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#21 TheMojoPin

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:34 AM

Joining the crowd, Morrison is my top choice by far.  The man is easily my overall favorite writer, and he's yet to put out something I didn't enjoy waaaaay too much.

If it weren't probably impossible, I'd want Warren Ellis back on the title right this very instant.

What's everyone's thoughts on another American taking a shot at writing JC?  Azz's run was spotty at best, that's obvious...but are there any others out there that might have the stuff to step up?

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:40 AM

Well . . . Brian K. Vaughn was suggested, but I dunno if HB is his style. I haven't read anything of his outside of Y, though.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:48 AM

QUOTE (wolfram @ Feb 20 2005, 11:40 PM)
Well . . . Brian K. Vaughn was suggested, but I dunno if HB is his style. I haven't read anything of his outside of Y, though.


I thought of him...and of Bendis (for his old crime/noir indie titles)...but neither really has handled anything resembling a "magic" title or character, and I'd be worried that aspect would fall too far by the wayside.

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 04:01 AM

My top pick would also be Morrison or Milligan.  Morrison moreso, because he's continued to impress me with his work, whereas there hasn't been much from Milligan that knocked my socks off (I liked X-Force/X-Statix well enough, but that's a different kind of book all together).  If Milligan could bring the same quality he brought with him to Shade, The Changing Man, then I'll all for him.
Morrison's two fill-in issues were great, and he clearly at one point had a great interest in the character (just look at Hellblazer and Kipling from his Doom Patrol).

As a big non-fan of Brian K. Vaughan's Swamp Girl (err, "Thing") series, I'd prefer he stay far, far away from Hellblazer.

I'm also not entirely opposed to giving some young, relatively unknown writer a chance on the book ... though maybe they could have a smaller contract at first, for like eight issues, and then the editors can gauge from there whether or not they want to keep the writer on board for more.

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 05:51 AM

The one thing about Vaughn's "Swamp GIRL" series that I liked was his characterization of John. So, I might go for him.

Bendis is a shell of his former self and would be lost on a book liked Hellblazer.

If we could go back in time 5 years, I'd want to see Ellis back. But, I don't today's Ellis anywhere near "Hellblazer"! He only cares about "Planetary" now; besides that he's too busy telling us how much we should love space and annoying fans by constantly attempting to prove that decompression is the highest form of writing to bother writing anything meaningful.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 06:37 AM

QUOTE (Christian @ Feb 21 2005, 12:51 AM)
and annoying fans by constantly attempting to prove that decompression is the highest form of writing to bother writing anything meaningful.


Quite, I don't care to watch six pages of John attempting to light a cigarette, no matter how many pretty panels it gives me.  icon_wink.gif
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:25 AM

Yeah, Morrison and Milligan — in that order, 'cos the series would have to be cancelled shortly after Peter took it over. icon_smile.gif  icon_redface.gif

What I've seen of Brian Vaughan's work has been just as padded as Warren's.

I'd really like to see Paul Jenkins have another go. He's not the same writer now that he was in the 90s.

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:31 AM

Grant Morrison: it's not going to happen, people. Sad but true.

Dunno who I want next. Ideally some total unknown who'll blow us all away. Really. I can't think of a single major existing writer who'd be (a) in with a chance of taking the job and (b) likely to write HB in a style I'd enjoy.

I want to be surprised.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 09:07 AM

QUOTE (James @ Feb 20 2005, 10:28 PM)
I get worried that you touting his name about will give someone the idea to hire him


For the benefit of those listening, I'd like to nominate James Wilkinson with creative consultant Adrian Brown  biggrin.gif
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 09:41 AM

Rogan: How'd you feel about Enki Bilal writing HB? icon_biggrin.gif
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:12 PM

QUOTE (JohnMcMahon @ Feb 21 2005, 09:07 AM)
For the benefit of those listening, I'd like to nominate James Wilkinson with creative consultant Adrian Brown  biggrin.gif


Sounds good to me.

Or Morrison. Spencer on a trial run.

Not Bendis.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:15 PM

Fuck Scabo, give it me.

It'd be swear-tastic!
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:26 PM

And EVERY SINGLE ISSUE would end up with John viciously torturing some WB employee...
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:30 PM

Biting the hand that feeds. I like it, very Simpsons-esque.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:33 PM

You could write the "Mucous Membrane Years" spinoff title.

I'll be writing "John Constantine : The Dublin Pub Years"
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:41 PM

Ooooh, I might give that a go y'know.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:40 PM

Jenkins/Jae Lee.....perchance to dream

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:42 PM

And they were sooooooooooo close to doing a fill-in issue or four  icon_2gun.gif
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 04:23 PM

I wouldn't be so opposed to having a few short-timers give a shot at the title before the next long term writer.  DC/Vertigo has usually given the title to an up and coming writer within their fold so that gives good odds to Diggle.  But I wouldn't mind having someone like this Myserty novelist Mina take a shot at the title for a bit.  Anything DC/Vertigo can do to advertise the comic and bring it to more people's attention will help it maintain its long run.

Oh and whomever the next writer is I wouldn't mind seeing a more fractured run..that is not have his or her entire tenure be chapters in one big storyline the way Ennis, Jenkins, Azzarello, and Carey's has been.  If just for a change.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 04:28 PM

Jenkins' and Ennis' runs weren't meta-stories in quite the same overwhelming way as Azzarello and Carey made theirs. Sure, there were underlying threads which played out as their runs went on, and they both tied together most of their respective loose ends in their final arcs, but that's not quite the same as the 'every issue/story-arc is just another chapter in the epic saga' approach which has dominated Mike's run in particular. At least Ennis and Jenkins wrote the occasional standalone issue/short story, if only to break up the pace of the meta-arc. Barring #201, Carey hasn't written one of those since 'Red Sepulchre', really.

Other than that, I heartily agree with you.
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