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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 October, 2021, 01:45:01 PM »
I suspect Revere and Cradlegrave will end up as two volumes, paired with Slaughterbowl and A Love Like Blood respectively.

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Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 10 October, 2021, 02:17:28 PM »
Also, would that be two former 2009ad scriptbots whom Kek-W & Lew Stringer are taking a poke at there in Wiz War?

Wiz War's been around since 1968 so it's probably just a coincidence.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 October, 2021, 01:12:06 PM »
The cover for 109 Tyranny Rex is up at the hachette site. The credits list is just the artists from the prog issues, but the page count gives me hope we'll get the special stories too.

The page count is more than enough to cover all the special strips and makes me wonder if they might squeeze the text stories in as well.

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Missed opportunity on the cover - we could have had this masterpiece
http://www.2000ad.org/functions/cover.php?choice=BO2K109&Comic=reprints

Hopefully it appears somewhere inside the book.

That's a great cover and does so much more to convey the feeling of the stories than the one they've gone for, which is technically fine but makes the book look like breezy action adventure rather than something mainly about a) suppurating, corruptible flesh and b) nuns.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 October, 2021, 08:42:03 AM »
Is there some sort of embargo on reprinting Alan McKenzie's stuff? Granted we've had the Luke Kirby collection from Rebellion, though that might be a case of them needing to assert ownership. Apart from that the only work of his that I recall seeing back in print is the first series of Universal Soldier which ended up in the Sci-Fi Thrillers book a few years ago.

If there's no restriction on his work, I can't understand how we haven't seen Brigand Doom show up in a floppy or the Ultimate Collection yet.

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Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 21 September, 2021, 09:04:53 PM »
Is this going to be a more traditional take on The Leopard from Lime St. than we saw in The Vigilant?

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 19 September, 2021, 01:14:29 PM »
Hey remember the days when a megaepic was a megaepic and not dripfed to us like the current downlode story is?

i miss those days

Remember how everyone used to bitch about how long Tom Tully could string out a storyline for?

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 18 September, 2021, 10:26:58 AM »
True. Whatever happened to that Milligan and Dayglo strip: The Underground Railroad?

The Devils Railroad not sure but it looks like it has disappeared in obscurity

If I read my notes right it was promoted as a Thrills of the Future back in Prog 2122 in the spring of 2019. I'm getting that early 1990s vibe when stories like Kola Kommandos and Firekind would turn up years after Tharg started promoting them (hopefully this will be more like the latter than the former).

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 September, 2021, 09:01:43 PM »
i can confirm to the shock of noone that the order does indeed contain the first four stories and two rather surprising revelations that i did not know about. the first is book six is gonna be in the prog by the end of this year

Given what's already been previewed for the next couple of months, there's not really space for an extended (10ish part) run between Prog 2250 and the end of the year, so I presume this going to start in Tharg's bumper pre-Christmas special prog?

Also, yay!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 16 September, 2021, 08:56:30 PM »
It was stated at the end of the previous story that the bio-weapon only targets those with Souther heritage.

That's where I got the impression from then.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 15 September, 2021, 07:21:04 PM »
Here's what I'm not sure of on this one: the Kali virus is some kind of flesh-eating biological weapon that the Southers are desperate to stop, but... isn't Nu-Earth already loaded with stuff like this? How is this worse than all the other awful stuff the Norts and Southers are throwing at each other? I assumed it was going to work through containment suits or something.

I get the impression it might be something that's engineered to target Southers specifically.

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Anyway, as per last week this is grim stuff and evil Atalia is very evil here. I hope, going forward, she remains a complex character rather than full on irredeemable villain - or failing that we have more from Klaur's perspective as he's an interesting character in his own right.

The whole thing feels far more mature and interesting than the "Durham Red kills innocent people now and that's fine, it makes her edgy" kerfuffle from earlier this year.

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Other Reviews / Re: Firekind
« on: 09 September, 2021, 01:40:21 PM »
I love Firekind but I love it better in collected form than I did reading it episodically back in 1993.


For a start, the pages should be in the correct order ;-)
As I say, I wasn't concentrating on it enough even before Tharg forgot to publish an episode. I suspect I just processed it as "this is where we are now, just keep reading".

It is annoying that it happened to a story that requires the reader to pay attention rather than to, say, 'Purgatory'.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2248 - Death Wish
« on: 08 September, 2021, 01:46:22 PM »
Oh goodie, Skip Tracer has extended scenes of characters quoting Shakespeare at each other, in the way that bog standard American TV series do when they think they're being profound.

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Other Reviews / Re: Firekind
« on: 05 September, 2021, 10:37:45 AM »
That's how it is in the Ultimate Collection edition. I don't have the Extreme edition any more and I may be misremembering but I think it reproduced all of the captioning from Prog 840 on the first page.

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Other Reviews / Re: Firekind
« on: 05 September, 2021, 09:26:27 AM »
I love Firekind but I love it better in collected form than I did reading it episodically back in 1993. It turned up around the time I was beginning to lose focus on 2000AD. It had been a fairly scrappy read for months beforehand and while there was a big and welcome upswing in quality with Prog 828 it was hard to shake off the habits I'd got into during the doldrums. So I was often speed reading on trains or during downtime at college and that's not an ideal way to follow something as involved as Firekind, even before Tharg went and missed out an episode.

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Other Reviews / Re: Firekind
« on: 04 September, 2021, 07:04:06 PM »
The art by Paul Marshall is good and I think this was his first work for the house of Tharg.

Not quite. He'd done some Future Shocks and a couple of Dredds a few years earlier. Given how far in advance Firekind was being plugged in the Nerve Centre, I can imagine he was putting a lot of time and effort into the strip... and it looks it.

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