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One Piece 1049

Kaido down, finally. Can't wait for Rocks flashback to know the rest of the past. Next few chapters will be fun to see the aftermath.
 
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Gerry Dugan's X-Men run is quite good, and Pepe Larraz's art is spectacular.
It's main a group of X-Men going about in superhero adventures and for once, the X-men are liked!

It's mainly a Jean led series with each member of the team getting a spotlight in an issue from what I've seen but it's been great fun.



Line up is:
Jean Grey
Cyclops
Polaris
Rogue
Sync
Wolverine (X-23)
Sunfire
 

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Momo is looking good, I think despite him being a crybaby Oda did a good job with his character, he's only 8, and his dad was just killed several months ago for him and the scabbards, and was traumatized, Oden was a beast when he was a kid because the dude was just built different, but Momo still confronted a Yonko at the age of 8 and helped the future pirate king. Dude will have a lot time to grow too.
 
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Oda is going to Africa (likely for the One Piece drama) and (I read wrong) is going to rest for a month. Two episodes left before the hiatus.
 

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One Piece chapter 1053

Oda did it, made Buggy an emperor :face-with-tears-of-joy: Wonder how he even got there within the month. I'm surprised he was able to squeeze in so much in a chapter, green bull looks like a beast and that power seems terrifying, the kaido commanders look like chumps even though they might still be wounded. So Pluton is on Wano, I've seen people making guesses but rarely Wano because most of them thought it resided on Alabasta and all theories revolved around uranus instead. Curious where this will go since we know something happened with Vivi there in reverie. A really good chapter before a long deserved break.
 
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Been checking out some of the new series that are starting again.
My absolute favorite by a country mile is Ruri Dragon. It's fan-fucking-tastic.

Ruri Dragon

The story of a young dragon girl being lazy, doing her best...and being lazy again. A new series begins!
Slice-of-life where a girl one day suddenly wakes up with horns growing out of her head and learns her father is actually a dragon.
What makes this so good is that everyone is just super chill about everything and it's just fun and comfy.

Example:


I love it.

Honorable Mention:

Super Smartphone

What would you do if you had a smartphone that let you look up anything? Secret documents, security camera footage, a certain person's text messages, where people dropped money... This smartphone lets you do the impossible! Jump's newest suspense thriller begins!
I honestly only checked it out because the blurb made it sound like a trainwreck in the making. But shockingly enough it's actually pretty good. Feels a bit Death Note-ish.


The other one is Aliens Arena but it's pretty unremarkable. Battle Shonen but with aliens this time.
 
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Started Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. It’s pretty great.
 
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ONE PIECE IS BACK

HOLY SHIT SHANKS, AND YOU GO FUCK THAT ADMIRAL UP MOMO

What a great chapter after that void month.

 
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I wish Humble had a way of telling me what I have in a bundle. I know this is by design, but I'm not sure it's working in their favor.
There is a new 2000AD bundle and I'm not sure I can be arsed to sift through it to see what I have or not.
 
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I wish Humble had a way of telling me what I have in a bundle. I know this is by design, but I'm not sure it's working in their favor.
There is a new 2000AD bundle and I'm not sure I can be arsed to sift through it to see what I have or not.
Thanks for the reminder. I was meant to grab this set when it first released. Started reading 2000AD around issue 400 (came with a Dune sticker album). It has been something I always go back to. Currently playing catch up on the last 4 to 5 years of isses (so about 250 to go).

If you don't know 2000AD or only know it from Dredd (or the abysmal Stalone movie) then here are some recomendations from the set

Zenith by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell (still miss his artwork), Zenith is a superhero story (rare for 2000AD) that works as both Lovecraftian Horror and a deconstruction of Super Heroes. Works almost like a prototype for some of the stuff he would do for DC later on.

The Balad of Halo Jones - Alan Moore & Ian Gibson. Worth it for the Ian Gibson artwork alone. But Alan Moore created a great female protagonist. Unfortunately incomplete as an overall storry as the plan was to do 9 volumes covering her teenage life to an old woman. Alan Moore being Alan Moore he had a falling out with editorial staff and left writing for 2000AD. However don't let that put you off. Each story is more or less self contained with only the charactisation carrying through.

