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Prog / Re: Prog 2259 - Jurassic Shark
« on: 28 November, 2021, 09:47:11 AM »
Scott Ian isn't the lead singer of Anthrax! For shame!
Otherwise this is cool. Looking forward to the next episode of the story very much.

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Other Reviews / Re: Flesh: Midnight Cowboys
« on: 26 November, 2021, 11:19:06 AM »
Totally agree on this. I didn't have many good memories of Flesh, but I also picked up the Hachette volume and enjoyed the McKay drawn era far more than I remembered the first time around. Revisited the Progs for Midnight Cowboys and it's pretty good stuff for the most part and looks awesome.
McKay's art drops off a bit for Badlanders - I'm pretty sure I read that he had some issues during that time? but I would also like to see them collected in some way.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2259 - Jurassic Shark
« on: 26 November, 2021, 09:56:23 AM »
Thats fantastic. Tazio Bettin has some pages from the previous Dexter series on his instagram in black and white and I think they look much smarter - I'd quite like to see him do a full series in b&w, something gritty and violent like Savage or Defoe, which were outstanding without colour.

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Announcements / Re: New Judge Dredd action figure line to launch in 2022
« on: 24 November, 2021, 05:10:15 PM »
Dredd looks bad to me - not sure if it's the angle of the picture but his whole head seems totally off and I think he has more than a whiff of Cal's fake Dredds about him. Death looks good though.

I like the look of the ED-209 on the site Colin linked!

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Funnily enough I read The Visible Man last night and there is virtually no story there at all.
Not read Tax Consultant so not voting, but it can't be that great if Visible Man is better.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 24 November, 2021, 09:28:28 AM »


Wow.  I congratulate you!

I have only read seven books from the series in the last eight years.  From what I've read I'd agree with your combined assessments on them.  I haven't even got to the dregs, yet.  That being said, The First Heretic can't be particularly good if I keep forgetting I read it.  The melodrama manages the accomplishment of being simultaneously weak and over-blown.  They are all over-written and bloated.  Most of the ones I read should have been books the third of the length.  There seemed to be a theme of pointless tangents that go on forever.  Frankly, if I wasn't a fan of the setting I wouldn't bother with them.

I intend on reading the Eisenhorn books at some point as I've heard they are the best 40K books.

Cheers Pictsy! I'm afraid First Heretic is edging towards being one of the better books in the series imo - at least in that Aaron Dembski-Bowden can write a decent story. You're 100% right in that it is a bloated book though and that the melodrama doesn't work at all.
The Eisenhorn books are alright - they don't suffer from the need to cram in a load of bland stoic space marines - but the bar isn't set very high!

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Another vote here for Ulysses Sweet. Very hit and miss but I think when it hit, it hit. The first story is surprisingly funny and I was very amused by the callback where the bloke got squashed by a whale in the first Guy Adams tale.

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Diaboliks for me too.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 23 November, 2021, 01:56:06 PM »
Top man Wolfie and good luck! Great summary there that sums things up far better than I could. There's a lot of terrible things happen in these books, but very little emotional impact or depth, to the point where very few things have much impact or depth. How far have you got?
I too am a Virgo btw.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 23 November, 2021, 11:27:50 AM »
Whilst awaiting a delayed train this morning I finally finished the Horus Heresy. That's a whopping 54 books (I know the series morphs into The Siege of Terra at this point, but I need a break to read other things so that'd where I'm stopping)

I thought this would be a fun challenge at the start of lockdown last March to read them all - obviously I failed at getting them all done during lockdown, but I could have got a lot closer had I not stopped for a few breaks due to it becoming such a relentless slog, at one point pausing to read six Harry Harrison books. In fairness the series isn't meant to be read back to back, but it does highlight the flaws in the series - overlong, stuffed with bland characters and needless descriptions of fighting and some very dubious plotting. The main failing is simply the quality of writing: of the 54 books I'd say about a third were good, a third average and the remainder a mix of lacklustre to outright dreadful.

That said the 40k lore is really good, and the overall arc is a good one. The characters of the Primarchs have this pseudo-Shakesperean setup where they're super awesome but possessed of a fatal flaw that brings them down, giving the series as a whole the feel of tragedy, just one a bit ineptly handled. In the downside, almost everyone is the series is a truly terrible person, so it's pretty unrelenting stuff.

I'd liken the experience to eating one of those man vs food style meal challenges where you get a certificate or a prize at the end: at the start it looks fun and full of delicious stuff you enjoy, but the reality of it is one monster slog of unenjoyment and at the end you feel tired and bloated and sluggish from it all.

Anyway, I'm off to read something that doesn't have any chainswords in it.

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Just when you think Skip Tracer was bad, this vote crops up. Brit Cit Brute is appalling.
Let's go SKIP TRACER!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2259 - Jurassic Shark
« on: 22 November, 2021, 03:04:59 PM »
Finished the Prog over lunch and here's my quick thoughts. First off, this is a fantastic cover although the Jurassic Shark text has gone for a slightly transparent yellow (as opposed to the images above where it's opaque) and I don't think it looks good. Great image though and I'd really like to see more Bettin in the Prog.

Dredd  has no Dredd at all but it does have Sensitive Klegg. Hugely enjoyable opener with a ridiculous premise and the promise of stuff going terribly wrong. There's a lot of easter eggs / nods to things both real world and Dreddworld in the art - it's lovely.

Diaboliks Hateful people fight each other, moving on...

Dexter The dinosaur stuff is great but it has the drag factor of a story which no longer engages me. Less talking and more fighting would be an improvement here. Tazio Bettin's dinos look fantastic and there's a frame here at the top of the second page that just awesomely captures the movement of the attack.

Scarlet Traces All talking this episode, not a huge amount to comment on beyond that as it's all about what came before and comes after.

The Out The story gets serious - it's all talk again and it seriously shakes things up, once again in an unpredictable fashion. This is excellent all the way through.

Good Prog!

Is anybody buying a hideous Dredd Christmas jumper?

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Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2020
« on: 22 November, 2021, 02:02:03 PM »
My best purchase of the weekend:




I've ordered some of this online, is it any good?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2259 - Jurassic Shark
« on: 22 November, 2021, 09:26:39 AM »
I got the riff on the Bodycount album cover but couldn't get the other one. Lovely artwork!

My Prog just arrived and that Bodycount album cover is fantastic, right down to his little Klegg abs. Put this on a poster or a shirt please Tharg!*

The other pastiche is Public Enemys Fear of a Black Planet.

*I'm sure there's a target audience of ten or maybe even twelve other people who love Kleggs and Bodycount and would also buy this!

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News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 19 November, 2021, 02:49:26 PM »
Looks like thats me back on the Meg for 2022 then.

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