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Books & Comics / Comic strip question, can anyone help me ID an old strip
« on: 19 January, 2012, 03:10:36 AM »
Hello, I've been trying to remember the name of a comic strip for some time but haven't had any luck.  At first I thought it had been in Tornado years back because I read that and when it merged with 2000AD I continued with that.  The only other comic I remember reading at that time was the new Eagle and I'm sure it didn't appear in there.

The basic premise from what I can remember is an alien ship lands on Earth, near a house.  The family which consists of the father, mother and maybe two children are either kidnapped or check out the ship.  They are detained (I think) and the ship lifts off.  The aliens which they are later introduced to die, perhaps of contamination with earth germs.  The only other remaining crew member is a robot.

Somehow by this time the ship is lost and the strip follows the adventures of the family trying to get back to Earth.  If I remember right, the artwork was full colour and I think it was on much the same quality of paper as the relaunched Eagle at the start rather than newsprint.

The most frustrating thing was that I remember missing the very last issue...

I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but it was about 30 years ago, but hopefully someone can help me.  It would be late 70's to early 80's.

General / Re: A question about Rogue Trooper and other reprints
« on: 01 September, 2010, 02:13:11 AM »
Hits 1-3?  What do you mean by that, there are only two of the newer style books, and six of the older ones, though Realpolitik is a completely different lot of artists.

General / Re: A question about Rogue Trooper and other reprints
« on: 30 August, 2010, 10:35:46 PM »
Well the Rogue books I have cover Horst, but Regene also has the bit with the assassins that disrupt the peace process.  In Regene however that story is left at a cliffhanger and I vaguely remember not reading the rest when it was originally printed.  Personally, I'd like to at least see that done.  I've ordered the 86ers as well as a tie in.

And thanks about the answers about Harry 20, I've ordered it from the Book Depository.

General / A question about Rogue Trooper and other reprints
« on: 29 August, 2010, 10:42:41 PM »
I see that Rogue Trooper is being reprinted in the large Judge Dredd Case Files style format, what are the exact plans for that?  I've got the earlier smaller reprints from the first up to Regene and Realpolitik.  However, ReGene got left on a cliff hanger, and the only other book I managed to get was the Extreme edition with the Cinnibar storyline as well as a couple of other one-offs from the annuals.  Just how far is this reprinting going to go.  I'm aware that the later Rogue Trooper stuff became not as popular, but I'm a completist.

Also, are there any plans to reprint the old strip Harry Twenty on the High Rock (I'm really showing my age here)? 

Space 1999 could be called many things, but cheap it wasn't, especially for the time.  The second season was much maligned as there were a lot of changes, but the first season had some really deep episodes, especially something like Dragons Domain which seemed like the spiritual predecessor of Alien.

It had a ton of guest stars, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Julian Glover (AKA General Veers from ESB), Patrick Troughton, Brian Blessed (two appearances), Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel from ESB), and many others.

For movies, one film that had impressive modelwork even if the story was weak was The Black Hole.  The USS Cygnus was a beautifully done model which one now defunct site described as a cross between a victorian railway station and a gothic cathedral.

General / Maybe a strange subject
« on: 25 October, 2009, 05:54:54 PM »
I've been rereading my Rogue Trooper books and was wondering something.

Was it ever revealed which of the Generals on Buzzard 3 was the traitor? 

There were four guys, the one with the baseball cap, the bald one with the moustache and the two dark haired men.  I'm sure that the image shows one of them dieing in his capsule.

I was just a little curious as to which was the traitor or what your assumption was.  I always went with the balding guy with the moustache for some reason, partially based on the silouhette of his head that we see in the Glasshouse G story.

General / Re: Best Dreddverse supporting character
« on: 19 May, 2009, 09:59:04 PM »
Judge Anderson in my opinion.  I just find her character interesting and although Dredd initially is a bit dismissive of Psi Judges as being too temperamental, I think she does earn his respect.

General / Re: Your favourite Judge Dredd 'epics'
« on: 19 May, 2009, 04:37:36 PM »
You really wonder after Judge Cal's reign how anyone ever remotely trusted the SJS again.  Were Cal's SJS Judges also among the 'brainwashed', or was it only the regular Street Judges.

