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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 13 July, 2020, 03:09:48 AM »
I'll be eager for the later Savage volumes that go beyond the trades already printed.  I recently reread Taking Liberties and The Guv'nor and I know the extension has a volume planned beyond that.

There are only another two volumes, not three - but potentially (because some Hachette volumes contain four 'books' rather than three, or Rebellion's average of two) they could still collect all remaining Savage material...

Well the original print run of 80 books has Invasion and we will be getting one called Savage.  There was the extension list published some time back that had these two

85 - Savage:  The Guv'nor
95 - Savage:  Rise Like Lions

So it looks like there will be more than was printed in the original softcover trades.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 July, 2020, 10:31:06 PM »
I'll be eager for the later Savage volumes that go beyond the trades already printed.  I recently reread Taking Liberties and The Guv'nor and I know the extension has a volume planned beyond that.  What struck me was just how dark the Savage books were compared to Invasion which was very much a product of its time, national stereotypes and all.  It's the same with many of the older stories that got updates.  VC's back in action was very different from the originals, Rogue Trooper:Realpolitik was grimmer than the originals and although not an update but in the same universe, Jaegir and 86er's were the same.

Books & Comics / Re: Nostalgia time:Harry 20 on the High Rock
« on: 02 July, 2020, 01:46:13 AM »
I must admit that I thought the artwork was very nice, the shading was very good, an example being when Harry was dragged into the Wardens office with the hyno globe.  The frame where he is clubbed by Thrower is a great example.

You do get the brief idea that not all the guards are pure sadists, like when its ordered to scan Harry with a machine and one of the guards protests that it's possible to harm the convicts that way.  Obviously in a supermax prison you would need hard men to keep the real scum elements under control but you get the idea that while the High Rock might have been set up as a space born supermax that eventually it's just a dumping ground for anyone that doesn't agree with the authorities no matter how relatively mild the offence.

Books & Comics / Re: Nostalgia time:Harry 20 on the High Rock
« on: 30 June, 2020, 08:25:40 AM »
As I say, it's an enjoyable enough piece of nostalgia, though I wonder if the 'war with Oceania' was a 1984 nod. I get the feeling if the story was done today we'd get more background on the world, the cause of the war, the alluded to Anglo/Soviet space program, and the mention of Rebel colonies. It made me wonder that guards have duty tours as that formed the part of one escape attempt yet it seemed there was only one warden, and for that matter chief of guards.

I guess there were never two people with the same name and sentence. :)

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 30 June, 2020, 04:50:07 AM »
Recently I purchased the Dragon Age graphic novel collection deluxe edition volume 2.

I've also been working my way through Scottish crime writers Stuart McBride and Denzil Meyrick.

Books & Comics / Nostalgia time:Harry 20 on the High Rock
« on: 30 June, 2020, 04:48:32 AM »
I'm sure a lot of us have been very affected by the whole lockdown, and without trying to sound self pitying, for me it's felt even worse because I have been diagnosed as clinically depressed with suicidal tendencies for some time now (even pre lockdown).  As a consequence I seem to find it difficult to focus on the stack of novels I have to read.

Therefore, I've been rereading a lot of my graphic novel collection.

The last one I did was "Harry 20 on the High Rock".  When I first joined this forum some time back I remember asking about it being reprinted and was lucky enough that someone was gracious enough to point out the US reprint.

Anyway.  For anyone who has read it, what are your opinions?

For me the story is a mixed bag.  If it was done today I think it could have done with more depth.  The guards like Chief Thrower, Pusser and the Warden, Worldwise could be given more characterisations, and some of the convicts wouldn't be quite so stereotyped, I mean...Swede 16? :)

Nevertheless, I do enjoy rereading this from time to time, but I don't know if this might be true, like a lot of stories I wonder if this was getting abruptly cancelled as it seemed that the ending was rushed.  I understand that there was a floppy follow up set some years later but I do not have that.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 June, 2020, 10:01:57 PM »
I remember one of the women at WH Smith's saying the Dredd books were expensive.  I wonder if she had ever seen the price of some of the standard print run graphic novels from DC, Rebellion or Marvel at times.  You can easily pay a lot more for a softcover.

