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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.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 23 April, 2017, 12:41:51 pm »
Oh and on another note just read this morning as it happens that Kong will be finishing at issue 12

AND just messaged Walt Simonson and I'm now all star struck as he responded pretty much straight away - alas the news was not good. It could be a year between this issue and next BUT The MIGHTY SIMONSON is doing this so the next arc can come out monthly.

For Walt I wait!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 23 April, 2017, 12:35:26 pm »
Is there a thread here where people just list all the comics they read this week, or is this it? I think yours are the only posts I see that are like lists, Colin. Nice that you can squeeze in a sentence or two about each one.

This thread has been and is many things to many people. I think when Adventurer (I think its was) started it it was designed to just that, what was coming out and being bought by folks.

I started to use it just as a place to whitter about comics I'm currently reading from my pull list...

...really I post so much here to try to keep it going and so showcase talking about comics on what is after all a comics forum. Beats the heck out of squabbling about politics here if you ask med (I have my Facebook bubble for that!).

Use it to list ya comics if you fancy, but most just use it!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 23 April, 2017, 09:42:08 am »
Oh I missed something I bought a while back on a whim. Well actually based on the fact I really Warwick Johnson Cadwell's art and have been meaning to pick something up by him for a while. So when I save Helena Crash 1 it looked perfect (even if I do hate coffee) and so picked it up.

Its a good fun opener and while not yet earth shattering looks brill and will be keeping me around a little longer at least.

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 23 April, 2017, 09:37:04 am »
Just out of interest, how do people find the time to read so many comics each month?

Easy -

Dedication's what you need.
You ignore all the rest
Cos comics they the best
Oh Oh dedications what you need.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 22 April, 2017, 09:38:42 pm »
Well I've not been to the nerd shop for about 3 weeks. That's no bloody excuse for you lot now is it. Anyway way have my haul safely mainlined and it does kinda highlight how difficult I'm finding keeping up with stories inbetween waits these days. Its took me while to get my head back into a few stories this month. In that vain I've rated my haul by the number of pages (out of a typical 20) that it took me to get my head back into the story and characters.

So with this rating the lower the score the better. In no particular order other than that which they lie in front of me as I type.

Cinema Purgatorio = 0 - its anthology format serving me well, though I am skipping one story these days.

Ragnarok 12 = 2ish but frankly who gives this is glorious, glorious comics. I hope its not too long between arcs!

Paper Girls 13 = 5 or so. Its doing well wrapping things around to themselves in a timey whimey way and I'm kinda surprised I think I'm keeping up. I do thing a re-read would serve this well though.

They're Not Like Us 15 = Pretty much all 20! This is such a shame, its great comic but I kept finding myself having to flick about reminding myself who was who. I think this will be great in re-read but its hurtling along right now (in story not publication) and its not really draggin' to it conclusion as is.

Unfollow 17 4-5ish
= As it races to its conclusion its cast has tightened and its becoming lean and mean. That said I still had to get my head into how they crashed in the jungle. This is more my bad but can't wait to get this one re-read as its just be superb.

Lazarus 26 =  7ish - This dense political fantasy feels disjointed and I really think thats to do with publication deserves better and again I look forward to a mightly re-read.

Copperhead 12 0 = This work of glory just slips back in my comic hole so easily. Sure it had a long lay off by it just knows how to drive straight back in, even if the art has slipped a little.

Flintstones 10 - 0 = This comics masterpiece is so mind meltingly fresh in the way its doing things, each issue just slaps you across the chops with its confident dissection of modern life. Genius.

Black Hammer 8 - 0 = See above really except for 'confident dissection of modern life' read 'glorious reintreptation of comics cliche as real life' oh and that ending huh Black Hammer fans, that ending!!!!!

Kong of Skull Island 10 - 15ish = Again I'm just getting my head back into this when it ends. I love Magno's art on the surface but it, alongside the colouring I'm increasingly sure, doesn't support the storytelling. Another awaiting re-read.

Doctor Who 11th, 3rd 4th - 20 = Bloody hell this is my only regular dosh of Who these days and its losing me a little. It looks superb and I think was a great story, just I couldn't bloody remember all the actual timey whimey stuff. 4 issues into the new 'season' and I already need a re-read NOT a healthy sign that!

Kamandi Challenge 3 - 0 = Okay the creative team of the month do a fun job this month and mean it does rather just cast you in and tell its story. The stories just haven't been that great but I think I'll stick with this regardless. 

And new book, thus escaping my marking this month is Rock Candy Mountain 1. This wasn't the book I wanted, it was the book it saud it would be a. A hobo combat adventure book was a little closer to the mark than I'd wished, or at least thought I'd wished but this is an absolute blast and is stunning to look at. A smashing first issue that has me sold out the blocks.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 22 April, 2017, 09:13:25 pm »
I feel I should say more about the 1985 Annuals... but I'm not sure I have much to say? The quality of the annuals starts to continues to converge. 2000ad 1985 is the best yet. Some real highlights, Slaine, Alan Moore ABC Warriors, a beautiful Dredd by Gibson. So nice filler and some filler filler. But its a solid product.

Dredd 1985 is continuing to slip. Again real highlights, black and white Gibson here as beautful as the coloured Dredd. Some solid Ezqueera stories and again a chunk of filler.

You know the two are probably on a par this year. As much for 2000ad annuals getting better as Judge Dredd ones not being able to live up to the astonishing standards of the first few.

The 1984  2000ad  Sci-Fi Special isn't all that much to write home about. Very interesting to see early Cliff Robinson, his work very much that of a man finding his feet. It doesn't feel quite ready yet to me. Mind we all know it will come soon enough! Some fantastic John Stokes art in a cute Future Shock and some stunning Brett Ewins art in a ... pretty typical... Rogue Trooper story. The rest is filler of various quality.

Now next years Special has a very special place in my heart. I always dread reading it as I'm not sure it holds up!

Off Topic / Re: Hive mind help needed: eBaying comics
« on: 22 April, 2017, 04:39:16 pm »
Last question: variant covers. Some of these books seem to have about dozen variant covers on some issues (yes, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I'm looking at you). Should I leave the vanilla covers together in the bundle and flog the variants separately?

This is complicated! Sorry!

Not an expert by any stretch on such matters but if you want to know for sure a quick look on eBay will tell you if the variants are worth a damn. If so yeah sell seperately. If not I'd suggest bundling them in the runs as a sweetener.

If you can't be arsed with that sell them individually at 99p starting price each and see if the market finds them their 'worth'?

Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 21 April, 2017, 09:16:29 pm »
I havent even heard about Nowhere men till now,so I cant judge;

You should read it so you can, and judge it GREAT. A fantastic read blighted by delays alas.

Off Topic / Re: My Awesome Millennium Falcon Build Thread!
« on: 20 April, 2017, 09:16:22 pm »
We're moving house tomorrow too, so it's entirely possible that two years worth of modelling could get wrecked...

Look wait WAIT - I'll be over. I'll look after while you move. In a box. We'll lock ourselves (me and the Falcon) in a secure metal box unitil you are done then we can fly it - safely - to your new homw together.

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