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Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017)

21 March 2017 - 06:05 PM

Bernie Wrightson is gone.
He's a famed comic book artist (mainly known for his horror genre work) and co-creator of the Swamp Thing, if there's anyone who doesn't know the name.

I discovered the news on J.M. DeMatteis' blog, so that's the link I am including.

The Hellblazer #5

29 December 2016 - 03:13 AM

I thought this issue was the "overnight Xanax"!
Incredibly boring....moving at a snail's pace. I can't believe how long this story-arc has been going on, and how little has actually occurred. Even less has happened that I actually care about. Yet, still it goes on. It is the never-ending story-arc.

The saving grace for this issue was the meeting with Marj. I did enjoy that.

Otherwise, nothing happened. This felt more like chapter one, than the actual chapter five....
I'll give it a 5, as I enjoyed the Marj scenes. Otherwise, there wasn't much to redeem this issue.
Last issue I felt some grace, as it was almost a story in its own right sandwiched in between this slog. Now, it's just a book where nothing happens month after month.

Constantine #13-Put Out of Its Misery

09 June 2016 - 04:19 AM

Well, it's the end. Not much more to say. A complete failure of a comic book.
The last page was a decent ending moment for a JC comic book. "You always will be."
Otherwise, a complete waste.
I have zero idea what John did to defeat Nergal-stand-in-DC-demon-guy.
I completely forgot the plot. I have no idea why any of it mattered.
The JLD crew were brought back last issue in order to stand around for one page in this issue, and then dissapear.
The ending of Oliver's story was so lame and wrong. I guess it's the old "bad things happen to those around John" trope (how original), but his fate was too gruesome. It wasn't deserved. There was some irony that it was all unnecessary. The fact that the horrible end was just glossed over after didn't help.
The art continued to look horrible.
This book deserved the axe.

Hopefully Simon Oliver will create something better. He's coming off one of the strongest Vertigo books I've read in ages (Last Gang in Town), so there is hope.

Constantine #12

12 May 2016 - 06:25 PM

I figured I should start a topic, so we could end out this volumn in the life of someone who is named John Constantine, but seems to not be recognizable as the character named John Constantine who once starred in the pages of Hellblazer.
I'm not sure anyone else is even reading the book, at this point. I don't blame them.
I really have nothing to say about the issue. The art was horrible! Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Deadman appeared at the end of the issue (Justice League Dark is back, baby! Oh yeah!)....but they were the most horribly drawn versions of said characters I've ever seen.
The author has still not learned to write in 12 issues of this book. The editor needed to help out more. Expository dialogue that goes on for page after page is wearing on the reader. It isn't necessary in a comic book story. This has happened in every issue of this series. The author feels the need at the end of the issue to begin taking up entire pages with meaningless, meandering dialogue. Crowding out the art can only be a good thing in this issue though.
I'm glad DC is killing this next month, although I don't even remember what the plot is about anymore.
Horrible book!