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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 29 November, 2021, 03:33:32 PM »
I thought the plot to Captain America: Civil War was pretty weak (in terms of motivation for conflict within the group), but now...

General / Re: Judge Death's Helmet
« on: 28 November, 2021, 10:50:45 PM »
List of all his appearances and posters and whatnot, here.

Skimming through that, is the New Scientist story from a few years back in there?  Couldn't remember what the story was called, but I didn't find "scientist" when I searched.

No, for two reasons:

1. I only know about it because you just mentioned it.
2. My data only covers publications from the House of Tharg, m'lud. (Not strictly true, or even definable, but  there you go.)

[Starts looking for a copy of that New Scientist...]


Good luck with the knitting. That modern Deadworld saga by those fellas Kek-W and Dave Kendall has some pretty out-there renditions of Death where his helmet is much more gnarly than the clean Bolland version.

Yes, Bolland's helmet is much more polished fnarr fnarr woof woof etc.

Megazine / Treasure Steel's Mind Bomb!
« on: 28 November, 2021, 06:31:13 PM »
In the Treasure Steel two-parter "Fast Forward" (megs 3.34 & 3.35 in 1997) a psi-perp plants a mind-bomb in Treasure's heid, foreshadowing something (a covert op?) named Janus.

Additionally, the (big bunches and goggles) assassin from the one-off Culling Crew (JD Mega-Special '94) is lurking in the background.

Query: did Armitage ever do a storyline surrounding a Janus-named plot, and did Treasure ever have her mind bomb triggered?

General / Re: Judge Death's Helmet
« on: 28 November, 2021, 04:51:06 PM »
List of all his appearances and posters and whatnot, here.

General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 26 November, 2021, 05:01:07 AM »
A-Z updates

Dreddverse section:
    [Bagley, Bella]
    Black Atlantic         
    [Blint, Oola]   
    Brit-Cit Babes      

Features section:
    2000 AD Encyclopedia

Various updates for completed, recent thrills up to Meg 438 & Prog 2259

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 25 November, 2021, 09:58:02 PM »
I just noticed that Ace Garp shows up as a giant idol in The Dead:

Pussyfoot 5 isn't the best thrill in the prog - I'm not even sure it would triumph over Space Girls - but at least it belongs in the prog. Bad-hair-film adaptation ALLO is like watching paint dry.

Colony Earth did feel a bit like pre-2K Annual fodder squeezed into the prog. Numbercruncher is the superior beast in this match up.

Events / Re: Jocks team up 45th anniversary?
« on: 25 November, 2021, 04:22:22 PM »
If you have the team-up in the USA then I'll definitely cancel at the last moment.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 25 November, 2021, 04:20:17 PM »
These trough-les are simply bovine!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 24 November, 2021, 07:52:18 PM »
I enjoyed End of Days but I did have to treat it as something else dressed up as Dredd.

Remember that Alternity Winter Special from 1995? Imagine it as part of that concept and I think it's pretty cool - like Judge Dredd as Shakespearean drama, as opposed to Judge Dredd as police procedural. I watched a Macbeth once, and they had the protagonists dressed up as arctic explorers, with ice picks instead of swords. It was inventive, and it was still Macbeth.

In a setting where the canon has become somewhat meaningless you either have to carefully toe the line of easy resets after each episode (unless you're Wagner), avoid Dredd as much as possible (see Niemand) or just go balls out crazy and do your own thing. I liked that Williams went for the latter. Look at what Rennie's doing with the Blackhawk premise (or Jaegir), for an example of new avenues for old ideas.

On the same note I've also been enjoying The New Adventures of Cyber-Hershey - and I get why people are feeling miffed that she was dead, but not really - and now she's superhuman, kinda and blah. But, it's given her character more character than a sort of stern cardboard cutout that was always just a reflection in Dredd's pool.

I Was a Teenage Tax Consultant - it was funny, and didn't outstay its welcome. (And didn't get resurrected decades later in an embarrassing case of equine corpse mutilation.)

Joe Black

Colin, you’re doing a great job, I’m really enjoying this whole thing.


Prog / Re: Prog 2245 - Gun Shark!
« on: 23 November, 2021, 06:49:22 PM »

 - Have you noticed the shape of the space station?
 - What do you mean?
 - Well, it's an evil-looking skull.
 - Yeah, so?
 - It's just ... are we the baddies?


I'm also imagining the extra cost involved in deliberately making an object that most people will never see from the outside look like something. It being space, you'd probably not approach it necessarily from the correct vantage point anyway.

Now, the design of B-Hive-K, on the other hand...

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