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  1. 4 points
    can this thread be made only accesible to the members again please? i realize it's not a big hurdle, but i feel like the pictures of kids and us folks should be a little protected.
  2. 4 points
    C'mon, Ixnay. You're only fakin' that achin' for Chaykin. It's the thought of Nick Necro that's got you shakin' the bacon.
  3. 4 points
    Here's Johnny scaling my bookshelf like it's goddamned Mount Everest.
  4. 4 points
    sooo i just wanted to update. i have been depression free for over a year now. it was a lot of work and stuff, but it worked out wonders :) i have seen my therapist not for the last 2,5 months and still going strong. just wanted to let you know :) also thanks for the reading and answering when i had to vent and complain, it sure did help. i really like this forum :) (whereelse can you make jokes about playing poker with gods, analyze an obscure comic that has been dead for almost four years, talk about personal stuff and get new insights on a variety of completely unrelated things :D)
  5. 3 points
    Also, what classic stories do today's comic readers have to look back on? Older readers had: "The Galactus Trilogy" "The Dark Phoenix Saga" "Dangerous Habits" Now..... "Iron Man gets written out-of-character in Civil War." "Spider Man gets written out-of-character in One More Day". "Captain America gets written out-of-character in Secret Empire." "John Constantine spends twelve months looking for the Djinn." No wonder less and less people care about comic books (or, mainstream comics, at least) all the time.
  6. 3 points
    He could just do the Constantines Past issues.
  7. 3 points
    I've said before that Carey's finale is probably my favorite ending to any Hellblazer run, in spite of the occasionally bumpy road leading up to it. "R.S.V.P." has a sense of finality to it, and I feel that in retrospect, if there was a place to satisfactorily end Hellblazer during its original run - this would be it. Looking forward to seeing what you make of the final three original Hellblazer runs.
  8. 3 points
    Here's a recent pic of my son, Johnny, and I. Excuse my red Devil Eyes, I had corrective muscle surgery in both eyes a month ago, and I was still recovery when that shot was taken.
  9. 3 points
    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.
  10. 3 points
    That said, I really couldn't have seen Ellis doing a Freezes Over or Hard Time, and it wouldn't have been beyond him (having quit the book in a tantrum over having an ill timed, but far from brilliant story pulled) to produce something over a forty issue run that made all that made all of the dogfucking and sweetly musky balls nonsense look like The Dead Boy's Heart by comparison.
  11. 2 points
    I can't believe there's never been a "What If...?" story that featured Frank Castle becoming Ghost Rider. It almost writes itself: Castle loses his family, becomes possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance after making a deal with the Devil. That's almost exactly what he did at the end of "Born" actually, it was just another (possible) entity, if not just Frank's own crazed mental state.
  12. 2 points
    I always thought a "What if..." Frank Castle became Deathlok book would have been cool.
  13. 2 points
    The good news is that DC's Huntress is going to be the guest-star in the next story-arc. That's what the Hellblazer fan-base has been awaiting. I'm glad I've put all this behind me. It's hilarious that John Constantine (one of the greatest characters ever created in comics) is so far below the quality level of a Snagglepuss comic book. Imagine if a time traveler were to go back to 1988 and tell someone this, he would never be believed. Ah, how the mighty have fallen.
  14. 2 points
    Because it reads like if Scooby doo was a soap opera and had suddenly gotten shitty characterization for the whole cast. But read for yourself, there is a couple of different opinions on the run.
