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Messages - Colin YNWA

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Another game hackering for more votes as this one is surprisingly - given the stories involved, very quiet. So get ya votes in.

Mind its a touch one to call. Both stories have so much to offer. So much and its tough on Big Bust of '49 that its come up against one of the definitive Strontium Dog stories. I mean you don't get some of the best designed mutants in the series ever tracking down Hitler in war torn Berlin, while the world's most famous gag (out of a Tarantino film) is introduced to us. The Big Bust is brilliant, but

The Schicklgruber Grab

is nailed on classic.

Ohhhh I see what I did yesterday. I voted here not for the Short Region match - what a numb nut - well you still have a day to go on this one so more votes very welcome.


No interestin battle or twists and turns here. Its a simple tale of vastly superior stories mercilessly hunting down its defenseless victims... fitting huh for an easy victory for:

The Gronk Affair

The Gronk Affair  3    14
Death's Head        0     0
Incident on Zeta   0     -14


This one was interesting as Mutie's Luck shot out the blocks and grabbed a commanding lead. It then seemed to stall and leave the door open as it tired. Sorry Case wasn't apologetic to snatch that window of opportunity and steady built into the game and a late push took it home. So this one goes to:

Sorry Case

Smiley's World   3   4
Sorry Case          3   -2
Mutie's Luck       0   0

Which leaves Smiley's World in a good place going into the final game in the group and Mutie's Luck with a mountain to climb.

Whoops a busy morning conspired to mean I missed voting on this (and giving a final warning for time) on this one. However poster privilege means I can always afford a quick vote at the end before the result. Though in this case I'll only do that as it won't affect the result.

Like everyone The Gronk Affair offers so much from a definitive period of the strip and takes this one easy.

A day to go so if you haven't voted pop your vote in today and I'll rustle up a result in the morning.

For me Kid Knee Caper is a significant story. Not just for the eponymous character in the title but for the way it introduces the trope of using a 'case' really as a showcase for another Strontium Dog. The actual bounty hunt being secondary character work (is that a trope???). Royal Affair has an amusing duck. On that basis:

Kid Knee Caper

Only a day to go and plenty of votes still to come in judging by the numbers so get um in today.

For me neither of these rock my world and in the end one is simply more memorable and on that basis I go:

Sorry Case


Two similar stories here (well for me) and the battle between them was pretty tight but there was always one thrill just ahead and that one was:

Max Bubba (Ragnarok)

Portrait of a Mutant    3     10
Max Bubba                   3       3
The Bitch                       0      -3
Final Solution                0     -10


This one was always going to go one way but it was fascinating to watch the love for Final Solution a thrill that divides fans but has passionate advocates. So it wasn't all one way traffic. That said the winner is one of the most important foundation stones in Strontium Dog so its little surprise that:

Portrait of a Mutant

takes this one.

Portrait of a Mutant    3     10
Max Bubba                    0      0
The Bitch                       0       0
Final Solution                0     -10

Books & Comics / Re: Shift Comic - new UK anthology
« on: 30 July, 2021, 09:42:34 PM »
Issue 6 landed when I was away and I think its on schedule. If Shift can manage to maintain that as things creep towards normal we could have an ever better thing here.

That said the shifting post openning line-up sees things wobble a little. There is still so much to love. Kora leads us off and remains magnificent, To the Death continues on good form and Soulwind is still fantastic. Shifter continues to get better and better. So the original strips are fine.

Speaking of original strips Hungerville the one off from the first issue returns for an amusing but pretty inconsequential second story. Speaking of inconsequencual the one off Sherlock Holmes feels very much that. The two new ongoing haven't quite gelled for me. Crucible is solid but lacks the inspiration of the original strips and Dega might need a quick recap.

Still a very good read and well worth while but lets see how things go as the line-up continues to develop.

Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: 30 July, 2021, 09:34:58 PM »
Late to the party as I've been away but home now and with Prog.

Dredd - well its grand isn't it. Its fantastiv craft pure and simple. I'm loving Dredd guiding, I love Fransico grinning. Its glorious.

Skip Tracer - Its high octance, it always is, but now it matters - see its not hard is it!

Department K - Yep its greart, setting up the finale nicely with an exciting episode. This story has been a triumph and now all it has to do is stick the landing.

Sinister - Its playing to its critics isn't it. Two episodes of exposition as returns explained last time, this time how Sinister will clash with Dexter. I enjoyed it but its lacking a spark at the moment.

Aquila - Well if your gonna take down Zeus' popps that's the way to do it. Pure Harryhausen fun this episode!

Great Prog.

General / Re: Interview with Dan Abnett
« on: 30 July, 2021, 08:45:09 PM »
Yeah just to echo that Wilds End is up there with his best work for Tharg. Highly recommended.

General / Re: Interview with Dan Abnett
« on: 30 July, 2021, 06:37:00 PM »
That is indeed a great interview. Thanks for the heads up.

Books & Comics / Re: Phoenix comic
« on: 30 July, 2021, 11:51:10 AM »
The child was very excited about this one—Bunny vs Monkey has returned!

Yeah good as Mega-lo-maniacs has been nothing says Jamie Smart like Bunny vs. Monkey.

Books & Comics / Re: Phoenix comic
« on: 30 July, 2021, 11:45:19 AM »
We're just heading home after a brief holiday and I think the boy child is as excited about this being there when we land than seeing the cat again.

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