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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 27 March, 2020, 07:19:14 AM »
Oh good stuff The Order is back, Full Tilt Boogie gets a run out at last and a mystery thrill. Colour me excited.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 March, 2020, 06:31:09 PM »
I'm on record as saying Last Jedi is the third best Stars Wars film full stop. And I stand by that. It's better than Return.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 March, 2020, 10:23:30 PM »
I've just finished this weeks issue (Ampney Crucis Investigates) and I really enjoyed this one, I like a lot of these newer stories, this along with Kingdom, Stickleback, Zombo and Shakara have been some of my favourites so far.

This is good to hear. Are you a new reader Alan Prout. If you listen too much to Faciebook you get the impression that 2000ad was sooo much better in the day - which is absolute poppycock. Don't get me wrong it was wonderful back in the day but that in no way reduces its current wonderfulness.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 25 March, 2020, 10:19:31 PM »
Its hard to argue with Whizzbang there.

Case File 1 - the early fumbles in the dark, two is two wonderful spalling epics BUT with Mega City One as we know it. Case Files 3 is the first with all the pieces in place. Dredd and his world is ready and almost before your eyes becomes fully realised. As you say 5 needs three to have full impact. Its a great read in and of itself of course but so much stronger for the full understand of the City you get in 3.

General / Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
« on: 25 March, 2020, 10:13:30 PM »
Oh now it is double brilliant to see this again and tantalising that its close to an end.These will be exquisite items when finished.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 25 March, 2020, 07:20:44 AM »
Well this could be the last time I do one of these for a while. My Local Nerd Shop has closed - I mean its closed until all this is over - come on people get some perspective where am I meant to do my panic shopping now?... What... that was meant to be for food and cleaning products....

....damnit I got that panic buying all wrong...

...Anyway there was a bountiful haul in my last visit.

Sometime you can tell how good an issue one has been by how much you remember when you read issue two. So on that basis alone Backtrack 2 tells us that 1 was a success and two is likewise. The art has some wobbly moments but this car race through time for the devil (?) has many raw and simple thrill. Alienated 2 tells us less postive things as I didn't really remember the characters distinctly reading this and it was doing the with great power comes great responsibility thing which we've seen before. Things is I think this will offer more in re-read and I think there's much more in Alienated than my tired surface reading was bringing out. Plunge 2 took me a while to get back into the swing of but once there this was HORROR, just well constructed HORROR. Finally for the number 2s The man who f#£%ed up time 2 takes the simple Future Shock premise of play with a simple thing in the past and you will change everything and runs with it with such fun gusto that the fact that its utterly original washes over you and you wonder why no one has made a 6 issue mini out of the idea rather than a 6 panel thrill before.

So how will my new number ones fare when I eventually get their number 2s. Well one suspects Strange Adventures 1 will do pretty well. I heard and read that this is all so referencial to whats going on in Tom Kings career and life and reaction to his (military? past) but since I pay non where near as much attention to such things these days who cares its a great read as Adam Stranges heroic exploits are called into doubt on a wonderfully realised book tour. X-Ray Robot 1 will be remembered very fondly as all you need to know is the title really. The Allreds doing mad science, robots and wobbly intertime schnanigans - I mean whats not to love. Join the future 1 leaves me a little worried. Now I don't know where this will go as its theme may be a bit shakey. The premise that the organised future of big govenment protecting its people and doing all they can to scrap up those who refuse to get on board reeks if libiterianism and simpler time, making a villian of progress, science and advancement... hmmm... the worry is its very well done and I loved it.... so shaky politics be damned (and possibly wrong) this was a great fun read.

Speaking of good HORROR (well I was a few paragraph ago I was anyway) that's exactly what Daphne Byrne 4 is Sam Keith's glorious gothic art perfectly complimenting Laura Marks creepy chiller. Al Ewing's (and others of course) Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is good but its no Immortal Hulk yet. Mind since we have a fine Immortal Hulk 32 already that's no bad thing I guess. This series is begging for a re-read.... if only I had some time at home or something.... oh hold on....

Lois Lane 9 is dry and gritty Jimmy Olsen 9 is fun and pithy. Grendel - Devil's Odyssey 4 is a little pedestrian to be honest, when compared to the glorious Matt Wagner's output of late. Ragnarok 4 is delightful.... well grimmy glorious and the conversation between the warrior turned wolves and the rip into Thor is an absolute trimuph. Walt Simonson has already done his defining work for many, they should read this and re-evaluate!

Book of the haul however goes to none Eric Powell The Goon 4 much to my surprise. I LOVE Eric Powell and was a little concerned when he was stepping aside to let Roger Langridge and Mile Norton take over for a bit to allow him time to work on other things and get ahead. The thing is Roger Langridge gets to The Goon so well and its hilarious, really funny. And while Mike Norton's art is clearly not as good as Powell's its still pretty damned good. What a lovely surprising piece this was.

