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  1. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    "Ashes and Honey" was actually by Darko Macan, not Ellis. It was a two-part fill-in story between writers. I am a fan of the "Ashes and Honey" arc though, it was very good.
  2. Test & forum update noise

    If someone clicks that they like your post, it shows up on the top of your screen that someone liked your comment. It's how you can discover if you have a secret admirer, for one.
  3. Upgrade

    I hate to be that guy, but it's a bit too....white....around here, isn't it? When are the other sections going to come back? The stuff that used to be in the Culture Bunker and Down the Local. EDIT:Oh, nevermind. I see that Down in the Ground is open to new posts. It says "where dead threads go", so I figured that everything there was locked away.
  4. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    The story actually wasn't very good though. It may have made a few good points, but the fact that the story ends with a student telling the gunman to shoot him was probably something that DC rightly worried about following the mass-school shooting. The problem with the story is that it really wasn't a John Constantine story. He was just there as window-dressing. It's not as if the story was a lost classic. I'm sure keeping Ellis around would have been better than Azzarello, as I did enjoy most of what we saw of Ellis, unlike my feelings for Azzarello. Although, maybe Ellis would have gotten bored in the middle of his next story-arc and moved on to other projects, and we'd be here bitching about how Ellis did that again, this time on our favourite comic book creator. Maybe if we go to an alternate reality where the "Shoot" controversy didn't happen, Ellis would have lost interest in Hellblazer half-way through his next story-arc, and Vertigo in a panic to find a new writer (as Azzarello would be busy now) has to stick Chuck Austen on HB. Maybe the fates were in our favour and saved us from something far worse. Also, welcome to new Forum member. It's nice to see that some people are still discovering John Constantine.
  5. Comics Shipping the Week of September 18th 2017

    I don't expect to see that, as Ellis said that he won't be using Planetary in the WildStorm relaunch. Ellis has said that the Planetary story is finished. Planetary did always come across more as a creator owned book from Ellis, rather than something like Authority or WildCATS, so I'm fine with the Planetary cast being left alone. Yes, I realize that Planetary crossed over with the Authority (and the JLA and Batman...).
  6. Marvel's One World Order

    Yeah, that was a really good series. I doubt they'll even mention Secret Empire again. Marvel is moving on to the Marvel Legacy "not-a-relaunch" next. A lot of books already seem to be ignoring the fact that fascists were just running the United States, like in X-Men:Gold, there's a story-arc brewing about how Congress is voting on a bill to deport all mutants from the United States. Well, in Secret Empire, Steve Rogers allowed California to secede from the US, and rounded up all known mutants and sent them to California, naming it "New Tian". At the end of Secret Empire, it shows the US government destroying New Tian, and repatriating the mutants back in to the United States. Well, that all sounds incredibly stupid, on a number of levels. Sure, maybe the United States government wanted California back as part of the United States, but if they wanted to deport all mutants, especially when mutants don't have an actual homeland, why not just keep New Tian? Plus, "OK, it's time to make it up to mutants for what the fascist government did to them! Welcome back to America! Now, let's vote if we're going to deport you, in a fascist-like manner!". There's also the fact that fascist Steve Rogers is apparently still alive and being kept in a secret government prison compound. Spencer may have been going more for metaphor, in that the dark, fascist heart of the United States is always hidden just under the surface, waiting to come back out, and we must never allow that to happen. Sure. It's still a horrible decision. I never want to see fascist Cap showing up as a villain again. I think that's a bad story idea that needs to be locked away with the Secret Empire cross-over, not to be seen again.
  7. Marvel's One World Order

    Well, it seems that against all common sense, Marvel does not plan to wipe away the Secret Empire continuity.... Unless the Marvel Legacy special is going to set up a new Marvel Universe, which at this point, I do not expect. That's going to be kind of....disturbing. I can imagine the discussion amongst the Avengers, "Hey guys. Remember when Captain America was a fascist and Hydra took over American? That was pretty crazy, am I right?". "Yes....Let us never speak of any of that again."
  8. TPB Covers

    Except for that story in the third Winter's Edge anthology written by Dave Gibbons....that story wasn't very good, even though John was out hunting for gin.
  9. TPB Covers

    Lou-He's as slippery and elusive as those darn Djinn. Huh, I don't remember the Djinn being used in Pandemonium. I just remember Nergal. I only read the book once though....paging through, ah yes, I see there are Djinn. Well, that makes John's belief that the Djinn are probably only a legend at the beginning of Oliver's epic quest somewhat questionable. (Yes, I realize that there is no actual HB continuity anymore.) New readers will probably be dismayed to learn that the Djinn weren't presented as John's eternal nemesis in Pandemonium, making them rip that book up in rage and refuse to allow it to be canonical....much as some long-time fans have done with Milligan's run, or what Forum member Slinker did with the John Smith issue.
  10. TPB Covers

    I'm not sure if John has a high opinion of himself and Adrian, or if there's a different cover of which I'm unaware that he's talking....but, Bradstreet named all the regular Forum contributors at that time on the cover of Hellblazer #214.
  11. TPB Covers

    Maybe they're hoping that all these John Constantine fans who are rushing to buy the new Hellblazer comics will be drawn to buying the back-issue Trades by seeing covers that look just like the JC they know and love? I mean, Hellblazer fans are obviously going to pick up a Hellblazer Trade today expecting to see John's past exploits in search of his arch-enemies, the Djinn. DC has to find some way to appeal to that huge core audience. Delano and Ennis are sorely lacking in Djinn stories, and that's why the original HB series got canceled! Today's discerning readers demand to see intelligent stories about searches for Djinn, not the pap that Delano and Ennis were churning out, obviously just to get a quick pay-day. I'm sure it also saves DC money, as they have a core roster of talents under exclusive contracts. Those classic HB artists aren't under contract with DC now. They'd be more likely to just keep using artists who they currently have under contract. HB Trades aren't the highest selling books at DC, so why would they want to spend extra on them? It's not as if it's a Frank Miller Batman project, where spending extra money is worth it based on sales.
  12. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    It was Triton's transformation which caused his parents' decision now, not Lockjaw.
  13. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    I would probably have to re-read the series again (I did like it, although for such a short run, it was inconsistent, perhaps Ellis taking so long to finish the series had something to do with that....), but the origin story of Karnak is that he was the only member of the Royal Family whose parents refuse to exposed him to the Terrigenesis Mists. This was unheard of in Inhuman culture. All Royal Family members always exposed their babies to the Terrigenesis process. So, unlike the other Inhumans' Royal Family, Karnak had to work hard to develop his own abilities. It's said that this bred resentment in him. This take on Karnak is something completely different than any other presentation of the character in the past, by the way. While that was always Karnak's origin story, he was never presented as this nihilistic type of figure before.
  14. Comics Shipping the Week of September 11th 2017

    Robert Kirkman? I'm pretty sure Kirkman never wrote Avengers. He wrote an Ant Man series and had a run on Ultimate X-Men, but that was about it at Marvel.
  15. R.I.P. Len Wein (1948 - 2017)

    It looks like just for #94 and 95. Marv Wolfman was editor by issue #96. The story I read as to why Wein left X-Men so quickly was because Marvel wanted him to either drop Brother Voodoo or X-Men, and Wein said that since both books were equal in importance to him (neither one was that big of a deal, in other words), he decided he'd stick on Brother Voodoo, since he had been writing that longer. Imagine how different things would have been had Wein chose X-Men instead!