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2000 AD => General => : Colin YNWA 26 January, 2022, 06:34:52 AM

: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Colin YNWA 26 January, 2022, 06:34:52 AM
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…

I’m fascinated to see how Ace Trucking does in this tourney. It has so many fans, but ended so poorly (personal opinionTM). Is it a dark horse for a spot in the Quarters, or will it fall early? Well I struggle to see HAVN, intriguing thrill though it is, offering much to stop its progress:

Ace Trucking Co - more info (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=thrill&page=profiles&choice=ace)

Vs

HAVN - more info (https://shop.2000ad.com/series/havn)

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 Saturday 29th January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this? (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=48011.0)

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=48011.msg1070150#msg1070150)

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: broodblik 26 January, 2022, 06:38:48 AM
Not a fan of Ace but HAVN was so-so. Maybe best let me abstain
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: abelardsnazz 26 January, 2022, 08:08:31 AM
At its best, Ace Trucking was a lot of fun. Yes it fizzled out with two overlong stories, but with, say, Too Many Bams, the creators were clearly enjoying themselves which was infectious.

Ace Trucking Co.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: AlexF 26 January, 2022, 08:29:40 AM
Ace Trucking only really had that one very bad, very long story - the Garpetbaggers. Sure, not everythinig before that was top tier, but it was always fun, and at its best it was just a glorious mix of character design, weird alien beasties, and surreal/hilarious dialogue - that somehow always made sense, even though I only discovered the 'Handbook' in a back Prog after I'd been devouring the strip for a couple of years.

Havn is perfectly good, perhaps a touch too cynical for my tastes.

Ace Trucking Co, and it really could go a long way...
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Timothy 26 January, 2022, 09:23:33 AM
Ace
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Blue Cactus 26 January, 2022, 10:38:03 AM
HAVN was ok, enjoyed a reread in the floppy recently. I am very fond of Ace Trucking to this day though. Agree it gets a bit rubbish towards the end but most of the fun I find great fun, and Belardinelli firing on all cylinders is a beautiful thing to behold.

Ace Trucking Co
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Sean SD 26 January, 2022, 10:50:23 AM
Ace Trucking Co
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Link Prime 26 January, 2022, 11:02:25 AM
Those Icelandic Pixies may have made it through round one, but will find no safe HAVN when pitted against the 46 inch waist might of middle-aged nostalgia.

Ace Trucking Co
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: IndigoPrime 26 January, 2022, 11:04:22 AM
Having big connections with Iceland, I was always interested to see what 2000 AD would do with it. HAVN… just didn’t click. It didn’t feel especially Icelandic. Also, it just wasn’t that exciting.

Ace Trucking reads quite well in the UC, mostly because it was cut down. It is, sadly, quite sexist throughout, but putting that gripe aside it’s a breezy read and has some wonderful art. So that’s an easy win for me.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: DrJomster 26 January, 2022, 11:23:18 AM
Another vote for Ace please boss!
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: CalHab 26 January, 2022, 11:42:39 AM
Ace. Of its time, but with some great moments, outrageous wordplay and wonderful character design.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: rogue69 26 January, 2022, 12:17:09 PM
ACE Trucking
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Rogue Judge 26 January, 2022, 02:57:24 PM
Ace Trucking Co.   Big 10-4. Keep your eyes and ears open and your black stack smoking. Over and out, good buddy.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Southstreeter 26 January, 2022, 03:17:25 PM
Ace every time.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Funt Solo 26 January, 2022, 03:55:49 PM
Havn's for blubbos and flanners. I'm all for clearway lugbuddies burning jekyl from disgumby to plasma jam blipping big byms.

Ace Trucking Co.


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Havn isn't awful, but it's a little too surreal for me. Ace Trucking definitely outstayed it's welcome - you know there's a problem when the core concept gets abandoned and the characters end up driving a jeep through a bunch of Hollywood metaphors. Space was abandoned. Trucking was abandoned. Oh dear...

But it launched like a powerhouse - with Kleggs, and a zombie minder, and a maniacal, skeletal Scottie, and a cut-out-and-keep space trucker's dictionary. I was genuinely excited for the Great Mush Rush. The Bams were sublime comedy gold. Good times.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: The Mind of Wolfie Smith 26 January, 2022, 08:59:34 PM
absolutely loved havn. sumptuous and impressionistic.
and couldn't stand the cb shtick even back in the day while the whole doppelganger thing seemed to go a couple of decades too long.

but belardinelli.

so a score draw.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Huey2 26 January, 2022, 10:12:20 PM
Ace Trucking.
IMHO one of the top ten strips the prog has run.
Any strip that allows Belardinelli the opportunity to go full on Massimo is always going to be a winner but the Wagner/ Grant scripts push it up another level.
Personal favourite: The Evil Blood trilogy. "Strike!" gives us a rare 2000ad story totally driven by the characters and has some great moments because of this. The following tale, with Ace  making his misguided decision, was an effortless switch from comedy ( his final revenge on Jago Kain) to properly heartbreaking. One of 2000Ad's greatest moments in almost 45 years.
   
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Magnetica 26 January, 2022, 10:33:26 PM
I quite liked HAVN but early Ace Trucking is one of 2000AD’s greatest ever strips. So it gets my vote easily, even if the later stories were quite poor.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Funt Solo 26 January, 2022, 10:52:30 PM
Personal favourite: The Evil Blood trilogy. "Strike!" gives us a rare 2000ad story totally driven by the characters and has some great moments because of this. The following tale, with Ace  making his misguided decision, was an effortless switch from comedy ( his final revenge on Jago Kain) to properly heartbreaking. One of 2000Ad's greatest moments in almost 45 years.

Ah, see - I needed to hear that. It's always good to be reminded that just because I didn't get on with something, it doesn't mean it wasn't great for someone else.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Colin YNWA 28 January, 2022, 06:32:47 AM
ten ten to vote again... well not again, but if you haven't voted yet now is the time to do it as tomorrow I will count up and let you know the result.
: Re: Forum’s Favourite Thrill - Ace Trucking vs. HAVN Round 2 Heat 14
: Colin YNWA 29 January, 2022, 07:11:40 AM
VOTING CLOSED

Well Ace Trucking has managed something even record breaking Skizz and Anderson couldn't, it managed to shut out the opposition. In doing that however a warning shot was fired as a number of folks referenced the way it lost its way as it neared its end. Will that cost it dear as we move on? Time will tell, for now we must celebrate

Ace Trucking

calling Ten Ten Looking for votes again in Round 3