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Volume 4? Blimey. These must be selling OK, then. Good stuff.

Prog / Re: Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 25 October, 2021, 04:09:44 PM »
Cock joke was indeed naff, but I’m sure we can forgive the team for that. As for your comment about Full Tilt Boogie, Boots, where did that go? I figured we’d have got more of it. Oh well.

For me, Dredd wrapped up fine, if in downbeat manner. Atlantis has been little used, but surprising to see Williams trash it. (Although I suppose it could be repaired, not that you’d really want to live there now.) Diaboliks felt like tidying up at the end of a party. Pandora was breezy and gross. I’d happily see this back in the Prog. Scarlet Traces continues to be excellent, as does The Out. 5/5 again, Tharg.

The Out > Pandora Perfect > Scarlet Traces > Judge Dredd > Diaboliks

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 22 October, 2021, 10:46:23 AM »
Tales from Development Hell by David Hughes is a good book for a reality check on this kind of thing. It digs deep into the reality of filmmaking, and shows the increasingly absurd productions of certain key properties. TV is little different. Some things will be rushed to market. Others will take a decade, with many changes along the way. Y: The Last Man is a case in point — the show took years to come to fruition, had major changes in direction and team, and only just made it to the screen to be immediately cancelled.

The Dredd TV show might happen or it might not. Given Rebellion’s attitude towards things, its intense desire and its impressive level of ambition, I veer more towards will than won’t. But the duration of pre-production time wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary in normal times, let alone during a pandemic.

Classifieds / Re: Buying: Judge Anderson: The PSI Files Vol 2
« on: 21 October, 2021, 03:22:34 PM »
It’s been OOP for ages, and so those people who do have copies can chance selling it at such figures. See also: the Fantagraphics Usage HC collection, until the reprint happened this year. (Although even that is now rare.)

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 20 October, 2021, 05:24:59 PM »
Any magazine you see with a flat spine is in that format. The Megazine briefly had it a couple of times. Most videogame mags and the like still do.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 20 October, 2021, 02:21:39 PM »
Nice idea. I might have to grab one of those.

Megazine / Re: Meg 437 - Scrawling the Walls
« on: 20 October, 2021, 01:47:40 PM »
Lovely cover. Interesting Dredd, with Niemend carving out an otherworldly mystery that I hope is never resolved. I love stories like that which don’t attempt to explain everything. it felt like a modern-day fable. The Returners still for me needs a re-read, but seems interesting enough.

Angelic continues going full ret-con central on the Angels, transforming them from one-note villains into interesting and diverse characters. Usually, I’m not a fan of this kind of thing, but Rennie’s pulling a blinder here. Top stuff.

Black Museum was quite nice, although more interesting before the electrocist showed up. Which leaves Devlin, which is a masterclass in comics writing. The most consistently great thing in the Meg for a while, and for me rivalling The Out for best thrill across Tharg’s box of goodies.

Devlin > Dredd > Angelic > The Returners > Black Museum. Three great/two OK, but on the whole a very good Meg.

Prog / Re: Prog 2254 - Photo Bomb!
« on: 20 October, 2021, 01:39:33 PM »
Another issue where I’m enjoying everything. Dredd is old-school big dumb action flick territory, in a knowing sense, not least with Dredd’s cheesy DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM? shtick. Fun. Diaboliks deftly continues its particular line of horror. Pandora still hasn’t grabbed me to the extent the one-offs did, but it’s breezy and, frankly, well-placed in this current run. Scarlet Traces ramped things up further: tense and superb. The Out: I love that you don’t know what’s coming, that it’s different, that it’s fresh, and that it has a female protagonist in a comic that’s usually—although not right now—full of blokes.

Scarlet Traces > The Out > Pandora > Dredd > Diaboliks. But, again, everything here is well beyond the Whatevs Wall of Doom. 5/5, Thargy Boy.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 08:51:15 AM »
Exceptions abound.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 08:43:09 AM »
There’s something broken in the mainstream news arm. Part of that stems from the BBC’s absurd reading of ‘balance’, which isn’t only a BBC thing, but seeks to always provide the other side of an argument. The snag is the BBC does this on even footing, rather than on scientific balance. (We see this on things like climate change, where the BBC will create a deliberately combative set-up with someone who’s trying to stop humanity from wiping itself out and put them against a sceptic who has well below 5% of the scientific community behind them.)

What’s curious is this doesn’t typically extend to long-form investigative reporting. While imperfect, shows like Panrorama are still doing good work. But, yes, the main news org needs starting from scratch. The BBC as a whole, though, needs safeguarding. Alas, I suspect it will be a UK PBS within 20 years—perhaps sooner. (One counterpoint here might be the BBC having the balls to attack the Tories where it hurts. If the licence fee is threatened, the BBC says: “Fine. Then we scrap things that aren’t profitable, such as the World Service and Radio 4.” Then the Tories might suddenly shift to “you can keep the fee, but we’re watching you” again.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 October, 2021, 10:46:31 AM »
The BBC’s main issue is one of resource. People forget how much the corporation’s been cut. And the public want it cut further by eradicating the licence fee, which would force content to be skewed towards advertisers and/or subscribers. The logical result of that is a much smaller and more populist BBC that would be far worse at offering balance, news and political programming (not to mention any niche fare, whether that’s radio or children’s programming).

Very much a “careful what you wish for”.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 19 October, 2021, 08:53:23 AM »
Occam’s Razor: most artists draw characters how they draw them and routinely forget about things like the gun design having changed—or Dredd’s many uniform changes.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 October, 2021, 05:04:45 PM »
It’s curious to see that list in black and white. I’ve loved 90% of the extension. It’s stronger than the original run and that was better than the Dredd books. But of the books confirmed by name, I only care about Revere. (Brass Sun is great, but I have the Rebellion HC.) Of the spine art ones, Leviathan might be a pick depending on what’s included, and maybe War Machine and Devlin. Beyond that, I’d buy Armoured Gideon and any series completions, but, yeah, I think I’m out as of 111. Although getting that across to Hachette without them instantly cancelling my sub might be tricky.

Prog / Re: Prog 0 - AD2000
« on: 16 October, 2021, 02:25:52 PM »
Yep. It’s just test artwork, some of which was reused in the Prog later on. Some strips are just a couple of pages of art. There aren’t any speech bubbles.

Other Reviews / Re: Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular
« on: 16 October, 2021, 01:56:26 PM »
Comics can be all-ages things. The clever thing is when someone creates something that genuinely works for children and adults alike.

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