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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 24 January, 2022, 08:19:53 PM »


The End

The final run of this reread, from Prog 2250 - 2263 is a pretty mixed bad, a suitably mixed bag, but overall its bloody good.

Seems pretty fitting huh.

Dredd in this run is a pretty decent summary as well. Rob William, Arthur Wyatt and Jake Lynch's 'Hard Way' is kinda annoying, a bit like 'End of Days'. There's a million hard man Dredd stories against a gang of tough killers, proving he's the toughest killer of all. We've been there, done that and on re-read this doesn't really offer anything else. But if that one's disappointing after a nice shorter tale we get the opposite end of the Dredd world by Rob Williams and Chris Weston in 'Dredd  the musical'. Funny, surprising and entirely entertaining. Dredd here is a series of extreme's and surely that is a great sumnation of 45 years of thrill power.

Nah surely its The Diaboliks dark as pitch but with lashings of humour to highlight the brutal violence. I mean that is 2000ad right.

or is it Scarlet Traces with art just eye poppingly good, as the series takes a typical tale of war and desperate struggle, but finds a way to subvert our expectations. Now that's 2000ad right...

nah its curiously all the small thrills tucked in between the gaps, filling the spaces that surprise, entertain and infuriate. Particularly Sinister Dexter in this run a thrill that has even worn my patience with the series of late, to only return to form by realising that 2000ad truism 'Everything is better with dinosaurs in it.'. That variety, that return to form after a dip now THAT'S 2000ad isn't it.

Of course not its Pandora Perfect, perfectly making clear why the Regene is here. 2000ad should never pander to us. 2000ad should flick its nose at us the long term reader. It should annoy 50 year olds reading after 45 years. Of course it bloody should. We the very established thing we claim to what 2000ad to be pushing back at. And it is. And its succeeding in doing that as its annoying folks who expect it to stay the same. To do what we expected it to do 45 years ago, unchanged and unchallenged. Regened, exemplified by the brilliant Pandora Perfect, bursting into the Prog proper, achieves that perfectly using the power of wonderful comics.

So there we have it after 45 years the perfect summary of what we've learnt in that thrill...

... except of course it can't be, surely. Each of those provides a perfect example of what 2000ad does so well. I'm so pleased a line-up like that rounded off my re-read of all of 2000ad's content over these 45 years. Cos there's no way one single strip can perfectly sum it up is there... except...

The Out quite perfectly does. Well except the variable quality as its out and out pure fried gold comics. It has eye popping art. Its both powerful emotionally and light and hilarious. Its all the brilliant characters. It has extremes if violence, but they dance against our expectation literally. Its short tales, filling gaps to build a magnificent whole. Its eye popping art, have I said that, well damn it deserves repeating. And a story that twists. And most importantly its so atypically 2000ad, is so far from the norm that it is so perfectly 2000ad. If there's one thing this comic does better than anything its innovate, change and grow with us, while offering up the expected, stretching its boundaries and doing all that with the very, very best comics.

That's The Out that is. the perfect summary of 45 years of thrill power. Knowing that a strip that's only 2 years old is the very, very best this comic has to offer...

... well until the next best thing we've not read yet.

The end (not the end)

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News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 24 January, 2022, 03:57:41 PM »
I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen Hawk the Slayer, although seeing the description and images ring a bell. That means I’ve probably watched it part the way through.

I will try to watch the film properly before I read the comic.

Not really needed, there's a catchup chapter at the start.

While will save you wasting 1 1/2 hours of your life!

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Off Topic / Re: Prog 2266: Power surge!
« on: 24 January, 2022, 03:14:07 PM »
Duplicated prog thread - see need a merge stat.

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Other Reviews / Re: Kree / Skrull war
« on: 24 January, 2022, 10:44:12 AM »
If we're talking classic Avengers - given what I said before there is little doubt in my mind that 'Under Seige' is the greatest Avengers tale. It had a really good, slow build up across many issues and then the dramatic punch of Avengers Mansion being taken over as The Avengers themselves contribute to their own downfall, before the inevitable fight back is just superb. I really held up last time I read it - which I admit is a good few years ago now.

I've also got a soft spot for the epic Kang Dynasty at the end of the Busiek run. Think that gets a hard time but it really wraps up the entire run in suitably epic fashion.

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There have to be some one-sided affairs when you let all the thrills in to play...

Wait until Week 7. There's a tie there so mismatched even FA Cup analogies won't support it. Its like Liverpool FC playing my sons teams of 10 year olds!

