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Classifieds / Pay it Forward
« on: 01 December, 2009, 07:42:38 PM »
Having been the recipient of Colin_YNWA's largesse ( and overwhelming desire to acquire living space which I can empathise with )  and in the seasonal spirit I am making the following offer to anyone who is interested.  Free to a good home, postage paid: 2000ad annuals 1989, 1991, 1993 and Judge Dredd Annual 1990.  My only condition is that whoever wants them makes a similar offer of something else that they think they can part with with the same condition.

Any takers?

Prog / Re: Prog 1663 - Fire in Heaven
« on: 21 November, 2009, 03:44:00 PM »
I think I have to agree with the general sentiment that seems to be going around at the moment.  Dredd is standing head and shoulders above the rest with the slow and subtle political machinations giving the whole series a much more interesting dimension.  Still think Munn is going to be another Buell but glad that Pinky hasn't been killed off in a few pages like so many other Dredd villains.  Is Francisco going to be the winner for the shortest Chief Judge to date? 

Sinister Dexter has to be the next for my money.  Never been a great fan and would agree with previous comments about the length of time between each run.  That said, this run is showing greater potential.  It seems to be pointing toward a great big blowout some time in the near future.  Have to agree on the quote of the prog above - nice one.  Should have included the following line as well ...

Future Shock - not particularly futurey or shocking and looking at Cooper's Johnny Red artwork in the old Eagle's ( guilty pleasure but there were some gems in there ) it just doesn't seem as polished as it used to. 

Slaine has never been my cup of tea but making an effort on this run in the hope that it might surprise.

Lucifer lite - sorry, feel free to enjoy, I'm taking the age old advice - "If you don't like it, turn it off / go read something else". 

I guess we have been a little spoiled just lately.  With any luck this will be the brief lull before prog 2010.

BTW - pleasantly surprised by the Droid Life poster.  Nice little number to adorn the wall.  Sweetened the bitter pill of the subs price increase [ what happened to deflation?  :-* ]

Welcome to the board / Re: belated hello
« on: 14 November, 2009, 12:30:05 PM »
Good to have you, sir! If it's reading suggestions you want, we've got pages of 'em for you! Have a look-see!

found some of them already, couple of nice ones to expand on.  what's the old line?  too little time, too many books!


Welcome to the board / Re: belated hello
« on: 13 November, 2009, 09:01:37 PM »
Welcome again, it makes it a bit easier to feel part of the community.  Many long-time lurkers here, so you're in good company.  And the less said about my 650-700 arrival the better (I don't remember the EXACT prog because the next day I ran out to my local comic shop (30 minutes away) and grabbed the best part of 6 months worth of thrill power. 

Best move I ever made.  Other than signing up here of course.  (Hopes Kate doesn't read this!)

yeah, well I try not to talk too loudly about a brief spell in the wilderness in the early eighties when my mother caught sight of Nemesis ... nadir had to be Look In, but still fond memories of the Marvel Star Wars stuff.  Now I just keep trying to convince the wife that all those boxes are a prime future investment.  Just trying subtly to get the bairns into it too ( is 2 months too early? )

Welcome to the board / belated hello
« on: 13 November, 2009, 06:00:48 PM »
have been trying for a while to figure out how to solve a grievous error of propriety, having started posting without having introduced self.  A very civilised Mr Gloady suggested doing so anyway so here I am, atoning for such an act of incivility ...

long time reader ( one of the oft loathed 'well I bin reading since prog 1' brigade, although in fact 'twas from prog 30.  Long time subber to both tooth and meg.  Bit eclectic in general reading tastes and always welcome a good recommendation for something new.

So, hello ....

... and sorry for taking so long!  :-[

Prog / Re: Prog 1662 - The Smuggler
« on: 13 November, 2009, 05:56:24 PM »
will nip over and abase self before the hallowed masses forthwith .. have been subscribing for ages, reading for longer than I would really like to admit, and enjoying the wit and wisdom of these boards for a while.  Perfect recovery at times from a really lousy day!  Number of laugh out loud moments generated by this board ... to be honest it does seem like the same brand of scatalogical with that I have come to know and love is being employed in anticipation of that welcome thud on the doormat ( gutted that it is not waiting for me today, enjoyed savouring it of a friday evening these last few weeks, ah well ..

anyway, thanks for the welcome

Prog / Re: Prog 1662 - The Smuggler
« on: 13 November, 2009, 05:45:51 PM »
I dont want to see a cover image in the review thread either thanks.

I am 41 yrs of age but i still like a surprise on a Wednesday

That right there is quote of the day for me.

yeah, but is wednesday the only day he likes the surprise?

and please excuse a relative newbie ( with humble apologies for not having posted over on 'new to the board' due to a work induced inability to read properly anymore and now severely embarassed over the social faux pas and no idea how to resolve the problem short of seppuko or throwing self at mercy of fellow boarders  :-[ ) but where exactly has the review gone?

Megazine / Re: Meg 291 - Hang 'em high
« on: 08 November, 2009, 05:25:25 PM »
got to agree with the sentiment but already subscribing to SFX kind of duplicates it.  That is my main problem with the reviews.  I always take them as the writers own personal opinion and respect them as such, I just don't see them as belonging to the meg.

Megazine / Re: Meg 291 - Hang 'em high
« on: 08 November, 2009, 02:34:15 PM »
'I am struggling to remember the last time someone had a positive comment about them'

I did five posts up  ;D

Ok, fair dues, take that back ...  ::) would you settle for on balance they are generally disliked and the space would be better used for an alternative purpose? 

