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Long tails, sagging middles and nice shorts - Spring 2005

Arh a nice long travel journey and not caring for a couple of stories mean that I've breezed through spring and of course have a few things to say.

1. Its been said before and I suspect in 10 years when I do my next re-read (don't hold me to that) the fall out from 'Total War' just works. Its feels appropriate and fitting for such a great story. Its long and really pulls out the key elements that needed or justified further exploration.

2. Its been said before that other 'Mega-Epics' would deserve such treatment.

3. Its been said before and no doubt I'll say it again 'Life's a Beach' is one of my favourite short form Sinister Dexter stories. Don't know why, its not especially smart, or brilliant - as they often can be, it just resonates with me. Sometimes its okay to just love something cos you do without having to over analyse.

4. Also see Nikolai Dante - Primal Screams.

5. I can barely bring myself to read Slaine anymore. I'm just no enjoying it on any level. I know this is seen as a return to form, but sometimes just as you can like something you can not get on with it as well.

6. Also see Bec and Kawl

7. In Prog 1437 Keith Richardson joins team.

8. Grennie is really building a strong storyline with Kazan clone and trying to undermine Dredd, but he's in danger of dragging things out too long and to far... and as I recall the story won't pay off, which will be a real shame if my addled memory isn't letting me down.

9. I really like American Gothic, its sharp fun and done. Its the third such self contained tale already so far this year - though I suspect Tiger Sun, Dragon Moon had planned to come back for me and I really think such stories work in the Prog and we don't get too often anymore. I don't think it'll be the last either.

10. In the specific American Gothic is just that. Its takes the greatest America trope the western, adds another american trope the pilgramage across the country and adds another American trope of the immigrants tale and adds some good old European folk monsters into that. Its really blends the elements well, doesn't over stay its welcome (in fact I'd have like it to of had a little longer to explore things) and has suitable baddies and daring do damned goodies. Its just brisk fun.

11. Mike Collins art work on the series fascinates me too. At times its just dark brooding and delightful. At times its slightly awkward and unclear with the blacks being jagged strangely not making things solid. When its great it reminds me of Klaus Janson (which I've said before I believe) but it can do that one panel but on the next it just does work for me. Looking at it I wonder if its been computer drawn and Mike Collins is experimenting with a new toy and that exploration lands on the page with both its sucesses and failures. I have no ideas at all if this is the case just a hunch.

12. I love NuVCs but do think Book 4 'Fight or Flight' is the weakest of the stories. Its good (so my saggy middle in the title is unfair... unless it was self referential as my middle is pretty saggy these days) it just lacks the grit and tone of the others. Still Anthony Williams on art is great and I think it more than recovers next time (again rubbish memory to be tested)

13. SHAKARA

14. SHAKARA

15. We get double Shakara TWICE (at least not read 1443 yet) and that's a joy on the eye and a thrill for the soul.

16. Prog 1443 is a sort of mini relaunch Prog pre 1450 (which I assume will be an actual relaunch Prog) which is annoying* as I don't know whether to go to a mini break now or wait...

*Well if that's what annoys me I've not many problems in my life have I!

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: Today at 04:04:06 pm »
Yep that is indeed good news. The introduction of Chimpsky was fantastic and give the mysterious Niemand's form (and of course PJ) I've little doubt this one will deliver on that in spades.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 17 February, 2020, 08:06:07 pm »
Yep that was excellent. This really has been the series of two halves. There is so much to tidy up though! Really intrigued to find out how they'll do it.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2169 - 43 Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears
« on: 15 February, 2020, 09:07:54 pm »
Has anyone else had a problem reading the RED on BLACK text in Feral & Foe?

I had to get a magnifying glass out!

Beat me to it, I was like reading 'Damage Report' from back in the day when it was grey against dark grey / black. Mind with a shift of the Prog to catch the light I could make it...

...and I've one other complaint. Which will be a bit Facebookie so I'll save it for the end. Cos its seems an absolute crime to moan about anything when the Prog is THIS good. I mean this run has been good. But by all that's thrillpowered this is a Prog and a half it really is. Its bloody amazing.

Okay so it could be said that Zaucer of Zilk has a slightly quieter Prog than normal. But since normal is quite superb and this is just a bit superb its silly to see that as a negative.

Feral and Foe has the very unfortunatel fate of having a real up swing and blood red on black aside its quite clear that this thrill is at its best when it has a Tank in it. The previous episodes with the Tank rose the level of fun to magic and this one does it again. With bonus soul sword for good measure and a wonderful twisty turn. Just brilliant... and yet only the fourth best thing in the Prog.

So a Keith Neimand and Tom Foster Dredd is going to fare better right... well yeah... but its still only the third best thing and its absolutely magnificent - I mean Kenny Who good. JUst fantastic to look at and christ whomever Neimand is he is perfect at Dredd. Just pitch perfect...

...So Proteus Vex then... well its close but no. I mean this is fantastic, absolutely Kirbyesque brilliant and Henry Flint is on absolute fire here its just out of this world and yet so solidly bound storytelling. Its sharp, witty, thrilling and crafted in a burning furnace of unfettered imagination. I adore this series and this is possibly the best episode to date.