So that's it folks for a while as we enter a horrifying new comic free landscape (for me at least - hopefully you folks in digital new comics land can keep us all entertained ... for now) stay safe and remember a 3 year long to read list needs working over in times of need.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 March, 2020, 01:18:39 PM »
Albert Uderzo one of the all time greatest comic artist and that's not hyperbole at all, just an artistic genius.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 23 March, 2020, 09:12:00 PM »

Winter Special with a chill not a thrill

Well the Specials have increasingly become about giving new talent a break... or had they have of course disappeared for a few years now, in Selfabsorbed land. The 2005 Winter Special , the first special in 9 years at least has the honestly to but that remit front and centre. Alas it takes things a little too far. Not only does each strip have at least one new creator most of them are new concepts to and its all a little too much. I guess testiment to the problems is the fact that none of these stories and not many of the creators have come back to the Prog and certainly not to any great degree.

Even John Wagner's scripts for some competition winners aren't... well winners.

We do get a Rogue Trooper story by Grennie and Richard Elson to tie into the recently released (or was it soon to be) Rogue Trooper game, but its nowt outstanding.

The writers and artists guides are fun mind.

Alas while the sentiment is to be applauded the reality is a little to raw.

So with that done at least we can go to pastures new with 2006.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 22 March, 2020, 09:30:39 PM »


So 2005 was an interesting year. I'm not dating my wife and she's already asked me to marry her, what can I say I'm a keeper. Okay so I've not get cuddled back into Tharg's arms again but I'm reading comics again in a big way, but drinking and smoking less (I actually quit smoking in 2005 yah me). I'm still a dunderhead, but I'm started to fill the voids in my life with positive things and soon that biggest void will be filled. And no I'm not talking about marriage and kids that's for sure.

In the Prog we have an important question to answer and I'll tell you why I'll not answer it at then end of this post. As ever lets start with what I saw was coming at the end of 2004.

So all that's left is predictions for 2005 and frankly things will slowly and steady get better as will life. We'll have some of the best Sinister Dexter and Sweden, we have our last Glastonbury and Caballistics Inc (I think), we'll be in full ATP swing and we'll have Red Seas and Leatherjacks. It will be a good year and I'm looking forward to reliving it.

And rather than answer it now noticed the other day - when wondering what I'd said about Leatherjack in the past - I stumbled across a review of this year I wrote back in 2010 when I first(ish) joined this forum and had read these issues for the first time. As I was pretty on the nose back then.

I normally review individual stories or a couple grouped together [Now Mr YNWA here - I did back then I joined the forum while doing a Prog slog in 2008 and by this stage I was catching up with the Progs I'd missed during my wilderness years] but I think 2005 deserves a bit of a special review as its quite possibly one of the best years in Thrill-Power's history. I've enjoyed these progs (2005 and 1420 - 1468) so much and they've been up there for me with the Progs of the last couple of years.

They've been so damned consistant. Sure there's been a few things I've not enjoyed but you can count them literally on the fingers of one hand. I think the thing that's really made this year work is that a lot of the regulars have been on fire and Tharg now has so many of them in the pot that even if strips like Sinister Dexter (which will get a special mention elsewhere) and Dante don't get as big a showing as they have in previous years there's enough other stories now strong enough to keep the comic going at an absolute amazing standard.

Newer regulars (or semi regulars, or regulars in waiting whatever) like Red Seas (I loved Underworld and learnt more about Jack's crew in this story than I have in everything I've read before and since), VCs, Invasion, Robo-Hunter, Shakara, Low Life, Atavar, Caballistics Inc. carry the Prog up to heights its not been at for a while, not because its been bad the last few years, far from it in fact, just that's it was all so good in 2005, so very good.

The new stuff while not always perfect has added a lot of difference styles and story types to the mix as well, while all being very much in the 2000ad mold, American Gothic, Breathing Space, Second City Blue, Tiger Sun, Dragon Moon had verying degrees of success but all added something to the Galaxie's Greatest. You also get your stone wall classic in the shape of Leatherjack too.

Finally Dredd has been on top form. Some of the best none Wagner Dredd's I can remember, ones that hold their heads high in the company of Dredd's best, the Wagner's speak for themselves of course.

2005ad The Galaxies Greatest Comic.

See nailed it - 2010 Mr YNWA rocked and knew his stuff (nah still a dunderhead but less so). Now Mr YNWA doesn't have much to add to that at all fair to say.... well except one thing 2005 was such a good year it leaves a awkward question. If 1986 and 1999 are competing for best year in thrillpower does 2005 join in that conversation. I do have an answer to that and its yes. 1999 was a glorious anomaly in that it sprang fully formed from some rough (if slowly improving) times and while the Prog was good since a year hasn't got close to it. 1986 is the very Zenith of the comics growth and development the perfect counterpoint between what the Prog was coming from and what it was going to. 2005 is the first year when it feels like the modern Prog is absolutely in place. So completely. And that one reason why it so good.

The answer I won't give however is whether its the best yet and the reason its getting to hard to call and always the one you've just read will get it. There's no need for a definative list of the best years - in order - its pointless and fliud - won't say that'll stop me doing it, but anyhoo its pointless defo. But the mere fact that I'm talking about this year in that company says so much.

