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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 12:41:11 PM »
And they kind of get better and better.

Yeah its kinda hard to argue with that.

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Well we’ll start Round 4 with no gush of excitement. No giddy anticipation of the tough, enthralling ties to come. Instead to really fire up those juices with a service announcement! Turn around is so fast I’ve not been mixing up these thread openers the way I intended and just kept rattling on with the same ol’ format (for the posts the comp ain’t changing). I had plans and maybe next round but for now, well if it ain’t broke and all that… what and EXPLOSION into Round 4 hey!

Hastily rescheduled tie as the previous one on the slot hadn’t actually finished its Round 3 predecessors at the time of typing! Battle of intricate art maybe. Both excellent tales as well, but you know (well if you read along) by view on the thrill deserving of a place in the final here!

Form book:

Mazeworld - Bye; Janus PSi Division; Damnation Station
Lawless - Bye; Samizdat Squad; Chimpsky's Law

Mazeworld - more info

Vs

Lawless - more info

Just reply in this thread naming your favourite thrill of these two series at the beginning of your post (or use Bold tags so I can spot it easily) and say what you like about these wonderful stories after that.

Match ends early on the morning of Friday 8th July and the winner gets a place in Round 5 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!


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Well we’ll start Round 4 with no gush of excitement. No giddy anticipation of the tough, enthralling ties to come. Instead to really fire up those juices with a service announcement! Turn around is so fast I’ve not been mixing up these thread openers the way I intended and just kept rattling on with the same ol’ format (for the posts the comp ain’t changing). I had plans and maybe next round but for now, well if it ain’t broke and all that… what and EXPLOSION into Round 4 hey!

Quite the tussle this one. Fan fav comedy classic D.R. Quinch by Northampton(shires) finest come up against Russia's greatest rebelling hero. A good forewarning about what this Round will do to you!

Form book:

D.R. & Quinch - Bye; Medivac 318; Glimmer Rats

Nikolai Dante - Bye; Age of the Wolf; Caballistics Inc

D.R. & Quinch - more info

Vs

Nikolai Dante - more info

Just reply in this thread naming your favourite thrill of these two series at the beginning of your post (or use Bold tags so I can spot it easily) and say what you like about these wonderful stories after that.

Match ends early on the morning of Friday 8th  July and the winner gets a place in Round 5 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2289: Shotgun Diplomacy
« on: 04 July, 2022, 07:46:16 PM »
Decent Prog, certainly a bit step up from last time mainly due to Dexter.

Dredd nice opening episode, with a warning that it might all get slippy with the timeframes. We'll see but certianly perks the interest and Goddard give good Dredd.

Hope we knew would be in 2 (or more?) 'reels' and so on that basis this final part is a good one. Pulls us further in and then ends on a great cliffhanger. Anyone else got a real Fatale (as in Phillips and Brubaker Fatale from the image on the final page?)

So yeah its a surprise to learn that this Dexter will be the penultimate story in Bulletopia a story that offer so much, then fell apart of the momentum drifted but has recovered of late. I really hope the final story is an long 12 parter or similar, there seems a lot to sort out. ANYWAY to the present really nice opening part and I'm already into this one. Lets hope it has a more confident ending than the last one.

Skip Tracer aint too bad.

Brink on the other hand is bloody brilliant.

So yeah pretty good Prog.

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General / Re: Forum's Fav Thrill - Round 3 results!
« on: 04 July, 2022, 05:57:02 PM »
Part 2

...and somehow Garth Ennis still has 2 thrills in contention, the same number as poor John Smith!

The lack of love for John Smith has been a real shocker for me. There's been some excellent thrills fallen from him - though in part due to some tough draws. There's a tie coming up where he might - in part at least - undo himself. Its one of my favourites of Round 4, but fills me with dread.

Artwise,
2000AD's greatest everyman Henry Flint still has 7 thrills in play

This fills me with great joy - though no need for 'everyman'!

Massimo Belardinelli, Colin McNeil and Simon Davis all on 5

I do wonder how much Massimo does the heavy lifting for the strips he's responsible for, compared to other artists. I've never been a massive fan of his (subjective art and all that) but I get the impression he earns more votes for his strips than others based on the comments.

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General / Re: Forum's Fav Thrill - Round 3 results!
« on: 04 July, 2022, 05:20:32 PM »
Oh this data is so rich - thanks for doing that Alex. And the picturial summary are a wonder as ever.

There are at least 21 thrills still in play that are either in the Prog/Meg now, or due to return in the next year or so.

I think this is the most encouraging thing. It will be fascinating to see how these progress as the classic thrills become more classic but I think there are 4 or 5 current thrills as good (or there abouts) as anything we've ever had.

