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If I'm honest I rate his Roman Britain-bound adventures from Tornado better (which are in the collected edition), but they don't count here do they?

As ever with these things I have no control of what folks really include in their considerations but my guidelines suggest just include stories that have appeared in the Prog and Meg were stories cross over from any other comic - but ya know how the heck will I or anyone else know!

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Welcome to Round 2, week 1 . This is where things get really interesting. All the big hitters are in the draw and let me tell you there are some ties coming up that will get the hearts racing and the camera’s out for live coverage. They will cover acres of print on the back pages. There are also ties that will barely get mentioned on their local radio news summary. Week 1 however does feel a little like a warm up however. It hasn’t got any of the high profile draws I hoped it might to kick us off, but it does start to hint at what's to come…

Two new entrants in the 2nd tie of the round, though you have to wonder if Killer, one of the most generic and uninspiring (personal opinionTM) ‘thrills ever would have made its way through that round if it had been drawn. It comes up against a fondly remembered thrill that if you re-read you see just how bonkers it all was. A disjointed mess or an early classic?:

Killer - more info

Vs

Blackhawk - more info

Just reply in this thread naming your favourite thrill of these two series at the beginning of your post (or use Bold tags so I can spot it easily) and say what you like about these wonderful stories after that.

Match ends early on the morning of Thursday 20th January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Welcome to Round 2, week 1. This is where things get really interesting. All the big hitters are in the draw and let me tell you there are some ties coming up that will get the hearts racing and the camera’s out for live coverage. They will cover acres of print on the back pages. There are also ties that will barely get mentioned on their local radio news summary. Week 1 however does feel a little like a warm up however. It hasn’t got any of the high profile draws I hoped it might to kick us off, but it does start to hint at what's to come…

To get the ball rolling we have two thrills that we’ve seen already, both having been drawn in week 4 of Round 1 funnily enough and had decent tussles with decent opponents to win through. The wonderful Max Normal bested Satanus (just wait until I rerun the 2000ad Fight tourney from Prog 2000ad - I doubt that result would be repeated) and Lilly MacKenzie came through against Tiger Sun, Dragon Moon. All of that is past us however and all that matter now is which of these tickles your thrill receptors the most:

Max Normal - more info

Vs

Lilly MacKenzie - more info

Just reply in this thread naming your favourite thrill of these two series at the beginning of your post (or use Bold tags so I can spot it easily) and say what you like about these wonderful stories after that.

Match ends early on the morning of Thursday 20th January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 January, 2022, 09:54:07 PM »
SmallBlueThing's reading journal on Facebook is recommended - and always fascinating - and has reminded me of a few things to check out. I mean he should be doing it here BUT its fun where it is.

I'm very impressed you lasted 1/2 of Jan without comics. I struggle to make 1/2 a day!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 January, 2022, 09:42:06 PM »
Man am I watching a lot of films at the moment - the advent of two new streaming channels in our house is fueling this. Latest is a detour from Wes Anderson as Mrs YNWA wanted the kids to watch 'Don't Look Up'. Bit old for the boy child maybe, but perfect for the Girl one. I mean that in the way it utterly lacks subtly and its a teenage rant about the state of so much in the world. From politics, the media, social media, entertainment and most depressingly the way we consume and are lead by it. Even those who are on the side of 'good', have heard the message, or indeed are trying to deliver it.

I mean its not subtle at all and yet in its hardheaded, stubborn hammering home of its message there's a real uneven charm. Its funny in all the right places. Depressing in all the right places and its simple relentless drive to make its point really works. Its got two great punchlines - which really continue to underscore what its saying. And even at the end, the very very end when I should have been saying "Yes yes I get it cockroachs will survive the apoclypse, we got it already." I was just sniggering at a decent gag.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 January, 2022, 05:01:15 PM »
Next up.

Robin and Batman 3 look its swopped Batman and Robin round to show how clever and different it is... except its just not. Its a good comic, and the lovely art raises it to a point where it could be said to be a very good comic and I LOVE Jeff Lemire... but its really not doing anything new. Its telling us a tale of Robin that's been told, even if very nicely. And frankly swopping the characters names around in the title isn't enough. More fool me for buying this very good comic!

Unlike the me who should be celebrated for buying Monkey Meat 1. I'm not quite sure why this caught my eye in Previews but it did and I'm very glad. Juni Ba's tale tells of the deals we make in a capialist word. If its like anything else I've read its like a Mark Russell comic with art turned up to 11, told through the lens of an island where monkeys and other animals make Monkey meat production, from souls and tricking God into signing contracts... its really very good.

Oh and speaking of Mark Russell let's check in on the inequivible high number of comics I've bought with his name on. One-Star Squadron 2 is heartbreakingly good as Animal Man 7. As misfit heroes do their best to get by and betrayal seems the order of the day. Not all Robots 5 ends this hard and brilliantly unpleasent series with a cheery 'Of Volume 1' suggesting there is more to come. Which will certainly be welcome as the obslete humans escape to a new land with obslete robots. Excited to see this one come back. My Bad 3 moves this series up from the bottom of the pile to the top as this is the issue that makes it all click for me. Its Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen done even better!

