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Messages - sintec

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Glimmer Rats does the grim future war really well, I'm glad it got included in the UC. That said I'm going to have to vote for D.R. and Quinch two iconic characters from.

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The first volume of Kingdom in the Ultimate Collection was the point I knew I was in for the long haul. One of those series that hits the ground running and just keeps going. I love Proteus Vex but my vote goes to the bestest boy Gene Kingdom

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2022, 06:49:00 PM »
The Revere cover also credits Milligan and Belardinelli, so that'll be The Dead - will be great to have that in hardcover.

Not quite the Milligan volume I'd been hoping for but I'm very happy we'll be getting The Dead. That was probably my top want for the extension so good news there.

Less excited about 2 volumes of Ro-busters as that's just duplicating stuff I already have. On the upside I think that does make it quite likely we'll be seeing Fallout in the 2nd ABCs book. Really hope they don't repeat the strips from ABC Warriors vol 4 in the second Ro-busters book but it feels like they'll be light on material if they don't. Hmmmm

Assuming Leviathan and Necronauts are sharing a volume there's enough space in there for a 3rd shortish story (50-60 pages would be perfect). Wonder what that'll be.

I'm growing increasingly concerned we won't be getting a 2nd book of Stickleback.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2022, 10:41:11 AM »
According to Barney, Ro-Busters in its 2000 AD incarnation has about 200 pages of strip. So perhaps it will dip into Starlord. If so, that’s arguably the right decision, but I wish it had been made for Strontium Dog as well.

We've already had 60 pages of that in vol 4 of the ABC Warriors though (Hammerstein's War Memoirs and Ro-Jaws' Memoirs). So that only leaves 140 pages which is barely 1 book. I guess if they do all the Starlord strips that'd make it 2. Kinda hoping they don't do that tbh. I bought the Ro-busters HC a while back on the grounds that we wouldn't be getting the Starlord stuff here. Meh.

They're there, but no pictures yet:

https://hachettepartworks.com/en-en/2000-ad-ultimate-collection/l1072126/

Huh - odd. I can see the Brass Sun one but the others are just dropping me back to the main UC page. I suspect someone has pushed a half formed update and is manically trying to sort their mess out behind the scenes.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:08:40 AM »
Next few issues are up on the Hachette site.
124: Brass Sun Vol 2
125: Ro-Busters Vol 1
126: Revere

So no surprises there except Ro-Busters getting at least 2 vols.

Not seeing these at all here https://hachettepartworks.com/en-en/2000-ad-ultimate-collection/ am I looking in the wrong place?.

I'm not convinced there's enough 2000ad Ro-busters for more than one book though so that's definitely a surprise (unless they're going to reprint the Starlord stuff which seems doubtful). Was going to peer at the credits to see if I could work out which stories are in the Ro-busters vol and what other stories are appearing with Revere.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 May, 2022, 08:04:25 PM »
Oh and Ladykiller - would be really nice to round get the last(?) PJ Maybe story.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 May, 2022, 07:54:26 PM »
Yeah I've been holding out on buying the Rebellion trades for recent Dredd hoping it'll turn up in here so 2nd Jimbo's shout for a Harvey/Machine Law/Guatemala vol. If we get more than 1 Dredd book then I hope the other one collects some of Niemand's Dredds.

Non-Dredd hopes:
The Dead (and other Milligan stories)
The Scarlet Apocrypha
Stickleback
Damnation Station
Savage (10-11 which like Gideon would require a u-turn)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 May, 2022, 01:03:59 PM »
I remember giving one of the series a reread when it's run ended in the Meg (Chandu I think) and finding it read much better binged than it did in monthly segments. I've also never read the opening chapter as that was just before I started buying the Meg. So I'm quietly looking forward to revivisting this. It might not have been on my speculation list but I'm not disappointed at it's inclusion. I suspect I'll enjoy it more than I did the volume of Ennis era Strontium Dogs or the 2 books of Mean Arena.

