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ABC Warriors - the story might have got lost along the way but the art has never been anything less than stunning.

I liked Thirteen less than I expected to and Banzai Battalion more that I thought I would - Banzai Battalion

Helltrekkers is fine in a grisley death of the week kind of way but it isn't in the same league as Stickleback

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 June, 2022, 08:20:47 AM »
Most of my copies are still in cellophane so I'm getting through reading them in fits and starts.

 am struggling with ABC Warriors though. Just started Book 3 after slogging through 2. Maybe its because every episode feels quite packed. I think it's one of those strange strips that is actually better weekly rather than collected.

In comparison I'm streaking through SinDex 3.

I found Khronicles Of Khaos and Hellbringer a bit of a slog. They look gorgeous but the story is not Pat's finest hour. For me things picked up after that, which is about the middle of this volume.

Have enjoyed your Thrillshots blog. This looks like an interesting premise so count me in.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 June, 2022, 10:33:50 AM »
Only 6 gaps left, and we know that the following 4/5 are coming:

Devlin Waugh
Leviathan (probably twinned with Necronauts)

They've confirmed there will be more Dredd so I think it's a safe bet there'll be a Dredd volume too. Still got my fingers crossed the one unknown will be a 2nd Stickleback vol.

"Be aware. I have defecated."

This should be a t-shirt print


Shame to see another part of the Cabs world go down but much as I love it (and would tend to argue this is the strongest series in the CabsVerse) it's tough to vote against Strontium Dog

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 June, 2022, 09:01:51 AM »
The Returners reads so much better in collected form that it did serialised in the Meg. I missed the first part which didn't help and I have no recollection of having read the last part (although I've read those issues of the Meg so must have done so as I don't tend to skip stuff). Reading it in a couple of sittings the character work from Si really shines through as our reluctant band of misfits try to discover what's going on while surviving the various different environments they find themselves in. The art is fantastic throughout with loads of big splash pages and wide panels. Really glad this got included here and definitely worth a cherry-pick for those on the fence about it.

Also good news in the backup material in the 2nd Brass Sun volume.
Edington and Culbard are still planning to reunite for a sixth series at some point in the near future. "That's the plan!" says Edginton. "We've both been off doing other things, so getting our schedules to line up has been tricky. But I'm getting all the scripts written so that as soon as Ian is free, he can jump on them."

"I hope it will happen at some point soon" adds Culbard, who is confident that he can simultaneously juggle working on both Brass Sun and Brink. "Book five of Brass Sun was drawn at the same time as Brink book two, so it's entirely possible!"

Ordinary is good fun but I'm a sucker for occult horror and Reardon's b/w art is a great fit for the strip. So Diabloliks for me.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 June, 2022, 10:43:12 AM »
Ro- Busters 1 is here!

Contents is all the Starlord strips (with colour spreads intact); Earthquake Control, from the 1978 Starlord Annual; and Death on the Orient Express.

Is that basically identical to The Complete Nuts and Bolts vol 1 minus the 2 memoirs stories that we've already had in ABC Warriors vol 4 (I'd check but my copy is buried somewhere in a mountain of boxes while I'm doing some redecorating)?

I guess book 2 will be Terra-Meks, Fall and Rise, the remaining annual stories and Ro-jaws RoboTales. Hopefully they won't repeat the bits we've already had. Might end up selling my Nuts and Bolts books as I don't think I need 2 copies of all of this.

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 17 June, 2022, 02:31:31 PM »
Maybe - depends if other intelligent life has evolved anywhere else during that time frame. It might be we're the late bloomer and all the other intelligent life managed the transition from simpler life forms in a fraction of the time. As far as I'm aware there's no real evidence either way on that one, just because we haven't found anything doesn't prove there's nothing to find.

Savage (before it became him guest-starring in the proto-Ro-Busters, at any rate) was better than Invasion.

Yeah in a Savage vs Invasion tie I'd definitely be voting Savage.

That's not the tie we've got though and in this one I'll be voting Thistlebone.

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