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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 September, 2021, 08:09:53 PM »
Got a reply from Hachette's FB people re further Tor Cyan stories:

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2000 AD: The Ultimate Collection
Hey Dave,
There will be no further Tor Cyan stories.
Apologies for any disappointment!

Guess that means something else will be padding out the War Machine volume

The 86ers or possibly some of the Steve White stuff?

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Books & Comics / Rian Hughes novels
« on: 11 September, 2021, 02:28:14 PM »
Browsing in Waterstone's today I noticed Rian Hughes has a new novel out. Has anyone read his fiction and if so what are your thoughts?

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General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 04 September, 2021, 05:40:34 PM »
I've just re-read Anderson's second volume in the Mega Collection, and Leviathan's Farewell follows Triad in there, which clearly makes more sense.

And many kudos to Funt, the ABC is a wonderful thing.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 27 August, 2021, 10:05:16 AM »
I read Plagues of Necropolis after this - while not essential, it gives an idea what they were all up to. It established the Sisters though as a major supernatural threat.

Was Plagues in the MC?
I don't recall reading it.

It wasn't, I got it in a recently acquired Meg floppy which I read while on topic.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 26 August, 2021, 11:47:53 PM »
Dark Judges quartet now read. Another set of brilliant stuff. The Dead Man is a stone-cold classic, I can't imagine anyone other than John Ridgway bringing the atmosphere, doom and oppression with such style, plus the design of the Sisters is truly terrifying. And the prequel/sequel stories, quality all the way.

With Necropolis itself, I'd forgotten how little Death and co. actually feature - Mortis has the most lines and appearances. I read Plagues of Necropolis after this - while not essential, it gives an idea what they were all up to. It established the Sisters though as a major supernatural threat.

And then to Death as the main character - clearly the two original stories will always be held up as classics, and Molch-R's articles highlight the balance between Death as a horror or comedy character. Frazer Irving's two stories return him definitely to the former, Anderson's first solo outing is great, and Young Death plants loads of seeds which will be revisited.

I'm going to split Anderson & other PSIs into 2, so will return here after the first 4 (8-11).

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 August, 2021, 07:49:09 AM »
Does the Absalom book have Graduation Day in it?

It does, making it another series complete in the collection.

Does it have Sick Note, 'cos that wasn't in the Cabbalistics volume? Trying to figure out if I should hold onto the paperbacks or give them to my brother. This collection has been a godsend to him!

Full contents of Absalom are:

Sick Leave
Dirty Postcards
Old Pals' Act
Under a False Flag
Family Snapshots
Terminal Diagnosis Books 1 & 2
Graduation Day

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 August, 2021, 06:27:25 PM »
Does the Absalom book have Graduation Day in it?

It does, making it another series complete in the collection.

Wouldn't mind an idea of everything that's going to be in the extension extension - by my reckoning that's going to be January onwards?

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That's absolutely awesome. Who drew it? Is it Chris Weston?

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Other Reviews / Re: Action Special 1992
« on: 06 August, 2021, 03:10:14 PM »
An intriguing piece of Tooth history. I mostly enjoyed this, with the exception of The Spider, who Mark Millar for some reason rewrites as a psychopathic killer. Can't fault the art by John Higgins and David Hine though. Steel Claw, Cursitor Doom, Mytek the Mighty and Kelly's Eye all seem to follow the tradition of the original strips well, and there's great work from John Smith and John Burns on the more obscure Doctor Sin. As promised at the end of the Kelly's Eye strip, there was a short-lived follow-up in the Prog before rights issues reared their head. Overall, a fun experiment.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 05 August, 2021, 12:05:16 PM »
Completed the first three books. What a cracking start to the collection. I'd previously thought Mad City would have been the best volume for a Dredd newbie to read, but in fact America was a great book to start the collection with - told from the point of view of citizens, up against the faceless might of Justice Department, with details of the world coming through during the story and in the two sequels. Also good for Vienna to be introduced here, given her role in Total War and Dredd attempting, or not, to balance family and duty. The Garth Ennis stories at the end of were a bit of filler, but always good to see Colin's work.

Democracy Now is about the use and abuse of power, and the desire to change things or indifference from the citizens. Although not democracy-related, I liked the noir-ish Raider.

Then the bombs - Colin and Henry outdo themselves, the conviction of the Judges that they're always in the right results of the tragedy of Nimrod, and the question of when resistance becomes terrorism is handled brilliantly. D'Israeli does a great job with Nosferatu too.

I've a couple of other things to read next, then onto Volumes 4-7, Dark Judges.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 August, 2021, 11:34:56 AM »
Mercy Heights contains:

Book 1
Dead of Winter
Book 2
Remembrance Day
Blue Murder
Crucible
Refugee

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 03 August, 2021, 10:57:33 PM »
And maybe, unlike our beloved Tooth, creators have diverted DW in so many directions since its inception. Dredd has always had the guiding hand of Wagner for 40+ years, Mills has remained in control of his universe. Other characters have taken different directions, but there's a definite consistency under Mr Smith's Thargship.

I quite liked Chibnall's upending of the Doctor's origins, it gives a big sandbox to play in. But could that all be reversed a la The Time War? 

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 03 August, 2021, 10:23:00 PM »
Ayoade is too old. Moreover, he always plays the character of Richard Ayoade, whether he’s in a sit-com, doing an interview or is on a panel show. We wouldn’t get Doctor Who—we’d get Richard Ayoade.

As for Gatiss, his scripts for the show have been variable, and given his work on Sherlock I’d fear he’d do a Moffat and just try to be too clever. He’d be a lazy hire, and so is probably likely to get it, judging by the BBC’s track record.

Ayoade too old? He's stlll younger than Capaldi was when he got the role. I'm a fan of Gatiss, not least for The League of Gentlemen, and think he could do something with the show. I think the writers shouldn't be too afraid to take it into scary territory, as Jim said, avoiding all the convolution that Moffat seemed to think was necessary. Maybe it'll never be as good as my memories of The Robots of Death, but one can but hope.

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 03 August, 2021, 07:54:51 PM »
Please not Richard E Grant.

Richard E Grant played the Great Intelligence, not that previous roles stopped Colin Baker or Peter Capaldi. If I could choose a Richard for the role though, I'd go for Richard Ayoade, he'd bring an appropriate level of sarcasm and not too many histrionics. And Mark Gatiss as showrunner - a superfan, regrettably Moffat didn't share his enthusiasm for bringing the Ice Warriors back, but this is a duo I would definitely tune in for.

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Other Reviews / Action Special 1992
« on: 02 August, 2021, 05:18:30 PM »
Quite a pleased Snazz here - on a trip to York today picked up a copy of this for a quid in Oxfam. Looking forward to reading.

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