Megazine / Re: Meg 291 - Hang 'em high
« on: 07 November, 2009, 07:00:58 PM »

So mostly good and since the Meg has always been a mixed bag, the fact that it isn't all round perfect is excusable. What isn't excusable is Tank Girl. Everything in an anthology arguably has a place, but Tank Girl stretches that rule to breaking point. I just can't STAND it anymore :'(

Tank Girl. I mean Tank Girl. Drokking Hell, Tank Girl. Twaddle. Stomm. Drivel. Rubbish. Nonsense. Childish. Purile. An orgy of tapeworm infested cancerous dog stomm that would disgrace the Sunday Sport, never mind the Beano.

It's like the result of a sordid alcohol fuelled one-night-stand between What do you mean, it wasn't made on drugs and So Bad It's Horrible; it's been a long long time since I hated anything the way I hated this. >:(

I'm off to the kook cubes to recover ::)

Man, and I thought I had a dislike for it.  Poor old Rufus, puts so much effort into it.  Not that bad surely .... Ok, so I don't COMPLETELY disagree.

Would anyone else object if they simply lost the pages of the film reviews and made the meg shorter?  I mean, does anyone else actually read them?  I am struggling to remember the last time someone had a positive comment about them.  Better yet, replace them with selections from small press titles.  Most of them would probably chew off their right arms, sell their granny and mother and even vote nuLabour ( OK, so maybe that one's a bit extreme, then again, it could have said Tory! ( quick game of spot the difference ensues)  ) for that sort of exposure.  Puts a hole in the old, 'got to keep costs down' argument. In fact did they not do that before?  The only problem I can see is trying to pick the best to showcase, simply because there is so much good stuff out there.

Anyhoo, apart from that this was the first meg in a while that had me thinking 'maybe the sub can keep going'.  A nice Dredd one parter, Bato Loco was not as bad as it looked to shape out ( short and sweet, not outstaying its welcome ), TotBM was even mildly enjoyable.

Looking forward to seeing what they do with some of the historical stuff from next month, the preview ad a few months back looked interesting.   

Prog / Re: Prog 1661 - Download's Darkest Hour
« on: 07 November, 2009, 06:22:03 PM »

Funnily enough last when reviewing last weeks Prog someone said in reference to 'Strontium Dog' sometimes when a series is very good its hard to get an ending that matchs the quality. Well this week we had two ending that were completely wonderful and more than fitting to the quality of the fantastic series they rounded up. Both 'Kingdom' and 'Shakara' ending superbly.

Shakara and Kingdom both showed how an ending could be done properly.  Kingdom gives us enough to feel like this is a satisfactory conclusion to another chapter in the storyline and leaves us wanting more.  In fact the whole of this series has made me radically reappraise my view of it.  The first series did not do anything for me personally.  It seemed like one more hack and slash tale with no real point at the time.  Now it seems like a multi layered tale with so many threads.  Characterisation is more polished, enough of the back story revealed to entice without giving away the whole game, and the attitude Numan revealed toward Gene leaves us wondering where that side of things is going.  Shakara just pummels the reader with all out annihilation, a visual treat that makes Dali look like a journeyman, and an ending that leaves jaws on floor.  Maybe because the ending of Stront has already been written and a lot of the backstory already covered over the years it makes it difficult to get that sense of anticipation going in the same way that the other two do.  You can't do the shock and awe ending of Shakara with it because the fates of the major players is well known.  It almost seems at times like a by the numbers piece to keep the old guard happy ( and yes, I do have a reservation in the KOS corner! ). 

Prog / Re: Prog 1660 - Holy Terror
« on: 03 November, 2009, 07:33:17 PM »
at long last a prog to savour.  DT's were almost starting to kick in ....

Dredd - got to agree with previous posts, nice to see that he still has it.  All alone, giving pretty much everyone a good hammering, but still vulnerable enough to be realistic as a character.  Reason I could never get into superman was that he was just too powerful, even his Achilles heel seemed a bit of a cop out.  How many times has Dredd been through the ringer over the years?  Part of me would almost like to see Pink eyes run for a while as a villain.  Quite a bit of potential there.  Even warming to Mike Collins' art.

Kingdom - nicely shaping up, getting a dimension that earlier series' lacked that finally has me interested.  Cliffhanger to boot - gah, hope next weeks aint late.

Shakara - Henry Flint should be knighted for services to surreal art.  Finally someone who draws aliens so alien it is freaky.  Come the smackdown ...

Lucifer lite - sorry, not doing anything.  Not bad, just not my cup of tea.  Apologies to creators for their hard work, glad others are enjoying it.

Stront - bit of a deus ex ending, have to agree with above post again, strong story, hard to finish at same standard.

Here's a question though - considering the exceptional standard just lately, how in the name of all that is holy is this going to be topped in prog 2010?  Just the thought of it .....

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 October, 2009, 11:45:08 AM »
one thing I've always loved about this site is the diversity of taste .... that plus the blatantly obvious bating that goes on!

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 October, 2009, 06:18:26 PM »
currently savouring Pratchett's Unseen Academicals.  This man is getting scary in his social commentary now.  Humour not as sharp as it once was but much more incisive.

Prog / Re: Halloween Special
« on: 19 October, 2009, 05:45:05 PM »

No.  If you've already GOT the stuff in question it's a pointless purchase.  Quite different from a rip-off. 

There are plenty of readers who HAVEN'T been reading since the beginning and this is a cute way to read some good old stuff for them on a digital platform.  What's wrong with that?

true .. can I just say one thing though ... kiss of the spiderwoman?

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