  15. 2 points
    I've mentioned here in different threads that I'm a big fan of James Robinson. While not everything he writes is good (or even readable, looking at you "Cry For Justice"), he's a writer that I always make time for even if I'm not a fan of the characters he's writing, like with his current Wonder Woman run. His work on Grendel, Scarlet Witch, Batman, the JSA...all solid to really great work. Starman, though, holds a place in my heart that's unmatched by any other comic series, it's easily my favorite completed comic work. I used to make it a point every 2 or so years to go back and re-read Starman from start to finish, a task that was made a whole lot easier when DC released the six Omnibus volumes. While I was always drawn in by the way Robinson tied everything in the series together during the epic "Grand Guignol", and I certainly recognized the dramatic beats he was hitting as the series wrapped up, it's only been in recent years that I've truly felt and understood the emotional impact of that last year plus of the series. My last read-through of the series was back in 2013, and as I was making my way through the volumes my father was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. A prognosis of 6 months turned into death after 6 weeks, and my dad passed away while I was smack-dab in the middle of "Grand Guignol". I wasn't able to finish reading the series, I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it, but it hit me so hard emotionally and the wound of my dad's death was so raw that it colored my opinion on the series. It wasn't just an expertly and intricately plotted superhero series, it was now one of the saddest and most bittersweet conclusions I'd ever read. It was only a few months ago that I decided to read the series through again, for the first time in 4 years. Now, though, the way I'm relating to Starman has changed once again. Instead of looking at it as a son dealing with the death of my father, I'm now a father myself. Starman was ultimately about the relationship between father and son, and while the end of "Grand Guignol" (and the final issue) is still bittersweet and brings up tons of depressing memories it also reminds me that it wasn't long after losing my father that I gained my son. In that way, Jack Knight became my avatar, and the series itself is a testament to how comics as a medium can touch someone deep in their soul. And god damn could Tony Harris draw the hell out of that comic.
  16. 2 points
    Bendix is a shouty angry slaphead: of course Ellis enjoys writing him.
  17. 2 points
    Just imagine being someone who sees and picks up a gorgeous Sean Phillips The Hellblazer variant on the shelves, with no idea of the Davide Fabbri art waiting for him on the inside!
  18. 2 points
    ...to Janina Ramirez, about Fairy Feller's Master Stroke and Norse Myths https://www.historyhit.com/podcasts/the-art-detective/
  19. 2 points
    Yeah, that's not what happened to Marvel Comics. That's what the editors at Marvel decided to blame instead of looking at their own self-destructive business decisions. The alt-Right idiots just decided to jump on that comment as a way to make a political point. Most of those people don't even know about comics, but hearing "diversity is being forced on a corporation and killing its profits" was an orgasm waiting to happen for them. It's the same as the LGBTQ community whining and complaining about John Constantine not being "bi-enough", and they won't read the book unless John is fucking men, when, in reality, most of those people had never even read Hellblazer before. The fact is that monthly comic books are a dying medium, and it's not going to change. Marvel and DC both rely on quick fixes so they can see that they hit #1 on the sales charts for that month, not bothering to think about what's going to happen the next month, when "Cap is a fascist!" or "new #1 issue!" or "Marvel Legacy begins!" isn't there to draw in the collector crowd. Comic books used to be a lot more diverse actually. Not with minorities or anything like that. But, there used to be horror comics and sci-fi comics and crime comics and girls comics and romance comics. Something for diverse tastes. And, they sold so many damn books! They also weren't charging money so that only single middle-aged people can afford the damn things either! Then, it ended up where superheroes are the only thing that a major comic book publisher can publish, which cuts down on the amount of fans who are going to be interested in the medium. Especially, when comic books cost $4 an issue, which means that kids can't read comic books anymore. The idea of publishing comics that appeal to females or black people or gay people isn't a negative idea, in the least. In fact, many of these "diversity books that are killing Marvel's business" that they like to make excuses with are actually selling pretty decently as Trade Paper Backs in retail book chains, but Marvel and DC are solely obsessed with the monthly sales charts, which continue to decline all the time. Diversity isn't Marvel's problem, and until they wake up and look at themselves in the mirror, they're going to see monthly sales decline all the time. But, hey, then Disney might get word that they have a bunch of incompetents in charge of something they own, and Disney might start axing these idiots who don't have the first idea about how to run a profitable company. As long as Disney sees the profits they're making on the movies though, they don't have to take a hard look at why Marvel Comics is failing. So, braindead editors can start using all the excuses in the world about why they can't manage to publish comic books that anyone wants to read....."Hey, it's not my fault! It's the blacks and the queers! They're the ones who hurt Marvel!". That's why most of us fans who actually love comic books as a medium are cutting down on our monthly buys and turning to a company like Image which comprehends the simple idea that creativity is the most important aspect to any literary medium, and isn't concerned about the next cross-over and relaunch to help save a comic book Universe which they've bungled and mishandled for about a decade now.