13 thrills are Dredd-related, including 5 that are exclusive to the Judge Dredd Megainze. Hang in there you Meggers!

The Meg biase is pretty much undeniable now - though entirely understandable, its Dredd heavy, has much less quantity and fewer folks read it. There is still enough in there - maybe - for it to have a thrill into the later rounds... but my personal biase is peaking out there!

Dan Abnett and Gordon Rennie with 9 thrills each (although arguably Rennie's two best have fallen...)


This is fascinating - the fact that Cabs and Absalom (I'm guessing these are the two you refer to???) are out  and he still has 9 says something. I expect Dabnett to shine in the later rounds.

... here endoth part one...

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Well we’ll start Round 4 with no gush of excitement. No giddy anticipation of the tough, enthralling ties to come. Instead to really fire up those juices with a service announcement! Turn around is so fast I’ve not been mixing up these thread openers the way I intended and just kept rattling on with the same ol’ format (for the posts the comp ain’t changing). I had plans and maybe next round but for now, well if it ain’t broke and all that… what and EXPLOSION into Round 4 hey!

Bit of a David vs Goliath meet up this one (just imagine now many cliched sentences like that would have been lost if Goliath had won that fight!). Weighing in at 4 Progs we have Tribal Memories. At an unbroken 50 (!) Progs we have Meltdown Man. Mind as the other cliche goes size is certainly not everything.

Form book:

Tribal Memories - Snapshot; Witchworld; Megatropolis

Meltdown Man - Bye; Stalag 666; Dash Decent

Tribal Memories - more info

Vs

Meltdown Man - more info

Just reply in this thread naming your favourite thrill of these two series at the beginning of your post (or use Bold tags so I can spot it easily) and say what you like about these wonderful stories after that.

Match ends early on the morning of Thursday 7th July and the winner gets a place in Round 5 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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General / Forum’s Fav Thrill - Melatzoic vs. Slaine Rd 4 Heat 1
« on: 04 July, 2022, 06:22:35 AM »
Well we’ll start Round 4 with no gush of excitement. No giddy anticipation of the tough, enthralling ties to come. Instead to really fire up those juices with a service announcement! Turn around is so fast I’ve not been mixing up these thread openers the way I intended and just kept rattling on with the same ol’ format (for the posts the comp ain’t changing). I had plans and maybe next round, but for now, well if it ain’t broke and all that… what and EXPLOSION into Round 4 hey!

Mind the ties do all the heavy lifting for me! Really like this opener. A Mills derby, both thrills very different and Slaine hasn’t quite got the universal approval to date I was expecting. So who knows?

Form book:

Metalzoic - Harry Kipling; Judge Hershey; Armoured Gideon

Slaine - Bye; Bix Barton; Harke and Burr

Metalzoic - more info

Vs

Slaine - more info

Just reply in this thread naming your favourite thrill of these two series at the beginning of your post (or use Bold tags so I can spot it easily) and say what you like about these wonderful stories after that.

Match ends early on the morning of Thursday 7th  July and the winner gets a place in Round 5 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Oh this is tough as it depends on how bad the bad is, how good the good is so difficult to quantify. As long as its interesting I guess as we are always safe in the knowledge

... that something better is arriving tomorrow

as a cope out!

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Simply the best – The Magnificent 7
« on: 04 July, 2022, 06:14:55 AM »
While the Volgan Wars is a real return to form and there are some good bit, some great bits along the way this is another Mills thrill which I don't think gets beyond its original run so I go

The Meknificent Seven

or whatever we are calling the first series.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Simply the best – Number VI
« on: 04 July, 2022, 06:12:00 AM »
Oh that's interesting. I always assume Phase 3 will be the favourite, though I know one has always been popular, I actually find it the weakest, though it is just brilliant at that.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 03 July, 2022, 09:14:42 PM »
Smaller haul this time - well in terms of comics at least - also got Battle Action Special, new edition of Grendel Omnibus 1 AND new Lawless trade (the one ongoing Tharg Thrill I allow myself to double dip on... if Brink did hardcovers... anyway...) the comics themselves... well...

Han Solo and Chewbacca 3 maybe I need to reread these as I'm stunned how much they wash over me! So stuff happened to some characters, some of whom I know.

Fuck this Place 2 Kyle Starks is brilliant... so why isn't this? Well yet at least?

Spider-man and Moon Girl - I loved the Moon Girl and Devil D series so am snapping up these one shots released in conjunction with the new telly show coming soon... so far yet more shoulder shrug...

so at the moment this haul is 3 comics so much Muh! Been a long time since I had a haul like this. Things do improve. Hawk the Slayer 3 continues to show I'm enjoying this a lot second time around.

