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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 18 August, 2022, 11:07:30 AM »
Yes but I'd also expect vol2 to pick up where vol1 left off. From the page count and the statement that Portrait is in vol1 it looks like this won't be a complete chronological run but a cherry-picked best of.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 18 August, 2022, 08:22:07 AM »
The first volume of SD in the Ultimate Collection started at the first prog story, Galaxy Killers, and ran up to The Doc Quince Case. That was 202 pages of stri, so the book will have been a bit larger once you include title pages and intro. To get to the end of Potrait you'd need roughly another 100 pages. So either the page count on amazon is off by 100 pages or this isn't a complete run.


General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 16 August, 2022, 12:19:39 PM »
I'd love to vote Firekind and keep John Smith in the tourney (he seems to have had a hard time of it) but I don't think I can vote for it over Lawless. The MC volume was the thing that got me buying the Meg and it's the series that ensures I keep that sub so...

General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - The Out vs Brink - Heat 02
« on: 16 August, 2022, 09:11:46 AM »
The Out is superb stuff but if I have to pick one then it's got to be Brink. I was very happy when this got included in the UC.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 August, 2022, 12:54:42 PM »
How is Blunt overall? Skipped over the 2nd and 3rd series as the first had already finished by the time I started picking up the meg. I’ve really enjoyed Eglington’s work on other series but a fairly recent Dredd-verse meg series feels like a weird inclusion for the collection.

Like you I missed series one but I did read 2 and 3 when they were in the Meg. From what I've read it seemed fine if not mind blowing. I suspect, much like Returners, it'll read better collected than it did serialised monthly. I suspect the reason for inclusion might be more down to wanting to get a series illustrated by Boo Cook into the collection. His art adorns the spines of every volume but up til now has rarely been on the pages (from my notes looks like just a single ABC Warriors story). Harry Kipling would be too short for a volume so I guess Blunt was the obvious choice.

Just finished both this months books. Samantha Slade really does fall off the rails in the last story. Sinister Dexter on the other hand nicely resets the status quo ready to head into the next arc. Can't wait for the next volume, looking at Barney looks like that's going to be mostly Anthony Williams on art duties which is fine with me.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 August, 2022, 07:19:12 PM »
Books arrived yesterday and I've been off work sick today. As a consequence I've been tearing through vol5 of Sinister Dexter. It really is superb stuff. Malone is very well played and I can imagine the reveal was quite the twist when it originally ran. It still works well even published as part of the collection (although clearly the twist is a bit of a foregone conclusion). Then that's followed up with some gritty prison drama and a top notch prison break. It's top shelf thrills all the way. This would make a great Netflix series.

I've been interspersing episodes of Samantha Slade to try and keep thrillpower levels in check.  I'm hating it less than I expected. The art is great so far (although from the intro I'm expecting that to drop off soonish). Some of the gags aren't all that funny but the story moves at a pace is isn't boring. It's not as good as Robo-hunter at it's best (Verdus, Farewell) but it's way better than Robo-hunter at it's worst (Football Crazy).

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 11 August, 2022, 08:19:30 AM »
It feels very hypocritical coming from a man who hounded his predecessor for evidence of his birth place and built a his campaign on "her emails".  Pot meet kettle.

No question it's Dante. Not to say I didn't enjoy Survival Geeks - I did it's great and I had been holding out for a volume in the UC (doesn't look like that'll happen now alas). But Dante is in a different league.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Brass Sun vs. Savage Rd 5 Heat 14
« on: 11 August, 2022, 08:07:45 AM »
Going to go with the "which would I rather see more of" and that's undoubtebly Brass Sun. Love Savage for all it's gritty violence but Brass Sun stands out as something different in the prog where gritty violence is a bit of a given

Kingdom. It's far more consistent than Rogue which for every great moment has some meh.

Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 09 August, 2022, 11:26:26 AM »
Finished the series last night. Really enjoyed it. Hoping they manage to keep it running, seems to be popular so that's a good sign at least.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Skizz vs. ABC Warriors Rd 5 Heat 12
« on: 09 August, 2022, 11:09:34 AM »
Skizz is great but ABC Warriors is the clear winner here

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