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Well if Week 1 was a gentle phasing in of quality from Round 1 with some pretty ropey ties, Week 2 hits us right between the eyes with the other end of things. This is the week that if I’d been feeling a little fast and loose with the draw I could have opened with. There’s some mouth watering ties and some decisions that will make your eyes water. THIS is what Round 2 is all about…

The first of the really big, premier league thrills for me. Anderson might struggle to get to the semi’s but must have a decent chance of a Quarter Final spot? Hunted is a great new trill, but will need to pull out all the stops to progress against this giant of the Prog? :

Anderson Psi Divison - more info

Vs

Hunted - 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 27th 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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Well if Week 1 was a gentle phasing in of quality from Round 1 with some pretty ropey ties, Week 2 hits us right between the eyes with the other end of things. This is the week that if I’d been feeling a little fast and loose with the draw I could have opened with. There’s some mouth watering ties and some decisions that will make your eyes water. THIS is what Round 2 is all about…

We start as we mean to go on an early, underrated (personal opinionTM) classic - sure it's about a man whose innards were exposed but it took a weak concept to some fantastic places. It's up against an early John Smith classic, which provided some very VERY confusing stuff, but also one of the great early Smith tales in ‘Deus ex machina’. Things ain’t going to get easier:

Visible Man - more info

Vs

Tyranny Rex - 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 27th 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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VOTING CLOSED

A little more love to both sides on this one. Ultimately though a pretty straightforward result as

Sancho Panzer

keeps on track for Round 3.

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VOTING CLOSED

Not too much to report here except the obvious that there wasn't too much love for Valkyries and

M.A.C.H.0

will be a hulking presence in Round 3.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 January, 2022, 10:24:20 PM »
Grand Budapest Hotel

Okay - look bare with me, I promise I'll explain. I have for a long time claimed to be a BIG Wes Anderson fan. I count both Rushmore and Life Aquatic in my top ten films and yet... yet.... I'd never seen Grand Budapest Hotel.

See it came hot on the heels of the disappointment that is Darjeeling Limited... well okay it didn't BUT in my head it did. See we had our first child in 2009 and so everything after Darjeeling got merged into a blob of not getting to the cinema cos kids and so I missed Moonrise Kingdom and this - Fantastic Mister Fox I caught up with quicker than the other two as it fell into the anthropomorphic talking animals films I watched exclusively for like 7 years. ANYWAY so yeah I missed and while I caught up with Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel had such a good rep that I seemed to stall on seeing it - there was no way it could live up to my expectations and I didn't like the clips I saw of it - weird I know.

ANYWAY finally got around to it and for the first 20 minutes was convinced I was right and it was going to be a chore to get through... and then it turned, I chilled out and I chuffin' loved it. I have to be honest largely that is of course due to Ralph Fiennes superb turn as M Gustava. Its just astonishing and M Gustava is one of the great characters of cinema on first viewing. He holds together many great performances I have to say. The story is superb. I'll be honest it reminded me in some ways of an early John Irving book. Not 100% sure why, but it did. The tale flexs and turns into wonderful Anderson-positive places and it was just a delight.

I think I need to watch it again without the weight of my doubts, expectations and 8 years wondering why I hadn't got around to watching it.

I will get around to French Dispatch sooner!

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Prog / Prog 2266 - Power Surge!
« on: 22 January, 2022, 09:04:10 PM »
Well I guess the big news this Prog is even with 'Brimful' on the inside cover Tharg still managed to squeeze in a letter's page, even if a certain S. Watson can't squeeze in a new letter.

Well ACTUALLY the big new is how chuffin' brilliant Dredd is. Niemand and Goddard deliever more breathless action as Monas' race is run. There's a fantastic dollop of set up on the final page as well. Just classic Dredd.

Proteus Vex follows hard on Dredd's heels with more mindbending world building and then some hardcore action. Superb stuff.

The Order is a mixed bag - on the main its strong stuff, but John M Burns who seems to have been able to cope with anything and everything that KeK-W has thrown at him in this series seems to have found his limit when it comes to making Sludge Gideon look good. The Cassie starts a new journey - one I think might soon coincide with the journey through the time wastes - and then we get a nice idea in the 'Reef of Lost Automata' but... well is that Walter we see? Is this going to be another excuse for needless crossovers? Let's wait and see.

Kingmaker has Crixus kick serious ass, so the baddies just throw in the next level bosses to see what they can do - the art is all very shiny but still works.

Saphir2 looks lovely but is steadfastly okay. There's some good ideas in here. I'm just not sure why I should care yet.

Good Prog with splashes of greatness.

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We can us your vote Cosh backs the decision!

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Last chance to vote in the last vote of the first week of Round 2. Before we get to the second week, which will turn up the heat! I'll count this one up in the morning.

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Quite quiet on this on this more recent votes at the end of this week not quite getting the attention as the earlier ones. So I reckon there are plenty of folks out there waiting to vote, which you can do before I tote up in the morning.

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VOTING CLOSED

A lot more support for Brit-Cit Babes than I was expecting, maybe I need to return to it to is if there is more to it then I remember. That said it would have to have a LOT more to it than I remember to mean its better than the recent and  wonderful

Counterfeit Girl

Seems to remember going into Round 3

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