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Prog / Prog 2254 - Photo Bomb!
« on: 16 October, 2021, 08:27:20 PM »
Still as you were - still not a bad thing at all.

Dredd - there's echos of Ennis here, working hard for a way to SHOW. HOW. SPECIAL. DREDD. IS. We know, we get it. He's a titan, we read it. So the 'I AM THE LAW' thing shouldn't have worked... yet Grud help me I couldn't help up enjoy it - even while knowing I shouldn't.

The Diaboliks demonic high octane action and eatting kiddie poison. Its black hearted fun.

Pandora Perfect is just pitch perfect fun as we break into song, dash to escape and wake a moon. LOVE IT!

Scarlet Traces continues with its space combat theme and this time we drop ship down to the action.

bloody hell we're 4 for 4 with the hi pace, action adventure again, even if one does take a break for a song and dance. All of which serves to elevate The Outs comedic hi-jinks and sharp dialogue driven adventures, but those dark undertones lace through the fun MARABUNDA! indeed. The perfect end to a neigh perect comic.

Creative Common / Re: Does my Art look big in this?
« on: 16 October, 2021, 07:58:31 PM »
Yeah that is pretty fantastic.

General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 16 October, 2021, 05:34:26 PM »

Okay so when doing a final check I remember two stories that weren't present - off the top of my head which is a worry! Anyway added them and that changes the figures as follows:

Round 1 is 87 ties
Straight into the 2nd Round = 90 thrills
Byes due to the draw = 79

Which will put 256 thrills into 2nd Round...

Anymore and I'm just going to say they got arrested at the airport and aren't allowed to compete!

General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 16 October, 2021, 05:18:37 PM »
Christ that was exhausting* I've done the draw for Round 1 (no spoilers) and found 3 or 4 mistakes while sorting things and doing the draw SO in the end.

Round 1 is 85 ties
Straight into the 2nd Round = 90 thrills
Byes due to the draw = 81

Which will put 256 thrills into 2nd Round...

*Well yes that is meladrama!

General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 16 October, 2021, 03:28:31 PM »
Thanks Dark Jimbo, by my estimation then Mega City Noir is a one off aside from The Simping Detective story, which is wrapped into Simping D and so its out


Therefore based on the decisions folks have helped me with here that 341 series from Prog and Meg. SO format will be

Round 1 will have 85 randomly selected ties (I've actually quickly whipped through the list and give 89 thrills a by in the Round 1 draw based in them being 'Premiere League / Championship' Thrills - I'll not bother to debate this as we'd never get to a concenus - just like in the FA cup they will join in Round 2.

So 85 ties = 170 thrills and 83 getting a bye. That will leave Round 2 with 256 thrills and its straight draw, straight knock out from there... phew... know to the easy part and doing the draw and starting to prep the threads opening posts...

General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 16 October, 2021, 08:14:33 AM »
Okay last few questions - then I'll have a list and I can start prep in earnst. So I fear the next calls I make will not be popular but here we go. I'm looking at series that kinda cross over into other series, or more to the point carry on the narrative of other series under a different title. So here are my calls there:

Malone + Downlode Tales: Won't run on their own and should be considered as part of Sinister Dexter. I do this they carry on the central narrative of the main series Sinister Dexter. In the case of Malone (which I love) this is done primarily to empower a fantastic twist.

The Vort: Same as above - and specifically Malone, but for Lobster Random and so on that basis will be counted in Lobster Random.

Dead Eyes - Now this one is trickier but I'm not counting. Again it disguises itself at least in part to hide its connection and allow for a twist. It really starts the new Indigo Prime and I think if I include this as seperate I should go Indigo Prime - Classic; Dead Eyes; Indigo Prime - Modern and that's creating articifial divides that I'm not happy with doing - I'm  not with Strontium Dog for example as there is a narrative thread through it all.

The Scarlet Apocrypha - Now I would have lumped this in with Durham Red BUT there seems to be almost universal acceptance that this is seperate and well I've not read the stories in the Meg so I'm going with this being seperate unless I hear otherwise.

Megatropolis - On the official site this gets lumped in with a series I've not read in the Megs called Mega City Noir BUT that seems to be the Simping Detective stuff. On that basis I don't see a real connection and Megatropolis carries on it own easy. I suppose my question should be does Mega-City Noir get wrapped into Simping Detective?

