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General / Re: Let’s get Dreddlines back!
« on: Today at 11:48:21 AM »
I've never written to Tharg, I'm not really sure what to say.
Those letters that basically review the Prog aren't really interesting to read and if I have a question or comment I'd normally put it here.
I could just drop him a line saying hello?

Definitely The Gronk Affair here. It is a grim story! I remember being horrified by all the skinning and Slugg eating the Gronks. The showdown at the end between Alpha and Wulf and the Weerds is great. Com up shooting - or come up dead!

Muties Luck for me too. Sorry, Sorry Case!
Billy Glum ftw

Two flawed tales here.  Bitch is a bt too long and the REd/Alpha relationship is unhealthy in more ways than the writers intended.

Excellent point, this aspect of the story is weird and mildy uncomfortable. What's up with that shower scene? Might have a rethink on this.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 28 July, 2021, 09:25:09 AM »
oh that looks glorious

This isn't the easiest choice but I'm also going with The Bitch

Ragnarok is a good story and obviously super important but I think it only kicks into gear once it gets past all the stuff with trolls and goblins. I do love the designs on Bubba's gang.
The Bitch isn't the strongest SD tale but I still appreciate all the Reagan jokes and I like the trio of villains.

Portrait of a Mutant for me too. Final solution is - well - it feels like the story started with the idea of killing Alpha and then worked backwards from there.

Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: 27 July, 2021, 02:01:06 PM »
Nice cover but not a brilliant Prog for me this week.

Dredd: Feels a little slower this week as Dredd takes time explaining the copycat killer isn't relevant to the story (unless it is) - other than that, this is cool stuff.

Skip Tracer: Well, we all hoped this was turning a corner after the last series and it did: it's got worse. This is poor stuff.

Department K: Still not interested in this but it looks great (love that frame of Estaban tackling the alien)

Sinister: Not interested in this either sadly, so not much to say beyond Sinister is incredibly annoying here.

Aquila: Second episode in a row that's looked tremendous but left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. I think it may be the format: each episode has been adversery arrives (pirates, Cronos, warring armies etc) and then the heroes beat them and move onto next episode. It's all very good, but also feels like it could be better at this point (as much as a bloke charging into the ear of a titan can be bettered).

My not enjoying Department K and Sinister are on me, but Skip Tracer feels like it's used up it's goodwill by now. Can we have Paul Marshall on something else please?

I love you Colin!

The Rammy for me. By the No-Go job the strip is on the slide, plus no Carlos!

This one's my hill to die on, because Incident on Mayger Minor is my absolute favourite SD story.

I've always enjoyed the Western elements of SD and this is I think the most Western-y tale: mysterious gunfighter shows up at a ranch needing a place to sleep and ends up helping a poor rancher in trouble. On one level it sounds quite generic, but's got enough sci-fi twists and dark 2000ad humour to make it a classic.

It's very low stakes, which is one of the things I really like about it: everything has room to breathe. The plot is a slow build towards an inevitable climax. Mrs. Froggett is a beautifully written character with her initial hostility to Alpha slowly turning to admiration and attraction. She's also a brave single mother and not a 'sexy' femme fatale or a damsel in distress, which I think is something we don't see enough of. She's constantly denigrated by the villains throughout for her appearance so her attempt to flirt Alpha is a brave move and the scene where she asks him to stay with her and he can't is a heartbreaker.
Chinky Goober is also a great villain - he's a classic bully, completely inept, outclassed by Alpha at every point and given enough chances to redeem himself before he meets his unremarkable end. His threat comes from being greedy and stupid rather than superpowered and he and his family are believable antagonists. I also really love his dubious sounding name coming from his stupid coin-jingling habit - "Damn! Just can't chink proper with my left hand!" - it's the right combination of serious and outright stupid that I love in 2000ad (pecial mention to his brother being called Whippy because he carries a whip)  Sy Goober is also great as the cunning patriach.

Alpha himself is in full Clint Eastwood mode, polite but surly, and totally menacing, utterly in control of the situation, gives his word and means it. The scene at the end where he mercilessly guns down all the Goobers at once is very Spaghetti Western; just great. I think this is the first post-Rage story and whilst he's pretty grim, he's unreservedly a good guy.

It also ends on a terrible joke.

I suppose if there's a criticism of it there isn't really enough sci-fi here, but I think it's an overlooked gem in the SD archives. I believe Moses Incident is very highly regarded here (it's a good story, but I've never really been big on supernatural elements in the strip) so this may well be the last time I can enthuse about this particular story, which is why I've done so at small length. No apologies! I love it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2240 - In with a bullet!
« on: 26 July, 2021, 05:20:39 PM »
She's seen floating amongst the dead in Prog 2239, so that didn't go anywhere sadly!

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 26 July, 2021, 02:23:56 PM »
Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Not sure how much to discuss this even with spoiler tags without whacking this under one big spoiler.

I didn't like this at all at first, but went back and watched the last three episodes and it did get better. The animation is in places is pretty poor (by modern standards - it's way better than the original cartoon). Character design is excellent with some characters looking a lot better than their classic counterparts, although the new character is a bit generic. Plotwise, without going into detail, I didn't enjoy this as a new direction to go in. I'd have much rather had a reboot in the manner of the (excellent) She-Ra series than a continuation that tries to be both heavily nostaligic and more modern and dark at the same time.

I think some stories don't need to be updated: I don't need to see, say, adult Ash and Pikachu struggling with climate change and habitat destruction as they continue their adventures through a midlife crisis, and I don't need to see Orko all old and sad and dying like RotJ Yoda (and I really hate Orko). I don't think it's a setting that needs character deaths or gritty-ing up.

As ever with the internet and it's toxic fandoms, the hate this is getting online is totally over the top. Tbh this was so depressingly predictable I do wonder if think Netflix / Kevin Smith did it on purpose.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 26 July, 2021, 09:45:20 AM »
Back at home today after a couple of days in. On one level being in the office was quite nice in that it was a change of scenery, talking to people face to face that I haven't spoken to in a while etc. On the other hand, commute. Plus the sheer needlessness of it.
The feeling in my place is mild anger / frustration that management have imposed this partial return but it doesn't seem to apply to them. I have a feeling people will just accept it and move on, but hopefully there'll be some pusg back against it. There will be from me, certainly.

Tiplodocus, your place does sound like a a model example of how this should be run.

Hawk, that does suck. I took the train Friday for the first time in forever and the bulk of passengers were masked up although there was an unsurprising correlation between people who were aggressive / drunk / blast music out of their phones and not wearing a mask. Numbers on the trains were very low, but I'm not sure if school holidays and the heat were a factor. I really, really don't want to be getting a train during thos pandemic.

If enough companies break rank from the "back to the office, plebs"..

This is 100% the hope!

Mork Whisperer also gets my vote.
There's nothing wrong with Blood Moon: it's got some excellent things to say - but my favourite SD stories are generally the more Western / Bounty Hunter themed ones rather than war stories. Also, as others have said, Mork Whisperer is happier.

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