Scarlet Traces - Ian Edington & D'Israeli. A "Sequel" to War of the Worlds. The British beat the Aliens. They managed to reverse engineer the Alien tech and are now a world super power dominating the rest of the world. Yet there is a price to pay for this. The north of England is now a poluted wasteland. Scotland barely exists. This is still ongoing and what starts out as a detective story with a back drop of Alien Tech becomes something so much bigger.

Insurrection - Dan Abnett & Colin Macneil. Dan Abnet was given the remit of writing a 40K style story in the Dredd univers and that is as great as it sounds. Oh and has great artwork by the great Colin Macneil.

Judge Dredd: America - John Wagner & Colin Macneil. Don't let the name fool you. Dredd is barely in this but when he is, it is effective. This is a look at what it is like to be a citizen in the Big Meg and fighting for Democracy against a totalatarian state. It is a very brutal depiction of the Judge system, the cost of liberty for protection. For something written back in 1990 it still has relevance today.

There are plenty of others in there worthy of your time as well like the Case Files 1-5, although I would start reading it from the Cursed Earth saga in the second volume, but it covers some classic old stories. Absolum is a fun supernatural series. Think the Sweeney blended in with a horror series. Age of the Wolf is a fun series if a little throwaway.

All in all this is a pretty good collection with not too much to be disappointed in.
 
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Finished Judge Dredd - Complete Case Files 15
I have a long way to go :so-good-blob:

On that note, don't tell me the collection was canceled ? There doesn't seem to have been a release in 2022.
 

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Finished Judge Dredd - Complete Case Files 15
I have a long way to go :so-good-blob:

On that note, don't tell me the collection was canceled ? There doesn't seem to have been a release in 2022.
From what I can make out 39 & 40 are the most recent releases. 40 released 3 days ago (unless I am reading it wrong).

Still about 800 issues behind 2000AD.
 
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From what I can make out 39 & 40 are the most recent releases. 40 released 3 days ago (unless I am reading it wrong).

Still about 800 issues behind 2000AD.
Yup, I just checked. So either they stopped doing the digital version or more probably a dumb delay between physical and digital (last one is #38 in digital)
If I understood correctly, they are catching up, relatively recent issues.
...
Hmm, yeah, not really. 800 or so issues is very relatively recent.
 
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I tend to use their own store as they are DRM free purchases and a choice of CBR or PDF on the website. But I do use their app for reading on a tablet.
 

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Was just off to the 2000AD website to grab the digital version of Leviathan (an excellent read and a one off story, Titanic type vessel goes missing into another dimension 10 years on the crew and passengers aren't doing too well).

Anyway, noticed a link to an animation that Mashed did based on another comic from 2000AD called Absolom. Well worth a watch, especially as it's only about 6 minutes long as well. I will warn you the language is very British and a little bit bloody. But overall very faithful to the comic and hope they do more.

 

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"The language is very British", sounds like a huge positive to me! Let's Gooooooooo!
Thanks, i'll give it a watch.
 
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I may have to grab this. £21 for 9 volumes of Saga seems like a bargain. Everything else is just icing on the top.


Also this looks like a good bundle as well. its been a long time since I read crying freeman.

However what I really want to reread is Outlanders. I used to love that series so much. Unfortunately the licence expired a long time ago. I used to have the complete run, but sold it on a long time ago. One of those things I regret now, like selling on my copies of Akira that where published by Epic Comics.
 

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Another 2000AD bundle. Pretty good one at that. Contains:-

Nikolai Dante - Starts as a fun swashbukling future series. Develops into so much more. Looks to be the complete series.

Judge Dredd: Endgame - Appears to be the end of Endgame. This was one of the more recent big events. Completely decimating the Big Meg. From what I have read the effects of this event are still being felt somewhere in the region of 10 years on (Dredd is technicly told in realtime).