Torquemada the God - Now I've always considered this a spin of mini-series rather than part of Nemesis, in the same way Deadlock is. Same, world, closely related but seperate. So I was going to run it seperate BUT I'm not convinced anyone thinks that other than me! So I'll wrap it into Nemesis unless folks stand up for it to be seperated.


Well my ability to predict these tourneys has always been shakey and in my head I had a nailed on final for this one. There were a couple of outliers that I though might nudge in but in reality I struggled to see a final other than Rage and Portrait, two cornerstones of Johnny's story. I love Portrait its not only a great Johnny Alpha story, sort of Johnny mets a Battle story, its also an astonishingly powerful origin story and frankly just a suerb story. It introduces so much to the world.

At the end of the day though

The Killing

Is pure, high octane fun. Its raw entertainment and I think (see above what do I know!) that's what has earnt it, its place in the final, surprise place... well to me...

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 15 October, 2021, 09:42:57 PM »

I always get distracted as I get towards the end of the year and thrills fly here and there as they rocket to their various conclusions. This is going to be particularly the case as the last line-up of 2019 is so bloody good. Brink - Hate Box - I will be talking more about that! Judge Dredd Guatemala I will be talking more about that. Defoe... hmmm... the second Hope series I almost certainly will be talking about that. Some of them I'll lose sight of if I'm not careful.

One I don't want to lose sight of Fall of Deadworld (you readin' this Phil? I got a thread to introduce you somewhere here abouts!). So I'll mention it early now.

There is much that could be said, but the one thing I love in this one is the way it appears as a sort of zombie apocolypse end of the world horror BUT actually slips greesily between genre within that. It has moments of Mad Max Dystopia, while toying with being an odd couple buddy road trip. Then becomes a Roman political thriller, as the powers that be twist and turn to be most betraying plotting snakey type... while bathed in the most body horror. Having ripped the eyeballs from that genre kek-W and Dave Kendall in Doomed finish with that and decide to throw the Apocolypse War into things and drag their blooded claws across a war comic.

This series isn't hard to follow, its just brilliantly restless and pulls out didn't tropes and ideas, slashes across genre and never lets itself settle. It twists and turns and always trys to become something new, while never losing its core story. Its that which makes the series fantastic and we should never lose sight of it.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 15 October, 2021, 09:24:07 PM »
Don't think we're heard this. Fifth book of Brink in 2022 to be called Mercury Retrograde.

From Sam Morgan's video channel, he's the one who does FLSUB and has yellow scissors and what not. Nice little Brink section from a QnA he did


Books & Comics / Comics we're excited about in 2022
« on: 15 October, 2021, 05:55:28 PM »
Well this is probably a little early and I'm probably being a bit optimistic that this will show given how far ahead its been announced BUT via 'Wait What?!?' I've been directed to a story I'd missed. Kurt Busiek is returning to his creator owned work at Image and that means




I mean announcing it will be out in Autumn 2022... I'll see you in the Comics We're Excited About 2023 thread maybe!

Last chance to vote on this one. Counting up in the morning. This one is close but looks like it might be what I consider a surprise...

General / Re: Outlaw v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup - SEMI-FINAL 1
« on: 15 October, 2021, 06:31:20 AM »

Well this one settled down towards the end but for a while there, man it looked like it was going to be close. I mean it looked like we might get what I would think of as a BIG surprise... but in the end. There is no denying that Outlaw has been a massively popular in this vote and holds a place in folks hearts and in the mythos of Johnny Alpha.

In the end though sanity (ahem well I couldn't vote so I'll let biases ourt here!) returned and


Got this one and got the place in the final I always thought it would. Join us tomorrow when we learn if my other predicted finalist makes it as well... its looking shaky!

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 14 October, 2021, 01:19:38 PM »
Just finshed Last Driver by Shaky Kane and Chris Baker...

Picked this up on the basis of this post Colin!

Gosh - hope you like it then!

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 14 October, 2021, 09:23:44 AM »
I know very little about Karl the Viking but just looking at that cover I strongly suspect I'll be getting this.

Books & Comics / Re: Cinebooks
« on: 14 October, 2021, 09:22:41 AM »
I really must get around to actually reading NEMIBIA as I enjoyed Kenya a few years back. Hoping to pick up a few things at the Cinebooks table at TB next month, been a hot few years since I had the pleasure.

Yeah I bought a load during the first lockdown as they were still going on their webshop and wanted to support them but I'm still behind on a number of title and really need to catch up. Still haven't got off my arse to sort TB but this would be a good excuse to get there and, hopefully, take advantage of the deals they normally have at cons.

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