (hopefully), and pending any announcement of an extension, John Smith's work is a glaring omission from this collection.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 30 April, 2019, 12:49:15 pm »
Thanks for the replies. I'll give it until tomorrow then order from FP if it doesn't appear. WH Smiths don't have it either.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 30 April, 2019, 09:46:55 am »
Still a no-show of SinDex 2 at the Thrill-merchant. Has anyone ordered individual issues from the Hachette website, and if so are they reliable? Thanks.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 April, 2019, 12:28:04 pm »
The latest issue has been a no-show at my local Thrill-merchant. They got in touch and were told it was delayed and would be Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm wondering whether the subscriber issues are spilling over into the distribution network.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 March, 2019, 01:17:20 pm »
That's a very plain background. Interesting also on their site how many recent issues are OOS. I'm also a bit annoyed that I haven't yet been sent the much-loved thrill Classic Routemaster 37, despite it having been released in October: https://hachettepartworks.com/2000-ad-the-ultimate-collection?page=3

(That said, those photostrips were always a bit duff.)

Looks like there'll be some Brit-Cit stories in that one. As we've had Armitage and Lion's Den in the Dredd collection, does this mean we're finally getting The Straitjacket Fits?

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