I wonder how things would have panned out if Psi Division had been part of the Dredd universe then.

General / Your favourite Judge Dredd 'epics'
« on: 18 May, 2009, 07:29:25 PM »
By epics, I mean the obvious large scale storylines that have lasted for a large number of issues, Judge Child, Apocalypse War, Necropolis etc.  Some comments on each would be nice.

Bear in mind, I haven't read a lot of the newer stuff.

The Day the Law Died.  I just recently got volume 2 of the Case Files, and although I knew of the Judge Cal storyline this is the first time I had ever read it in its entirety.  The artwork is a bit changeable at times, personally I prefer Bollands clean lines.

The Judge Child Quest.  This was a rather long storyline and did have some pacing issues at times.  It brought in quite a lot of foreshadowing as well as introducing the infamous Angel Gang.

The Apocalypse War.  One of my all time favourites, though it is obviously a product of its time with the whole Cold War style politics and Soviet analogues.  Josef Bulgarin was so obviously a Stalin counterpart it wasn't very subtle. :)

Necropolis.....I'm in two minds about this.  The artwork itself is for the most part decent, but I don't like the colouring.  This seemed to be a common style of the time when it was heavy use of one or two primary colours.  The Terminator and Alien Comics as well as some Star Wars Dark Empire was guilty of this.

Games / Re: Recommend me some PC Games??
« on: 18 May, 2009, 07:18:34 PM »
My recommendations....

Rogue Trooper isn't new but is worth a look.

Bioshock, as has been already said.

The Orange Box has been mentioned countless times, personally I'm not too hot on Portal, but i like Team Fortress 2.

Call of Duty:World at War.  A great WWII fps, especially among a WWII saturated market.  Great atmosphere and well worth getting and playing.

Call of Duty 4:Modern Warfare.  This is in some ways better than World at War.  The multiplayer component is good.

World in Conflict.  If you like RTS's this is a great game, the gold edition is easy to find relatively cheaply.

Mass Effect, no more needs to be said.

General / Re: Harlem Heroes question?
« on: 02 May, 2009, 06:02:05 PM »
peterwolf, I also got the Extreme Editions with Meltdown Man and thought that Belardinelli's art in that storyline was very nice.  Very detailed without being too cluttered.

Did Bellardinelli ever work on the Starblazer Picture Libraries, his art style seemed to resemble some issues there.

General / Re: Necropolis reprints?
« on: 02 May, 2009, 05:59:25 PM »
I notice that Amazon with the Nemesis reprints showed the covers for Volume 1 as yellow with the Blitzspear rather than green, Volumes 2 and 3 were the correct colour but also showed the Blitzspear rather than Purity Brown and Nemesis.  Amazon also have one or two versions of the Rogue Trooper graphic novels.  Eye of the Traitor has two different covers listed.

General / The Meltdown Man
« on: 01 May, 2009, 11:53:38 PM »
Trawling through the Extreme Editions, I found out that Meltdown Man had been reprinted in this magazine.  I vaguely remember this from 2000AD of old and found the storyline intriguing and managed to get Extreme Edition issues 11 and 12.

So far this story seems to be a bit dated obviously, but still quite enjoyable.  Parts of the artwork are really nice and other parts remind me of the story "The Terminal Man" that was printed in the old Spectrum Crash Magazine.  Art is by Bellardinelli who I believe went on to do the Ace Trucking Co and is suitably oddball along the way.  I'm only about 3 quarters of the way through the first issue, I had forgotten just how long this story was.

Anyone who sees these issues should pick them up for something a little different and in my opinion at least a little almost forgotten gem from 2000AD's history.

General / Re: Harlem Heroes question?
« on: 01 May, 2009, 11:49:28 PM »
That's not in the Xtreme edition, but according to another website, that story was printed in an annual, 1979 I think, so therefore its a standalone story.  It wasn't a reprint of a prog.

General / Re: Necropolis reprints?
« on: 01 May, 2009, 11:48:27 PM »
It's as bad as some of the other 2000AD books.  ABC Warriors, the Meknificent Seven for example.  I have the cover with the strange Hammer-Stein design as shown here.


Yet there is also this cover

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ABC-Warriors-Me ... 406&sr=8-4

And from what I hear there are other designs out there, but all with the same content.

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