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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 03:02:24 PM »
Would the Revere and The Dead volume be worth picking up? I am totally unfamiliar with both strips and need someone to recommend or otherwise.
I’d say they’re both an acquired taste and different flavours of trippy. The Dead is more straightforward in 2000 AD terms, but elevated to weirdness by wonderful artwork. Revere is… very John Smith at his most John Smith. Simon Harrison’s art might jar if you’re new to it as well.

If you don’t like it, you can always dump the book on eBay. Chances are, you’ll make your money back anyway. (The Fr1day one I decided not to keep surprisingly sold for 15 quid, for example, making me my money back even when taking into account shipping and eBay fees.)

I didn’t think Dr & Quinch held up that well when I re-read it in the UC. I also didn’t think Glimmer Rats held up that well when I re-read it in the UC. I enjoyed Dr & Quinch fractionally more, notably with the Hollywood story, so that nicks it for me.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: BFG no man it is GFD
« on: Today at 10:48:52 AM »
Fiends, because it’s the strip of his I most enjoyed and because of what it’s subsequently evolved into.

Prog / Re: Prog 2283 - Scare in the community
« on: Today at 09:31:47 AM »
Dredd remains fantastic. This feels like the ultimate pairing of current 2000 AD droids on the strip. More, please! Brink continues its slow burn build. I wasn’t convinced at first, but I’m more into it now; I suspect it’ll read better collected, mind (and will be a chunkier book than usual). Hope is in a similar ‘better when collected’ space, but this episode was nicely grim. Dexter worked for me. The strip seems happiest in smaller chunks rather than having massive arcs that don’t really go anywhere. I still hate the lead mooning after Sinister’s ex, mind, which feels like manufactured confrontation waiting to happen. And then Fiends, which looks superb and is thoroughly engaging.

Everything above the bar of goodness this week. The Prog’s firing on all cylinders. Dredd > Fiends > Brink > Hope > Dexter

Poor Rose. She was fine, but Jaegir is a modern 2000 AD classic, so: Jaegir.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 24 May, 2022, 07:41:50 PM »
The reason most Tories won’t oust Johnson is because they don’t believe there’s anyone better as a replacement. That says a lot about the state of the party. But then that’s what happens when you excise quality (eg Dominic Grieve) from your ranks and make two demands regarding candidacy: that you be a full-hearted Brexit supporter and that you be a full-fat Johnson supporter.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 May, 2022, 01:29:12 PM »
According to Barney, there are four pages of Revere art beyond the one for the cover, and one for The Dead (Boo’s for the Extreme Edition). With half a dozen pages of back matter and then the intro pages, that might leave a smallish space for something else, but it’d be tight.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 24 May, 2022, 10:43:30 AM »
I had the C64 version of the original Dan Dare. It’s a very different game from the other 8-bit versions, with a nicely comic book feel. I never did manage to finish the thing, mind.


I always felt Insurrection an oddball. It just didn’t fit in my head as part of the Dredd universe. Taken on its own merits, it’s fine, but it felt like a story from elsewhere that was rebranded for the Meg. My favourite thing about it is that the strip ultimately resulted in Lawless, which is one of the best things to appear in any 2000 AD publication.

Future Shocks are variable in the extreme, and I’d say less consistent than Time Twisters. But I’ll give them the nod here, fractionally.

Rogue for me just doesn’t hold up. I found the original run paled in comparison to the likes of Sláine, Nemesis and other classic thrills. It was… just there. It felt contrived and old-fashioned, like it had arrived from the earliest era of 2000 AD. There were glimmers of brilliance within, but beyond the premise and one-offs like Cinnabar and that Alan Moore one-off, it never fully clicked for me (and went properly off the deep end during The Hit).

Time Twisters… while I’m unconvinced this kind of series should be in these face-offs, I recall enjoying most of them, and the highs (notably Moore’s) are well beyond anything from Rogue Trooper. So: Time Twisters.

A harsh draw. We may look back on Proteus Vex as a Nikolai Dante-style classic in years to come. It’s already among the best modern thrills in the Prog. But Kingdom for me is one of the best strips to ever appear in the weekly.

Games / Re: Evercade Console
« on: 23 May, 2022, 07:49:56 PM »
We’ve not used our Evercade much recently, but I do find the monthly freebie an interesting idea. (If you’re not aware, you get a monthly indie game, which at some point will end up on a cart you’ll be able to buy – a nice bonus.) Really, the VS needs some better multiplayer fare – or, at least, a bit more multiplayer fare.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2022, 07:48:25 PM »
176 pages is a skinny one for the UC – getting close to those Marvel volumes. But… Revere + The Dead = pre-ordered on Forbidden Planet. Thank you, Matt Smith!

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2022, 07:46:56 PM »
I suppose it’s possible, and given that the Rebellion HC has been out for some time, there’s less likelihood of a sales clash. Although not I have that volume, I wouldn’t get the Hachette one.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:18:55 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. It’ll be interesting to see what’s paired with Revere.

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