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters 10 great to have this back and would be book of the haul if it wasn't so damned quick to read. I mean that due to it being structure to have the art tell the tale which makes it very brisk but damn it good but its quick.

Usagi Yojimbo - Lone Goat and Kid 6 a classic tribute to the Lone Wolf and Cub series and a superb issue

X-cellent 4 fantastic addition to Milligan's and Allred addition to the X franchise continues on fine form keeping things as updated and relevent as you'd expect while expertly playing with how dated what's gone before can been seen to be in the current context. Fantastic stuff.

So yeah very mixed haul, mind if the Battle Action Special hadn't been reviewed elsewhere it would have blown all before it out the water.

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General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 03 July, 2022, 08:53:14 PM »
Listened to this while doing some housework earlier and its a fantastic listen, as its a fantastic book. Check both out folks - trust the Amazon reviews!

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Other Reviews / Re: Battle Action Special 2022
« on: 03 July, 2022, 08:04:03 AM »
Absolutely superb.

The great thing about Ennis is while he writes everything here and there is a solid through tone in his 'serious' war stories there is a sharp and refreshing variety in the material he writes, that makes the whole thing feel very much like an anthology.

Johnny Red opens things quite brilliantly with one of my favourite things in the special and there are many, many great things here. Keith Burns is predictably wonderful on art and the story is a tight, well crafted tale that uses its 12 pages to perfection. Cramping so much in, but not at the expense of an utterly satisfying action thriller.

The Sarge with simply wonderful art by our PJ Holden takes a different tact and uses the characters in the strip to pay tribute to the troops on the ground who fought. It doesn't hold back in its honestly, particularly in one chilling moment, but this one packs an real emotional punch and is possibly the best thing in the special.

So we then get a needed tone change as Crazy Keller brings a high octane action romp, playing much more for laughs. Chris Burnham's art is perfect for the switch.

Dredger changes tact again with a punchy tribute to the hard 70s cops. It feels more cheeky and disposible than anything else in the special, but earns its place because of that very fact. John Higgins does what John Higgins does so well.

Hellman of Hammer Force pulls the tone back to that of the first 2 stories with an incredibly effective tale that services the need for thrilling action early so the second half can get to the heart of the piece. We get a real sense of why Hellman does what he does. Its such a brilliant story and challenges The Sarge, Mike Dorey's art being spot on as well.

Then we get another tonal switcheroo with Kids Rule Ok. This would have felt completely at home in Kev O'Neill's anthology with Alan Moore, Cinema Purgatorio. Its a cutting examination of the events that led to Battle Action. Witty and unflinching. Brilliantly constructed and shows how comics, when crafted by greats can do things no other medium can.

The special is bookended perfectly by Patrick Goddard - a man born to draw in Battle and Nina Petrova and the Angels of Death a dark, gripping story with real heart, which perfectly sums up the comic. Its classic Ennis war fare, capturing the hard brutality with real humanity. Just superb.

So yeah add in some great intros to each story and this is quite the product. I've very deliberately over used the word 'Special' in this review. We get lets of titles called special, given its historical usage. I can rarely thing of a time when its been more fitting than for this one. From the hardcover format, to each and ever story inside this is indeed something special and if you've not bought it simply do so as there's a wonderful world were this does so well we return to it on a regular basis.

One of the best things I've read all year.

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General / Forums Favourite Thrill - Round 3 into Round 4
« on: 03 July, 2022, 07:19:18 AM »
So Round 3 is done and we're down to the last 64 thrills - from an initial line-up of 343 thrills and as you might imagine the qualiuty is ranking up.

Round 3 saw some big, big losers. Its important to remember that the 64 thrills we have left aren't the 64 best thrills in the Prog, FA cup style we've seen some big hitters fall and some lesser light sneak in... though these are getting thin on the ground. The BIG looses in Round 3 include:

Absalom and Caballistitcs Inc
Button Man (!!)
Indigo Prime, Leatherjack and Tyranny Rex - its been a tough round for John Smith fans!

but we could all make our own list. All those joining Zombo, Hershey, Devlin Waugh and other mighty thrills that have fallen already... yet Sancho Panzer rolls on. The beautiful nature of a random draw.

Round 4 is going to be a stinker, but they all will from here on in. Its also going to feel short compared to what we've got used to - hence my mind has turned to what's next already and I think we'll have a short palette cleanser after this one before we enter a tourney I've had in mind from the start, based on one of these tourneys main inspirations and that one will be longer yet! - anyway that all to come. For now we have:

64 thrills
32 ties
4 weeks

of Round 4 to get through.

See you Monday!

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