Saturday, 2 March 2013


1x15 A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs

Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2013
Episode 3 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]


Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
[#22 in 100 Films in a Year 2013]

Johnny English Reborn (2011)
[#23 in 100 Films in a Year 2013]


2000 AD #1770-1771

Prog.1771 was a (slightly) bumper-length Prog to commemorate 2000 AD's 35th anniversary. What this means in practice is two variant covers, slightly better paper than normal, a free poster, lots of ads for future strips, and two more Thrills than usual -- all for a slightly higher price than your regular issue. Well, it is only a half decade...

Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Eve of Destruction, Parts 6-7 by John Wagner & Ben Willsher
Grey Area The Do & Personal Space, Part One by Dan Abnett & Lee Carter
Nikolai Dante The Wedding of Jena Makarov, Parts 8-9 by Robbie Morrison & Simon Fraser
Absalom Ghosts of London, Parts Six - Seven by Gordon Rennie & Tiernen Trevallion
Strontium Dog The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha, Chapter Two: The Project, Parts Eight - Nine by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra & Hector Ezquerra
What If...? Gunnar Survived the Quartz Zone Massacre by Andy Diggle & Colin Wilson
What If...? The Visible Man Returned to Earth by Pat Mills & Henry Flint

Grey Area could be great if Abnett didn't remind readers of the entire premise every other instalment. It grates, especially when reading them in such close proximity. I know elsewhere I moan about my lack of understanding when it comes to long-running stories, but they're things that have returned from months/years away only to pick up where they left off -- Grey Area has been running weekly for a couple of months at this point, we don't need telling what it's about again.

As, to all intents and purposes, a new fan, the two What Ifs make barely any sense. Nice art by Colin Wilson though. Conversely, I'm beginning to get a handle on Nikolai Dante and enjoying it -- makes me want to find the whole thing and read it through. Maybe they'll reprint it all in collections at some point (they have as it's gone along, but I think some of the early ones are out of print).

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

This week, I got the Men in Black Trilogy BD dirt cheap. I like the first one, haven't seen the second since it came out, and haven't seen the third yet... so maybe not the world's greatest purchase... especially as I already own the first on DVD and BD (though the latter was free). But, hey, it was cheap, and I can flog my current copies to make it cheaper still.

Until Saturday morning, most changed numbers actually went down this week... but then I received two random sales purchases, and this happened:

Number of titles in collection: 1,536 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,152 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 384 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 3,855 [up 2]
Number of films in collection: 1,614 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 5,722 [no change]
Number of short films in collection: 374 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.