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The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« on: 15 April, 2020, 08:04:09 PM »
So, to save time, the best is Moore and Redondo’s ‘The Time Machine’.

But, with that out of the way, what’s the second best? I have thoughts, but I want to hear yours. :-)


*For the purposes of keeping the thread title manageable, please take “Future Shock” as a place-holder for Shocks, Time Twisters, Terror Tales, and any other single-issue stories under a shared series banner, even —shudder — Vector 13
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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #1 on: 15 April, 2020, 08:20:35 PM »
The Wages of Sin.

There's no particular twist, it's not as clever as Chronocops, and it's not wildly original. But it's all in the execution, and it is, to me, the single funniest, most oddly charming, and most memorable of all the Alan Moore one-shots. Let's be honest - which of us wouldn't have signed up for that scheme? And which of us would have paid for a stamp?

Plus - that Talbot art!

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #2 on: 15 April, 2020, 08:25:04 PM »
Yet another Mr Moore, Dr Dibworthy's disappointing day.  A handfull of panels, with the twist entirely in the hands of the artist, as Dr Dibworthy fails time and again to alter history.  I love the small details.

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #3 on: 15 April, 2020, 08:58:16 PM »
Oh great game Jim. I'll play.

Only to avoid this being a Moore Fest and to mix it up a little I'm going to go with the first thing that popped into my mind and that was a Terror Tale by John Smith and the late great Edmund Bagwell called 'Blackspot' a bit of Barneying later and that's Prog 1801 (and reprinted in the Meg 389). Couple driving past an accident blackspot and seeing... well.. its really really chilling.

I could go even more recent to Prog 2149 and Conjested Anima by Mark McCann, Kate Holloway and Glen Fabry - did  get a little extra room but used it REALLY well. Fantastic story.

I'm sure there's be LOADS more I like as much if I delved back but these two immediately sprang to mind so I'll go with them.

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #4 on: 15 April, 2020, 09:44:21 PM »
I'm a big fan of the Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales and whilst the best title goes to "The Revolt Of The Tick Tock Monkey-Bomb", there's more pathos to be had in "Droids Are Dispensable" (prog 181, S: Gary Rice, A: Brett Ewins, L: Tony Jacob).
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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #5 on: 16 April, 2020, 02:00:04 AM »
Ring road. Another Moore/Redondo one, I believe.
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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #6 on: 16 April, 2020, 02:31:10 AM »
Alan Moore, naturally, and (I think) John Higgins:

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #7 on: 16 April, 2020, 05:27:30 AM »
Alan Moore, naturally, and (I think) John Higgins:

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I will rate this as one of my best but in more recent ones I will give it to Congested Anima (prog 2149). Not only a great story but some wonderful art as well.
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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #8 on: 16 April, 2020, 09:25:06 AM »
Chronocops. The noir-style narration, the visual jokes, the names. Just great.

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #9 on: 16 April, 2020, 10:07:19 AM »
Chronocops. The noir-style narration, the visual jokes, the names. Just great.

Interesting.  Somebody with the username abelardsnazz goes for something that doesn't feature Abelard Snazz in it! :)

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #10 on: 16 April, 2020, 10:09:21 AM »
My pick - that one where we follow the protagonist encountering an alien or robot, but it turns out that the alien or robot is actually a human/Earth.


(that's, like, most of the early Future-Shocks).

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #11 on: 16 April, 2020, 10:16:54 AM »
Was he trapped in a virtual reality prison?

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #12 on: 16 April, 2020, 10:54:55 AM »
I love the The Reversible Man for how it makes you think afresh about the joys and tragedies of life, but for sheer chills Ring Road edges it - I'm still haunted by those planets and ghouls looming out of the Redondo murk. But where did the money come from?

For non-Moores I love Millar & Hughes Long Distance Calls. That's some drokked-up stomm right there, and by far the best thing Millar ever wrote for Tooth.
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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #13 on: 16 April, 2020, 11:14:12 AM »
Long Distance Calls is one of my favourites as well. Spooky stuff, and with a penultimate page that appeared to have emerged from the mind of John Smith rather than Mark Millar. Tales From Beyond Science was pretty great on the whole, to the point I grabbed the HC when it was (briefly) available.

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Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« Reply #14 on: 16 April, 2020, 12:36:31 PM »
The Hit, prog 625. Only two pages, but it's a great idea and feels like the pilot for a series. I still think it would make a great series. One of half a dozen or so stories that appeared around the same time written by a Larry Watson who then was never heard from again.