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Film Discussion / Shako's cocaine rampage
« on: 21 May, 2022, 11:05:20 AM »
This sounds amazing.

"Universal Pictures will release the new film “Cocaine Bear” on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 in theaters wide, the studio announced on Monday.

Wild as it may seem, the film is inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it. Per the official synopsis, the thriller finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow… and blood."

https://www.thewrap.com/cocaine-bear-movie-release-date-2023/

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 May, 2022, 10:24:29 AM »
Yeah I for one would have shelled out some £s for a TPB of Feral & Foe. Shame to see if appearing in the floppy so soon as that tends to imply we won't be seeing a TPB any time soon (if ever).

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Gah such a horrid choice but choose we must. After far too much consideration I think I've got to give it to Zenith. Button Man is a top draw thrill and deserves to go much further but as others have noted it's a series of diminishing returns as the sequels retread similar ground. Zenith just keeps ratcheting up the insanity and it's that which wins out here.

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Counterfeit Girl had some interesting ideas and a unique look. Maybe I'll change my mind once the final vol of Strontium Dogs turns up in the UC but Dogs just feels like a pale imitation of it's parent strip so far.

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For introducing us to one of the best of the Dredd supporting cast - Dirty Frank - it's got to be Low Life, for my vote.

Yeah ^this.  Low Life

Bendatti was fun but it doesn't have any characters who are nearly as memorable as Frank.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 May, 2022, 09:44:20 AM »
Finished Mean Arena the second half definitely gets weirder, not sure that's really to it's benefit though. The introduction of more guns and odd scoring conditions just muddies the sport side of the strip. From the sudden wrap up I'm guessing editorial came to a similar conclusion.

Slaughterbowl is at least good OTT fun, it's basically Mario Kart meets Death Race 2000 with dinosaurs (what's not to like). The garish dayglo colour pallete perfectly suits it and it's short enough to not outstay it's welcome.

The In Detail section at the back then spends most of it's 8 pages talking about Harlem Heroes with just a couple of paragraphs at the end mentioning the strips we've just read. Can't help feeling we'd have been better served with 2 books of HH rather than Mean Arena. Looking at Barney the page counts are about the same (HH+Inferno is 295 to Mean's 288) so I'm not sure why they decided to go this way. This has been the weakest thrill of the whole UC imo and book 1 is probable the least likely vol of the UC to ever get a re-read (I might pick up 2 to read Slaughterbowl again someday).

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 15 May, 2022, 09:09:49 AM »
I've been reading the first vol of Humanoids new Jodorowsky Library. These are a set of matching HCs collecting 2-3 stores from Jodorowsky in each book. It looks like these are replicating the Jodorowsky 90 Ans set that was published in French to celebrate the authors 90th birthday (although in a different order for some reason). Book 1 collects Anibal 5 and Megalex along with a 3 shorts from the Screaming Planet collection.

Anibal 5 is a really odd choice to open the series with. It's a comedy about a sex obsessed cyborg super-spy (kinda a sci-fi Austin Powers) the problem is a lot of the jokes just aren't that funny, the characters are 2 dimensional and the plot is mostly non-sensical. The most interesting thing is the (untranslated) scans of the 1966 version of this strip which constitutes Jodorowsky's first comics work.

The second story, Megalex, is a more standard sci-fi action adventure featuring an uprising against a corrupt technocracy. Story wise it's a fast paced romp with plenty of Jodorowsky's crazy inventiveness to spice up the relatively predictable plot. The first 2 chapters use computer generated art which works well with the settings futurist tyranny. I think I prefer Beltran's hand drawn final chapter though as his line work brings the characters more to life. It's enjoyable but it's far from Jodorowsky's best.

The 3 shorts are fine but nothing spectacular. Overall it's a bit of a weak start to the series. Hope it doesn't put too many off getting the later books. Got book 2 sat in the to-read pile so will get to that soon.

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