So we're left with my traditional look ahead. I doubt 2006 will be this good, in fact I'm pretty confident it won't be. I'm also pretty confident it will be bloody good though. I suspect I'll be saying this most year and I fear for poor old 2006 it will become one of the first in a number of years which don't get the attention they more fully deserve as they are surrounded by so many other great years.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 22 March, 2020, 01:12:33 PM »
Been getting back into Evoland 2 (via a heavily discounted Evoland Legendary edition) and its such fun. It builds the tour of the history of gaming into the story really effectively and so while playing in nostaglia - even to none heavy games like myself - oit also is just a plain fun game in itself. Highly recommended to Switch owners out there - sure its available on other platforms too.

Megazine / Re: Meg 418 - Night of the Long Knives
« on: 21 March, 2020, 09:00:45 PM »
Now we are all numerically sorted lets chat Meg. And its a decent one. Dredd is pretty damned fun and PJ's art has gone up a notch always great there's moments in this story that just blow me away. Wonderful. Sure this seems to be another story about a corrupt Judge in The Pit(ish) there seems to be more going on... oh and a fungal plague too...

Blunt III cracks it up and Zombie Army try to hatch a plan to get to the heart of their problem. Both very servicable if not outstanding thrill.

So of course when we mention outstanding thrills we are of course talking Lawless as its one of the all time greats. Here however its merely superb, not it normal mindblowing self as horrors are released and brutes return. Its wonderful but this series has set its own bar so high that that feels almost a let down - its not of course BUT the mere fact that I've consider another story for thrill of the Meg speaks volumes.

But then Delvin Waugh is that good, it really is. Firsly Mike Dowlings art is just sublime and almost on a par with Mr Winslade's its that good. The story is so fantastic as we see Waugh as both utter capable, super smart chap that he is, but also the desperate measures he's prepared to take. As I read his exchange with Titi - the fact that they're a dildo is becoming almost unnoticed as they are simply a great character - had me looking for the catch myself. Just a brilliant bit of comes.

Decent Text pieces packed in the mid - the Action one especially good and I'm always going to be a bit disappointed with a floppie with a thrill so recently raised... go on one of you buggers tell me Black Shuck was first in the Prog in like 1767 or something - go on do it - but it feels like only yesterday to me. Still the quality of the stories is what I mainly come for and those were good.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 21 March, 2020, 03:03:41 PM »
I always delight in the diversity of opinion in the fans of the Prog. Its what I think has been a massive contribution to why its lasted so long and been so rich. A board set of opinions means that the Prog by necessity is a mixed bag and all the richer for it.

The fact that some folks don't warm to Brink is such a fine example of that. While most of us (rightly) lord it for its glorious storytelling, its compelling dialogue and ability to carry a complex story so well though a series of staccato scenes is so fresh and engaging. Yet for all its brilliance we wouldn't be 2000ad without folks struggling and going what's all that about, but turning to the next thing and loving it.

Its a kind to me really not liking original Rogue. I know full well I'm in a minority there but wouldn't have it any other way.

Prog / Re: Prog 2173 - Strike One!
« on: 21 March, 2020, 02:56:19 PM »
... and it was great to have Peter Hogan back scripting again  :)

Yeah the more Peter Hogan we get the better I say.

Prog / Re: Prog 2174 - Blind Fury!
« on: 21 March, 2020, 02:40:04 PM »
I'm really struggling with the cover. I love Will Simpson's art but somehow this feels so flat. Like its lacking in a focal point to catch the eye. The image is expertly rendered but so uminspiring. I was wondering whether its the fact that Aquilla is blindfolded means it lacks something. Just don't know.

Inside we're fine mind. Nice little Dredd with some glorious art by D'Irsaeli and a fun tale by the Edginton Droid starring some funky wee beasties and a cute doggy.

Well I knew it'd been a while since we'd last seen Aquila but four years?!?! Anyway seems like Grennie is doing a spring clean first we get Caballistics Inc boxed off now we get a conclusion to Aquila - I think I've read this will see is to an end? Either way nioce start and a lovely double page splash from Patrcik Goddard neaty closes that 4 year gap and we're off and running.

Speaking of running Sinister Dexter has a glorious Scooby Doo chase scene all 2000ad'd up with violence and action. Its such fun. Then intrigue is ramped up as we head towards 'Bulletopia'. Colour me excited, particularly if we we The Mighty Yeowell on art for this one.

Skip Tracer turns back into a mardy early 90s twooth git hero - there were so many like this back in the day and its a part of why the comic got so poor at that time. I mean its okay stuff and I'm liking were the story is going - just not whose taking us there - this tale deserves a stronger led character to make it work I fear. That could happily done with some character development.

Feral and Foe - talk about ending with a BANG. Fantastic last episode with that ? leaves us with some hope that this will come back, even if the last panel leaves us in some doubt!

Nice Star Scan from Eoin Coveney too. So packed Prog. Its not up there will the astonishing start to the year but the Prog is still in fine fettle.

Website and Forum / Re: Can't buy 2020 Specials Bundle from webshop
« on: 21 March, 2020, 06:38:19 AM »
Well didn't get time for a variety of reasons bit logged in this morning and all seem well again at least. WAYHEY!

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