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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 01:20:54 AM »
He made the Kessel Run in overblown CGI.

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 28 January, 2022, 07:28:58 PM »
It's a compelling argument - and it's perhaps unfair to place a mirror up to the golden age. Nobody would argue with that Slaine run, but most people wouldn't wish for Skippy-T to have run all the books back to back.

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 28 January, 2022, 07:20:45 PM »
The golden age span displayed below had a span of 52 progs with 14 titles:

The most recent jump-to-jump stage from 2021 had a span of 38 progs with 30 titles. (Even removing the Regened strips, you still have 22 titles. That's 14 fewer progs but at least 8 more titles.)

So - the prog is more disjointed than it was. More variety, less stability.

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 28 January, 2022, 07:08:26 PM »
I think the vast majority of stories have a coherent, readable arc - but then often end with some continuation breadcrumbs - they don't tend to require a back-read in order to get on board. I suppose I'm arguing that The Order, Scarlet Traces, Brass Sun & Kingmaker are outliers - in that they often end on a serious cliffhanger before a years-long wait for a follow-up.

Even there - The Order does do little arcs but has so many characters that it's difficult to track who's who without a re-read. The most recent gap was 67 weeks between Land of the Free and Fantastic Voyage.

Kingmaker had a serious cliffhanger at the end of Ouroboros, from which we had to wait 127 progs for the follow-up. Brass Sun is 194 progs and counting - it feels like the creators must have lost interest. Scarlet Traces was (only) a 112 prog wait from another tall cliffhanger.

I like all these stories - but waiting 2+ years between instalments is ... quite a wait.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 January, 2022, 03:33:52 PM »
I read The Hobbit. I read the LOTR. I couldn't manage the Silmarillion. Is that where the elves are dicks?

Books & Comics / Re: What does Garth Ennis have up his sleeve...?
« on: 28 January, 2022, 03:31:07 PM »
What does Vladimir Putin have up his sleevies? Not his armies, as he's sent them to the border with Ukraine. Also, he's topless and riding a horse, so he doesn't have sleeves. My standup routine needs work...

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 28 January, 2022, 03:27:50 PM »

That maze is vital to solve the book, but if you take a wrong turn you get auto-killed. The stardate you need is much later. A bit like Warlock, there's no indication at any time whether a particular sector or stardate (the two numbers you need to win) is more or less likely to be successful.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 28 January, 2022, 02:03:59 AM »
I'll tentatively posit that fear isn't always purely a product of the imagination. My parents' cat is seriously lacking in imagination to the best of my knowledge, but was scared shitless when my auntie brought her dog round at Christmas.

Cats are a completely different kettle of fish - not only is their fear real, but their goddess - Bastet - is also real. I think we need to alter the phrase...

Fear knocked at the door, Faith answered. There was nobody there. Until Bastet glanced down from her palanquin and realized it was her fifth disciple, Fear, returning from a hunt around the neighborhood bird tables.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 27 January, 2022, 10:16:01 PM »
Next prog...

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 27 January, 2022, 09:17:31 PM »
It's an interesting quote. MLK purported it to mean that faith conquers fear, but another reading of it is that, really, nobody was there. Neither fear, nor faith - as both are inventions of our imagination. I assume the door was automatic and opened on its own due to a passing tumbleweed.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 27 January, 2022, 08:02:37 PM »
To be fair, I'm basing it also on a few seconds of research. It seems like he's switched to a lot of only vaguely obscured anti-vax disinformation. His support of Rogan is a red flag for me, frankly.

It goes a bit like this on his broadcasts:

"I'm not a doctor, and I'm not anti-vax - but isn't it all very suspicious, eh? Isn't it all a bit (not a doctor, not anti-vax) terribly, terribly suspicious that doctors are asking you to take the vaccine (but I'm not anti-vax, I'm not a doctor, don't listen to me) - but that vaccine seems very suspicious, doesn't it? You shouldn't trust anything you hear etc."

Then he goes on for ages about what a great guy Joe Rogan is. Who's anti-vax.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 27 January, 2022, 07:52:17 PM »
Return to Armoured Gideon

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 27 January, 2022, 07:49:34 PM »
We need even more use of "Previously on..."

Remember when Dante did an entire episode* that was effectively a 12-page summary of the previous 1,638 pages of the epic. That was cool. (Also, it rather suggests you could just have told the story in twelve pages instead of 1,638. Boy, I bet they felt silly!)

*The Memoirs of Nikolai Dante, prog 1731

But as I mentioned earlier, Colin, I'm correct.

It's a fine balancing act with Mills: Nemesis gets to be a bit evil because Torquemada is so much more evil. Slaine gets to slap Ukko around, and shag around, because the sea demons, or the Drunes are so much more wicked. By the time you get to Finn, you can see it fraying at the edges - the punishment for "hurting the planet" is to be drowned in toxic sludge. Greysuit was where the creative wellhead exploded - the protagonist is a serial killer. We're supposed to be cheering as he leaves heads in fridges, and it gets worse the longer it goes on. You can see it in the book titles: Prince of Darkness ... Foul Play.

Button Man lets you have your cake and eat it. Should be a movie franchise.

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