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I do love that first series of Fiends but even that one isn't a patch on Halo Jones.

General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - The Out vs Brink - Heat 02
« on: 16 August, 2022, 09:15:50 AM »
A cruel choice, but it has to be Brink, if only on the grounds that it has had so much more of a chance to prove itself, and has never been found wanting. The Out has been great, twice, and arguably even more inaginative than Brink, but twice is not as many as five times, not even half as many.

Comparing the two does make me wonder if Dabnett was starting to feel the claustrophobia of Brink himself, and was pushing for an outlet where everything was wide open spaces and freedom of movement. Therapy through writing!

General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 16 August, 2022, 09:12:09 AM »
Oh by gosh yes, Nerys Pettifer is an all-time great character, every new episode I'm holding out hope that she gets a win! Not many comics where you tune in regularly just to keep abreast of the emotional state of one character! (And frankly this is true of Metta "Lawson" too).

General / Re: FFT Round 5 Round-Up
« on: 16 August, 2022, 09:07:18 AM »
I'd totally forgotten about the previous vote for Top Thrill - thanks for the reminder.
Fascinating to see how this Tourney version has shaken things out quite differently already: the old top 20 had 5 Wagner thrills in it, to no-one's surprise. But here we are with just 1 left!

Megazine / Re: Meg 446: Royal Blood
« on: 15 August, 2022, 01:26:55 PM »
I think people are being a bit harsh on Death Cap. It was a bit meandering but the central idea, that the mushrooms that cause Grubb's disease are now more or less an indepenetn, semi-conscious life form that can bring its hosts into some sort of communal mind-space is a VERY cool sci-fi concept.

And I like the way this story is using the Cursed Earth setting to do something with the concept of the Climate Crisis as it actually is in our world, compared to a different kind of Climate Crisis where much of the world has been ravaged by nuclear war.

There is some evidence, based on e.g. Chernobyl fallout, that rendering large places SO unihabitable by humans that they are genuinely untouched for decades, is actaully GOOD for them, in terms of allowing nature to build itself back up. And if it does so by evolving mind-parasitic mushrooms, so much the better for the planet and the worse for humans.

Mind, the actual text of Death Cap doesn't go into this stuff so much as it focuses on revenge and motherhood, but the times when it came close to all this I liked it a LOT.

What I'm saying is, someone ask Tom Eglington to work on a Sci Fi Thistlebone.

General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 15 August, 2022, 12:36:32 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.

General / Re: FFT Round 5 Round-Up
« on: 15 August, 2022, 11:29:40 AM »
Only 16 thrills left in the Tourney now! Surely that means all of them are all-time classics...?
Some stats for you:

Very few creators with multiple contenders.
Dan Abnett still going strong with 5 thrills to show for himself
Pat Mills on 3
-but all other writers only have 1 left each. Pity poor Gordon Rennie, just two rounds earlier he was top dog but now totally eliminated  :o

King Carlos is top of the artists, with 3 left to his name (I'd forgottten last time that he had significant runs on ABC Warriors, as well as of course Fiends and Stront)
Beyond that there are a handful with two credits to their name, but not in a significant way, really (lots of folksd have had a go at Sinister Dexter, and even early Nikolai Dante after all). Probably the man with the most at stake is Kev O'Neill, co-creator of both Nemesis the Warlock and the ABC Warriors.

The balance of old vs new thrills is still 50/50, by my reckoning.
That's counting SinDex and Dante as 'new', and coutning Fiends of the Eastern Front as both old AND new, since people are kind of voting for all three iterations.

Almost all thrills at this point have had LONG runs spanning mutiple books and years. Firekind the obvious exception, but also Halo Jones and The Out (what, they're similar to each other??) are, so far, only spanning 2 years of Prog time.
To use one random cut-off, I've noticed that there are exactly 8 thrills that enjoyed runs of longer than 10 years, squaring off against another 8 that didn't / haven't had that longevity. Is quantity going to beat quality? Have any thrills managed to maintain high quality over such a long time?

Let's found out in Round 6...

General / Re: FFT Round 5 Round-Up
« on: 15 August, 2022, 11:21:12 AM »

General / FFT Round 5 Round-Up
« on: 15 August, 2022, 11:20:17 AM »
Final scores from the latest round of the Tourney, LOTS of heavy hitters have fallen...

I dunno - I think Rogue worked when he was, in theory, wandering an entire planet lokoing for clues to find someone he wanted serious revenge against, getting caught up in war stuff as and when it interfered.

It makes sense that he's programmed to follow a mission, so when that mission ended he couldn't just wander aimlessly. And no writer ever found a convincing mission for him, until they went the flashback route.

The very opening run of Dante was a real treat in the Prog. Simon Fraser's art felt unlike anything else, so bright and colourful, and the story was just wild and weird. There was the promise of some ENORMOUS, sprawling epic going on. Of course we'd never get that epic, because new thrills in the 90s just came and went after like 2 or 3 outings at best. But Dante kept on coming back, and being good, and earning the right to take long breaks, to change tones a couple of times.

Survival Geeks dared to be funny, and then keep on being funny, with room for a bit of poignant character stuff, and loads of great Geekster eggs in the artwork. But it's not comparable to the moster that is

The Adventures of Nikolai Dante

From Z to A, it's Anderson all the way.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Brass Sun vs. Savage Rd 5 Heat 14
« on: 11 August, 2022, 11:01:55 AM »
Yeah, an impossible job for Tharg to prioritise when your artist is now working flat out on an even better, more profitable thrill, and your writer has so many ideas stuck in his head he ends up churning out too many new series to quite get around to tidying up the old ones! Especially when he constructs a perfectly beautiful ending for Scarlet Traces and then goes a page further, pointing to a whole new series for that story...

Mr Campbell, are you perchance getting ambiguous mixed up with amphibious? Or am I missing a joke somewhere..?

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 11 August, 2022, 10:53:49 AM »
Quite possibly the worthiest use of a person's lifetime that I can imagine. Hats off!

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