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News / Ennis writing Rat Pack for Battle Special
« on: 10 October, 2019, 12:52:09 pm »
Not had a chance to read this as rushing to a meeting but the headlines makes it a keeper and worth sharing...


I'm assuming this is wonderful news. Could someone read it and fill me in!

Off Topic / Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
« on: 09 October, 2019, 05:02:05 pm »
You need to get your aides into better shape so they don't miss snatching that disposable cup off you next time.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 09:15:26 pm »
Wow has it really been a month since I last went to my nerd shop. Well it would seem so and hence where last time was small might have been barely noticed slipping in, even if it brought joy. This time is long and full and I'll be bangin' on for rages I'm afraid, before we get to the climax of all this.

Interestingly I'm picking up a number of Marvel comics in the coming months. I doubt many will last long (might though - see the end of this post for what I know) either on my list or as a series, but its going to be fun to dip back into the mainest of mainstream. First off then Agents of Wakanda 1, doubt this one will get past 6 issues, but picked it up as it has two of my all time favs, Wasp and Ka-Zar... just goes to show it takes more than characters I love these days ...

Lois Lane 4 is kinda interesting, its so steady and I'm not yet quite sure what this series is trying to do. Immortal Hulk 24 starts to really pull things together... which leaves me feeling I need to re-read to get more out of this.

History of the Marvel Universe 3 is functional, James Bond 007 11 perfectly well sets up its ending and Coffin Bound 2 has me warming to this intriguing (well its really trying to be anyway) series more.

Jimmy Olsen 3 is a wonderfully curious beast with snippets building a whole, not 100% successful but good its trying. As is Copra 1 first go at this title and boy does it drop you straight in (as it admits) - can't read the catch up material as I have previous issues on my too read list. Good but carries too much weight for a first issue, still pulled me in really well.

Black Hammer Justise League 3 is really good... but as we'll see there's better Black Hammer out there... but we're really building to some magnificent stuff now. The Weather Man 4 is great and building this current story really really well. As does Second Coming 3 Mark Russell is a genius and you should read this. Still its not in the book of the haul shortlist ... why, well...

...well cos Grendel - Devil's Odyssey 1 starts that and its quite, quite brilliant - but can't get Book of the Haul as I've talked about it elsewhere already.

Ragnarok - Breaking of Helheim 2 has another master of the craft at the top of his game, but that's not getting it either.... why...

...well cos I'm a sentimental old goat and if I'm going to splash my nerdgoo over anything this haul its going to be two comics that end this month after giving me the most glorious of time over a long time. Firstly and fittingly not book of the Haul is Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 47... lets just say that again Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 47, 4 fuckin' 7, that's Moon Girl and Devil chuffin' Dinosaur 47. Marvel comics don't do that anymore, even popular ones, let along a new character backed up by a relatively obsure piece of Jack Kirby genius. Its a massive tribute to someone or something that this book has got to 47. Its fitting that its not book of the haul as to be honest its been inconsistant and fun though this is this final issue isn't the best. Its fun, its irrevertant in its way, but its not as brilliant as this series has been at its best.

So that of course leaves a comic that's finishing which has been consistantly brilliant. Black Hammer - Age of Doom 12 ends the core story of this quite superb story after 24 issues. There's also been some brilliant spin of stuff and more to come apparently. But this core series a loving tribute to superheroes, story and hopes finishes in a perfectly fitting, gloriously low key way. Its just brilliant. Brilliant.

Black Hammer is dead, long live The World of Black Hammer.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 08 October, 2019, 05:03:46 pm »
I think we'd just come out of the Beastie Boys will ruin your children phase at this time - I remember a lot of fuss around them in 1987/8.

Anyway just wanted to say the sentiment at the opening of the show was quite wonderful. The only downside to Fox getting married is that it breaks the dream that the pair of you would get it together... mind that might have been like when Maddie Hayes and David Addison (was it) got it together on Moonlighting - it'd be all downhill from there, so guess I should be grateful.

General / Re: Judge Minty (Judge Dredd fan film)
« on: 08 October, 2019, 04:49:38 pm »

Minty now at 913,000

Is there a grand prize for the millionth viewer?

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 07 October, 2019, 09:32:26 pm »
What size are they damnit!

They were a similar size to the Ultimate/Mega Collection books.

Thanks and damnit - that raises a significent doubt as to whether I'll get this...

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 06 October, 2019, 09:03:37 pm »
The order of the books as shelved seems way off in their images too. It doesn’t start with ...Gaul.

