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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: Today at 09:26:08 PM »
Lots of ending and lots of beginning this haul. Let's deal with things in the correct order then.

Speaking of Things I've discussed Thing 1 just now in this very thread, suffice to say its very good.

Robin and Batman 1 I picked up due to the creative team of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (along with a Jock B'Man coming soon) but did so wondering if I can find anything in a Batman comic I've not read before. This is a wonderfully scripted, beautiful B'Man comic, alas it doesn't say anything I've not read in a B'Man comic before.

Venom 1 fancied this to try hangin' on to Al Ewing since Immortal Hulk has gone. I have no interest in Venom and after reading this convoluted huh what of a comic I'm not yet convinced Al Ewing will create that in my We'll see.

What's the Furthest Place From Here 1, I first read about this... ## years ago when it was previewed at some Image event at some Con or other. It was an in person Con (not one I was at) so that gives you an impression how long ago that was... at least. Still saw it was finally coming out and though I couldn't remember what it was that interested me in it I still went for it. Glad I did its a very strong opener. And wowsers do you get a lot of pages in this first issue. The only problem is I wonder how much story we'll get in a regular issue?

So plenty of openers and the ending we'll get to. Between the two we have to have plenty in the middle of course. So to that.

Chicken Devil 2 continues the worst day ever being immense fun, beautifully rendered. Ka-zar 3 is also beautifully rendered... so at least it has that going for it...Black Hammer Reborn 6 very good, though felt more like it was setting up how exciting next issue will be! Jonna and the Unpossible Monster 8 why isn't this comic MASSIVE its brilliant all ages genius. Okay so it indulges the art so not much movement per issue, but when it looks this good who cares. This comic should be MASSIVE as the monsters in it and that ending! Oh and the same with Echolands 5 which manages to indulge the art (possibly overly) but still throws a lot of story at you. This one should be MASSIVE too. Time before Time 7 starts the second arc and if you like Rory McConville's work in Dredd you should indulge yourself with this, its great. Not all Robots 4 the new robots meant to solve the human's issue with the old robots, simply make the old robots feel inadequate and fires off the shimmering tensions into brutal violence... only Mark Russell.

So the middle done we move to the endings.

Out of Body 5 ends Pete Milligan and Inaki Miranda's fantastic mini and its a 'good' ending, it makes sense, it wraps things up and yet is strangely unsatisfying.

Usagi Yojimbo - Dragon Bellow Conspiracy 6 why did I choose the colour reprints as my gateway to collecting Yojimbo physically?... I hate the cover too... still bloody fantastic epilogue.

The only annoying thing about Black Hammer's Unbelievable Unteens 4 is I just want to spend so much more time with these characters than this mini has afforded... leave ya audience wanting more and this really does.

That Texas Blood 12 ends the second arc as Jacob Phillips out Phillips and Brubaker Phillips (senior) and Brubaker. This is a chilling brilliant ending. And luckily here we know we are getting more.

6 Sidekicks of Trigger keaton 6 wonderfully smacks this story into canvas and grapples it into theatrical submission. Energy, verve and the audience leaves entirely entertained. Brilliant.

Best of the haul, arh who cares, lets go... Jonna and Echolands just cos they should be MASSIVE. Great haul.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: Today at 08:56:17 PM »
The Thing #1 (Walter Mosley, Tom Reilly, Jordie Bellaire, Joe Sabino). A deliberate throwback, this comic is set sometime after the end of the cold war, but in tone could be the 60s or 70s. The pieces are put in place for the storyline, The Thing is isolated from friends and family in this issue and an antagonist is introduced. The art, however, is a cut above the script here. There's a deceptively simple style and a few interesting tricks used. It all makes it quite a fun issue for the reader.

I really enjoyed it. As you say the art is a delight, an absolute delight. The tone is a little weird however. As you say it feels like a call back to 60s and 70s, but all the modern references throw that out of wack and make it feel strangely out of place...

...at least on one level...

That ill at ease tone really works on another. See the comics this reminds me of is Waid' Daredevil, in that it feels joyous and fun, old school and carefree on the surface, but underneath there is a grim undertone. Now fair to say here the grim undertone is pretty on the surface, in the way it wasn't in DD. That is probably more to do with the relative times these series have to tell their tales (this is only a 5 issue mini), but it still really works.

This is upsettling, yet strangely comforting at the same time and balancing that is a masterstroke that makes it a brilliant comic!

In the same boat here, even though I wouldn't purchase a modern Marvel comic if C.B. Cebulski offered to dress up as a Geisha and breathlessly read it to me, I have a soft spot for Ol' blue eyes.

Well maybe this is the comic you could try to risk dipping back?

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VOTING CLOSED

Well for a while here I though we were going to get our first lockout but no, even a movie adaptation of an almost forgotten film, that felt out of place in the Prog is able to russle up a vote. Maybe against a better John Smith thrill it wouldn't have? As it is even

Pussyfoot 5

is able to storm into Round 2. See you Monday whe  we start to look at which other long ignored stories might be joining it.

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VOTING CLOSED

Another pretty clear one, though with plenty opf votes for both thrills. Numbercruncher is a wonderful, fresh thrill - all be one that's a bonecrunching 10 years old (gulp), while Colony Earth did feel dated even back in 1978. It all adds up to

Numbercruncher

hitting the 2nd Round.

