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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 01:14:24 PM »
I can’t imagine they’d stoop so low as to include LOTF material. DC Dredd would be an odd one too. But… movie Dredd? That’s not all been collected in print, and we now know it’s a finite strip.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 November, 2022, 07:56:18 PM »
Canon Fodder’s an odd one. Gorgeous visuals, but the plot was always a bit… hmm. Not the worst book of its era by any stretch, but I’m not sure I’d pay eleven quid for it in HC. £22 for Scarlet Traces, assuming it’d fit in two books – I might be wrong there? TAKE MY MONEY. Or £33 for three. I don’t care. I’ll happily hang on those three magic words: subject to change.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 November, 2022, 05:52:20 PM »
Zenith will presumably be collected across two volumes, then. I already have the Rebellion set, so all stick with them. Summer Magic not being in there is a bit of a surprise. Big Dave… is not. No Scarlet Traces is a crying shame. It’s such a good series. Ah well.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 November, 2022, 01:26:12 PM »
The first arc, yes, but not the entire thing – which Barney reckons runs to 269 pages of strip.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 November, 2022, 11:27:05 AM »
My guess is we can probably look back across Rebellion’s trade collections for a good indication of where a lot of this will go, given that the repro will already exist. That said, Armoured Gideon is an interesting one, because that requires new repro work, unless the company already had more ready to go after the first digital volume.

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Film Discussion / Re: Dredd (2012)
« on: 25 November, 2022, 08:00:44 AM »
Sounds like a big slice of Billy Bullshit to me.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 02:34:48 PM »
Look, if everyone goes around annihilating everything, we’ll never get that bloody book.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 01:46:41 PM »
Aha!

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“Hey Craig, good news! Armoured Gideon will be included within the extension.”

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 09:52:13 AM »
Looking at this from another angle, it’s interesting how sustainable this collection has been. I always felt a little short-changed by that initial 80 volumes (mad as that sounds), but then we got that first extension. Now two more. I get how that might annoy folks who just want it to end. But it also shows the strength in the series, in that it can continue on.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2022, 09:27:52 AM »
National Title File = source of truth!

As for shelf space and cost of living, I hear that. But that’s also why I quit at the last extension. Still, I’m selfishly glad it’s continuing, because it might just mean a few more strips end up in there that I’d like to see collected in this format (like WOTW+Scarlet Traces, say, beyond the Dark Horse collections).

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Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 23 November, 2022, 10:21:36 AM »
I know we’ve had single-strip take-overs, but I was thinking where there are multiple strips in the Prog. Even with the pre-Trifecta Prog, that was only 60% Dreddworld (since it also had Brass Sun and ABC Warriors).

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Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 23 November, 2022, 09:49:40 AM »
A great cover. A sobering read about Kevin O’Neill.

As for the strips, Dredd is an oddball. The entire strip is starting to feel like a Marvel one now. So much big stuff happens that in isolation is fine, but that lacks impact on a wider narrative. Perhaps I’ve rose-tinted memories, but Dredd as a whole used to feel a bit more coherent. Certainly, it used to feel consequential. So what we got here was the Dredd equivalent of a blockbuster movie. It was BIG. It was LOUD. It had great set pieces. But I don’t know how much of it will matter, bar the creeping sensation Dredd has that this Sov is ultimately neither friend nor foe. Great last page, mind.

Chimpsky strained hard against suspension of disbelief regarding what he did to the kid. I also find those dome ‘prisons’ odd in any media. I mean, where does the kid now go to the loo? What does he eat? How does he exercise? Hrmm. Other than that, the strip ended well and continues to set Chimpsky up as being his own thing, rather than a bit-player in a Dredd strip. Good.

Enemy Earth is an oddball. Like broodblik, I do hope the lead will get over herself at some point. I don’t want another Walking Dead either, with people being massive idiots all the time. I thought the twist was pretty good. I’m still struggling with the art. It certainly feels very different from anything else out there, in terms of tone. (It’s much darker than almost anything else aimed at this age range.) I quite like it. Whether I’ll want to see more of it depends on how this arc wraps up.

Hershey was top-notch. I’m really enjoying this. And although it’s another Dreddworld strip (have we ever seen another multi-strip Prog where 75% of the strips were that), it’s differentiated enough. The only question I have is the longevity. Hershey’s dying. How many series do we have?

Hershey > Chimpsky > Enemy Earth = Dredd

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General / Re: Going Digital - iPad versus Macbook
« on: 19 November, 2022, 07:54:48 PM »
That’s pretty much what I’d recommend. My situation is slightly different. We have a router that makes it absurdly simple to turn any HDD/SSD into a sort-of NAS (as in, you literally have to plug it into the router – we have a 2TB HDD right now). So my comics live on our network, and I can access them from Chunky on iPad or Finder (or Transmit) on Mac. But iCloud works too, assuming you’ve space on your account.

On iPad, despite Chunky having now seemingly been abandoned (although it still works), it remains by far the best comics reader on the platform. On Mac, I favour Simple Reader, which is fast and simple for reading individual issues.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2308 - Knockout Blow!
« on: 19 November, 2022, 02:52:28 PM »
A great cover kicks things off and then a teaser for Niemand/Boyle doing Mega-City 2099? OH YES.

Dredd continues to be fun and feels quite old-school in nature. Nutty villains. Grim Dredd. Impossible odds. I suspect at the end there will be a swift resolution, quite a few dead enemies and a deadpan Dredd saying something quippy.

Chimpsy remains excellent too. I didn’t see the twist coming either, and it’ll be interesting to see what it means.

Hope has just completely lost me. Sorry. I want to like it, but I’m now at the point where I have no idea who anyone is nor what’s going on. Nice art, mind.

Enemy Earth is pretty gruesome for a Regened strip. It’s also objectively a lot better than most of the Regened strips. I don’t imagine it’ll become a classic too many people will clamour for umpteen series of, but I’m happy enough with it in the Prog.

Which leaves Hershey. I never had a problem with this series in the first place, and this second series is better than the first. In fact, it’s my favourite thing this week.

Hershey > Chimpsky > Dredd > Enemy Earth > Hope

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