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Not sure what the business model would be here.

IDW could sell it to us for 3 or 4 pounds a pop or whatever the price is. Or they could arrange to give it to us in a way that generates no additional revenue. They would presumably expect to get paid, so Rebellion would have to pay them for it, to fill a slot they usually use with material they already own. Given they have spent lot of maoneybacquiring the Treasury of British comics stuff, I assume they have plenty of stuff to fill floppies with.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 29 May, 2020, 10:38:03 AM »
Yes I think Tordels has nailed it. By all means do cadet Dredd etc but make it interesting - not just a tale where random stuff just happens.

BTW I did my own (in no way statistically valid) market research today.
My ten year son said he definitely prefers protagonists who are children and my 8 year old daughter said it depends but she prefers princesses.

When I asked my son follow ups of “what about Luke Skywalker and Tony Stark?”, the answers given where “yes but Luke was really still a child (19) in Star Wars & old Luke is boring, and Tony Stark is cool despite being old”.

They also don’t like stuff set in “high school” with all that “dating”.

Apart from Harry Potter - but that is different. And presumably Spider-man.

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Other Reviews / Re: SMASH! Special May 2020
« on: 28 May, 2020, 05:15:54 PM »
Quick question- off the back of this I have just bought the Scream and Misty special from 2017.  I hadn’t realised the Death Man strip in that is effectively a lead into The Vigilant. I noticed in that strip there are two characters called Eva and Hoffman. Does anyone know who they are? Is that Hoffman any relation to the Hoffman  (the German tank commander) who appears in the 2020 Action Special?

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Other Reviews / Re: SMASH! Special May 2020
« on: 28 May, 2020, 01:43:59 PM »
I agree this was good. I note the cross over with the Vigilant as well with the Thunderbolt strip. Indeed the whole thing had a similar feel to that, and as with that I would be keen for more. In other parallels to the Vigilant this is a whole host of characters that are new to me and the whole thing necessarily has a feel of introducing them to the reader. That is absolutely necessary, but it did result in a some what similar feel to all the strips. I think it would be good move on from that but worry that the frequency of publication will make that a very slow process. For example it is coming up on two years since the first Vigilant comic came out and we are still having a Thunderbolt origins story.

Overall it would be good to see this or similar more frequently. And maybe there is a need to concentrate on fewer strips. I get the feeling Rebellion are testing the market to see which ones will be popular (personally I would like to see more Vigilant, but understand the upcoming story in the Meg will be the last one 😢).


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Off Topic / Re: Rocket up ....
« on: 27 May, 2020, 08:50:40 PM »
I downloaded the NASA TV app on my Firestick a while ago and never really did anything with it....turns out they have live coverage of this on it right now  :D

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Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 27 May, 2020, 07:27:07 PM »
Oh dear....I really don’t like being critical but...so we get 5 strips - I hesitate to call them stories as they all seem to be lacking in narrative. Stuff just happens for a few pages and then they end. Anderson seem fairly disjointed, jumping into completely different stuff happening at the end of the third page and then later on tied it back to the other stuff that had happened, relying on a massive coincidence to do so (that Anderson just happened to be the nearest Judge to Sandra Morgan at the exact moment she decided she needed their help).

Now I am all for Rebellion doing something to build up the readership; I am just not sure something of this quality is going to do it. All Ages doesn’t have to mean totally without thrill power.

Even Ian Kennedy’s star scan seems to be well below his usual impeccable standard.

Frankly I’m not looking forward to the full series of Full Tilt Boogie next week.

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Prog / Re: prog 2182: So long and geek out
« on: 26 May, 2020, 04:23:27 PM »
For me this has been a good run of Progs.

The only place to start is Survival Geeks. I really wasn’t a fan of the story or the art for the first few series but the last 3 have really won me over, to the point where I am really going to miss it. I can’t really see why it is ending - I am guessing the creators feel they have taken it as far as they can and are quitting before the joke wears thin.

To pick up on a couple of comments up thread. Each of the quartets have different clothes and glasses (for those that wear them). Reading it in pretty much one go as I have does really help with that.

As to how they can suddenly go home, if I recall correctly they could always have done - it was just that Clive was basically lying to the others about it all along to keep their adventures going. Note his answer to Sam’s statement “wait..I thought we couldn’t”: “well that’s not strictly accurate”.

The best thing about The Order being back is the Cure inspired title of the episode. Apart from that it has surpassed itself and lost me from panel one. As with Survival Geeks it suffers from multiple incarnations of the same character. At least with Survival Geeks all I had to do was pay attention to this series. With The Order I basically haven’t got a clue who any one is anymore. As is noted up thread both Kek-W and Dan Abnett have multiple complex ongoing stories. The difference is with Dan’s I can follow them, either no problem or as with the last series of Brink I felt it was well worth the effort to go back and work out what was going on. I tried that with the last series of The Order and regret to say it just didn’t work for me. Same thing with Deadworld.

Looking forward to the new series of Slaine, especially the artwork. It seems like absolutely ages since we got a sneak preview of it.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2181 - Reporting for duty
« on: 26 May, 2020, 04:00:44 PM »
Just catching up on my Progs after postal delays.

Due to the delays I have hbeen reading them in a different way: several weeks worth of each strip in turn, rather than Prog by Prog. I have to say it really works.

I very much enjoyed this run of Aquila. As others have said it ended a bit abruptly; in fact it wasn’t really an ending, more of a pause. Very much looking forward to more. I hope we aren’t going to have to wait years.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 24 May, 2020, 12:09:21 AM »
Noam Chimpsky - Noam Chomsky.

Actually I had never heard of him and was just listening to a song by one of my favourite bands and they use his name in the lyrics.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2181 - Reporting for duty
« on: 21 May, 2020, 09:40:48 AM »
Just got my Prog. Glad I waited before contacting Rebellion.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2181 - Reporting for duty
« on: 15 May, 2020, 09:35:08 AM »
Postie has just been and still no Prog for me. So looks like it won’t turn up before the next one. Non arrival seems to coincide with the Bank Holidays. Not sure why that is....I can understand them being late, but not why they go missing altogether😢.

To be fair to Rebellion they have been good at sending out replacements when this has happened before.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2178: Not all heroes are apes
« on: 10 May, 2020, 01:59:24 PM »
Skip Tracer - I also can't really get a grip on this one and although the artwork is fine
it just is so-so - I would place this in the same league as THE ORDER - a series that has seen its best days

Sorry for being a couple of weeks late, as I have been catching up on my Progs. Did I miss something? When was this “golden age” of Skip Tracer of which you speak? Did I miss a series?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2178: Not all heroes are apes
« on: 18 April, 2020, 06:55:28 PM »
No Prog today 😢. And still not got last week’s either. How about everyone else?

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General / Re: The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« on: 18 April, 2020, 11:14:52 AM »
For me The Last Rumbe of the Platinum Horde is by far the best.

The second best is The English / Phlondrutian Phrasebook.

After that it’s The Abelard Snazz stories and DR & Quich Have Fun on Earth (if that counts).

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Prog / Re: Prog 2177 – Kneel Before Nimrod
« on: 16 April, 2020, 02:57:07 PM »
Still not got mine.

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