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General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 16 August, 2022, 12:19:39 PM »
I'd love to vote Firekind and keep John Smith in the tourney (he seems to have had a hard time of it) but I don't think I can vote for it over Lawless. The MC volume was the thing that got me buying the Meg and it's the series that ensures I keep that sub so...

General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - The Out vs Brink - Heat 02
« on: 16 August, 2022, 09:11:46 AM »
The Out is superb stuff but if I have to pick one then it's got to be Brink. I was very happy when this got included in the UC.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 August, 2022, 12:54:42 PM »
How is Blunt overall? Skipped over the 2nd and 3rd series as the first had already finished by the time I started picking up the meg. I’ve really enjoyed Eglington’s work on other series but a fairly recent Dredd-verse meg series feels like a weird inclusion for the collection.

Like you I missed series one but I did read 2 and 3 when they were in the Meg. From what I've read it seemed fine if not mind blowing. I suspect, much like Returners, it'll read better collected than it did serialised monthly. I suspect the reason for inclusion might be more down to wanting to get a series illustrated by Boo Cook into the collection. His art adorns the spines of every volume but up til now has rarely been on the pages (from my notes looks like just a single ABC Warriors story). Harry Kipling would be too short for a volume so I guess Blunt was the obvious choice.

Just finished both this months books. Samantha Slade really does fall off the rails in the last story. Sinister Dexter on the other hand nicely resets the status quo ready to head into the next arc. Can't wait for the next volume, looking at Barney looks like that's going to be mostly Anthony Williams on art duties which is fine with me.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 August, 2022, 07:19:12 PM »
Books arrived yesterday and I've been off work sick today. As a consequence I've been tearing through vol5 of Sinister Dexter. It really is superb stuff. Malone is very well played and I can imagine the reveal was quite the twist when it originally ran. It still works well even published as part of the collection (although clearly the twist is a bit of a foregone conclusion). Then that's followed up with some gritty prison drama and a top notch prison break. It's top shelf thrills all the way. This would make a great Netflix series.

I've been interspersing episodes of Samantha Slade to try and keep thrillpower levels in check.  I'm hating it less than I expected. The art is great so far (although from the intro I'm expecting that to drop off soonish). Some of the gags aren't all that funny but the story moves at a pace is isn't boring. It's not as good as Robo-hunter at it's best (Verdus, Farewell) but it's way better than Robo-hunter at it's worst (Football Crazy).

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 11 August, 2022, 08:19:30 AM »
It feels very hypocritical coming from a man who hounded his predecessor for evidence of his birth place and built a his campaign on "her emails".  Pot meet kettle.

No question it's Dante. Not to say I didn't enjoy Survival Geeks - I did it's great and I had been holding out for a volume in the UC (doesn't look like that'll happen now alas). But Dante is in a different league.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Brass Sun vs. Savage Rd 5 Heat 14
« on: 11 August, 2022, 08:07:45 AM »
Going to go with the "which would I rather see more of" and that's undoubtebly Brass Sun. Love Savage for all it's gritty violence but Brass Sun stands out as something different in the prog where gritty violence is a bit of a given

Kingdom. It's far more consistent than Rogue which for every great moment has some meh.

Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 09 August, 2022, 11:26:26 AM »
Finished the series last night. Really enjoyed it. Hoping they manage to keep it running, seems to be popular so that's a good sign at least.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Skizz vs. ABC Warriors Rd 5 Heat 12
« on: 09 August, 2022, 11:09:34 AM »
Skizz is great but ABC Warriors is the clear winner here

Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 08 August, 2022, 04:15:05 PM »
I can't help but feel there's a whole raft of comics that suffer from trying to be too clever around this era. You've got Mills banging out Slaine epics that mostly seem to exist to show off his research of <insert historical epoch here>. Moore is producing From Hell with it's extensive appendicies of notes detailing all his research into the ripper and victorian London. And Cerebus is left in a holding pattern while Dave Sim shows us his literary nerd credentials/aspirations with Melmoth (and that only gets worse with Form and Void and Going Home with their notes/rambles about Hemingway and Fitzgerald).

As someone who came to this stuff later in life it does feels a lot like (some) comics writers in the 90s had a chip on their shoulder about not being considered "proper" writers and over compensated.

Gonna join the chorus of votes for Nemesis

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Lawless vs. Thistlebone Rd 5 Heat 9
« on: 08 August, 2022, 11:04:32 AM »
Ahh such a shame to have to loose either of these both great thrills with superb art. Vote has to be Lawless much as I hate to see Thistlebone go down.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 06 August, 2022, 10:15:46 AM »
A book of Niemand Dredd would be awesome

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