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Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 16 June, 2021, 12:16:54 PM »
Googled Bazooka Jules and yeah, that's not the sort of comic that does the perception of comic readers any favours.
If that's true about Major Rakhana - what a disappointment. I enjoyed Brawler, but that's dire.

Prog / Re: Prog 2236 - A view to a kill!
« on: 16 June, 2021, 11:06:52 AM »
No, it is not Aquila is back next prog - Goddard is on art duties

Question already answered!

Prog / Re: Prog 2236 - A view to a kill!
« on: 16 June, 2021, 11:05:15 AM »
Prog not quite hitting the heights of recent thrillpower for me this week but still a lot to like here.

Lovely looking cover although is Dredd looking a bit beardy here? He definitely looks like he's about to mess somebody up.

Wagner and MacNeil on Dredd, what's not to like? Awesome start, already excited to see what comes next.

Mechastopheles - First off, this looks immense. The scenes of the Mechastopheles machine itself on the seabed are just superb, I think this is my favourite thing I've ever seen by Boo Cook. Away from that, it may be that I've not remembered enough of the previous series but it's not really engaging me yet. I really like the concept so hoping this kicks in.

Department K pains me to say it but this is not clicking for me at all, reads like a kids comic (which in fairness it came from), there's no no nuance or anything really of interest in the characters, plot or dialogue so far - big disappointment. That said, great last picture of the big Kirby Eternal dude and the art is full of nice little touches - I liked the Starfish guys shaking hands with their head-limb.

Chimpsky's Law - I thought I was a bit Chimped out but I'm not, really enjoying this. Strikes the right balance between humour and grotesque violence - some great expressive simian faces and the narration and exposition boxes really make it for me. A delight.

Feral and Foe - I'm with Colin on this weeks finale in that it wraps up well, but I was kind of hoping for more given how good the strip has been up to this point. There's nothing wrong with it - dialogue and art are on point and overall I've enjoyed this run a lot and I look forward to it's return.

It is Aquila next week?

Suggestions / Re: Could we have a 2000AD 45th Anniversary bash?
« on: 15 June, 2021, 04:54:09 PM »
Would it be okay if I brought a Toffee Crisp?

Are you going to bring one for everybody?

Suggestions / Re: Could we have a 2000AD 45th Anniversary bash?
« on: 15 June, 2021, 11:40:28 AM »
Maybe for the 45th we could just all meet in a park with a bag of cans and a picnic.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 June, 2021, 11:50:19 AM »
Might have been this one in the Independent? It is a horrible read.


I've met people from China who literally don't believe this happened.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 June, 2021, 02:10:01 PM »
Yay! Just more proof that Kano is the best thing going when it comes to Mortal Kombat!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 June, 2021, 11:38:17 AM »
..starring Barbara Crampton..

Already interested!

The best thing about 1995 Mortal Kombat is Trevor Goddard's depiction of Kano.

News / Re: The Great Dante Readthrough Podcast
« on: 09 June, 2021, 11:31:45 AM »
Big thank you Edie and Simon for this podcast, I've got loads of enjoyment out of it, especially in some fairly grim times. Really looking forward to this coming back.

Some great insight from Simon on this one, and Wolfie is right about this opening up the story more: the realisation of stuff like the royal Romanov crest and the flicker of tech on Andreas's forehead just makes it all the better.

I adore this particular story: Dante attacking the blimp on a giant flying pornographic picture of himself is one of my absolute favourite parts of the whole tale. I think the (post) sex scene is tremendous and what an incredible final panel. Like Simon says on this one it's a payoff to what's been a slow build and it really works - I know I've probably been a bit gushing in this thread but this is just sooo great. Everyone who likes comics should read it.

I'd read a Simon-drawn romance comic btw.

Megazine / Re: Subbie voucher for the 2K shop?
« on: 08 June, 2021, 04:01:51 PM »
There's a fair amount of stuff now that's exempt from the subs voucher. I tend to only order the alternate covers and the like from the webshop, which I think it doesn't count against now, so mine's still unused.

Prog / Re: Prog 2235 - Interdimensional Enforcers
« on: 07 June, 2021, 04:54:17 PM »
Here's my review where I mainly agree with other reviews!

Another great Dredd this week. Like Colin and Richard I too thought I knew which way this one was going so the ending was a surprise and, after a run of Niemand more optimistic Dredd tales, felt satisfyingly old school. Absolutely gorgeous art from Dylan Teague.

Mechastopheles - agree that Boo Cooks art is a really good fit for this: last week was just incredible and this week still glorious especially that last panel. Storywise it still feels like scene-setting but I can't remember much of substance about this series beyond the main characters really so that's a good thing (and I could probably do with a re-read)

Department K Hmm. After last weeks good opener, this didn't do much for me: it's hard to put my finger on why, but it feels a bit... basic. Early days yet I suppose. On the flipside, looks great!

Feral and Foe edges top thrill for me - kind of called it on the twist! As ever this story is an absolute delight. Sorry to see Golgone inevitably bow out but ready to see Bode and Wrath finally kick loose.

Chimpsky's Law Sets everything up very neatly for what promises to be a fun read. This reads much better away from Dredd. I too like the little expository text boxes and Chimpsky's characterful narration and his expressive little face.

Good Prog overall - five stories all very different in tone and art style, almost all very cool, can't ask for much more than this. I'm reading through a backlog of 80s progs at the moment and even with the nostalgia factor high, it's startling how much better the current product is overall.

Prog / Re: Prog 2234: Plummet of the Ape
« on: 07 June, 2021, 04:33:49 PM »
I didn't get a chance to write this Prog up last week, but I really enjoyed it. Dredd was especially awesome but all round full marks for me.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 June, 2021, 04:26:57 PM »
If you dislike Queen, I don't think there's *any* way to enjoy Highlander!

Ha! I've long harboured a suspicion that if Queen hadn't done the soundtrack it wouldn't have been so beloved. Imagine it all tracked by Extreme Noise Terror or Klaus Nomi.

I've watched loads of the Adrian Paul series too, as my housemates were well into it at University - it stretches the concept even further and it's all so po-faced. I always thought it would have been better if it were slightly dafter in tone.

Well, if the alarm keeps going and everybody’s just trying to ignore it, that’s basically an invitation to go in and help yourself to their TV or whatever?

Spot on, if there's no response then surely it's house-robbing time!
Please tell us it's no longer going off.

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:51:50 AM »
We were out for a walk yesterday and found a slow worm on the riverside path. I haven't seen one of these since I was a boy and Mrs. Boots had never seen one ever. Gorgeous little thing - we made sure it got into the undergrowth safely as there's a lot of bikes that take that route.

Then on the way home we were actually attacked by a gigantic crow. My first time being attacked by a bird and hopefully my last as it's actually quite scary.

Nature rules!

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