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    I couldn't remember, nor be bothered to search for, the thread that had us all talking about Rachel Pollack's run on Doom Patrol (and Elizabeth Hand's Anima series), so I figured I'd stick this here. Really interesting interview with Pollack about her Doom Patrol run and the editorial/critical reception of it at the time. No big surprise that Axel Alonso taking over as editor when Lou Stathis died is what ultimately forced her out of Vertigo. https://www.newsarama.com/37024-rachel-pollack-talks-doom-patrol-prose-writing-and-making-a-return-to-comics.html
  22. 2 points
    Nice quote in there from Lou Stathis: "If Vertigo can't publish Rachel Pollack, what's it for?"
  23. 2 points
    Here's an interview I did with DeMatteis many years ago about his Ghost Rider run. I'll say it again, guy was so genuine and appreciative to talk about work he did 20 years ago (at that time). My goal is to get him on the podcast at some point as well, I'll squee like a fangirl in heat if that happens. Vengeance Unbound - J.M. DeMatteis Interview
  24. 2 points
    related my favorite rob leifield related article ever
  25. 2 points
    To be fair, that sort of thing is why we have a superego standing over our id with a blunt implement in its hand and a stern look in its eyes... (I think rather than a buried desire of Constantine's that was supposed to be his ousted shittiest bits exploiting Gemma's fantasies in pursuit of forced sex, though. At least, I hope it was.)
  26. 2 points
    John McCrea's recent #inktober tribute to Steve Dillon in the form of John
  27. 2 points
    Those are some really good points, Robinson does tend to mine the past of his characters, and that was one of the more damning aspects to Diggle's run. I'd counter, though, with the notion that Diggle's continuity dredging wasn't what made his run so forgettable, it was that he regurgitated past minutia while simultaneously sacrificing character moments for plot mechanics. I don't think Robinson would do that, because in his better works like Scarlet Witch and especially Starman, he grounded the series in heavy character pieces while also laying down all of the plots for his endgame. Robinson would bring the character's heart and humanity back, instead of just sending him on neverending quests. Or he'd write something like Justice League: Cry for Justice and make me look like a fucking idiot for suggesting him in the first place. It's a toss up.
  28. 2 points
    Yes, which shows that it can be hard to predict how well a writer will do writing a John Constantine story. Jason Aaron is a great writer, yet he wrote one of the worst Hellblazer stories.
  29. 2 points
    So a few things since we launched on Monday! We not only passed the 50% mark already, but we also found ourselves in the Projects We Love category! It's been getting a pretty good reception thus far, but definitely want to get closer to the initial goal as soon as we can, that way we get closer to possibly adding those extra pages of back up story with the crossovers with other indie comic characters. So if you can, definitely put a pledge in and share and tag people to see the project. It'd be much appreciated! Oh yeah, don't forget, money doesn't get taken out of your account if you pledge/donate/pre-order until the end of the campaign on October 25th and you can edit the amount any time after you've pledged until that date. So you can place it now just to calculate the numbers. Thanks, guys! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1942007293/isnana-the-were-spider-volume-2
  30. 2 points
    Just a quick public thanks to known vagabond Mister Adrian Brown Esquire for his continued upkeep of the forum, I'm a proper lazy bastard and the place would be falling down around your ears without him!
  31. 2 points
    The Kickstarter is finally live! Be sure to pledge and spread the word through social media of all types, friends and family, etc. Any type of support would be greatly appreciated! And for anyone who missed out on the first volume, given that the book is sold out, you'll also be able to pledge for a copy of the first along with the new one! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1942007293/isnana-the-were-spider-volume-2
  32. 2 points
    Thanks guys! Yeah, he turned two back in May, and has definitively proved that the "Terrible Twos" does indeed exist. We had stair gates put up for awhile now, the tension kind that just use pressure to keep between the walls, and he figured out that he could just tear them right the fuck down and jaunt back and forth on the stairway. So I installed metal gates that are screwed into the wall, with hinges and a lock...and the little guy just crawled under them.
