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Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 13 September, 2019, 08:08:39 am »
Mean Team
Blackhawk meets The Mean Arena, in that it's got aliens but also an urban future sport.  Oddly, it's more reminiscent now of computer games: so like a cross between League of Legends and Call of Duty.  This may mean it was ahead of its time, but it's an odd fish.  The lead character, Bad Jack Keller, is a murderous asshole and the best thing that can be said about the melodrama of one of the player's having his brain transplanted into a panther is that his reaction when he wakes up and looks in the mirror is pure comedy gold.

It feels like it loses its way, having the team transplanted to what seems like an entirely new story (itself a sort of Meltdown Man meets Death Planet) at the end of this opening salvo, but the first page lays this out as the intention all along. Can perhaps be summed up well with this quote: "Just one man - and a cat with a man's brain, but they were too much for the Black Swamp Dragons."

Reading that original run of Mean Team you can't help but feel that it is a cracking interstellar caper story in the making. Until you remember the first page & promptly lose interest in the strip at the same time that script droid John Wagner does. A genuine missed opportunity, that.

« on: 20 August, 2019, 08:39:00 am »
Prompted by sometime collaborator David Gerrold, Niven pitched an episode featuring micro-black holes & the Outsiders to DC Fontana for ST:TAS. Which she thought was a bit too cerebral for a Saturday morning cartoon programme so Fontana suggested that he adapt his short story The Soft Weapon for Trek instead, swapping Nessus the Puppeteer with Spock instead.

Niven subsequently rewrote his original pitch as The Borderland of Sol.

« on: 19 August, 2019, 08:40:56 am »
An episode featuring the Kzin was planned for the fifth season of Star Trek: Enterprise before the pin was pulled.

Whatever became of the Skorr is what Stevie wants to know.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 16 August, 2019, 03:26:32 am »
Dan Dare, Servant of Evil
I should confess that I'm not really sure what happens in this one: anyone else got a summary?
This is really it for Dare in the prog, although a version of him turns up in Revolver in 1990, and there's a Dan Dare 3000 AD in the prog 1034 supplement (but I don't own a copy).

You know how every sports strip written by Tom Tully revolves around a corrupt manager conspiring to kill the team as a tax write off? Dan Dare, Servant of Evil is that draped in Jim Starlin-lite cosmic disco drag.

Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 03:02:57 am »

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 30 July, 2019, 06:51:35 am »
Yes it is a delight to have Brink back so soon.

Tharg is clearly making the most of INJbot whilst he still has him.

Broken link repaired—IP

Books & Comics / Re: Vertigo no more
« on: 19 July, 2019, 09:12:57 am »
Just recently read about the forthcoming Hellblazer and Joe Hill titles - can't quite figure out why they canned the Vertigo brand.
I will admit that the last time I regularly read a Vertigo series was The Unwritten / Unwritten Apocalypse, and the newer series over the last few years didn't really appeal to me, but that was always subject to change.

Stevie thinks that Vertigo became a victim of the success of Sandman. It spent so much time trying to retain Sandman's audience with fantasy titles that when it published something else the market wasn't interested because it wasn't potentially the next Sandman. It is no surprise that Fables was one of Vertigo's longest running titles this century.

Stevie's struggling to remember the last Vertigo ongoing which he was enjoying to last more than six issues. Oh, of course! Hellblazer. One of the original titles.

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 12 July, 2019, 07:50:41 am »
That was the worst logo ever. I don't think it even qualifies as a logo really, it's just a font.

The logo's nothing special, but there's conceptual unity (IMO) with the logo and the page layout, especially the curved cropping of the cover art to the left of the page. I don't think there's much unity in the current prog's layout. The "2000 AD" font has no relation to the logo to the left, and it seems odd (to me) that "2000 AD" is mentioned twice.

Taste is subjective and all that. I haaaaaaaated the cover design around this point (it was the start of my declining interest that stopped me being a regular reader for a bit) and it was mostly because of that curve and ugly logo font. All felt a bit sterile to me.

The Prog 1200 logo & design aesthetic always screamed, "MS Windows" to me. Brrrrr. I read the prog at the time in a state of constant apprehension of it crashing halfway through.

Books & Comics / Re: COSMIC COMICS - New Hibernia Archive!
« on: 17 June, 2019, 08:27:14 am »
Thanks maryanddavid.

Books & Comics / Re: COSMIC COMICS - New Hibernia Archive!
« on: 14 June, 2019, 08:12:57 am »
Has any other squaxx in Australia received their copies yet? I place my order on 1 May  & am still waiting.

Other Reviews / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2019
« on: 10 May, 2019, 09:03:48 am »
Diamond shipped this week --ie a week late-- to Stevie's  LCS.

So if you are outside the UK & missed a copy it might be worth making a return visit to your LCS.

General / Re: Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Do 2000AD for LXGM
« on: 06 March, 2019, 07:52:44 am »
Given that Kev's first professional cover work was that spot illo of Green Bonce hidden under the Space Dinner Spinner on Programme 1, I can think of no more perfect manner for him to bow out of the medium.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 20 February, 2019, 04:23:45 am »
Argh. Deadworld’s switched formats. I do hope there’s a limited hardback available on the store, to match the first volume.

Says hardcover on the amazon page. Fingers crossed.

Book Depository says hardback too.

News / Re: New specials: 2000 AD, Cor!!, Tammy, Vigilant, and more
« on: 18 February, 2019, 06:49:59 am »
According to Down The Tubes the Tammy & Jinty Special is

Full of all-new material and edited by Lizzie Boyle

Nice one!

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