Slaine: - A celtic Conan the Barbarian. Well if you go by the book versions at any rate. A mix of Fantasy and Cthulhu esk gods. Very enjoyable and still running to this day with a very old Slaine.

Brink: - Great Sci-Fi series with a side of Cosmic Horror.

Caballistics Inc Complete Collection:- Urban Horror series set in London about a group fighting Demons in the London Underworld and so much more. Leads to....

Absalom:- A cokney policeman in the vein of the Sweeney. Well if the criminals happened to be Demons, Werewolves and Vampires. Believe this collects the entire series. Also watch the video I posted above to get a rough feel of the series.

Devlin Waugh:- What happens if you cross Arnold Swarzeneger and Noel Coward. You get Devlin Waugh. This one is set in the same universe and timeline as Judge Dredd.

There may be the odd bad story but overall a great collection of books.
 

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This thread hasn't been posted on for nearly one year. And as you surely know, this is wrong.
So, post away, people :dmcblob:

For starters, in the Steam thread Kvik recommended those manga :

Sousou no Frieren / Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End


Tengoku Daimakyou / Heavenly Delusion


Any other rec for your Meta friends ? That they don't read shit like 'insert most Shonen Jump serializations'.
 
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Any other rec for your Meta friends ? That they don't read shit like 'insert most Shonen Jump serializations'.
How dare you insult Denji like that.


Joking asides I only just found out that this series ended earlier this year. I have been reading it over the years ever since I watched the anime back in 2015 or something. There is the "movies", which I think are a total of 6 episodes. Then you have the anime which I think was 12 episodes and then you also have the manga. Even though they are roughly the same thing the events do not play out the same in all three of them. The 12 episode one has by far one of my all time favorite mecha fight scenes. I really dislike mecha series were they are flying all over the place and stuff, so relatively speaking I like how these feel more grounded even though they use "magic"




Eva 2.0 aslo has that one really cool scene were they are running and jumping. Gundam Thunderbolt is also pretty hype.






 
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Downunder.
I shall have a free rein of the thread before the One Piece / Chainsaw Man readers gets wise. :flare_smirk:

Apart from the two I've mentioned, here's a few more from my current reading list.


16bit Sensation



Meiko Uehara is a college student who begins working part-time at a PC shop in 1992. However, this shop is a front for its actual business: an erotic game developer for bishoujo games. Due to the sudden departure of the staff, Meiko ends up as a sub-graphic artist — even though she has never drawn an adult illustration before. Her life as a creator begins as she strives to make an erotic game without snafus.


Insomniacs After School



Dark rumors about what befell the members of the astronomy club keep people away from the school observatory, and that’s what makes it the perfect sanctuary for Nakami and Magari to get some much-needed rest. Unfortunately, the school faculty can’t allow its unsanctioned use. But if there were a new astronomy club, maybe these two insomniacs could have a place to call home.



A Story About Smoking at the Back of the Supermarket



Sasaki, an overworked salaryman, goes through an average stressful day just for a single light at the end of the tunnel: Yamada, the always-cheerful clerk at his favorite convenience store. One day, Sasaki takes an extra amount of time at a company meeting, and by the time he gets to the convenience store Yamada has already clocked out. However, as he leaves, he notices a young woman with piercings smoking behind the store?



Welcome to Hotel Metsäpeura



In the Lapland region of Finland, the domain of snow, midnight sun, and auroras, there is the small Hotel Metsäpeura, run by two older gentlemen. One night during a terrible blizzard, a mysterious young man named Jun arrives at the hotel. He is clearly in dire straits, with a large tattoo on his back, no relatives and no money. However, the gentlemen warmly welcome him in and offer him a job at the hotel. The kindness of the people living in the harshness of nature will melt the heart of this awkward young man.


Knight in the Frontier - Bard Loen



A lone knight who for many years served House Tersia, on the eastern edge of the continent. Now old and weak, he saw that it would not be long before he left this world. And so he retired from his master’s service, gave up his fortune and set off on a journey. A carefree journey with rare sights and food. But he did not know it. That this journey was the beginning of a story that would one day be talked about all over the continent.
 