  33. 2 points
    Jeeeez, the boy got huge!! Hey, guys. Just wanted to let you guys know that I'll be launching the Kickstarter for the next volume of my book series, Is'nana the Were-Spider, this coming Monday for anyone who is interested. If you haven't gotten Vol 1 yet, which is currently sold out, you'll be able to get that also!
  34. 2 points
    I apparently have three secret admirers. So, I'm pretty excited about that, I guess.
  35. 2 points
    That's very true, but in most cases (thinking mainly about Transmet) the ranting was at least in some service to a story. "Shoot" was shoehorned into a series that it didn't belong, even with the hamfisted justification for Constantine being involved at all. "My mate's son was taken to America, got shot in a school, RAAARRGGHH!". Not Ellis or Hellblazer's finest moment. Had it been released as planned, it would have been a mite bit controversial but ultimately a small piece of a much larger run. Banning it from being published built it up into this mythic thing that it doesn't deserve to be.
  36. 2 points
    i mean shitting out of the mouth of his characters is like 45% of whats appealing on ellis' as a writer
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  38. 2 points
    Uh... fine thanks. Just started two weeks' holiday. And you?
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    As part of their Road To Black Friday sale, Comixoly are offering most of the Hellblazer back catalog at 50% off!
  41. 1 point
    Yeah, it was the Phantom Stranger.
  42. 1 point
    Happy 2-year anniversary to this old thread! Mike's new comic Barbarella (yeah) is due early December. http://www.westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/interview-mike-carey-on-dynamites-barbarella/
  43. 1 point
    Yeah for $17 it’s not bad but i’d Prefer a cheaper softcover. Yeah I️ did get a chuckle at the title. I️ think he changed a vowel to make it seem he didn’t just do that. But he did. He did just do that.
  44. 1 point
    Also, picked up three issues of the four issue comic book adaptation of Fritz Lang's M with art by Jon J. Muth (it was published by Eclipse Comics). This is an absolutely stunning piece of comic book artwork. If you come across copies of this, make sure to pick them up. The beautiful artwork is completely worth the price, even if you've seen the movie.
  45. 1 point
    I also felt that JL appearance was pretty silly, as it ended with John literally engaging the League + Zee and Swampy in fisticuffs (perhaps Tim Seeley is using this to pitch John as the next Injustice DLC?). Thankfully it was a pretty brief scene and most of it occurred off-panel. Story ultimately was nothing special or new (choice of enemies aside), but Seeley wrote it well and I felt he had a great handle on John's persona for the most part. After about two years of drawn out and boring Djinn benders and New York hipster stuff in Constantine comics, it also was nice to read something with a little brevity in comparison.
  46. 1 point
    Punisher: The Platoon # 2...god damn did I miss Garth Ennis writing the Punisher. So far this series is everything I was hoping it would be, and the way it so closely ties together so many things from Ennis' MAX work is amazing. You've got elements from "Born" and "Valley Forge, Valley Forge", naturally, but there's also stuff from Fury: My War Gone By that works itself in effortlessly. I noted that Marvel's January solicitations had the first volume of Ennis' Punisher MAX Omnibus, and if it doesn't include Fury and Platoon in the last volume, I'll be greatly disappointed.
  47. 1 point
    Today is the final day of my campaign for Is'nana Vol 2. I'm doing a last day stretch goal with an awesome digital comics deal. If you pledge for a copy of Is'nana the Were-Spider and we are able to reach $18K by tomorrow at 9 AM, EST, you get a digital package of 16 free indie comic books. This is a great way to get a bunch of dope comics for the price of one book and a way to learn of other books out there. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1942007293/isnana-the-were-spider-volume-2
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    With not one, but TWO episodes this time. It sounds like he'll play a bigger role than he did in the Arrow ep. Can't wait to watch just those two and never bother with the show again.
  50. 1 point
    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.