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Messages - Colin YNWA

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Welcome to Round 2, week 1 . This is where things get really interesting. All the big hitters are in the draw and let me tell you there are some ties coming up that will get the hearts racing and the camera’s out for live coverage. They will cover acres of print on the back pages. There are also ties that will barely get mentioned on their local radio news summary. Week 1 however does feel a little like a warm up however. It hasn’t got any of the high profile draws I hoped it might to kick us off, but it does start to hint at what's to come…

Dan Abnett and Henry Flint - what could go wrong… well … We’ve had loads of great spin-offs from NuEarth Rogue so what could go wrong… :

Sancho Panzer - more info

Vs

Venus Bluegenes - more info

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 Sunday 23rd January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Welcome to Round 2, week 1 . This is where things get really interesting. All the big hitters are in the draw and let me tell you there are some ties coming up that will get the hearts racing and the camera’s out for live coverage. They will cover acres of print on the back pages. There are also ties that will barely get mentioned on their local radio news summary. Week 1 however does feel a little like a warm up however. It hasn’t got any of the high profile draws I hoped it might to kick us off, but it does start to hint at what's to come…

We end the first week with a couple ties that remind us there is a lot of chaff still to get through, even as we run our hands through the wheat (what, huh what an awful sentence!). Mind I’m a big fan of M.A.C.H.0 a glorious early strip. Valkyries … well I’ve read it… :

Valkyries - more info

Vs

M.A.C.H.O - more info

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 Sunday 23rd January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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VOTING CLOSED

Well from one extreme to another. Heat 1 a tied decided by the the penalty that is me. Heat 2 a shout out and as one-sided vote as we ever had, literally. And there can be no doubt that

Blackhawk

wins this gladitorial none-content and will entertain us in Round 3.

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VOTING CLOSED

Well wow what a first tie that was for the second round. Two great thrills and a lot of love for both. In the end it was so close nothing could seperate them. So I get the unenviable task of making a final call. I really like both these thrills Simon Fraser's work on Lilly MacKenzie is top draw, its a fun, different engaging thrill. I'd love to have it back. Max Normal however does something few have. The series popped in and out as a cute distraction in annuals and specials back in the day. It fleshed out Mega City One but didn't really do too much more. Then years later under Guy Davis and Dan Cornwell its thundered back into the Prog, when no one was expecting it and told a simply brilliant orgin story no one new they needed. And that abilility to span the generations mean

Max Normal

gets this one for me, but much love to Lilly MacKenzie. See you in Round 3 Max.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 440: Fully Loaded!
« on: 19 January, 2022, 09:42:08 PM »
This is a good Meg, in fact very good indeed but the thing that stops it being a GREAT Meg is there's a curious lack of tension in it. A numebr of the stories are builders, but don't yet have a clearly defined threat or villain, or conflicit yet.

Dredd - its an excellent opener. Taking a really fresh angle on things and setting up necessity of the caper. Loved Logan at the 'UN'. But at this stage its a bit like the first 10 pages of an Asterix travel story. We're setting up the need for Asterix to go on his travels BUT we're not on the adventure yet and we have really got a sense of where the danger will come from. Still immensely enjoyable.

Death Cap okay so this one has a more traditionally formed structure. I know the danger, I see the disease and I'm introduced to the baddies, the challenge and there a good beginning, middle and end to the episode which really nicely drives the overall story. Just as Indigo Prime says at this point I don't really care too much as I'm not sold on the protagonist.

Diamond Dogs I need to re-read this as if I'm honest it wshes right over me. I read it and the moment I've finished I don't really remember a thing about it.

Lawless now this is brilliant. Its a fantastic character piece and Metta's journey around town and loneliness as her friends reject her is just fantastic. There isn't though really any meat to the caper yet... though Dadnett and Winslade are building that as a protection racket is creepily revealed. This is building and while I'm not sure where, the craft taking us there - wherever that is, is fantastic

The same could be said for Surfer its good stuff, it has moments of drama and tension I'm just not quite sure what's driving it all yet. This one is also building.

Then we get to Hawk the Slayer and I say this as someone who doesn't like the movie at all for full disclosure this is AMAZING... welllll almost. Firstly 30 pages of Ennis and Flint comics essentially for free in what is normally a chunk of cheap reprint is a pretty great thing. That Henry Flint's art is just next level good is quite something else. The art is just breathtaking. The story is developing nicely - its just like elsewhere - I'm not sure where or why. Hawk puts the band back together to... well I dunno yet really. I mean there are some creepy baddies popping up so we're not short of action I'm just not sure of what's motivating the badness yet. Still its fantastic stuff.