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I found that link not devoid of interest. There are some usual suspects but also many intriguing books in some categories.




Like, how can I not be intrigued by this shit :

Hokuhokusei ni Kumo to Ike / Go North-Northwest with Clouds



Seventeen-year-old Kei Miyama comes from a family with strange abilities. Birds flock to his grandfather as if he is the wind that carries them in the air itself. Kei, on the other hand, can talk to cars and prefers their company to humans—especially women. After moving to Iceland, Kei makes a living there as a freelance detective.


PS. Beware, though. In my never ending quest to read something original I often end up reading shit !
 
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Apologies for ginormous images

Aight it being Spooktember, figured I'd recommend a few horror comics-

The lives of a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets and a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city's trash become intertwined around the mysterious legend of the Black Barn...
First up is Gideon Falls, this has been collected into 2 big deluxe editions which is the recommended way to read it.
Book 1 is pretty much horror, while Book 2
is about stopping the horror that is unleashed

Astounding artwork and the characters are well written IMO


Next up is Something is killing the children and its side series House of Slaughter

Children in a sleepy Wisconsin town begin to go missing with most never returning, and those that do have disturbing stories of horrific creatures that live in the shadows. There is one person that believes the children and claims to be the only who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. This is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.
Recommend getting the deluxe edition if possible since the series starts slow and this collects the first 3 books which lets have a better pacing once one is done going through it. There's nice camradire going between Erica and the cast and from book 4 onwards, the pacing gets better.
House of Slaughter series is a companion series that is best read around Book 4









I should check out a few more stuff from BOOM! Got Lumberjanes ready and it is a charming and wholesome series

Marvel's got...
Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Hulk still continuing with good series right now

Superman and Batman got good runs atm, but that Gotham War event is booty buttcheeks.

new Birds of Prey series rocks although it is only 2 issues ATM, but it rocks


 

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Any other rec for your Meta friends ? That they don't read shit like 'insert most Shonen Jump serializations'.
I heartily recommend Magilumiere Co. Ltd.


“Magical Girl”? A profession that undertakes the work of exterminating a kind of natural disaster called “Kaii.” Kana Sakuragi, a female college student who struggles with job hunting, is picked up by a magical girl startup company and…?! Magical Girl work-life starts now!
On MangaPlus

And Go! Go! Loser Ranger (aka Ranger Reject)

Who is the Hero and who is the villain?
When the Monster Army invaded Earth thirteen years ago, the Divine Dragon Rangers rose up to stop them. With the war raging on, these great heroes are mankind’s last hope or are they? In truth, the invaders were subjugated within a year, forced to continue to crank out a monster a week for the Rangers to crush in front of their adoring fans! But one monster has had enough. Something has to change! He’ll rebel against the might of the Dragon Rangers and destroy them all from the inside.
 
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Any other rec for your Meta friends ? That they don't read shit like 'insert most Shonen Jump serializations'.
Scrub, go read Dandadan


Yes that is a kickboxing xenomorph. Thank you Shonen 🙏

Sakamoto Days is peak too


The story of a man who UNDERSTOOD the assignment:
Go home and be a family man
And home he went to be a family man
 

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Meh, meh meh meh meh.
I would even venture another Meh !
I read 100+ episodes of Dandandan but this Alien arc put me to sleep. It's clearly no GLORIOUS Mongolian Death Worm.
And Sakamoto I tried but it was too much on the jokey no plot side of things (though I left early).

Now, as I'm a lazybum who recycles his social media posts, here is my very coherent review of the first four episodes of Frieren.

I’m a 40+ failure going through a predictable midlife crisis.

Listen to a friend and try a manga to change things up.


The protag doesn’t know how to relate to people and the only constant is people age and die.

You can’t make this shit up.
Nice ! Today I learned that 'la nature a horreur du vide' can be translated to 'nature abhors a vacuum' and that it's a physics principle named 'horror vacui'.
What will I do with all this knowledge

I should stop reading adult manga, they make me all moody the day after.
I'm still processing the fact that Sousou no Frieren is labeled as a Shonen, and how it's wrong and actually how hilariously un-shonen it is.
In a shonen the protag want something. He obnoxiously wants that fucking thing and nothing else matter in the universe.
In Frieren, the protag didn't get that thing and have to deal with her existence without the thing.

