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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 27 April, 2017, 10:03:47 pm »
Just finished Saga volume 7. It was pretty good. It looked superb but the story seemed to stall, rooted like a wooden spaceship refueling. It felt like it was treading such familiar ground. Hazel's narration leading you down the stories path, setting the scene and trying to embellism and enhance the experience but often just over playing it. The dialogue has calmed somewhat but the characters aren't really moving.

I do like Saga, I really do and I'm consiois I'm over critical at times as it is so lauded... but this voliume did feel static and the weakest yet.

Welcome to the board / Re: From across the pond
« on: 27 April, 2017, 09:39:06 pm »

Enjoy exploring Tharg's world. There's a delight and hopefully the Prog keeps its current form through your subscription. If so you in for a royal threat.

Welcome aboard, have fun.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 27 April, 2017, 07:30:24 pm »
Wow Positronic that's quite a pull list. How many titles are you getting a month? Some good stuff there - always nice to hear some love for the fantastic Hillbilly

Britannia Vol 2 #1: Lawks it's the second run and I'm still unsure about this, and still buying it. There's just enough Milligan goodness to outweigh the Milligan badness, but it's a fine line. Is Nero ever going to get some good press?  Not in this book.

Given my love of both Roman comics (comics set in the Roman Empire (or Republic I guess) and Pete Milligan you'd think I'd all over this but I'm getting tired of Roman comics that just lend on some super natural element or other. Just give me a straight historical damnit.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 27 April, 2017, 12:47:53 pm »
Night Owl Society #1 A very interesting setup,but its so obviously a movie pitch its embarrassing.
Hook Jaw #5 That certainty ended with a bang. :)
X-O Manowar #2 Kindt isn't in a hurry,it seems.But this is one of the rare cases where decompression works,so...

Get ya self over to the 'New Comic book day mega thread' its perfect for this kinda chat!


General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills 2017
« on: 27 April, 2017, 12:46:27 pm »
There's good news all round there and its nice to see the archive material reaching the Meg already. Will make the floppy essential reading for some time I suspect.

Prog / Re: Prog 2028 - Venus in Flames!
« on: 26 April, 2017, 08:42:15 pm »
At last I'm with Prog. The only advantage of such a delay is - assuming this weeks arrives on time - I've only got a couple of days to wait for the next Prog.

That said 2028 is a little down on what's gone before. In the main due to a lightweight episode of Defoe. The story to date has carried me along, aided by Colin MacNeil's glorious art, which doesn't miss a beat here. It just felt so insubstancial this week. I think its building to something. The trouble is I'm not quite getting the need to know what from this episode.

Dredd on the other hand is sublime. Sure its gone the route that's been hinted at from the start and Wagner hasn't yet pulled the rug - if he will - but its all handled so fantastically and this one has me chomping at the bit. The only thing that disappoints is it appears that Hershey did just override Dredd's decision quickly to move the story on.

Brink doesn't have faults its just majestic! Loving the atmosphere created and Linton is a wonderful addition to our cast and like Defoe this episode is putting its pieces in place. Unlike Defoe this does this with such guile and deft touches that I'm on edge to find out where this is going. Almost Lawless in its goodness.

Scarlet Traces was great except the storytelling on the last two pages lost me I have to be honest. Had to go back and check what was what. I got it but from craftmen like D'Israeli and Edginton I was surprised to be pulled out like that to have to check back to work out what was going on.

Deadworld had a steady episode but looking forward to what's to come. Seriously this doesn't strike me as an environment you'd want to be tripping in!

Good Prog but Tharg has got me epxecting GREAT of late. Silly Tharg setting my expectation so high!

Books & Comics / Re: Comics you are excited about in 2017
« on: 26 April, 2017, 01:08:25 pm »
Guys. Guys. John Burns is drawing The Spirit.

Oh my, oh my, OH MY... there goes my four colour goo again!

Can't wait for this... whatever it is!

General / Re: I may get shot for this...
« on: 26 April, 2017, 01:07:19 pm »
While I'm staying well away from the central debate here, as its really is hard to argue against an individual's preference for one artist over another, I think its worth saying a couple of things about Ron Smith.

