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General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
« on: Today at 12:01:05 PM »
I've been over this at some length

where I managed to whittle it down to this lot:

For the sake of picking out one Prog, I'm plumping for Prog 1506:

Not a great cover, but the insides include the wonderful final episode of Banzai Batallion, an early episode of Origins when the excitiment was still palpable, top tier Dante, eye-popping body horror art in Stone Island, and a certain twist ending in Malone...

The whole arc of Warrior's Dawn is indeed the best Sláine there is.
More specifically, my vote goes the The Bride of Crom: the blood eagles, the Badb, the Wicker Man, most-grotesque warp-out EVER and he's fighting zombies!

(but because it's not the same thing, I'll note that my favourite Sláine arc is 100% Tomb of Terror)

Proteus Vex is full of things to admire, but it's a bowl of all-bran compared to the crunchy nut cornflakes that is Kingdom. Goes down easy, and always room for a second bowl!


It is weird comparing one-off shorts to a mega-long-running series, but frankly in this case both are SUCH a big part of the Prog, both with their heydays around the same time, that it feels like a fair fight. That said, I find it hard to get as excited about a set of one-offs compared to getting lost in the glory of 'one-man's mission' narratives. I would also say that, for all that Rogue Trooper is an action series, his whole thing of being a grumpy loner who is better at soldeiring than anyone he encounters, really makes the point that WAR IS HELL so effectively I give it a lot of bonus points. I might've wanted to be Johnny Alpha, or Nemesis, or even, in darker momnets, Judge Dredd, but I've never wanted to actually be Rogue - no thanks!

All by way of saying, I'm votin' Rogue Trooper

Ooh, its the battle of the regional UK mystical monsters! Wales vs Cornwall! Red death vs black spunk!

Gonna vote for the horse's skull-faced dude, he needs to be back in the Meg. Also Becky Darke turns out to be a real person - or at least, she's a regular guest on the excellent 'Evolution of Horror' podcast.

Strange & Darke.

Man this is tough. Hard to argue with Funt Solo's logic...
but on the other hand, I have bought and read two FAT collections of Future Shocks, which inlcude plenty of bad alongside the good, and reached for them far more quickly than my Insurrection books. Insurrection really IS great, although perhaps less amazingly so now that we have Lawless.

Future Shocks for me.

General / Re: Mentions of 2000ad in other media
« on: 23 May, 2022, 11:22:10 AM »
Reviving this old thread (there was perhaps an even older version of it but can't find that) to note a REALLY obscure 'other media' link...

So anyway, Wordle fans might be aware of the hundreds of Wordle variants out there. I've lately got into a bunch of film related ones (Actorle probably the best; Framed is quite fun too).


is the most Wordle-like in that you have to guess the 5-letter film name; yesterday's answer was the reason I'm posting here today so I think you can guess what that film was.

Megazine / Re: Meg 444 - Pressure Point!
« on: 20 May, 2022, 12:18:55 PM »
Having been utterly indifferent to Hawk the Slayer, I found that final episode super enjoyable, am super curious to see how this comic does in the wider world. In general I don't get much out of comics follow-ups to film/TV, no matter how good they are, it always feels a bit like a consolation prize.

Nothing wrong with Bendatti, but more or less everything right with Low Life.

So, Low Life!

Have just read the Hachette collection of the Ennis stuff, and I have to say Nigel Dobbyn's art really was brilliant, far better than I remembered. Steve Pugh's work I did remember as being great, and it still is.

Counterfeit Girl.

Button Man all day. Sure, I've grown to respect Zenith, but never to love it. Button Man has class and suspense and just plain great plotting all the way through. BM vs Stront, now that'd be a tough call...

Not SO hard, this one. Tyranny Rex was ever a great character in search of a suitable story. The first two are fun, the one with the nuns and the god machine was pretty great, the rest not so much.
Leviathan on the other hand was great all around, even including those one-off 'tales of the Leviathan'.

So, following the trend, Leviathan.

Love the weirdness of the Dead concept, got a bit bored with the story as it went on. Lobster Random arguably tries a bit too hard to be as weird and clever as thrills like the Dead, (right down to the irritating name) but every now and then the weirdness lands - looking at you, person with a dinosaur grated to the top of his head.

Lobster Random

It's not going to affect my vote, but I thought the Harlem Heroes DID include Inferno, as far as the Tourney is concerned? I don't recall Inferno getting their own separate slot?

Anyway, much as the central gag in Bogie Man is delightful, artwise it's not a patch on Gibbons at his most dynamic (and, if counted, Belardinelli at his usual swoopy heights). But mostly I'm voting for more Artie Gruber* in the Prog!

Harlem Heroes

*Prog 9 is the first all-time great Prog cover, discuss:

Got a lot of nostalgic love for Necronauts, but it can't be denied that Rennie has got more sophisticated and I tend to like that in a story. Still, Necronauts deserves respect for being one of the earlier iterations of 'let's throw together a bunch of famous people from the past and put them on a thematically appropriate adventure' - it predates League of Extraorindary Gentlemen, even, doesn't it?

Still, Aquila is better.

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