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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 26 January, 2022, 07:58:26 PM »
I’ve certainly cut down on DC books. There are only so many Bat-books you can read, and that seems to be half their current output.

Cradlegrave. Scarlet Traces is great, but Cradlegrave stands out as a unique and outstanding story in the prog's history.

Ace. Of its time, but with some great moments, outrageous wordplay and wonderful character design.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 26 January, 2022, 11:14:34 AM »
On a more positive note, I got round to:
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #5 (King, Evely, Lopez, Cowles). Supergirl is trapped on a planet designed to be fatal to Kryptonians. This provides even more opportunities for Evely to depict alien landscapes and monstrous creatures, both of which she does to wonderful effect. King, meanwhile, provides some great character moments for Ruthye and Supergirl. Another good issue in an excellent series.

Prog / Re: Subversive?
« on: 25 January, 2022, 02:45:47 PM »
We need to get you across to Dundee as soon as possible.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 24 January, 2022, 07:42:12 PM »
It’s fair to say this wasn’t a great week for me!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 24 January, 2022, 01:53:33 PM »
Batman/Catwoman #9 (King, Sharp, Cowles). Clay Mann seems to have disappeared off this series and Liam Sharp has taken on the last few issues. Odd, as they have wildly different styles and I'm not sure the change is to the benefit of the series. Not much happens here, but we get some fun Penguin moments. This seems to have completely lost momentum and focus.

The Thing #3 (Mosley, Reilly, Bellaire, Sabino). Absolutely baffling. I might have to dig the previous two issues out as this just made no sense to me whatsoever. I understand this is Walter Mosley's first comic. Did editorial not intervene because of his reputation as a prose writer? Either way, this reader was left very confused.

The Silver Coin #8 (Rosenberg, Walsh, Griffin). A short, well-told and grisly tale of greed and envy in the latest issue of the horror anthology. These guys know how to tell a compact story.

She-Hulk #1 (Rowell, Antonio,  Renzi, Caramagna). Last time I saw She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters she was defending the Fantastic Four in court in a child custody case. That was a couple of weeks ago in Fantastic Four #39 (also cover date March 2022). Now she appears to be on her uppers and begging for work. Ah, comics. Anyway, not much happens here beyond re-introducing the character and setting the scene. I'll see what happens with this, as its too early to judge.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 24 January, 2022, 09:06:51 AM »
Absolutely crazy. I'd have guessed 20 years younger.

Clean living and good genes, I guess!

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 24 January, 2022, 09:04:42 AM »
It would be interesting to see how much of a geographical spread there is on this.  Out west here the tendency seems to be more towards hybrid working. 

My dad works for British energy over in Gloucester.  He was saying that they are selling up their old office and moving to smaller ones.  Staff will homework for the most part but book desks when they do need to actually be physically present.  One of our neighbours works in Bristol and works from home most of the week.

It does feel a little bit like companies closer to London are pushing more for getting folks back to the office.  There is a cynical view that some of this is driven by Tory supporting property developers who are worried about all those shiny offices in London and the South East going empty.

How much truth there is to that, I don't know.

Proximity to Head Office is key, I think. WFH/hybrid doesn't seem such an issue in satellite offices, but attendance is expected at HQ.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 January, 2022, 08:45:48 AM »
I didn't have strong feelings about The Royal Tenanbaums (apart from it being the last new film I saw Gene Hackman in). Anderson's work can seem overly stylised and calculated to me. Not that I don't enjoy them.

The notable exception being The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is a masterpiece which I firmly believe will be ranked among the greatest films of this era.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 20 January, 2022, 01:49:12 PM »
It's a good book (so far, I'm only halfway through).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 January, 2022, 08:57:50 AM »
Apparently Boris Johnson is now more likely to stay in power now that an MP has crossed the floor and he's being directly attacked.

Just another day in a broken country, with a broken system and a broken media.

Books & Comics / Re: Single page of Spider-Man comic sells for over $3.3m
« on: 17 January, 2022, 10:10:01 AM »
The price is  a reflection of inflation, abundant cash among certain groups, and a lack of investments offering returns. The actual artistic merit of the page is largely irrelevant in that context.

But, yes, if someone gave me $3.3m dollars to spend on comic art, I wouldn't be looking at that page.

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