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Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: Today at 05:04:03 pm »
Yeah, Sam Elliott really was perfect casting for Mr Scoresby...

Yep this will certainly be a hard me to overcome. One of the few things I liked about the movie. The movie casting might also explain my issues with Ruth Wilson as Mrs C

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: Today at 08:06:31 am »
Majestic episode.

The discussion on Summer Magic is everything I love about this show. Its such a breezey engaging funny listen, but tucked in there is so much smart, fresh insight into stories that many of us have read so many times we can get a bit jaded and entrenched in our views on them.

The way you read Summer Magic was so different to mine, which has changed over the years, yet felt so clear and apparent. I'd read Summer Magic back in the day as it came out weekly as just a 2000ad dark take on the classic boys own adventure. Doing what 2000ad does so well. Taking something from mainstream culture and spinning it into a dark twisted corner.

On later reading I've never bought into the Harry Potter thing it feels such a shallow link. Due to its setting early 60s I've seen it as a tale about the fall of Empire. The new world at first admiring the old and being shaped by it, but then being exposed to its dark and vicious reality. To move past that the new has to remove the old and yet still has the same ambition underneath, all be it with the hope of youth.

Now as you say whether that was the intent of Alan MacKenzie and John Ridgway I don't know and frankly doesn't matter. As its my reading that counts, as your reading is what counts to you, we make our own stories from what we are given. What the pair of you have done and do so regularly on your glorious podcast, is made me really want to go back to re-read the story with fresh insight and possiblities. the best stories allow you to do that and the best commentors inspire that. And that's you two, your damnable youth, energy and smart taking us old traditionalists and shaking up our entrenched old world order with fresh understanding.

May the sun never set on Space Spinner 2000.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 19 November, 2019, 10:03:49 pm »
Watching it with the girl child, who I read the book with, only up to episode 2 and its still fine with problems.

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 19 November, 2019, 08:12:38 pm »
I just bought something from the webshop and there was a message saying that there'd be a bit of a delay because nothing would be sent out between Friday 15th and today due to them changing warehouses or something.

I got the impression that the Prog shipped straight from the printers? Might be wrong there but that's the way I think it works, which would mean warehouse moves weren't the reason... but then it would also explain it?

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 19 November, 2019, 06:55:18 pm »
I'm in a Prog wasteland and taking it out on the children...

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 19 November, 2019, 06:21:45 am »
So many thrills so little thrill-power. You get to the nub of this problem so well Funt and I think that summary of NuHarlem Heroes is about the best I've ever read!

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 18 November, 2019, 10:23:02 pm »
Things got a bit flaky for a while but last few months its landed on a Saturday like clockwork again. As this week nothing by Monday so hopefully tomorrow.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 18 November, 2019, 02:03:11 pm »
Kids loved Pode... though of course there is NO WAY they'd have done it in Co-OP mode. Will find time to have a go myself at some point as it looks stunning.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 18 November, 2019, 06:11:04 am »
Have you read the previous Copra series? Because if not, you really really should. Especially if you're finding jumping straight in engrossing enough to stick with it.

I've got it charging up my read pile. I picked them all up digitally.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 17 November, 2019, 09:12:23 pm »
Well my experiment into trying to treat Marvel and DC comics as I would Image and Dark Horse - etc - comics is faring about as well as could be expected. I'm trying to approach them as stand alone stories with interesting themes or creative teams in the hope that I can get stories that will stop run over 6 issues as creators can't live off their creator owned work.

The trouble is the titles I'm trying aren't that good. I'm sure the good ones are out there but they aren't grabbing my attention so I'm not finding that.

Case in point New Mutants 1 - its not a bad comic its just kinda there. The art by Rod Reis is wonderful and to be honest the main reason tried this one over the numerous others it might have been. That and its kids in space which was kinda a neat theme. It kinda fails on both counts. The art is wonderful as said, Reis' Sienkiewicz style is just great but feels really out of place for the light bouncy tone of this tale. The story is kinda kids in space but lack the fun space pirate vibe of Cyclops from a few years ago. The Starjammers coming across as twats and the main driver for the series trying to catch up with Cannonball having absolutely no sense of adventure and excitment about it.

Agents of Wakanda 3 also fails in the reasons I'm trying this one. This one I go cos it seemed to have two of my all time fav characters Wasp and Ka-Zar... neither appear at all this time! The story and art are just so average and I have enough more than average superhero comics to last me this lifetime that I don't need more.

