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Books & Comics / Re: Cinebooks
« on: 24 September, 2021, 11:48:35 AM »
Just read the whole of Red Baron...  It's an absolute wonderful comic and I can't recommend it enough.

COR! Just had a Google, and that does indeed look gorgeous. Thanks for the heads up, Colin. 👍

Two-Faced Terror was the first appearance of a gronk, wasn't it?  Not to mention the Smiling Chukwalla.

Not a Gronk, but the Gronk. Also the first time that Alpha goes up against one of his own kind.

General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 23 September, 2021, 11:19:26 AM »
Fiends of the Eastern Front — arguably GFD's best series, certainly in terms of consistency of tone and absence of 'out there' elements tossed into the mix (eg: Disco Rogue from Fort Neuro).

Even then, there's still a few! Hans Schmitt's drawing of the 10 silhouettes in the basement before he dies is nonsensical, in best GFD fashion.

Other Reviews / Re: Dredd: The Complete Case Files
« on: 22 September, 2021, 11:32:57 AM »
... it's only when a change o fart happens that I can even tell when one story has stopped and a new one has started...

Best typo ever?

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 September, 2021, 11:45:57 AM »
I'm stuck on Nemesis Book 3. Bloody John Hicklenton. Obviously a very visceral artist, but not a style that lends itself to telling comic strip stories, IMO. Not sure if the reproduction makes it even harder to work out wtf is going on. It's not that long ago I endured it on the Stront collection.

It's funny, but this era of Nemesis was a lot more readable in the phonebooks - probably because Book VII was in volume 2, Book VIII in volume 3. In the Ultimate Collection all the Hicklenton material ends up together under the same covers, and it really does make it a bit of a slog to get through.

Hicklenton was a great artist and clearly a force of nature, but I don't think comics were ever the right fit.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 18 September, 2021, 10:38:29 AM »

General / Re: Rage vs. Moses Incident - Bolt-01 Cup - Group 4 Game 1
« on: 16 September, 2021, 08:15:55 PM »
Rage is a bit rambling - almost picaresque. So I'm going for The Moses Incident, which hardly wastes a page.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 September, 2021, 04:03:16 PM »
That run of single episode appearences from the end of year specials must have been somewhat infuriating when it was in the prog though.

It wasn't quite as bad as it seems in the book; the first one-off, Sick Leave, originally ran between Absalom's first and second series.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 September, 2021, 11:08:09 AM »
Disappointing to see that Defoe is going to be one story short of the whole run. Colin MacNeil's name on the cover means we'll be getting Diehards but no mention of Stewart Kenneth Moore means no Divisor. And with just that 1 story left there's not going to be enough strip left to fill a book :( I guess they could do some mixed vo8lumes to tie up loose ends but I'm not going to bet on it. Shame.

The only way to include it all would have been to have two 'trilogy' books - all the Leigh Gallagher stuff - and then the two final, longer, series in a third volume. Maybe they thought three volumes was too much real estate to take up?

Hmm. Weerd Brothers and Gronks versus Nazis and Stixes. I think Shicklgruber Grab takes this one.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 September, 2021, 02:07:11 PM »
Maria Mendiola, singer of Yes Sir, I can Boogie.

General / Re: Outlaw vs Max Bubba - Bolt-01 Cup - Play-offs - Epic
« on: 09 September, 2021, 01:05:18 PM »
I'm not sure I enjoy either of these stories too much (while acknowledging their craft); both a bit too long and drawn-out. I think I'll go for Outlaw, on balance - it's mired deep in strontinuity, we get to meet lots of interesting stronts, and it's the last chance in the original series that the Gronk gets to shine.

Announcements / Re: Leading the Rebellion - coming August 2022
« on: 08 September, 2021, 12:53:28 PM »
I had a quick look around Barney and can't figure out when / what the computer game in question was, so apologies if my timeline is mixed up...

It was Wardog, and ironically enough the computer game was never released.

The Moses Incident.

Beast of Milton Keynes.

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