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XYZ Nuns, shurely.

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Both great thrills with amazing high points. Nostalgia says I should vote ABCs, for the mad creativity of the episodic first foray on Mars. For their resurrection in Nemesis. For the insanely exciting art of The Black Hole, and the cheeky apple-cart tipping Khronicles of Khaos.

But this has swung into what I’d like to see in next week’s prog, and the answer to that is Nikolai Dante. I think it still has things to say, whereas ABCs has proved it doesn’t (unless we were allowed a new writer).

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Maybe IP can fix the rift in reality that’s allowed Brink to twist itself here in place of Fiends?

Much as I love the high concept of mashing together WWII and vampires, and even the modern pseudo-Mignola version (drifted quite far from the original template now), it cannot compete with The Ballad of Halo Jones from the Grand Wizard.

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General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - The Out vs Brink - Heat 02
« on: 16 August, 2022, 08:39:08 AM »
The Out is great, but there’s an argument that switching to a war story in the second book does a disservice to the hook presented at the end of the first. But I still love it.

I’ve heard complaints that Brink’s talking heads don’t forward the plot, but this is incorrect. In each episode, even if there’s no shooty blam blam, things have happened and a-forward we are indeed moving. It’s a masterful exercise in slow burn comic suspense, and I would say unique in 2000 AD’s history.

Both excellent, both with great art that supports the story, both modern classics. Difficult to get a razor between them.

Brink

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Books & Comics / War Stories
« on: 16 August, 2022, 07:54:45 AM »
I was reading The Unwomanly Face of War (by Svetlana Alexievich), which is about the experiences of Russian women serving either in the armed forces or as partisans or in the equivalent of MASH units during WWII. It’s often difficult, bleak stuff, as perhaps you may imagine.

Some of the anecdotes made me think they’d be good in a Garth Ennis war comic. Then I read one bit that *was* in one of his comics and that I’d never quite believed could be true - about a combat medic chewing off the remaining tendons that were holding on an otherwise disembodied arm, in order that she could then take the wounded man off the field.

Maybe these are the statues of war we should be building instead of glorious soldiers fearlessly advancing.

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General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 15 August, 2022, 10:12:12 PM »
Lawless is all kinds of delightful, and by gosh I can drink in the art anyday. It's cleverly plotted, the characters are well-rounded, it just feels like such a lived-in story.

But you know, all those things are true of Firekind as well.

Lawless has the advantage of mutiple story arcs, often doing very different things, where Firekind only had the chance to tell one story. And yes, there's that extra-length musical episode, not to mention at least one amzing blow-by-blow all-about combat battle action episode.
Firekind for me has one very special advantage, which is squeezing in some proper sci-fi antrhopology, with its close investiagtion of the Gennians, their mythology, their sex lives, and indeed the way that Larsen interacts with it all. Lawless has the Zhind, but that's mostly for plot-pushing, and some interesting things to say about robot theology, but that's more cursory rather than head-on.

I think just for John Smith and Paul Marshall's ambition of realising a wholly unique type of science fiction story, and a convincing alien world, I'm going Firekind.

This is a very compelling argument - Firekind really is an excellent thrill. You’ve almost swayed me off my original course. The part keeping me on the side of Lawless is the deep characterization of the side characters. Where I’m in awe of the spectacle of Firekind it’s the human moments in Lawless, and, in particular, the ups and downs of Nerys Pettifer, that win my vote. She’s just so very real.

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General / Re: FFT Round 5 Round-Up
« on: 15 August, 2022, 04:07:19 PM »
That list of losers is a list of great thrills.

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General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 15 August, 2022, 07:36:06 AM »
For making a musical version in their spare time because they love it so much: Lawless.

Firekind is also excellent.


P.S. Thanks for using the 2kstages site, Colin. You don't need permish!

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It's better than that?

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Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 14 August, 2022, 12:28:35 PM »
Hope you get to a doctor, Shark. My personal experience with nagging knee pain is that I should have done something about it before I ended up injuring myself quite badly.

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General / Re: Showing Meg covers in Barney by year
« on: 13 August, 2022, 08:26:28 PM »
If you're trying to figure out which Megs belong to which year I can tell you that, but next week cos I'm on vacation from my spreadsheets. Or you could reverse engineer that info from the Dredd pages on the 2kstages site.

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Events / Frank Quitely at the Hunterian
« on: 13 August, 2022, 08:21:59 PM »
The Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow has an interesting wee exhibit by Frank Quitely, including a production video. It's about a whisky box he's illustrated. Worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood.

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 13 August, 2022, 03:47:01 PM »
Regular readers of this thread should be made aware that this month's Fortean Times- out today- has a cover and interior feature about Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

From the cover: "The multi million selling gamebooks that sparked a moral panic and became a cultural phenomenon." Also with an Ian Livingston interview.

SBT

Thanks for the tip. Good article.

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Survival Geeks is the best comedy thrill in the prog.

Nikolai Dante

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Anderson is very good, sometimes excellent. Often, though, the character works best in a supporting role in Dredd. Like in Dark Justice.

Zenith is one of the best multi-part series the prog's ever published.

Zenith, even though, at this stage of the competition we're deciding between excellence and excellence.

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