And so OF COURSE that leaves us Brink - with crashes down into a schmaltz and twee, comfort blanket of a happy ending epilogue that mollifies what has gone before... bollocks and arse its does, OF COURSE it bloody doesn't ... except it kinda does... kinda its just Dabnett and INJ Culbard are so brilliant they make it work perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. This then is added to by the fact its has such a different tone and feel to what we are used to with this thrill it has like 262% more impactful (exactly 262%, not approximately, 262% or hyperbolically 262% actually measure with an impact-o-scope 262% more) than it would in any other series. Just when you think this wonderous series has given you all it can, has shown you all the delights it can possibly offer in five simple pages it lovingly slaps you across the face screaming I AM MORE THAN YOU CAN KNOW and leaves you with the greatest stinging cheek your life will ever know. By 262%

So the Facebookie complaint. Look I'm really please that Tharg has let Brink finish and I'm super glad we are getting these all ages issues this year, its a FANTASTIC thing. Its just a shame that the momentum will be lost from three absolutely fantastic thrills... or will they. Am I being too Facebookie (WE. DON'T. LIKE. CHANGE)? Will the break give me a different delight and then when these three thrills return I will have renewed vigour and anticipation for them?

Well lets find out shall we. Thing is Tharg has gone out on such a bang!?!

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Creative Common / Re: Folklore Thursday: Island
« on: 14 February, 2020, 08:45:31 am »
That one is absolutely fantastic!

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 13 February, 2020, 06:05:25 am »
I like Frobisher...

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 12 February, 2020, 10:22:24 pm »
Well now I'm all Amazoned up I can do this without having to put DVDs into a thing and to celebrate I've just finishing watching the first season of The Tick.

It was great. While it wasn't quite as madcap as I remember the comics being (I've not read them in a long time and alas sold by full Edlund set many years ago) it really got the tone pretty damn well. Fantastic fun.

Alas I've learnt that it only gets another season, mind I'll savour that.

Out of interest can anyone tell me is the 90s cartoon any good. There's a few complete sets of that for an okay price and I seem to recall the little bits I'd seen were pretty good?

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 12 February, 2020, 09:12:15 pm »
I got John Wagner and Dave Gibbons to sign my Iron Legion at Thought Bubble last year. Dave leafed through it and said "Hey John, do you remember me showing you the first few pages I drew for this and asking if you thought they were any good, and you said 'no, not really'?" (John denied all memory of this conversation!)

Ha! That's a fantastic tale - thanks for sharing.

Popped by to say just finished the Steve Parkhouse run of Doctor Who with the Colin Baker stories he did and it really is a quite marvelous tour de force from beginning to oh so self-referenial end. I'm not sure I quite enjoy the Sixth Doctor stuff as much as the 5th ...quite... I mean its superb and John Ridgway's art is devine throughout. The level of surreal whimsy is both its blessing and its curse however. It makes it an enchanting read but it doesn't quite carry the gavitas of the Davison stuff. Though Parkhouses run does work as a wonderful whole.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 11 February, 2020, 09:13:07 pm »
Steadily working my way through the Panini Doctor Who collections that I own. I love Iron Legion and Dragon's Claw the two Tom Baker collection with art by Dave Gibbons (in the main Mike McMahon's cyberman story is something else again). They are such fun and Pat Mills and John Wagner show once again they know how to turn out a yarn.

However its the Peter Davison collection written by Steve Parkhouse that is the absolute best. Its just superb stuff. All these stories are awash in nostaglia for me and I remember them almost panel for panel but there's something about Steve Parkhouse's Fifth Doc run that feels so significent and important.While Mills and Wagner did cracking yarns, Parkhouse makes the stories feel epic and vital. As if they were the stories that should have been on telly if they'd dared and had been able.

It all works so well as a single piece as well, even with a variety of lovely art as well. The only down point is I'm not sure we see any more of Shayde - which is a shame as the black domed sidearm was such a cool character.

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General / Re: 2000 AD ART STARS - JUDGE DEATH
« on: 11 February, 2020, 04:57:04 pm »
Owen I'm personally really sorry to hear you are moving on. Hopefully our paths will cross down the line as when we've met you've always been a delight. Thanks so much for all the effort and fun you have brought to the board and have fun with whatever you get up to.

Also worth mentioning that those are some cracking winners.

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Creative Common / Re: Zound Effects & More!
« on: 11 February, 2020, 04:52:07 pm »
Fantastic article and I really like the opening and commentry on how you got in Tharg's crew, touching tribute to Elle De Ville.

I must endeavour to pay more attention to the lettering (though I guess the point is to kinda not!?!) as seeing those little blending choices is a delight, but one if I'm totally honest I didn't on reading. Ever it is for the lettering craftsperson I guess.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 11 February, 2020, 04:40:56 pm »
(nice wee animation tho)

Oh yeah forgot to mention that. That was a nice touch I thought.

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Film & TV / Re: Predator vs Santa Claus
« on: 11 February, 2020, 04:39:51 pm »
Well that made me giggle.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 09 February, 2020, 08:12:29 pm »
Season continues to be improved, that one was pretty good. Still wearing its themes very much on its sleeves and has no subtly at all but the stories are at least well constructed now and the dialogue fun. Again all the performances being enhanced by having something worth performing.

Good episode.

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Film & TV / Re: Locke & Key
« on: 09 February, 2020, 07:04:49 am »
I just hope it’s good. The trailer was... odd in feel. (Mind you, that seems par for the course. Resident Alien’s TV version looks fun, but it looks nothing like Hogan and Parkhouse’s work.)

Yeah the trailer for Resident Alien did seem to completely miss the tone of the comic. Made it seem like a goofy fish out of water number/ 3rd Rock from the Sun with less mapcap aliens. Still we'll see how it develops.

This is the problem with these things the comic can set out as one thing but to make the TV show commercial and viable it needs to become another. Still lets see how things develop and we alway the genius of the comics - in both cases - if the telly team drops the ball.

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