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Megazine / Re: Meg 444 - Pressure Point!
« on: Today at 12:17:27 PM »
It does seem much too soon to reprint those Anderson stories already.
I don’t get the strategy here. As a long-term collector, I get that I’m going to have read most or all of the 2000 AD reprint. But reprinting a Magazine strip that’s less than three years old seems a bizarre decision to me.

Megazine / Re: Meg 444 - Pressure Point!
« on: Today at 10:05:20 AM »
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have done, but I appreciate it as a value-add for the thing I already subscribe to. (I certainly like it more than what we’re getting next month, say, which is content I’ve already read that isn’t that old and that I wasn’t overly keen on in the first place.)

Well, exactly. Why not have a Peter Milligan volume? (Again, I suspect it’s down to what exists as immediately available material more than anything. Or at least, I’d hope so. Otherwise, Mean Arena? Really?)

I enjoyed Bendatti Vendetta, but Low Life was properly epic. No contest.

I realise Lobster Random is divisive and it is quite smug and sure of itself. But that’s OK. It’s not like the entire comic is like that, and it works in an anthology. But I also found it a solid read in the absurdly oversized UC volume. Even the ending didn’t bother me. It felt a bit like what Furman does with Transformers – there’s always a bigger threat, and perhaps one day we’ll see that battle; if not, whatever.

The Dead, though… that’s something beautiful and special. It wins it for me here on that basis, and I still find it staggering that, as far as we know, it won’t be a part of the UC (not least since Rebellion presumably has it in the archives, what with it being in the old Extreme Editions).

Prog / Re: Prog 2282 - Out for Blood
« on: Today at 08:51:21 AM »
Seriously, that inking is like someone cloned Brian Bolland and now there’s a younger version of him nipping about and drawing Dredd. So good.

Megazine / Re: Meg 444 - Pressure Point!
« on: Today at 08:50:19 AM »
I have no knowledge of the original Hawk the Slayer film, but read the five floppies a couple of nights back. It all hangs together pretty well. The story isn’t exactly brimming with originality, but it does what it was ably, bringing the readers up to speed, familiarising us with the cast, and building some creeping evil throughout. Lovely art too. In all, it’s an interesting idea from Rebellion, and I wonder how the commercial ramifications work out, giving Meg subscribers a version of this for free, but selling the comic standalone as well? (Printing is the ‘cheap’ bit, of course. Creation is the expensive part, which is eased if the content is repurposed. And then distro is the PITA.)

It’s also interesting to see 2000 AD’s posts on Facebook about this. The comments threads are alive with people who clearly love this property and are eager to read the comic. Feels like a smart move in principle. Here’s hoping it worked out in the event.

Delays are the new normal. Supply chains are hosed. Shipping is hosed. It’s a wonder we’re getting anything around these days. Bear in mind a new Mac will take anything up to three months now – and Apple has the best supply chain management around.

As for these figures, nice to see the bike. Not sure which of these I’ll buy. The only one I don’t really like is Dredd, whose helmet looks way too small. (Fnarr, etc.) The Dark Judges look fab though, and that bike is chonky.

Megazine / Re: Meg 444 - Pressure Point!
« on: 18 May, 2022, 02:33:43 PM »
I enjoyed Dredd and the ending was intruiguing. Nice art, too. Death Cap continues. Nice layout ideas and probably interesting from a collected standpoint in terms of pace, but I still don’t care about anyone or anything in the story.

Diamond Dogs is almost done. Probably warrants a re-read. I’ve been cool and warm on this one, but this episode was solid. Lawless, though, goes from strength to strength, and Surfer ended well.

In all, 60% fab, 20% hmm and 20% nope for me this issue. Sort order: Lawless > Dredd | Surfer > Diamond Dogs > Death Cap

Possibly. AIs already exist that can do superb correction and repair work on old photography, and so a similar application for comics would be feasible, if it doesn’t already exist. The issue is in automating the entire process – or botching it in some other way. (Again: the IDW Transformers recolouring disaster. I’m still not sure what happened there, other than it all being outsourced to people who made a mess of it, and then IDW going “whatever”.)

That said, moire is a very particular thing, caused by overlapping repeating patterns. Even with extremely high-res scanners, you can end up with clashes. And when you have an original print pattern, scan that and then print it again, you’re combining issues. Again, it’s presumably something AI would be able to deal with at some point, but right now it seems beyond basically everyone in the comics industry.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 18 May, 2022, 09:50:55 AM »
Indeed, but I’m happy it exists at all. That is always far from a given. I really really wanted this book to be in that format.

Now, who do we have to bribe to get a Lawless HC deluxe edition?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 18 May, 2022, 09:40:46 AM »
“Also available in hardback.”


It’s an odd one, really. For the Hachette volumes, I’m not surprised some of the repro is ropey. For the most part, it’s an exercise in low costs, using whatever is available. I was very surprised at the SMS changes, but elsewhere you can see how some decisions regarding what was included were driven by what was available. (And, again, at least 2000 AD and Dredd didn’t suffer to the degree Transformers did.)

But with a new, premium, HC Rebellion volume, it’s a pity those pages weren’t improved – unless that wasn’t possible. (I no longer have eg the Complete Dredd comics to see how it was in those.)

That first Button Man is a classic – one of the best things that ever ran in the Prog. I’m sure in hindsight the reveal is obvious, but it threw me at the time. Every moment of that first volume felt perfectly plotted, and Toxic were absolutely bonkers for rejecting it. (I mean, come on – the comic that had that ridiculous murdery trucker strip didn’t want Button Man?) After that point, mind, it felt like slight diminishing returns. I never did care for the follow-ups as much as the original – even though they were very, very good.

Zenith remains one of my all-time favourites from the Prog, and a Grant Morrison highlight. Many of his subsequent ideas (Invisibles, notably) and trailed in the pages of 2000 AD. But he’s more coherent in the Prog, and less chaotic. Each book has its own vibe, including the grin-inducing and lawyer baiting DCT stuff in book three. (Although, frankly, the Beano skirts the same lines to this day – albeit without killing the parodic figures in horrible ways.) That fourth book was also wonderful as a conclusion (since I’m perfectly happy to ignore the rather iffier one-off that followed).

The one downside to Zenith for me is inconsistent art. I really wish they’d not made Phase IV a colour strip. There was just no need for that. And if I had millions years back, I’d have politely asked Steve Yeowell to draw the few strips he didn’t tackle, for the HC collections. But that’s it really. Zenith wins it for me.

Two big guns, but slightly more minor than that other heat. Having re-read Tyranny in the UC recently, there’s a lot of good stuff there. The early strips are very dated and contain some dross, but it rapidly gets better, not least the nun arc and the final strip, which felt like a springboard to new strips – but they never came, because, well, John Smith.

Leviathan was a fantastic one-and-done. Its superb high-concept stuff, with fantastic artwork. The main problem is it’s over so quickly, although the additional post-conclusion stories somewhat helped with that. Honestly, I kind of wish this strip had been more like Brink – a building horror – rather than so brief. Ah well.

On balance, I think Leviathan wins it for me, purely on being the book I’d keep if I had to choose between the two.

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