So yeah the craft in lots of the Meg is fantastic its just weirdly a little flat as a number of the better stories just haven't quite got the punch and thrill that they need. Now one or two like that is absolutely fine, in fact I'd welcome it. Its just read as a piece it leaves the comic overall a little flat... which feels very odd to say as its really very good... maybe I'm just a little over tired!

Oh and excellent text pieces too.

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News / New 2000ad Insta - Instragram is dead, long live instragram
« on: 19 January, 2022, 04:21:53 PM »
I don't use Instagram - and I could feel my flesh crawl a little when I typed 'Insta' but think this is well worth sharing here. From 2000ad's official Facebook:

Quote
Calling all Earthlets and Squaxx Dek Thargo - please follow our brand new Instagram account at instagram.com/2000ADcomic

We have some disappointing news to share with you all. Last week, the official 2000 AD Instagram account was hacked and all of our posts were deleted. After working tirelessly to regain access, we have just been informed that the account that we’ve been working on for a close to a decade has been permanently lost.  We are therefore asking you, the incredible 2000 AD community, to come together and spread the word about our brand new Instagram account at instagram.com/2000ADcomic

In return, we promise to reward you all with just as many updates, competitions and artwork for The Galaxy's Greatest Comic!

“Let’s show them one Judge is worth a hundred punks – cosmic or otherwise!”

~ The Rebellion Team

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Danzigs Inferno - A one-two punch from Smith & Phillips that would leave an indelible mark on David Lynch's temple.

Surely the greatest summation this thrill will ever recieve. Bravo sir!

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A question Colin: this ones would have been better in round 1 maybe ?

Sorry thought I'd answered this but got distracted by pesky work things - damn you pesky work things!

Anyway yep defo agree this tie is SO Round 1, but the draw is the draw - I might make that my post signature!

There are a fair few ties this round that will have folks screaming -

 "HOW THE HELL IS ONE OF THEM GETTING INTO ROUND 3"

I don't doubt the same will be said of Rounds 3 and 4 and... well it will be interesting to see what 'lesser' thrills can get...well how far... just by the luck of the draw. In theory we could have a 'Sancho Panzer vs. Dry Run' semi-final. I mean the chances are remote, but the random factor of the draw is what will keep things unpredictable and interesting for me... and kinda force more thought and conversation about 'lesser' thrills.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 19 January, 2022, 08:06:07 AM »
I do love that cover. Now were my limited Webshop exclusive!

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Off Topic / Re: Boys Adventure comic blog
« on: 19 January, 2022, 06:39:39 AM »
That does look like a fantastic book and I'm going to have to think about that one. Thanks for the heads up.

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Well if the other vote ending tomorrow is close the question on this one is will Killer get any votes at all? You have today to affect that and I'll let you know in the morning.

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Last day on this one and it looks very close so any last minute votes will almost certainly have an impact. Get um in and I'll count them up in the morning

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Welcome to Round 2, week 1 . This is where things get really interesting. All the big hitters are in the draw and let me tell you there are some ties coming up that will get the hearts racing and the camera’s out for live coverage. They will cover acres of print on the back pages. There are also ties that will barely get mentioned on their local radio news summary. Week 1 however does feel a little like a warm up however. It hasn’t got any of the high profile draws I hoped it might to kick us off, but it does start to hint at what's to come…

Two female lead thrills here. One very much in the early 90s mold. The other very much in the wheelhouse of Pete Milligan’s theme of identity. I know which I really enjoyed, but do you:

Brit-Cit Babes - more info

Vs

Counterfeit Girl - more info

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 22nd January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Welcome to Round 2, week 1 . This is where things get really interesting. All the big hitters are in the draw and let me tell you there are some ties coming up that will get the hearts racing and the camera’s out for live coverage. They will cover acres of print on the back pages. There are also ties that will barely get mentioned on their local radio news summary. Week 1 however does feel a little like a warm up however. It hasn’t got any of the high profile draws I hoped it might to kick us off, but it does start to hint at what's to come…

Tiny, tiny thrills here. Two series with what will be some of the lowest page counts come together and hope to prove it's not size that counts its what you do with it:

Danzig's Inferno - more info

Vs

Tharg's Alien Invasions - more info

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 22nd January  and the winner gets a place in Round 3 (of 9!!!).

What on Earth is ALL of this?

For those that need ‘um and can be bothered to follow ‘um there’s some simple rules

Any questions, just ask as ever - and have FUN!

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Megazine / Re: Meg 440: Fully Loaded!
« on: 18 January, 2022, 05:43:42 PM »
Ooh – wraparound cover. Alas, no print for me. (Is that the case for everyone?) Anyway, on with the strips…

Tharg has spoken on Facebook (sorry can't copy and paste the text) basically to try to avoid a price raise with increased cost he's gone with stopping adding the print.

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