I know when it came to the Mass Effect and Dragon Age graphic novel series I waited for the big deluxe editions.  The last one I got, Dragon Age Volume 2 was £25 but that was for a deluxe edition HC, the equivalent in Mass Effect are going for silly money now due to limited print runs, but even standard graphic novel prices can be a bit over the top nowadays.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 June, 2020, 11:38:26 PM »
Is the Future shocks book out yet.

There was a story from one of the early annuals that was a future shock about someone who bought a 'course' that increased their intelligence but not their comon sense and they ended up dead in a traffic accident.  I can't remember the name of it.  I wonder if that one is included.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 June, 2020, 02:33:41 AM »
I read Durham Red last night, and well....Im of two minds about it.

It's an enjoyable enough read but I definitely see a WH40k vibe in there somewhere and I'm not a 40k fan.  I really would rather have got some Durham Red solo stories when she was still an S/D agent, but I suppose that wasn't really feasible given how that universe was going.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 June, 2020, 11:45:33 PM »
I finally got round to reading Dante and Slaine.  The Dante book was excellent, though I'm not 100% keen on the contrast of some of the art styles.  It's interesting to see how the character has evolved.  At the beginning some of the stories were very self contained, light hearted and not so much forgettable as just nothng special.  Later you can see it all coming together.

Slaine book of Scars.  I had liked some of the later Slaine books, but book of Scars seemed very bitsy piecey to me, I wasn't too impressed, not to mention with how thin it was.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 08 June, 2020, 09:48:51 PM »
I've noticed here people trying to estimate if pairing two stories would be probable due to page count.  For example when speculating about the extension, a few, including myself brought up Leviathan and there was talk of what it could be paired with.  Or Jaegir with The 86ers etc.

Well, today I went down to my newsagents and picked up my three books that were lying there.  I know the page count isn't exactly the same in every book, but this was Nikolai Dante, Slaine:Book of Scars and Durham Red.  Dante looks the thickest, followed closely by Durham Red, but the Slaine book is substantially thinner.  Is there a min/max page count on these books?

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 June, 2020, 10:01:41 PM »
In what way.

I haven't read it yet, three books waiting in my newsagent in the nearby town, and that's a pain in the ass having to get them all.  They say I don't have to take them all, but its more expense on fuel splitting the uplift.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 June, 2020, 12:14:08 PM »
This is why I went to a newsagents. Someone said a while back that a direct subscription would have been more efficient, but the tales of woe with late books and bad deliveries put me off.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:28:23 PM »
So I asked again about the extension and here’s what they said!

Hey Dan,
Here is a list of the issues which will feature in the extension, please take into account that the issue order is subject to change, however:
81 - Flesh
82 - Firekind
83 - The Red Seas
84 - Lobster Random
85 - Savage:  The Guv'nor
86 - Ten-Seconders
87 - The Red Seas Vol 2
88 - Brink
89 - Fiends of the Eastern Front
90 - Greysuit
91 - VCs
92 - Indigo Prime
93 - The Red Seas Vol 3
94 - Dominion
95 - Savage:  Rise Like Lions
96 - Jaegir
97 - Grey Area
98 - Defoe
99 - Inigo Prime Vol 2
100 - VC's Vol 2
101 - The Red Seas Vol 4
102 - Mercy Heights
103 - Absalom
104 - Brink Vol 2
105 - The Order
106 - Grey Area Vol 2
107 - Defoe Vol 2
108 - Tales of Telguuth
109 - Tyranny Rex
110 - Judge Dredd:  the Small House
111 - Strontium Dog:  Repo Men
Hope this helps!

Okay, I've heard of some of these but don't know them, if that makes sense.  Red Seas for instance, I've heard is good.  Glad to see there will be a Savage book after The Guv'nor, that means I can pass my Taking Liberties and The Guv'nor softcovers onto a friend.  I get that Firekind is popular but I don't know anything about it, no Leviathan which is unfortunate, or either that it's melded with another title. 

Overall it seems like a decent mix.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 May, 2020, 10:45:44 PM »
Well I haven't had the last Nikolai Dante, but I can hope they get it in.  I still wish we had an idea as to what the extension might consist of.

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