Oh good spot - its way out of whack. It also seems they will have the text books, compliations and not the new volume (out later this year as I recall)

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 06 October, 2019, 08:00:36 pm »
Oh I don't do this type of thing but the Asterix books are tempting - just depends how big they are. It would be lovely to have a nice uniform collection but ... well size does matter. I have a copy of some collection or other that's been done in the past and its a little small. If these are the same size as the 2000ad ultimate collections will I be able to get over it???

As for the collection size it does depend a little on what they count. 35 with another in the way couple of compliation books and things like How Obelix feel into the cauldron and 12 Tasks - may keep some back for a possible extension?

What size are they damnit!

Books & Comics / Re: Matt 'the other' Wagner
« on: 06 October, 2019, 02:13:48 pm »
Got it, read it, love it. Its really quite brilliant. The only disappointment is when Grendal Prime loses his space helmet. He looked so cool in  his clear space helmet. I know it served no pupose but looking cool is important in comics.

Onto more important matters. The idea of space Grendal cast away from a dead human race to start a new Grendal clone humanity engaging with aliens to see if they will be suitable partners just feels so rich and full of potential. Throw into that mix a fight with a giant alien space insectoid and this just oozes a master of his form, knowing how to make great story.


Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 06 October, 2019, 11:32:07 am »
I'd love it to have been Rebellion taking up the sponsorship tier.

Time will tell.

Must admit that was my first thought. As you say we'll see.

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 06 October, 2019, 09:38:27 am »
Sebadoh at Manchester Academy 2.

Well magnificent as ever and check out Lou's 12 string.

Fantastic as they may be two things struck me.

Firstly how quiet in was, in terms of audience size. I mean Sebadoh might not be lauded in quite the same way as some Indie heroes of the 90s be damn they are a magnificent band and should be.

Secondly how lush Lou Barlow's hair is after all this time and turmoil. Rocks a glorious mop and maybe that's why it was so quiet all us aging expanding indie kids are just jealous of his lack of follical challenge?!?

Prog / Prog 2152 - Watch the world burn!
« on: 06 October, 2019, 09:27:17 am »
Behind a magnificent Cliff Robinson cover lies a Prog on the ground work being laid out over the last couple of weeks.

Dredd is just magnificent. The fragile diplomacy providing a veil over motives as thin as a golden spray job. Quite now much character Wagner and MacNeil are able to imbue into our robotic dictator is wonderful to behold. Yet another masterclass from these two as we get the added bonus on Dredd slipping of to... well we'll see...

Defoe has lost me already alas and a low point in this otherwise stella Prog.

Brink I was speaking of masterclasses before and here's one in how to do an exposition dump, with only a tiny pretense of being anything other than that and make it compelling reading all the same. Adore the exhausted last page as well. Also nice touch having us look in through the HSD logo on that title panel. Should I be reading more into the fact it reversed other than that's our point of view?

Hope Under Fire is brutal and brilliant in equal measure.

The Fall of Deadworld is brutal and brilliant in equal measure.

Another 4 out of 5 but those 4 make it feel like a five-for.

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 06 October, 2019, 08:34:58 am »
Wow the Kickstarter got a real boost as someone - or a company you'd assume - have popped for the top level reward and will be the sponsers of Radford Reds which had thrown the Kickstarter towards the half way mark. Would love to know who and hopefully we'll find out soon enough.

Trouble is this might mask a little the rapidly dwindling number of other backer at lower tiers. Its interesting over on another thread there's a link to a Kickstarter from Etherington Brothers and they have smashed it after 4 days and are at the £72,000+ mark after a similar time. The majority of the Etherington's is a load of £75 backers after two hardcovers. Now I have no idea how these things work and they are very different products - Etherington's is a how to write and draw comics package - but two Kickstarters from two sets of very talented comic folks and two very different outcomes to date. I wonder if there are differences in how the Etherington's go about marketing these things, or is it just that backers what something that feels special like a hardcover - though of course that changes the amount you need to raise...

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 04 October, 2019, 08:11:00 pm »
Don't think I've seen this but I've just picked up my copy of Previews and as well as the 2000ad and Meg stuff we're seen on the linkie down thread there a solicitation for a HC Billy's Boots collection. Its not a strip I know but one I believe folks who do remember findly.

112 pages for $18.99 (whatever that will translate as by December about about £24 the way things are going !)

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 04 October, 2019, 06:55:59 am »
Wow that's really telling.The number of thrills there as you say is striking and 'Unstable Growth'  seems to be the perfect title as it sums up exactly what seems to be happening. Especially borne out my having (or choosing I suspose?) to run Daily Dredds in the Prog.

Loving the new banner.

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