That he choose (by his admission) to time the amount of time he took on a page to ensure the page rate he got is neither here nor there. Why should an artist, as anyone else, not seek a decent rate for his or her work. Why is creating a system to make sure he got when he believed his time was worth something open to discussion.

Regardless of what individuals may think about his work its clear that his quality was never compromised as editors kept giving him plenty of paid work. The subjective appeal of that is for the individual to decide. His method to ensure he paid his mortgage and got what he felt his work was worth is neither here nor there. It could be said that it speaks to a professionalism that other artists have lacked and ensured he delivered on time AND the editors and people who paid him speak to the professional standard of that work.

For me personally the quality of his work was best described by I think it was Supersurfer many moons ago comparing him to Jack Kirby. He didn't get him back in the day by as he aged he (Supersurfer) really began to appreciate quite how brilliant he was. That's defo my take. I adore his work now in a way I didn't in the past - though as others have said I was always aware that he drew the citizens of Mega City One with more character than anyone else.

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 26 April, 2017, 12:53:06 pm »
Sigur Ros in July. Haven't been this excited for a gig since Portishead

Arh Portishead account for two of my favourite ever gigs (well festival appearances actually). Just a brilliant live act.

Finally got around to reading this (well of course given that it takes two years for things to normally get to the top of my list it got quite the short cut) and by George its a fascinating beast.

This is a graphic novel in its truist sense, as opposed to a collection of inter-related shorts as previous volumes have been, yet strangely on one level this doesn't make that much difference. The themes and ideas are familar and the story is still presented in short chunks. Corto still drifts through the tale meeting numerous fascinating characters. Motives are often oblique and enigmatic. Greed seems to be the underlying motive to violence. Yet here we get an interesting insight into the political and personal greed that drives the characters. Gold is the aim, but not an end in itself.

Look its late, I'm tired you don't need me to tell you anymore. After reading this I'm still processing and trying to reflect on the glory I have digested. If you don't buy these overpriced yet beautiful products you not only hate yourself but all the lovely kittens and puppies the world blesses us with.

Don't hate yourself

Don't hate kittens

Don't hate puppies

Do buy this.

There sorted that for you then huh.

General / Re: Judge Dredd RPG 1985
« on: 25 April, 2017, 12:45:17 pm »

Help! / Re: Approaches to That London
« on: 25 April, 2017, 12:41:30 pm »
Must say that the notion of one day visiting both the Shark Shed and the Colin Cave has a huge appeal, with a possible sidetrip to Centre of the Universe (Northhampton):

Yep if you ever fancy just say.... though I think the entertainment value of the nerd cave might be over stated. That said there are some glorious views from our garden and we've close to what is hoped to be Sheffield's first zoo (fingers crossed!)

Help! / Re: Approaches to That London
« on: 24 April, 2017, 06:50:33 pm »
Come to Sheffield instead and we'll put you up and Sheff's like 80 gazillions times better than London ... well tourist attractions aside.

Megazine / Re: Meg 383 Riot Act!
« on: 24 April, 2017, 06:47:57 pm »
I think Colin's liking Lawless....

Oh you know I can take it or leave it...

... oh who am I kidding I want to rub it all over my sequential art glands until I squirt 4 coloured goo everywhere.

If I could I'd marry it.

Megazine / Re: Meg 383 Riot Act!
« on: 23 April, 2017, 08:20:29 pm »
Well what can we say the Megazine is continuing to be consistanty high quality thrillage. Have to say its  barely missing a beat at the moment as the best compliment I can pay if currently is it more than holds its own with a Prog in rare old form.

What to say about the specifics. Well Dredd is a fantstic opener, nice set up and leaves plenty of room for things to develop. Just smashing stuff.

Havn builds nicely on last month and for me moves things along very well and is much more grounded than the opener pulling things together nicely.

Anderson continues to be solid entertaining comics done well. Just not a fault with it. Its not exceptional but its bloody good stuff.

Unlike Lawless which is exceptional. This is just the very best that comics has to offer and Dabnett and Winslade find yet more imaginative and enthralling ways to move things forward. Its a great character piece that entertains in its own right and really pushes the bigger picture to the fore. This is just perfect comics.

All that and the text pieces are roundly entertaining too. The Meg really is knocking it out the park at the moment. Superb.

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