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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 October, 2021, 05:04:45 PM »
It’s curious to see that list in black and white. I’ve loved 90% of the extension. It’s stronger than the original run and that was better than the Dredd books. But of the books confirmed by name, I only care about Revere. (Brass Sun is great, but I have the Rebellion HC.) Of the spine art ones, Leviathan might be a pick depending on what’s included, and maybe War Machine and Devlin. Beyond that, I’d buy Armoured Gideon and any series completions, but, yeah, I think I’m out as of 111. Although getting that across to Hachette without them instantly cancelling my sub might be tricky.

Prog / Re: Prog 0 - AD2000
« on: 16 October, 2021, 02:25:52 PM »
Yep. It’s just test artwork, some of which was reused in the Prog later on. Some strips are just a couple of pages of art. There aren’t any speech bubbles.

Other Reviews / Re: Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular
« on: 16 October, 2021, 01:56:26 PM »
Comics can be all-ages things. The clever thing is when someone creates something that genuinely works for children and adults alike.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 October, 2021, 11:23:15 AM »
It’s all speculation at this stage, but it’d be odd for a publisher to start getting completist about Sin/Dex now, given that the original run cherry picked. Might also be worth us splitting lists between what we know is coming and what we’d like to see. Those are very different things!

As for existing books, I finished reading The Red Seas last night and it’s just great. I always thought it was fine in the Progs, but in collected form it’s superb and has propelled it towards the top of my favourite 2000 AD strips list. Top stuff.

The only downside is reading the extras at the back and seeing just how much Edginton stuff is in limbo. Brass Sun has been on hold since 2018. Is it done? Is it coming back? It’d be horrible for that to become another Helium—although Helium at least felt broadly self contained. Brass Sun just stops, like a season of great telly that got unceremoniously axed.

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 15 October, 2021, 04:19:57 PM »
Props to them for actually putting titles on the spines. Hachette, take note. (I’ve still not found a solution for this. Bah.)

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 October, 2021, 11:06:37 AM »
The original press about it made no mention of anything being left out. It was about the series being brought in-house and Rebellion republishing it along with commissioning new stories. So it would certainly be viable for this collection. In HC, that might finally prompt me to move on from the gorgeous Dark Horse hardcovers.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 October, 2021, 10:45:02 AM »
Really enjoying The Red Seas. It reads so much better in collected form and has far more momentum. It just zips along. A pity it never took when Rebellion had a go itself in print, although that original HC format was… ambitious—you’d have needed 12 volumes in all!

Anyway, good call there by Matt Smith to put this in the extension.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 October, 2021, 05:07:28 PM »
It’s also worth noting that you need to provide 28 days’ notice to cancel your subscription—although when I complained about something once on Facebook, my subscription was instantly stopped. So who knows?

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 11:01:46 AM »
Still doesn’t mean anything when most shows gestate for years before they appear! Still a pandemic on! TV studios still finding anything up to a fifth or more of their budgets are spent on COVID!

Prog / Re: Prog 2253 - Empire state of emergency!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 08:24:04 AM »
So often people hark back to 2000 AD’s past to argue that only then did you get five Progs fizzing along with a superb mix of action and intrigue. But here we are with, to my mind, a selection that rivals anything from the comic’s glory days.

Dredd is old-school and quite by-the-numbers, but entertaining and amusing. If nothing else, it’s a reminder Dredd doesn’t always have to be a grim and gritty procedural. This is an unashamed action movie, but with some brains and smarts.

Diaboliks continues to be horrific in the best way, and I’m liking the art. Scarlet Traces has an episode that’s slight on plot but gorgeous from a visual standpoint and moves things along. Pandora remain fun and that last panel was suitably off the wall.

The Out, as ever, remains my favourite thing in the Prog. I’m not sure where it would stand in my all-time 2000 AD strips list, but it’d be close to the top, despite its (so far) smallish page count. Wonderful stuff.

The Out > Diaboliks > Scarlet Traces > Dredd > Pandora — but, again, everything here is really good.

General / Re: Big 2000 AD sale
« on: 12 October, 2021, 08:04:31 PM »
"I also got upgraded to the hardback of the first Leopard from Lime Street when I had ordered the paperback.”

Odd. I might have ordered the HCs had both been available. Anyway, my package arrived too. I grabbed Hope, Goldtiger and the Zenith slipcase which, blimey, is very tight for those four books.

Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 12 October, 2021, 07:28:22 PM »
My local WHSmith faced the comic with the teen stuff too. Odd—and not ideal.

Other Reviews / Re: Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular
« on: 11 October, 2021, 01:12:40 PM »
The child got her copy yesterday. Natch, it’s disappeared now, so I haven’t had a look yet. But it looked to be nicely full of varied strips. It’ll be interesting to see how it reads. Cor/Buster seemed to slot between the Beano and The Phoenix. It was less polished and consistent than those titles but notably more anarchic than The Beano (which the nipper loves but I find formulaic) and sillier than The Phoenix. We’ll grab a sub for the kid next year for sure.

Website and Forum / Re: Full Posting Privileges
« on: 11 October, 2021, 09:14:51 AM »
Lee and roDREeDD: your profiles have been updated.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 08 October, 2021, 01:04:51 PM »
Will be very interested to see if they've done any edits to this from the edition we got in the 'floppy'
2000 AD’s Facebook droid says: “It will be a collection of those, but with further updates, corrections etc.”

I echo a few people on the same thread that suggest this would make an excellent print.

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