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Aw, no! What a draw! Lot of love for both of these strips.

I think 13 is just going to edge it for me; wish we'd had a bit more of it. The phrase 'Tits like God's own earmuffs' has never quite left me.

Mungo Gallowgrass - Adventures with my codpiece

I'm plaigarising myself! 'Confessions of a Baebe Magnet' is a much better title, too.

Mean Team isn't even the best Belardinelli strip with a talking cat.


Mungo Gallowgrass - Adventures with my codpiece

I'm a bit baffled by the continued renaissance of Helltrekkers. I mean... it's fine. I've had some issues with Stickleback occasionally, but it wins this match-up.

Wow. A couple of draws have surprised me, but to see the (IMO) terrible Mean Team hold up against Firekind... is genuinely baffling…

Never bet against nostalgia...

Ro-Busters has bags of charm, but is a bit all over the place. The likes of Terra-Meks and Rise and Fall... are bona fide classics, but there's some painfully juvenile stuff (particularly among the Starlord run), some weak characterisation and it's artistically schizophrenic.

Okay, ABC Warriors has had some highs and lows of its own - but what highs! And however the series, the characters themselves are all-time British comic classics.

Those seven pages of Mean Team's first episode are a masterclass in storytelling: peerless world building; multiple character sketches; team hierarchy explained; Bad Jack's motivation hinted at; a full semi final that shows us rules of play then a phenomenal ("Now pick up the flag and let's hit the showers") cliff hanger.


Wagner/Grant pull the same trick with Ace Trucking. By the end of the first episode, you know the whole set-up and have a pretty good (if rough) idea of every respective character.

Regend writers ought to take note.

General / Re: Button Man movie has already been released
« on: 27 June, 2022, 12:38:51 PM »
'Button Man' is a slang term for hired killer - you'd struggle to copyright it.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Dandridge vs. VCs Rd 3 Heat 57
« on: 27 June, 2022, 12:34:05 PM »
Dandridge doesn't deserve a shut-out. The only shame is that it seems to have been discontinued just as it was building up a good head of steam. I really liked the world that Worley was building.

General / Re: Hivemind query - anyone recognise this story?
« on: 26 June, 2022, 08:30:46 AM »
He’s since said his timing is probably wrong but that he strongly remembers Dredd using his bike to spear the big EOLM baddy.

Isn't that the single episode 'Firepower' by Ennis and MacNeil?

Yep, definitely.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 June, 2022, 09:27:30 PM »
Updated list - though this doesn't really change too much.

111 - Strontium Dog: Repo Men
112 - ABC Warriors 7
113 - ABC Warriors 8
114 - Strontium Dogs 1
115 - Strontium Dogs 2
116 - Strontium Dogs 3
117 -
118 - Mean Arena 1
119 - Mean Arena 2
120 -
121 - Cradlegrave
122 - Brass Sun 1
123 - Brass Sun 2
124 - The Returners
125 -
126 - Finn 1
127 - Finn 2
128 -
129 -
130 - Ro-Busters 1
131 - Ro-Busters 2
132 - Rogue Trooper: War Machine
133 -
134 - Revere
135 - Samantha Slade
136 - The Fall of Deadworld
137 - Sin/Dex 4
138 - Sin/Dex 5
139 - Sin/Dex 6
140 - Sin/Dex 7

Only 6 gaps left, and we know that the following 4/5 are coming:

Devlin Waugh
Leviathan (probably twinned with Necronauts)

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 24 June, 2022, 12:35:21 PM »

Having now played roughly a third of the gamebooks that I own (thanks to this thread), here’s a recap. What do we learn from this? Er... nothing revelatory. I need to get better at winning the things, that’s for certain – though in fairness I ‘ve not cheated once, and generally only attempt one playthrough per book, whether that means death or completion. Perhaps there’s a slight reptilian bias to the creatures that have killed me, but I don’t really seem to have made any obvious nemeses yet. Onward!

It's always a bit surprising when I find myself voting against the Wizard of Northampton, but I have to give this one to The Fall of Deadworld, a darkly compulsive saga that I recently binged for the first time when I got the three hardbacks for my birthday. Proving that the Dark Judges are not played-out has-beens is...not nothing, by any means.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 24 June, 2022, 11:48:17 AM »
What a great write-up! You've inspired me to give Sorcery! another go (although I'll still try WoT first as it's new to me).  What was the reason it lost half a point?

The only real fault for me (and this may have been entirely a result of my missing the relevant encounters) is that the Sansas/Vik plots didn't seem to be resolved. I thought at least one of them was being set up as the 'big bad' of the game, but I eventually left Khare having never met either one. Felt a bit unsatisying, after so much careful seeding of their plots.

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