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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Last post by Colin YNWA on Today at 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...
« Last post by Colin YNWA on Today at 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
« Last post by SmallBlueThing(Reborn) on Today at 09:34:34 PM »
 Aside from the prog and the Meg, and Sentinel #10, I've not been reading any comics so far this year- purely because last year I laboriously recorded every single one on Facebook and it nearly broke me. 1602 of the bastard things. So I decided to take January off.

That went out the window today, because I'd had a conversation with my son about how much he was enjoying the Superior Spider-Man trades I'd bought him, and I realised that having an ever-growing stack of 'new comic day' floppies in the spare room was going to drive me nuts if I had to wait til Feb.

So- Amazing Spidey #83-85... alright, a vast improvement on Nick Spencer's terminally awful run, but still not fun enough for my liking. The Thing #3... magnificent in every way. King Conan #2 and Savage Avengers #28... almost perfect Conan comics, and I don't mind admitting I am deeply saddened to see the back of Savage Avengers, and hope we get a volume two. Devil's Reign #2 and Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1... again, almost perfect. I'm very much enjoying the Devil's Reign event, despite it being sort of Civil War all over again and a retread of umpteen DD storylines from the last decade or more. I was all keyed up for the tie-ins, but having read Superior Four #1, I'm now regretting ordering some of the others. SF#1 was the worst comic I've read this year, let's leave it at that.
Marvels #7 was another issue of a series that is either a whole lot of fun and an original take on a by-now hoary old idea, or a good idea that simply doesn't work. I will leave it to cleverer men than I to argue that one out. I'm on the fence.
Dark Ages #4 perked up after the dismal #3 and I'm suddenly enthralled again, even if I'm a bit bored of these out of continuity 'event' things, and Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #2 once again takes the gong for 'best comic published anywhere'.

Which leaves two Aquaman miniseries issues, a Swamp Thing oversized Black Label miniseries thingy, The Good Asian, Walking Dead Deluxe, Deep Beyond, the Panini Batman, the second part of Hachette's Maximum Carnage, the latest Slott FF and Cates Thor trades, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane trade, two Walt Simonson Thor trades, the final Aaron Thor trade, a Marvel Knights FF thing, three issues of Accident Man, five issues of Dragon's Claws and an old issue of Tales to Astonish- all of which can now be attacked with gusto, despite it still being January.

SBT
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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« Last post by Trooper McFad on Today at 09:34:30 PM »
Enjoyed it and definitely left for a spin off.

Is there any reason for the name drop for "Aliens" just before the drop or just paying homage the writers fav film?
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by pictsy on Today at 09:06:19 PM »
The last marvel movie I watched was the one where Bobby California was a robot who tried to destroy the world after he went on the internet for five minutes. After that I realised I couldn’t really be fucked with these films and stopped watching them. I have heard the one with the big brother from Goonies is good, but the FOMO hasn’t got the better of me yet. Still, I wouldn’t go around telling people their fun is wrong. Like, I enjoy the Fast and Furious Universe, or the Double Eff U, if you will.

TLDR: I’m the best at watching movies.

Oh how I wish I had your foresight.  It took me longer to give up on the franchise.

I also like the Double Eff U - I love that joke and I'm stealing it.

You are now my idol for watching movies.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Mister Pops on Today at 06:58:35 PM »

 a movie younger me would have loved but man


I find myself thinking this more and more, about books, telly and films. I'm not sure how it makes me feel

I find myself thinking something similar, younger me did like this, but older me doesn’t appreciate this new version that’s been repackaged for a larger audience.
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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by JayzusB.Christ on Today at 06:34:09 PM »
He's not even going to do the decent thing and quit, it seems. It'll be a wave of populist sloganeering from here on in, and shame on anyone who buys it at this stage of the game.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by The Enigmatic Dr X on Today at 06:18:44 PM »

 a movie younger me would have loved but man


I find myself thinking this more and more, about books, telly and films. I'm not sure how it makes me feel
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Ah, Némésis le Sorcier!

Mine is waiting at the post office (I assume), so that'll be a bit of excitement/disappointment for tomorrow.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Last post by Colin YNWA on Today at 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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