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He has a reoccuring villian... well reoccuring of sorts. Here they are called Vathek. In tyranny Rex Deus Ex Machina its Reverend Gabriel Haze and I can't remember and am too lazy to look up what they're called in Firekind. Do they appear elsewhere as well? I can't remember immediately but it wouldn't surprise me. Anyway we we know what's up with that?

Mr. Vathek in Pussyfoot 5 and Mr. Cheetl in Firekind are both members of the Chadarisq-Khan, a race of hooved intergalactic torturers. The chap in Tyranny Rex looks a bit like one, but, if I remember rightly, isn't one.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 03:47:44 pm »

I knew Citizen Kane was lacking something.

It's got pterodactyls (and rubber octopus footage borrowed from a Fu Manchu movie) - what more do you want?

A giant spider, evidently.

Other Reviews / Re: The Complete Case Files 33
« on: 13 June, 2019, 04:47:32 pm »
... underneath all the jokes is a story which is actually tragic.

Scotland summed up in eleven words.

Prog / Re: Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 08 June, 2019, 09:04:09 am »
If you don't embrace this with glee you don't get Dredd, not my Dredd at least.

Objectively, this is a well-written story by an intelligent and skilful writer, and I admire the fact that he's taken Giant under his wing and is making use of him. Subjectively though, I couldn't get on with it. It's a great idea for a story, but the characterisation of Dredd and Giant just didn't ring true. It did help me figure out why I struggle to get into the writer's work in general though - when I see it discussed, I can appreciate the thematic underpinnings and the obvious intelligence and craft that go into it. When I read it, it all feels oddly flat and unsatisfying. Maybe I've just become a lazy reader, and Williams demands more active involvement than I'm prepared to give.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 03 June, 2019, 05:52:52 pm »

Paul Darrow, Avon from Blake's 7.

This really makes me sad. He was a true icon of British tv and a lovely bloke. There'll never be another like him.

Bring back Dante? Absolutely not, under no circumstances. It was great, and it was complete. More 2000AD stories need to reach permanent conclusions.

Bring back Robbie Morrison and / or Simon Fraser? Yes, absolutely. The prog is a poorer place without them.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 29 May, 2019, 07:49:04 pm »
I'd be very surprised if Harry doesn't die - he's been terminally ill for some prolonged time and is surely approaching his end. Looking forward to this - it's been easily one of the best series to run in the prog in recent years.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 May, 2019, 06:46:57 am »
Rocketman. If you like the music of Elton John (and I do) then you will enjoy this.

Stylised more like a musical than a biopic it's rather self indulgent but good fun none the less.

I'm pretty neutral on the subject of Elton John - no strong feelings about the man or his music - but a friend wanted to see this, so off we went. On the plus side, Taron Egerton is very good in the leading role, and the film has style to spare. On the other hand, I found the script a bit cringeworthy at times, particularly the 'Elton must learn to love himself' psychodrama. Entertaining enough film for the first two-thirds, starts flagging towards the end. The main thing I learned is that Bernie Taupin is a nice chap.

Off Topic / Re: Help with the Woman's Weekly puzzle page.
« on: 25 May, 2019, 11:16:59 am »

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 May, 2019, 06:50:12 am »
This could be terrible beyond imagining, of course, but really anything is better than ending Picard's story with Nemesis. Are we thinking this follows on from a failed evacuation of Romulan space as in ST 2009?

I believe that is indeed the case. I hope he hasn't just spent 15 years doing nothing but pottering about at the vineyard though.

There are some great moments in Bk X - Pat is always careful to give Torquemada as many triumphs as humiliations - but Torque's final 'ultimate weapon' seems totally at odds with the character. Torquemada can be monstrously hypocritical, but he genuinely and completely believes aliens are the enemy - to suggest it's just a means to gain or keep power puts him on the same level as someone like Mazarin or the Arch-Bigot, and makes him a lot duller.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 May, 2019, 05:21:51 pm »
Invasion 1984! - Wagner / Grant / Bradbury.

Were John Wagner and Alan Grant writing virtually every strip in every British comic in the 80s? Yes, apparently. Here’s another one. This alien invasion yarn ran in Battle just before I started reading the comic (possibly by a matter of weeks), so it was a new one on me. It has that trademark Wagner / Grant vicious streak in spades – Doomlord inevitably comes to mind – and a slightly perfunctory ending that suggests editorial said “Right, wrap it up there.” Nonetheless, it’s gloriously apocalyptic stuff - Glasgow even gets nuked early in the story. Bradbury’s art is very atmospheric – he’s great at the horrible skeletal (and slightly unfortunately named) alien ‘spooks’, he’s great at depicting horrific viruses, and he’s great at bringing a sense of realism to the mass destruction. However, I’m less convinced by his alien technology, particularly the spiky hover-tanks. A cracking read though, better than expected.

News / Re: Strontium Dog Without Wagner or Ezquerra
« on: 15 May, 2019, 08:55:13 pm »

But aside from super-sharp little one-offs like TMO and Weston's entry in the Villains' Special, I personally have no interest in reading them. For me Johnny's story ended when Carlos' did, and sadly that seems unlikely to change.

Agreed. Obviously the practical consideration of providing money for Carlos's family trumps any other concern - if that indeed happens, then by all means, go for it. However if people want to honour Carlos's legacy, they should do what Carlos seemingly enjoyed the most - create new characters of their own.

Books & Comics / Re: The Al Ewing USA loan thread
« on: 13 May, 2019, 08:23:45 pm »
I've read a fair bit of Ewing's Marvel work, but, apart from Hulk, each series has seemed to blend into the next - he likes to re-use the same characters and pursue some similar ideas, so the Mighty / New / US Avengers / Ultimates stuff reads like one extended story. Great if you enjoyed it to start with, of course, and definitely with its high points - Bobby Da Costa in charge of a retooled A.I.M works well - but the individual books seem to lack a unique identity beyond their shared identity as "the current Al Ewing comic". Hulk is different - it's very much its own thing, and easily his best work for the company. Ewing's roots as an ex-2000AD writer are plain - he's throwing out idea after idea, issue after issue, and even if I'm not entirely sold on the underpinning 'Devil Hulk' premise, there's enough good (and deeply macabre) stuff along the way to make it worthwhile. The current idea (Joe Fixit in Banner's body) is an inspired reversal.

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