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Messages - Dark Jimbo

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 22 March, 2017, 07:00:27 pm »
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Was the 4th always obsessed with Jelly babies? :)

Very much so!  :lol:

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General / Re: Fiends of the eastern front:Stalingrad
« on: 22 March, 2017, 12:30:18 pm »
No, only ever been bundled together as a graphic novel with the original Fiends - so your two options are to double-dip with the first series and get the Fiends/Stalingrad GN or track down the Megazine back issues.

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General / Re: Are there any really bad 2000ad strips?
« on: 21 March, 2017, 09:41:08 pm »
I read part of a Garth Ennis strip that was reprinted in the Mega Collection. The one set in Ireland with the potato guns/spud guns. Awful. Words cannot describe the awfulness.

Whaaaaat? Fair enough if it isn't your cup of tea but that seems overly harsh on one of the best post-Necroplois stories. The spud-guns are silly, yes, but a) they're very funny and b) in the context of the story they're meant to be a bit stupid and stereotypical.

It's a story that in no way approaches the nadir of the Dredd strip. It trumps anything Millar or Morrison ever wrote, for starters, though that isn't saying much...!

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General / Re: Who are your top 2AD characters of all time?
« on: 21 March, 2017, 09:06:21 pm »
In no particular order, and limiting to one character a strip -

Judge Dredd
Nikolai Dante
Mek-Quake
Torquemada
Gene the Hackman


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General / Re: Julian Sands in Durham Red Scarlet Cantos.
« on: 21 March, 2017, 06:58:40 pm »
Isn't Peter Cushing one of the characters in the Durham Red series?

As well as starring as the Rev. Theophilius Forrest in Defoe! I think there might even be a third Cushing prog cameo that escapes me just now...

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Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 21 March, 2017, 12:53:42 pm »
...but Nemesis book 6 is just magnificently gripping, detailed, and now involving so many characters that people can be doing little more than standing around arguing for weeks on end and it's STILL completely involving.  It's reaching a new level of greatness that was only hinted at before. 

Oh that's interesting. I'm really looking forward to re-evaluating the 'later' books of Nemesis - which to be honest I regard as anything after book 4 which is a bit silly of me! I've never held them in as high regard as the earlier books, they are pretty damned fine and I do really like them, but for some reason I always think of it being a slow decline in quality as the series continues beyond Gothic Empire.

Funnily enough I was just about to pick up on the same comment of feathers  - Bryan Talbot memorably describes Book 6 as 'a bunch of weirdoes stood arguing on a beach' and he's absolutely right, of course; and yet it's still enormously entertaining. Folk time and again trot out the old 'no good after Book 4' fallacy (sorry Colin!) but I found the Complete Nemesis volume II every bit as enjoyable as the first.

Grand Dragon Mazarin, the freck heresy, Satanus, 'Grandfather' Nostradamus, Candida kicking arse, the madness of Sister Sturn, Torquemada the God and his past lives... it's all gold, baby. For me it's when Hicklenton takes over that the strip starts feeling less essential, and from David Roach's Book 8 onward it does have a bit of a feel of treading water.

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General / Re: Are there any really bad 2000ad strips?
« on: 19 March, 2017, 08:50:37 pm »
I'd forgotten all about The Grudgefather, and now it's come back to me like a repressed memory of being abused.

 :lol: There's yer quote for the back of the trade collection!

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General / Re: Are there any really bad 2000ad strips?
« on: 19 March, 2017, 06:05:05 pm »
... Blood of Satanus III, and I'm a little surprised that hasn't already warranted a mention in this thread!

Likewise American Reaper actually, given the vitriol it prompted here on the board each time it ran! I haven't read it though, so I can't comment personally.

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General / Re: Are there any really bad 2000ad strips?
« on: 19 March, 2017, 06:01:26 pm »
Tony Lee wrote some pretty dire stuff - Stalag 666 is probably the worst, but Necrophim became one of only two strips in 2000AD (since I started reading in 2000) that I just stopped reading* because I couldn't physically keep putting msyelf through the rigours for such small reward. Citi-Def I thought was garbage, quite frankly - but at least it was fun, fast-paced and breezy. A sort of guilty pleasure, if you were so inclined. Stalag and Necrophim by contrast, were just irredeemably dull week-in, week-out.


*The other was Blood of Satanus III, and I'm a little surprised that hasn't already warranted a mention in this thread!

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General / Re: Any group of assassins/mercenaries in the Dredd-verse?
« on: 13 March, 2017, 04:09:00 pm »
MOB BLITZERS!

Where can I read about them?

Primarily prog 130/Case Files 3 and progs 214-215/Case Files 5.

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General / Re: Help! Durham Red Empty suns.
« on: 12 March, 2017, 08:24:26 pm »
Empty Suns is the best book of the lot as it includes all the Scarlet Apocrypha stories...! Really wish they'd give these a reprint - although hopefully the stories will appear in the new partwork.

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General / Re: Any group of assassins/mercenaries in the Dredd-verse?
« on: 12 March, 2017, 04:47:45 pm »
So the Dredd-verse doesn't have a group of professional killers that only includes "normal" people, like something that resembles the League of Assassins?

MOB BLITZERS!

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General / Re: Any group of assassins/mercenaries in the Dredd-verse?
« on: 10 March, 2017, 11:08:05 pm »
It would have been interesting to do them as the Morlock Zoidberg versions. I guess semi-human would have been even more disturbing - I think it's the lobster claws that kills the design for me.

That scene in their debut story where they accept a (literal) suitcase of bank notes from a gangster in advance payment is rendered fairly ludicrous by those lobster claws - how on earth could they hope to spend a cred of it (much less get the suitcase open on their own!)

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General / Re: Any group of assassins/mercenaries in the Dredd-verse?
« on: 09 March, 2017, 10:16:13 pm »
Except for Ron Smith in The Hotdog Run. Missionary Man went with a very literal gila monster look - as did Judge Minty - but took the same opt out as Ennis's Jonni Kiss story and explained them as a different sub-species (Gila Bruja?)[/i][/size]

The Gila Bruja have different powers to the Munja, don't they? They're psykers and psi-talents rather than predator-style stealth assassins.

Neither Cooper's Morlocks or Quietly's geckos made much sense to me as this honour-based tribal society they're originally written as. The lizard-people may be the least unique of the three designs but it works.

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General / Re: Any group of assassins/mercenaries in the Dredd-verse?
« on: 09 March, 2017, 06:29:39 pm »
The Gila Munja and Mob Blitzers are your two most likely candidates - either will happily enforce a contract on whomever you might wish to inhume, and they're both supposed to be especially good at what they do.

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