Basically, eat you shitburgers, Frieren !
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If everything turns out into a battle manga for something I will be very cross.
One Piece chapter 1 (of 10 245)
Luffy - 'I want to be the new Pirate King !!!'

Sousou no Frieren chapter 1
Frieren - 'Fuck my life.'
...
I tend to overshare, yeah.

It is indeed very good Kvik

But moody as fuck !
 
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Meh, meh meh meh meh.
I would even venture another Meh !
I read 100+ episodes of Dandandan but this Alien arc put me to sleep. It's clearly no GLORIOUS Mongolian Death Worm.
Dang holmes
You got no appreciation
for ART
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Dandadan took the theme of Occult and aliens/sci fi and wnet for a simple fun adventure romp, while also doing a good job for building the relationship between the two main characters

And Sakamoto I tried but it was too much on the jokey no plot side of things (though I left early).
You gotta vibe with the family man retired assassain dad. He took on the peaceful life: A happy loving wife and child and a clam chill lifestyle
But the assassin world, they just had to bring him back in. Now he gotta do what he can do
for FAMILY
 
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Started Heavenly Dellusion. Certainly not hooked yet, but it has potential. Lore is slowly drip fed so yeah, difficult to make sense of it yet.
 
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While I enjoy Dandadan, it doesn't grip me. I still need to grab the most recent books.

Sakamoto Days on the other hand I really enjoy. And where I am up to does start doing fullblown story arcs.

Rereading One Piece at the moment, stopped around Dresarossa arc, been enjoying it a lot. Now admittedly I started at Alabasta and skipped the Skypiea and Thriller Bark stuff. But the world building is great. I didn't realise how soon the idea that Luffy has Haki was so early. I only ever remember it being during the Marineford arc.

Also, seeing as it is spooky season and we are recommending books, I can highly recommend The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy.

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Split in 2 parts, water based Eldritch Abomination type shenanigans. Great read.
 
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I really liked / loved the first ten chapters of Smoking behind the Supermarket with you, but alas once I realized there would probably be little to no development in the narrative, that it's again a series that wears it's core concept on its sleeve and there is nothing else, I admit I was less enthusiastic.
 

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I recently read Ponkotsu Ponko and really enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a lighthearted comedy, about a retiree and his outdated housekeeping robot maid.

 
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If everything turns out into a battle manga for something I will be very cross.
I don't think you need to worry about that. Combat in the manga exists, certainly. However, it is never the main focus.

The battles in the manga were rather short, but Frieren isn't a Mary Sue either, since her skills are cultivated over her long lifespan. Definitely look forward to the first of the longer story arc in Volume 2 where she got her moniker. :flare_utawaku:
 
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Been reading yokohama kaidashi kikou recently.

It's a post apocalyptic story that features none of the usual story beats for that type of genre. There are no roaming bike gangs, no mutants, no epic battles. Instead it seems that the decline of the world has been accepted. Instead it focus' on an android named Alpha and simply tells a slice of life type story. It's one of those stories that nothing really happens in it, yet I just find it captivating. There is an air of melancholy around the stories as it shows a world slowly succumbing to rising tides. Yet there is beauty there, the artstyle is great.

I have found recently that I have come to enjoy these slower paced manga titles. Things like Yuru Camp (anime is great as well) actually makes me regret I have never done camping.

I have also really enjoyed Bofuri (more a light novel/anime than the manga as that is quite far behind). Being set in a virtual reality game (that hasn't gone horribly wrong for a change) there are no real stakes to it. It's just kind of cute and kind of fun.

Finally got through the Wano arc in One Piece. Absolutely loved my time with it, but it probably could have done with some Judicious pruning. Have to say that it still has some of the best World Builidng in it. Loved some of the revelations around the world government in there. And the final battle that must have been maybe an hour took almost a year to tell is just hilarious to me.