Other comics creators produce valid work as well though. Echolands 5 shows the ongoing intricate art of JH Williams doesn't bog the simple chase tale down and it hammers along its referential road really well. Human Target 3 after the Ice comes the Guy and Guy comes with chuckles. Nice issue if not as good as last months.

Top of the pile. Well once again Frontiersman 4 just misses out =- well issue 3 missed out last time. As villain of the week this time is a giant ex-lover and police, friends and colleagues all have a view on what to do about the death last time. This is just a fascinating series. So the generous and wonderful What's the Furtherest Place from Here? 3 presents a creepy horror story, that is at its core no more original than Robin and Batman but wraps it up so much better that you miss the similarities and familiar until you come to type up about it for any fellow nerds who bother to read this nonsense!

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VOTING CLOSED

So there we have it. Not the most inspiring final tie, I mean Mercy Heights never really got to where it seemed to be going and never reached its ambition. Go Machine, as a proto 3riller didn't really have space to have too much ambititon (though to be fair 3rillers have since made a mocker of that) but did what it needed to do. In the

Mercy Heights

is just that much more memerable I guess and stumbles rather than strides in Round 2.

AND WE'RE DONE! SEE YOU MONDAY FOR...

...Drum roll...

ROUND 2

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 January, 2022, 10:54:17 PM »
Rushmore

So it would seem Moonrise Kingdom has inspired a bit of a Wes Anderson Season with a few more available via streaming services meaning I don't need to dig out old DVDs.

More importantly I therefore had to start off with Rushmore which remains utterly wonderful and creepy, not in the scary way. It too is

A slightly risque hug of a movie.

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Books & Comics / Re: Single page of Spider-Man comic sells for over $3.3m
« on: 15 January, 2022, 09:34:09 AM »
I'm still not sure as to why this particular page. Secret Wars #8 was released in August 1984- Spidey's black costume debuted in ASM #252, seven months earlier.

SBT

This one is considered the origin page and first in story chronological appearance. You pay ya money (a heck of a lot!) Ya makes ya choice.

Have to say it's not a particularly great example of Mike Zeck's work either.if

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Off Topic / Re: Boys Adventure comic blog
« on: 15 January, 2022, 07:43:25 AM »
Oh wow - more Shaky Kane is ALWAYS a great thing. Never heard of that title so thanks for sharing.

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With a sense of sadness and relief I type one of these for the last time in Round 1 as Round 2 looms. Your very, very last chance to vote in Round 1. Grasp it, hold it like you do your very children, if you have any, if not your favourite comic. Grasp it and live it for tomorrow it will be gone. Gone.

Gone.

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VOTING CLOSED

SO CLOSE! I mean damn. Let me be honest there was one vote in it and if the vote had been tied I'd have used my casting vote to put the loser through. On that basis we learn a couple of things. Both these thrills are admired, or maybe loathed in almost equal measure. Second the impact David Bishop has on things, in my mind we at least in part, owe him the modern Prog and his last minute votes decide things in the tourney. His vote for

Middenface McNulty

send that series into Round 2.

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VOTING CLOSED

So Red Razors wasn't washed away and for me that is due to the art, its a series that is so were served by the art. Its also so of its time and my age. I loved the original back in the day when I was a daft kid, cos I was a daft kid I suspect and on re-read... nah. As for Anderson, well they'll be three versions of Cass in the 2 Round as

Anderson (Movie)

joins Cadet and 'regular', she knows you love her.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 January, 2022, 10:53:55 PM »
Moonrise Kingdom

I mean its sooooo self consiously a Wes Anderson. Could a film be more Wes Anderson? Which is luckly as I love Wes Anderson and therefore found this witty, charming, beautiful and honest. The fact that ita all so nicely off balance also makes it plesently unsettling in the most comfortable way.

A slightly risque hug of a movie.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 14 January, 2022, 08:26:15 PM »
I think I've done one of those bad comic things. Those things you shouldn't do, you know you shouldn't do, you feel bad you did it... but you have to accept it.

I've read Mister X: The Archives. All 14 issues of the Vortex series and a load of other material...

...reading it isn't the bad thing.

Not liking it is.

I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. I remember liking the bit I read as a kid - which it seems weren't from this series but I could have sworn where from Vortex??? Anyway I just didn't. The Hernandez Bros issues just didn't gell into anything meanful for me . I think from there I might have been lost. I tried to get back on into it. I tried to engage but just drifted from it. It simply didn't have a central narrative that did enough for me. It didn't convince me it meant anything, rather that it was trying to mean something, didn't really know what and so fudged around being enigmatic, but ultimately pretty shallow.

Now I'm pretty sure that's me, not it. I think I am the problem, but thats what I got from it. I can't pretend otherwise.

You know what even Seth's art annoyed me. In moments quite fantastic, then on just a page turn just utterly lacking in what I think it was trying to do.

Again me, not it, but art is subjective isn't that always the case.

So there you have it. Read Mister X and unlike so many of its contemporaries which I love I didn't enjoy it.

There's no need to ever speak of this again.

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