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Film & TV / Re: Wheel Of Time.....
« on: 27 November, 2021, 10:42:48 PM »
Well fourth episode had some incredible moments. The quieter character driven pieces allowed folks to developed and allowed the end to explode out into something that felt quite astonishing.

Okay I might be into this now...

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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 27 November, 2021, 10:39:07 PM »
I was half watching the third episode as the family watched it and from that perspective it worked quite well. It was a decent character piece - even with the poweeerrr offff luuuuvvvv stuff. Reading the comments here I think I'll not bother to watch it any closer and skip ahead to the 4th!

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So quiet here BUT one again we're not going to get a shut out - which I love, we've not had one today in this tourney. So get ya votes in today and I'll count up in the morning.

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Final reminder to vote on this one. Get them in today and I'll count up in the morning.

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VOTING CLOSED

Oh this one was close. And maybe a little surprising. As while Tax Consultant has always come in for flack the creative team of Wagner and Gibson carries considerable weight behind it and Visible Man is an utterly curious story. That said its also a really great curious story and the weight of expectation of that creative team drags down the result of its work in the case of the story here. And so I'm personally really pleased to say

Visible Man

Is into Round 2.

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VOTING CLOSED

It wasn't too close in the end. Which is prehaps surprising as to me Joe Black is a slight and inconsequentcial aside. While Ulysses was an amusing slight and inconsequential aside, that lead to quite a fun revival... but ya pays ya money and takes ya choice. And

Joe Black


Is into Round 2

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 26 November, 2021, 09:29:39 PM »


On the Outs

This is a very hard post for me to type.

Very hard.

Long term readers of my nonsense will be well aware of my love of Sinister Dexter. As many have drifted from their warm and charming murdeous embrace, I've seen the golden, bullet riddled glow is still there. The recent run with Steve Yeowell has seen the strip storm back to its very finest form, and its not as if it was bowed low before that raise. Its just got better.

Then Bulletopia hit and all the issues of timing killing momentum, that others, not me, OTHERS have rolled out struck me. In this instance it was right. Why now.

Well The Moses War (just to sight an example) was perfectly structured to support the story in short stories that built to the greater whole. Dabnett and Williams (and others as they came) handled it brilliantly. Giving you what you needed to read each tale in isolation, reward the long term reader with a steadily building epic. So it did kinda fumble the ending, rush to the line as if Dabnett got word of the disatisfaction and decided he needed to move on.

So move on he did. And well. Starting to skillfully craft a new reality for them, while respecting, playfully the old.

The Bulletopia.

Bulletopia is structured differently. Bulletopia is a story designed to be presented as a single epic (well I say that I of course mean from my reading, I have no idea of Dabnett's intent). Its about desperation, fleeing and horrible last stand. The ultimate example of our deadly duo having their worst moments when seperated. Its needs drive and focus and attention to build the sense of danger and awful flight... instead we get

a

drip

feed

of

stuff

which

just

makes

for

a

clumsy

read.

And that sinks it. SUCH a shame. This time. I have no doubt that the series will continue, will re-find its feet. I just hope whatever factors are needed are allowed to happen to give it what it needs. That's not happened with this story. We must move on...

... except this exposes another issue we will have to face together. As Self Absorb melds into NuYNWA its becoming harder and harder for the YNWAs to seperate themselves, for Self Absorbed to not be Nu and bound by Nu's thoughts. Here this problem is exposed.

In Prog 2185 Carrie said

Quote
'We think the rogue A.I. is about twenty two years old.'

Now that's a very specific reference. 22 years, not 20, not about 20, 22. Now while S&D doesn't move in a Dredd style year for year basis, this story is meta enough (I think) to have normally sent me flying back to the S&D stories of 1998 to see what hints this was leading to... or whether I was over reading... either way I should have been flying back.

I didn't. I acknowledged that I should... but I didn't and that's a sure sign that NuYNWA's disenfranchised feelings for this story are crushing Self-Absorbs YNWA's ability to view afresh.

The end is near...

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Other Reviews / Re: Flesh: Midnight Cowboys
« on: 26 November, 2021, 09:06:47 PM »
I really enjoyed McKay's art on the latter day Flesh stories, but Midnight Cowboys is for me where the Millsian drum beating starts... starts to drown out the fun. Its still fun, but it starts to creak under the weight of Millsian Dogma. Such a shame and Flesh could be such unburdened fun, with a sharp a pointy underbelly donw right... and it has been done right so the model is there!

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jeez there's a pattern here, colin. forget the romance of the cup - this preliminary round is often the purgatory that exists between the devil and the deep blue sea.

I know what you mean, the counter though is how often do we get to reflect on these 'lesser' strip. We talk about Dredd, his figure, board game, telly shows (ahem) all day. Its good* to consider the lesser light, to remember unsung thrill that make 2000ad the variety pack it is. Hey we can't appreciate how good the highs are, unless we embrace the lows!

*Well okay not always good!

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Not quite sure which way this is going to be honest, looks close, so could we get a Wagner + Gibson strip to fall in the 1st round, strange to type, but seems very possible. I'll count up and tell you in the morning.

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Just a day to go, which do you prefer the adventures if a Rat or a psycho for hire. Vote today and I'll count up in the morning.

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