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Posted Speedblazer on 31 July 2014 - 04:34 AM
I'm new here and have been scoping this forum for a while. So I thought I'd make a account here.
Nice to be here.
Posted Dave on 17 July 2014 - 11:27 PM
Posted JasonT on 17 July 2014 - 09:57 AM
Posted Shawn on 04 December 2014 - 09:31 PM
What, they compare notes on being poorly written, whilst remembering their salad days at Vertigo? Swampy warns John of the pitfalls of network TV adaptations?
Posted Speedblazer on 25 October 2014 - 12:28 AM
Me as John Constantine
Posted Demon Chas08 on 24 October 2014 - 08:22 AM
Posted JohnMcMahon on 22 August 2014 - 02:02 PM
And not just because I want to see a monkey stick her finger up Matt's arse in season 3.
Posted James on 25 July 2014 - 11:31 AM
African hunger 'demon' and voodoo (HB 1); Swamp Thing and all that non-Christian mythology (HB 9-10); ley lines (HB 14-22); pagan gods (HB annual 1); Babylonian god-turned-Hell demon (anything with Nergal); African horror spirit (The Horrorist 1-2); body-swapping magic (HB 32); fuck knows - some kind of crazy psychotic episode/parallel universe ('Sundays are Different', HB 33); weird shit in the human subconscious (HB 25-26); parallel universes (HB 39-40).
Pagan god (The Lord of the Dance, HB 49); vampires (HB 62-63); voodoo (HB 72-75)
A ghost causing reality to come unstuck (HB 85-88); the Aboriginal Dreamtime and snake god (HB 89-90); a tear in time (HB 91); fairies and British/Arthurian mythology (HB 92-95); ghost dog (literal, not samurai; HB 98); fairies again (HB 99 and loads more); the anthropomorphic personification of football violence (HB 101); the i-ching (HB 102); werewolves (HB 109); more Arthurian stuff, with pseduo ley-lines (HB 110-114); voodoo again (HB 115); British superstition (HB 116-117); reincarnation (HB 118); a psychic episode aboard a doomed plane (HB 199).
A room tainted by the evil deeds committed there (HB 140); an aborted anti-Christ that pisses evil into people's veins (HB 141); all kinds of goofy shit that's just been made up anyway, but I'd love the TV show to have a giant, baby-eating reptilian queen mother (HB 142).
A vengeful zombie (HB 157); a book that tells the future (HB 163); a human golem (HB 167); fuck knows - giant killer bats or something (HB 170-174).
People's souls being used as drugs (HB 175-176); Hindu goddess Kali (HB 177-180); creepy spirits sent by an old English god (HB 182-183); body-swapping magic again (HB 184); Aboriginal ghosts (HB 186); vampire-demon hybrids and de-aging bone magic (HB 187-188); scary dog thing from the garden of Eden (Judeo-Christian-ish, but not really part of an existing mythology; HB 189-193); a man whose body is infested with souls 197-199; fake memories from parallel lives (HB 200).
Humans being possessed for entertainment (HB 234-237); African cannibal magic (HB 238-242).
A suicide spell hidden in the Queen's speech; a factory burning up human human sin creates unexpected fallout; a crazed Egyptologist who wants to commit human sacrifice; a baseball team cursed by a goat.
Living embodiment of human guilt (HB 251-251); Babylonian gods (HB 256-258 and onwards); alchemy (whenever Epiphany's involved)... ugh, bit depressing going through this again so I'll stop here.
There are loads more scenes of general magic use and generic ghost tales, which both exist outside of the Judeo-Christian mythological sphere, but that's still a pretty wide range of stories, and gives some indication of how broad the series can be in its worldbuilding. I'd especially like to see something along the lines of the Sandman/Hellblazer mythos that says belief shapes reality, and that all gods and creation myths are equally valid - even if some are more powerful than others.
Incidentally, if anyone from the production crew wants me to consult, my rates are
Posted Qusoor on 11 March 2013 - 12:50 AM
Yesterday, I picked up Hellblazer #300. The final issue.
