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So quiet here BUT one again we're not going to get a shut out - which I love, we've not had one today in this tourney. So get ya votes in today and I'll count up in the morning.

Final reminder to vote on this one. Get them in today and I'll count up in the morning.


Oh this one was close. And maybe a little surprising. As while Tax Consultant has always come in for flack the creative team of Wagner and Gibson carries considerable weight behind it and Visible Man is an utterly curious story. That said its also a really great curious story and the weight of expectation of that creative team drags down the result of its work in the case of the story here. And so I'm personally really pleased to say

Visible Man

Is into Round 2.


It wasn't too close in the end. Which is prehaps surprising as to me Joe Black is a slight and inconsequentcial aside. While Ulysses was an amusing slight and inconsequential aside, that lead to quite a fun revival... but ya pays ya money and takes ya choice. And

Joe Black

Is into Round 2

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 26 November, 2021, 09:29:39 PM »

On the Outs

This is a very hard post for me to type.

Very hard.

Long term readers of my nonsense will be well aware of my love of Sinister Dexter. As many have drifted from their warm and charming murdeous embrace, I've seen the golden, bullet riddled glow is still there. The recent run with Steve Yeowell has seen the strip storm back to its very finest form, and its not as if it was bowed low before that raise. Its just got better.

Then Bulletopia hit and all the issues of timing killing momentum, that others, not me, OTHERS have rolled out struck me. In this instance it was right. Why now.

Well The Moses War (just to sight an example) was perfectly structured to support the story in short stories that built to the greater whole. Dabnett and Williams (and others as they came) handled it brilliantly. Giving you what you needed to read each tale in isolation, reward the long term reader with a steadily building epic. So it did kinda fumble the ending, rush to the line as if Dabnett got word of the disatisfaction and decided he needed to move on.

So move on he did. And well. Starting to skillfully craft a new reality for them, while respecting, playfully the old.

The Bulletopia.

Bulletopia is structured differently. Bulletopia is a story designed to be presented as a single epic (well I say that I of course mean from my reading, I have no idea of Dabnett's intent). Its about desperation, fleeing and horrible last stand. The ultimate example of our deadly duo having their worst moments when seperated. Its needs drive and focus and attention to build the sense of danger and awful flight... instead we get













And that sinks it. SUCH a shame. This time. I have no doubt that the series will continue, will re-find its feet. I just hope whatever factors are needed are allowed to happen to give it what it needs. That's not happened with this story. We must move on...

... except this exposes another issue we will have to face together. As Self Absorb melds into NuYNWA its becoming harder and harder for the YNWAs to seperate themselves, for Self Absorbed to not be Nu and bound by Nu's thoughts. Here this problem is exposed.

In Prog 2185 Carrie said

'We think the rogue A.I. is about twenty two years old.'

Now that's a very specific reference. 22 years, not 20, not about 20, 22. Now while S&D doesn't move in a Dredd style year for year basis, this story is meta enough (I think) to have normally sent me flying back to the S&D stories of 1998 to see what hints this was leading to... or whether I was over reading... either way I should have been flying back.

I didn't. I acknowledged that I should... but I didn't and that's a sure sign that NuYNWA's disenfranchised feelings for this story are crushing Self-Absorbs YNWA's ability to view afresh.

The end is near...

Other Reviews / Re: Flesh: Midnight Cowboys
« on: 26 November, 2021, 09:06:47 PM »
I really enjoyed McKay's art on the latter day Flesh stories, but Midnight Cowboys is for me where the Millsian drum beating starts... starts to drown out the fun. Its still fun, but it starts to creak under the weight of Millsian Dogma. Such a shame and Flesh could be such unburdened fun, with a sharp a pointy underbelly donw right... and it has been done right so the model is there!

jeez there's a pattern here, colin. forget the romance of the cup - this preliminary round is often the purgatory that exists between the devil and the deep blue sea.

I know what you mean, the counter though is how often do we get to reflect on these 'lesser' strip. We talk about Dredd, his figure, board game, telly shows (ahem) all day. Its good* to consider the lesser light, to remember unsung thrill that make 2000ad the variety pack it is. Hey we can't appreciate how good the highs are, unless we embrace the lows!

*Well okay not always good!

Not quite sure which way this is going to be honest, looks close, so could we get a Wagner + Gibson strip to fall in the 1st round, strange to type, but seems very possible. I'll count up and tell you in the morning.

Just a day to go, which do you prefer the adventures if a Rat or a psycho for hire. Vote today and I'll count up in the morning.


No real surprise here, for all my issues with Deadlock, that I have to say don't seem echoed in many of the comments here, it was always going to take this one. An exciting epilogue to one of 2000ad's corner stone strips was set up to topple a character that seems to be forgotten by many. So


makes it into Round 2.


Let's see if I can get this right this morning. The late comeback that started early yesterday morning just didn't get the momentum to turn this one and Roger's Mum couldn't course an upset... what Brit-Cit brute, oh that go rightly tanked!

Skip Tracer

Is into Round 2

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 25 November, 2021, 03:42:08 PM »
Is this 'Joe Pineapples: Tin Man' Pat Mills' swansong for 2000ad? I cannot remember if he said that he was potentially open to returning to the comic to complete his unfinished stories??

He's mused on what he would do to end things, so I remember folks post tweets refering to Savage and ABCs. So certainly doesn't seem to have entirely closed the door. So its possible I guess. Whether it happens, well...

Events / Re: Jocks team up 45th anniversary?
« on: 25 November, 2021, 02:31:06 PM »
Hey, I was suggesting the 5th. That's good progress for us, right?

But you'll all be down in Sheffield celebrating my 50th on 5th Feb... won't you... I mean you have got the surprised party planned... right...

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 November, 2021, 10:57:01 AM »
I keep hoping Shadows will be reprinted somewhere sometime. I’ve never laid eyes on it.

Its baffling its never been reprinted, its great. Surely it must have somewhere... Barney says not, which if correct is really weird?

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 November, 2021, 09:48:02 AM »
Also -is there anything that would pair with Bix Barton?

Now there's a challenge!
You could go for a Jim McCarthy collection, and bundle Bix with the Grudge Father and Kid Cyborg - a volume that would get precisely one buyer - me!

Or just maybe you could go for a 'Tales of English Weirdness' volume and pair up Bix Barton with other comedy stories that rely on understanding super British cultural references, from Carry On Films to Rugby and Cricket. So maybe Armoured Gideon, London Falling (not really a comedy), Time Flies (trying to be funny...), probably loads of Future Shocks.

Or on second thought, purely themnatically/stylistically, Bix Barton might pair quite nicely with Dandridge, and those two together rack up a decent page count.

How about Dandridge?

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