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broodblik:
Cover by Staz Johnson


and the 'uncovered' that covers the creation!

Colin YNWA:
Well when the Meg has Lawless in its always nothing short of magnificent.

In this particular case we are also treated to a solid opening part to a Dredd by Carroll and Richardson which cranks up the action to 11 almost before its settled in.

Devlin Waugh is almost too cheeky for it own good. But Ales Kot's script just about holds it together and is elevated by Mike Dowling's glorious art.

Blunt has a brisl refreshing opener. I loved the first series, go a bit lost with the second (most re-read as I suspect its very good) but feel reengaged by this opening. Happy to have this back one last time.

The Returners sticks its landing wionderfully.... I think. I'm going to have to go to the action replay to be sure but I do like this series and this episode is nice indeed.

Then we have Lawless and this openning episode does a fantastic job of demonstrating why this is one of my favourite thrills. Not just of Tharg's current crop, but of all time. Its just a perfect balance. A warm, charming opening eases folks in, quietly builds plot and intrigue and sets us up perfectly the switch in tone to maximise impact from the brute slash we get in the last three pages. Just sublime and once again this series doesn't miss a step.

There's some nice text features liked the one about Starblazer. Disappointing floppies with an all too recent re-run of Damnation Station.

MumboJimbo:

--- Quote from: Colin YNWA on 21 December, 2019, 09:32:09 PM ---Disappointing floppies with an all too recent re-run of Damnation Station.

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What do you reckon would be a reasonable cut-off period for reprints? I seem to remember IPC had a rule of 7 years, thinking that no child would ever read a comic for such a period as they'd grow out of it long before the 7 years was up! (If only they could see us now...) I know this is a bit of sore point, so probably shouldn't pick on this scab so close to Christmas!

I've only got back into 2000 AD for last 18 months, but even I've seen stuff I've already bought reprinted in the floppies! (A Judge Anderson from the 2018 Sci-fi special).

Dark Jimbo:

--- Quote from: MumboJimbo on 23 December, 2019, 04:19:59 PM ---
--- Quote from: Colin YNWA on 21 December, 2019, 09:32:09 PM ---Disappointing floppies with an all too recent re-run of Damnation Station.

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What do you reckon would be a reasonable cut-off period for reprints? I seem to remember IPC had a rule of 7 years, thinking that no child would ever read a comic for such a period as they'd grow out of it...

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Tooth has been going for, what, 42 years? And the first Damnation Station story was published 10 years ago - it's a full quarter-way back into the prog's history!

Plus it's never been reprinted, when the VAST majority of earlier stories have had umpteen Best Ofs, Specials, Extreme Editions, Titan volumes, DC volumes, Rebellion volumes, Hachette volumes...

I can't begrudge it myself!

Colin YNWA:

--- Quote from: MumboJimbo on 23 December, 2019, 04:19:59 PM ---
--- Quote from: Colin YNWA on 21 December, 2019, 09:32:09 PM ---Disappointing floppies with an all too recent re-run of Damnation Station.

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What do you reckon would be a reasonable cut-off period for reprints?

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That's a very good question and one given my whining about this (quite a lot) one I should be able to answer... but its tricky. The way I view this is Rebellion will have a pretty clear view (I assume) in the shift in their readship. I would think (?) that most folks onboard now will have been on board for the last 5 plus years, 7 years... more? I could be wrong. When you see some of the wonderfully creative ways they have used the floppies of late, the BD reprints, the monograph, the British archieve reprints there seems far more stuff they could do than reprinting things from 5 -10 years ago that many (not all) have already.

Now there are a lot of things to consider. The cost of each of those alternatives, the time involved in producing them and they will have insight as to whats popular. Maybe these more modern reprints allow for the other stuff to exist? Either way for me I'd set a nominal 10-15 year limit... but that really is plucked from the air.


--- Quote from: Dark Jimbo on 23 December, 2019, 05:12:05 PM ---... And the first Damnation Station story was published 10 years ago - it's a full quarter-way back into the prog's history!

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NO WAY!!! Checks Barney... OUCH... lets never say that again okay. I still think of Damnation Station as a new thrill. My life slips away too fast...

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