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  1. 5 points
    http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-creator-of-constantine-reflects-on-his-epic-hellblazer-run-30-years-later "I guess I did want to write a different type of comic: one that gained its impetus from the horror – largely social and political – shared and hopefully understood by both its characters and readers," says Delano.
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  3. 2 points
    I think Global Frequency worked a lot better than Orbiter because it wasn't completely shitawful there was some characterisation mixed into the contrivance (vile characters, mostly, but: Warren Ellis), the stories actually mostly worked as stories rather than just being a sixty page whine about how space exploration stopped years ago with not even Collen Doran's beautiful art managing to make up for the lack of any other content at all, and the conceit of a post-hipster Thunderbirds team actually did a pretty decent job of tying the various bits together.
  4. 2 points
    Even worse, when the Punisher became a black guy, those issues are ones I always happily skip over when I'm doing re-reads of that series. I'm guilty of picking up the Austen X-Men issues, though even I gave up halfway through the run. That was what broke my Uncanny X-Men completist run, in fact, fuck it was awful. I'd have to disagree about Punisher Armory, though. I'm far from being a "gun guy", but the pages all had narrative captions written by Eliot Brown that captured the Punisher's voice perfectly. It wasn't just "hey, here's this gun, it kills people", each entry had a story behind it. I remember one that had a little snub-nose pistol that had belonged to Frank's wife, a purse gun, and the narration was all about how he wished she'd had it with them the day they were killed in the park. Another one had a little cowboy cap gun that was his son's, and how it was the one gun Frank would never part with. Surprisingly well-written stuff.
  5. 2 points
    Oh man now I am flashing back to when the Punisher was an angel or whatever and had spirit guns and hunted down demons or something.
  6. 2 points
    While I loved Planetary, I always gave that Vertigo/Constantine issue the side-eye, as it fell right after Ellis left Hellblazer over "Shoot". It was like he wasn't just wanting to give his own little swan song to Constantine with that nice middle flashback bit (which I heard once was originally going to be part of his Hellblazer run, the issue that was to be drawn by David Lloyd), he also had to talk shit about the character and Vertigo as a whole. According to that story, Constantine and all of the old guard Vertigo characters needed to be put to pasture because they were silly taken out of context of the late 1980s and they should all just be the much cooler Spider Jerusalem instead. It came off as incredibly pissy to me, which I would have been okay with if Ellis hadn't been talking out his ass about a DC comic when he's still writing multiple other DC Comics. Always stuck me as childish.
  7. 2 points
    Nothing new for me, currently rereading The Phalanx Covenant because I'm an old man and I draw comfort from the warm glow offered by nostalgia, no matter how shitty the source.
  8. 2 points
    He's shirking his duty, and there's big money to be made by controlling the shipping list. I expect to send some proxy forces to route Lou from being able to keep up his duties as the Master of the Shipping Lists, which will lead to a situation where a coup is possible.
  9. 1 point
    I think it's designed big and heavy so that the agents can use it as a blunt implement if they get involved in an unexpected fist fight.
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    Those last two are both really nice character touches, but I'm not sure they belonged in a comic that just seemed to be an excuse for drawings of guns. No argument about the whole "Frank subscribes to Ebony" storyline being a ridiculous load of arsedribble, though. The daftest thing about that one, iirc, is that he gets made over because Jigsaw carved his face up while he was in prison, and while Jigsaw has never been able to get his own phizz patched up, a struck off plastic surgeon turned crack whore fixes Frank's face for him in a single procedure and develops a radical new treatment to turn him black while she's at it. This is where Jigsaw fails, obviously: instead of wasting all that money on plastic surgery, he should have just found a hooker with a drug habit. Christian, there is an excuse for buying at least one issue of Marville: as a desperate and underhand attempt to outsell Peter David's Captain Marvel by cheating, Jemas struck the submission guidelines for a "pitch us a new Max comic" talent search in one issue of Marville instead of a lettercolumn. The guideline was never published anywhere else, and (so far as I know) nothing came of it.
  13. 1 point
    It's the notion that the breath-takingly mid '90s looking Spider Jerusalem somehow looks less dated than some guy who dresses like a slob spruced up for a job interview* that always amuses me about that one as well. *(or not-quite-prissily immaculate, depending on the artist who's drawing him)
  14. 1 point
    Yeah, Kaminski's series was heavily influenced by William Gibson. Oh yeah, I forgot that Ashely Wood took over on art towards the end of the run. I remember now that I had some trouble finding the latter issues of GR 2099, and had to order them online. It does look like a large portion of GR 2099 is more expensive than the earlier 2099 launches (outside of Doom). GR 2099 and Hulk 2099 were part of a second launch from the imprint. The Hulk 2099 book didn't last very long though, and those are also going really cheap. It was pretty good too though, just not as good as the other 2099 titles. Then, there was the third launch, which had some really questionable books, and the quality of the line nose-dived. This was after Joey Cavaleri got fired, and most of the top 2099 writers left in protest (Ellis, Mills, Moore). I think Terry Kavanagh started writing some 2099 books after Cavaleri was gone, and no one should ever read a Kavanagh written comic.
  15. 1 point
    Sean Phillips posted this variant cover on Twitter: I can't get the current version of the forum software to embed Sean's tweet, so what you're looking at is my scaled-down version. The original in all its Phillipsian glory can be seen at https://twitter.com/seanpphillips/status/936642752263147520 He's also tweeted work-in-progress shots of other variant covers.
  16. 1 point
    No. The comic is still awful, and Philips was just doing the alternate cover. The interior artwork still looks like a Saturday morning cartoon show. Remember the old adage, that Adrian chooses to negate, "Never judge a book by its cover". The alternate cover may look pretty, but everything else is still pure garbage.
  17. 1 point
    I'm wondering if this might leave to some sort of death duel between you and Lou over prerogatives? "Your powers have grown weak, old man: I am the master of the monthly shipping lists now..."
  18. 1 point
    Really great article. Who needs socially challenging dark fiction these days, though, when we have Djinn and the Huntress to read about?
  19. 1 point
    That's not all! The latest solicits reveal that concurrent to the adventures of Huntress and John, John's going to be guest-starring in the Green Lanterns book too. Forget those Swamp Thing yarns, this is the definitive Hellblazer Goes Green story we've been waiting for! And given that a lantern is basically the same thing as a lamp, and lamps are what those pesky genies like to hang out in, could this be the long-awaited return of the dastardly Djinn? (I guess we're getting back to where John was during the New 52, where DC was having him guest-star in every book from I, Vampire to Amethyst only now its random superhero books instead of fellow "Dark" titles)
  20. 1 point
    Almost enough to bring a tear to an old man's eye seeing Sean's Constantine again, his cover for #109 played a significant part in my discovering the character.
  21. 1 point
    John McCrea's recent #inktober tribute to Steve Dillon in the form of John
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