History of the Marvel Universe 5 at least does what it says on the tin and I enjoyed this for that as I have the rest of the series. Mind this summary of Marvel 2000s (plus I think?) reminds me quite why I've lost interest. Its just lurch from Earth shattering event Earth shattering event.

At least Immortal Hulk 26 is simply magnificent. A new storyline fresh and alertly introducing new readers and old to what's what in a tight gripping read.

Over at DC we get the utterly competant Lois Lane 5 this one I suspect will be served well by a re-read. Hence I'm sticking with it when I might have dropped it in terms of month to month enjoyment.

As the Adventurer pointed out Inferior Five 3 marks another failing the belief that DC or Marvel will be anymore reliable in getting nice decent runs out as this great series is cut in half. Such a shame.

So we are left to the 'indies' for the great stuff. Justice League and Black Hammer 5 allows Jeff Lemire to once again show why superheroes done without restraint are glorious vehicles for story. And while Copra 2 annoyed me again as the start feeling dropped in and lost still at the start as I tried to remember the poorly introduced scenario and characters from last time I once again found myself utterly engrossed by the end and willing to make the effort to hang in.

Which brings us to Grendel Devil's Odyssey 2 which gets book of the haul (probably only cos I decided I won't to comment on Immortal Hulk 26 up whitter as that's as good, if not even better than this comic... maybe) its quite brilliant. As Matt 'The Other' Wagner does a Firekind on us. In other words a wonderful examination of the ecology of an alien species intermixed with a gripping adventure.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 17 November, 2019, 08:39:27 pm »
Good interview with Ellingham here  Some talent!

Great find - thanks.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 17 November, 2019, 01:35:15 pm »
I'm a little surprised I couldn't see more talk of Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games series of books in these parts. I could of course have missed it. The reason I'm surprised is they are soooo good.

I've just finished reading the Mockingjay - the final in the series - to the girl child (10) and we were both (almost) in buckets by the end. These are pretty brutally honest books. They are hard and simply don't hold back.

Collins uses a great narrative vehicle by telling the tale solely from Katniss Everdeen's first person perspective. This gives you both an utterly coherent reliable view of the world. Yet also the weakness and unreliabilty of anyone person's view. This works so well as Katniss is an entirely fantastic character. Utterly heroic, yet entirely unaware of that. She's shallowed by the price of her actions, strenght and humanity, slowly hardened by the events she is thrown into.

She (Katniss) fails so completely by the end of the series to fulfil her solo aim, the spark that drives everything that unfolds. Lesser stories would use this as a bitter sweet reflection at an trimpuhant victorious ending. Not Collins, here we just get the bitter. Its a hard world and a tough reflection in the human condition. To be honest we knew this would be the case as the novels never let you expect anything but the most thoughtful, gritty ending it delivers so well. That's not to say there's not hope throughout the piece. There is hope throughout. All be it masked by the world Collin's throws you mercilessly into.

Katniss isn't alone of course. One of the great characters in modern fiction is made all the more so by being surrounded similarly well drawn characters. Who regardless of the apparent size of their role are so well crafted that what happens to them matters entirely. The series also has one of the great villians in President Snow... but then by the end others are revealed and its not afraid to show the villian in us all and Katniss as well.

Its all written so well also. Unlike say the Potter series this one shines. Its older target audience no doubt helps but really there's a touch of genius about the simple way she writes.

I started to read these to my daughter with little expectation - I'd enjoyed the films I'd seen (first two) but expected the books to be pretty simple and derivative. They are anything but. They written with the meladrama of their audience in middle, but though I started them for my daughter by the end today I was hurrying to read them to her as I was more than desperate to find out what happened.

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 17 November, 2019, 09:01:07 am »
Thorgal gets a release over here from Cinebooks so not sure how the license for that sits.

As for the rest PLEASE GOD will someone release Blueberry.... yes yes I could get off my arse and learn French but it escapes why - with so much stuff being released these days - Blueberry is such a glearing omission.

Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 17 November, 2019, 07:20:42 am »
Um, you guys realise this is a list of favourite films, not favourite cinema visits, right? I didn’t see all of the movies on my list in the cinema, neither did I necessarily even see them on the year of release...

You think if I don't have time to go to the cinema I have time tor read post on here properly Mr Radiation?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 17 November, 2019, 07:19:12 am »
Never heard of Concrete Surfer nor Christine Ellingham. Was pretty damned impressed by that fantastic cover, but even more so now I've seen some interiors. Just brilliant art. Really looking forward to reading this one.

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