I'm sad. John Constantine, the archetypal Sweary British Mage, has been a fixture for more than half of my life. I've got more comics featuring the character than I can comfortably lift. The most popular section of my website is dedicated to John Constantine. And now he's gone, subsumed into a younger, blander version of himself without any sort of ties to the culture that he grew up in.
That's the John Constantine in the DCUniverse, the new 52. He's younger and nobs around with Zatanna, the Phantom Stranger, Frankenstein's creature. But he's not much of a character. Original John Constantine was rooted in the punk of the 70's and 80's. He was a member of a spectacularly failed band (Mucous Membrane). This gave him a center, a starting point. His disrespect for authority, his iconoclasm and cynicism made perfect sense, because I understood the movement he came from, the zeitgeist from which he was born. The desperate 70's were his formative years.
This depth came from the minds of Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben. They looked around and created a character that was from their time. And people responded to John Constantine. He was something new--a working-class mage. Until Constantine, comics magic weilders have been remote mages, men with towers, women with witches terrible powers. John was different. He was a magical mechanic, not getting involved in the ritual of magic, but doing the necessary things in order to get the desired result. If the words are the thing, then why not just say them, rather than intoning them? Was a copper-inlaid pentacle really necessary, or would a quick chalk one on a linoleum floor be just as useful? This practical approach was unique, stripping away the mysticism and obfuscation, as well as the overblown speeches. Dr. Strange has all sorts of charms and talismans, the Specter is the Veneance of God, Dr. Fate channels the power of whichever Egyptian god through his helmet, the Phantom Stanger has some strange origin story. John as none of these. He wasn't a doctor, a mystic, or Judas. He was a self-made sorcerer who got into magic as a way to impress the girls. He came from a poor family, ran away when he was 16. Never went to college.
As such, he was always an iconoclast, and a smart one. He has never been a hero, because heroes do the right thing. John was a ruthless bastard who looked at the big picture and kept his eye on it, often at a personal cost, or to the cost of a friend. That said, what he did always needed doing. And after the price was paid, he usually got drunk. We've even seem him cry a time or two. Constantine was that small person who moved the wheels of the world because they had to. Not because they were getting fame or glory. He was easy to relate to, because he wore his faults and vices on his sleeve. He smoked, he drank, he cursed. All of these motions and emotions made him human, someone I could relate to.
He changed as different writers wrote him differently. Jamie Delano's Constantine was very different from Garth Ennis's Irish Rebel, Mike Carey's masterful manipulator. All these were different and yet recognizeable as the same person. But there were some authors who didn't get it, who didn't understand the point of planting your feet, and flipping off God, the Devil, and the police simply because it needed to be done. And ultimately, this was Constantine's downfall.
Because Constantine was a media property. The media he appeared in was produced on a deadline, and that had to be hit, whether the writer had a good idea or not. And since the creators weren't willing to write him for more than a decade, the chore had to be passed on to someone else. And so there were John stories that were from individuals who didn't really understand what he was about. Certainly the film that used the Constantine name was pretty clueless. As, sadly, was the last man to write the comic. But that's what happens when a character is a media property.
And so one of my favorite favoirte media properties flicks his ciggie into the bushes and heads out for Pubs Unknown. There's going to be a hole in my life for a while. But I'll always have those brilliant issues, and when I want, I can open up a box of comics and visit the good old days.
Posted TheDevilYouKnow on 11 June 2015 - 05:18 PM
Posted Red on 24 November 2014 - 12:01 PM
Posted JasonT on 06 August 2014 - 08:37 AM
"Girlfriends - - and - - THE ODD BOYFRIEND!"
Posted A. Heathen on 27 July 2014 - 07:15 AM
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Posted A. Heathen on 22 July 2013 - 08:53 PM
he'll shout BOLLAX !
The bastardry of a Bastard,
The trickery of Orson Welles,
The guile of Loki,
The cheatery of Lance Armstrong,
The artful dodging of the Artful Dodger,
And a kiss for Zatanna.
Posted Red on 09 November 2012 - 09:56 AM
Posted A. Heathen on 11 August 2014 - 06:53 PM
You criticise his accent and you are trying too hard to not enjoy yourself.