What I do need to do is go back and finish reading off the Immortal Hulk. That was a great horror take on the Hulk, got about halfway through the run and stopped reading for some reason.

I also need to catch up with 2000AD. I think I am only about 6 years behind at the moment. Although it doesn't help that it is a weekly comic.

So anybody got any recommendations in a similar vain to Yuru Camp or Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou?
 

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I recently got over my fomo about starting 2000ad now, and I’m already late by 6 issues. Sure there is the predictable problem of being presented series that have seen multiple releases over the years, but I didn’t plan for the selection to be so hit or miss for me. Which, yeah, is kinda obvious.
So yeah Dredd is nice, sure the parody of fantasy by Abnett is a great surprise, but fuu the rest is a snooze fest at best, and complete shit in the case of the Deathworld story.

Oh, and that must have been in the Megazine, I am okay with pre-publication of series but I admit offering the first part of some older material and then going ‘buy the volume for the rest’ took me by surprise. And not in a good way.
 

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Yeah, depending on the storyline, 2000AD can be hit and miss. Fortunately it's more hit than miss for me. Deathworld is an unusual one as I believe it is built up on a lot of previous stories. It has a lot of back history with the Judge Death stuff and then a few other spin offs.

For me the stand out most recently are Lawless (which in turn is a spin off from Insurrection). But as I said I am about 6 years out of date.

Insurrection is well worth a read. Dan Abnett's remit was to do 40K in the Dredd universe. It's 3 connected stories which should be available in one big volume now. But usually Dan Abnett is always worth a read.

I believe there has been some new Durham Red stuff, but not sure if it is connected to the last set of stories (again Dan Abnett) or if it is a reboot/set bag in the Strontium Dog days.

If you haven't read them yet Nikolai Dante is a lot of fun and then it gets into war stories, really cool but a little bit more serious.

To be honest, looking at the above, I think I mainly read 2000AD for Dan Abnett stuff and Dredd.
 
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Downunder.
So anybody got any recommendations in a similar vain to Yuru Camp or Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou?
Extremely late reply, but I can wholeheartedly recommend How to Grill Our Love by Shiori Hanatsuka

No real drama or angst, just comfy. :flare_bath:

Dating can be tough when you nerd out over barbecue. Kenta, a practical pitmaster, looks for a grill-friend in Chihiro, an aloof and faultless business babe…or is she? Scared of being rejected for who they really are, the two of them find comfort in food and each other…and all is well until Kenta must transfer away. With their developing relationship at steak, Chihiro proposes they tie the knot and they marry for better or wurst. Winging a long-distance marriage is one thing, but here’s the rub—they barely know each other! It’s a rare marriage where all the awkwardness of dating meets a sizzling passion for grilling!
 
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Extremely late reply, but I can wholeheartedly recommend How to Grill Our Love by Shiori Hanatsuka

No real drama or angst, just comfy. :flare_bath:



Thanks, will have to check it out.
 
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Extremely late reply, but I can wholeheartedly recommend How to Grill Our Love by Shiori Hanatsuka

No real drama or angst, just comfy. :flare_bath:



Ah ah, I knew my vast and expanding nerd knowledge would serves me, someday. thekeats1999 was looking for, checks tabs, ‘iyashikei’ ?
I stopped reading manga for a while and indeed the one that I miss the most would be Insomniacs after school. Comfy.
 
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Ah ah, I knew my vast and expanding nerd knowledge would serves me, someday. thekeats1999 was looking for, checks tabs, ‘iyashikei’ ?
I stopped reading manga for a while and indeed the one that I miss the most would be Insomniacs after school. Comfy.
will have a look at that as well.
 
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No need, it's just the name of a genre in Japan.

I meant the Insomnia one.

and thank you for the genre title. There is another I have been enjoying that kind of fits, Bofuri. Just finished the most recent light novel for it. While an action type series, being set in a vr with no disasters around it, the stakes aren’t that high. Also enjoy Killing Slimes and Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, but need to catch up on that.
 
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