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Anderson, Psi Division has been home to some of the single best stories of all time, even if there have been some duds in there as well. And my gosh, the art. Gargarax and Vernon D'Arque are the stuff of joyous nightmares. And that Tula Lotay cover is a whole other kind of dream.

Very much this. For a while in the late 80s and early 90s I probably liked Anderson a lot more than the parent strip because of what felt like Alan Grant's more humane point of view on that world. While a lot of artists have done great work, the best of it also feels very tied to Arthur Ranson and some of his best work.

Hunted was a spin-off too far for me.

Anderson: Psi Division.

Visible Man is a one-joke strip but it's quite a good joke and the Henry Flint one-off was a fun reminder of it. Happy for it to come back again in another thirty years.

Tyranny Rex is a strip where I always feel like I'm too stupid to fully grasp what's going on. It has some of the deliberately distancing effect of early Indigo Prime but never quite manages to grow past that.

I'll always prefer a Thrill which makes me try and seems to be reaching for something over something from before I'd even heard of Tharg: Tyranny Rex.

Megazine / Re: Meg 440: Fully Loaded!
« on: 24 January, 2022, 11:48:06 AM »
What can I say, I'm a Krull man.
Beastmaster could take them both. With one ferret tied behind his back.

Two big old punning titles with not much else to recommend them.

Sancho Panzer.

Smith vs Flint.

Danzig's Inferno.

Low-Life is one of the great Dreddworld spin-off strips. Has a great cast of characters and wildly different tones. Doesn't matter if the latter is more about Williams responding to the unexpected popularity of an early supporting character. The Hitler babies story would be my vote for funniest thing Tharg's ever printed.

I remember there were vague promises that we'd get another D'Israeli illustrated series to wrap some things up. I assume that boat has sailed and dangling plot threads were swept up in Williams' later Dredd stories.

Nemesis and Deadlock are two cool looking characters, so a story starring both of them must be doubly cool? Not really.

Low-Life by a distance.

...evil John T shows his daughter a butterfly knife opening up - and it was just about the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I immediately wanted to buy one and stab all my friends.
Ha! Thinking back, teenage boys going on school trips to France were always bizarrely obsessed with the idea of buying and smuggling home butterfly knives and flick knives. I didn't even know what a butterfly knife was.

Hmm. Two underwhelming Thrills from writers I generally like a lot here.

Leatherjack felt a bit Smith by digits/numbers and Mary Whitehouse as the big bad felt kitschy rather than Smith's usual psychologically terrifying. The creative team makes comparisons with Firekind inevitable and Marshall's change of style in the intervening years wasn't to my taste.

Chiaroscuro is Spurrier's film studies background busting out into his fiction in a slightly more satisfying way than early Beck & Kawl but I'm just not a fan of horror in general unfortunately.

Leatherjack by a thin tentacle.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 January, 2022, 01:53:53 PM »
Enjoying Warrior at the moment. It's a sort of kung fu Peaky Blinders gang series seemingly spun out of the backstory of the Mr Wu episode of Deadwood. The lead, Andrew Koji, does a great line in smug condescension and the fight scenes (guaranteed at least one decent one per episode) are the best I've seen on a tv show.

Over the past few months we've also dabbled in:

Designated Survivor is basically 24 but now Jack's too old to run around himself. It starts out quite fun but the conspiracy elements quickly go from absurd to totally absurd and there's always that tension between the liberal wish fulfillment politicking storylines and the desire to the see the bad guys get unambiguously stomped. Infuritatingly, we've only watched the first series because my partner - who wanted to start it in the first place - got fed up with it while I'm still secretly dying to know how the thriller part plays out.

House of Paper/Money Heist/Whatever it's called there. Spanish series about a lengthy robbery going right, then wrong, then maybe right again. Lots of changing relationships, slowly evolving backstories and double-crosses where virtually everyone is some kind of dickhead or hijo de puta. Good idea and a soupcon of commentary on Spain's particularly difficult experience of the recent austerity years. The evolution of one character from mild-mannered academic mastermind to Spanish Ethan Hunt stretches things a bit but never mind.

There's a natural break after the second Netflix series. Doubt we'll go back for the rest but up to here it was pretty good fun.

About a million years late to the party: the first series of Stranger Things. I'm sure this one has been discussed at length here. A very well put together homage to eighties pop culture which manages to go beyond the trap of simply being a set of references and tell its own story within that setting. Obviously, the number one thing they picked up on and got absolutely right was making the central characters exactly the right kind of slightly dorky, slightly awkward, competely average (in a good way) and natural kids.

And, of course, Christmas was the time when we briefly resubscribe to Sky and watch Chernobyl again. Astonishingly powerful tv.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 21 January, 2022, 11:06:05 AM »
There may come a time when I stop buying things and never adtually reading them. But today is not that day.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 21 January, 2022, 08:24:51 AM »
Meat Loaf  :(
Oh no. Always enjoy singing along to a bit of Meat Loaf with my mum.

Il est arrivé aujord'hui! Mais, SACRE BLEU! C'est en Anglais!!!! Mais non! Pah, les Rosbifs!

Would've shared my exciting unboxing video if this forum could handle it but you'll just have to imagine it now instead.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 17 January, 2022, 11:42:21 AM »
Hint: not just films…
😳 that’s me fecked then - I’m up to 7 films I hope!
Think I'm up to ten. A couple of the others ring a bell but otherwise I'm stumped.  Fun.

Mine came today. It’s in Gibberish (a Fringe World dialect).

Mine hasn’t arrived yet but I live closer to France than England so I’m excited to see if this has any impact on which version I get.

Other Reviews / Re: Covers Uncovered Annual 2021
« on: 14 January, 2022, 02:13:09 PM »
Is it in French?

Did you order it from Rebellion or direct from the publisher?

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