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  1. Other comics we read recently

    Yes, you need to change your screen name to that, Lou. That was my first thought.
  2. Marvel's One World Order

    I know. I regret not getting to meet him. He was certainly one of the top comic book creators who I wanted to meet in person, at some point. I probably missed my chance. So far, John Ostrander is the only comic book writer I've been able to meet who I would consider to be someone on that mythical list. DeMatteis does have a blog, and I did contact him on the internet to let him know what his writing has meant to me, and the effect it has had on shaping my own views of life. After Steve Gerber died, I realized that I only contacted him shortly before his death to tell him how much his work had touched me, and that if I had waited much longer to tell Gerber, he would have been dead. So, I wanted to make sure that I let DeMatteis know too. Yeah, he seems like a very nice person, in his reply to me. I'm sure it's a major pivotal moment in the life of Steve Gerber that he got to hear how much Man Thing and Howard the Duck helped me get through a really hard time in my life....and he did relate to me with his own personal issues.....but, I mean, it's good to let someone know that their writing wasn't taken for granted. I've had an E-mail exchange with Jamie Delano in the past, so I let him know my love for his writing as well.
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    Oh yeah....what was that? Oh, Farewell Moonshadow. I own the big Vertigo Moonshadow collection, and it just included that one-shot in with the rest of the Moonshadow story, so I forgot that he published that separately at Vertigo.
  4. Other comics we read recently

    Kid Lobotomy #1 (by Peter Milligan)-This is worth checking out the second issue. Milligan seems to be trying too hard to recapture his run on Shade, at times. Still, looking back to one of Milligan's best comic works isn't the worst thing that Milligan has done. There are some interesting things going on in the book, outside of Milligan (and Shelley Bond) trying to recapture past magic. The references to Franz Kafka are certainly intriguing (the phone call scene), and the Dr. Burroughs' cut-up technique brain surgery is some fun word-play from a writer who excelled at that sort of thing in his earlier comic work. It's nice to see that Milligan has recovered so well from the trauma of his run on Hellblazer.... Also, next issue of Jeff Lemire's Sherlock Frankenstein will feature the origin story of Cthu-Lou. he he
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    Yep, I think those three were all DeMatteis did for Vertigo....but they were all excellent. Seekers into the Mystery was one of my favourite comics, and the one-shot Mercy and the mini-series the Last One. Those were all really great comics.
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    Greenberg wasn't one of my favourite DeMatteis comics either. It was fun enough though. It was sort of like the Vampire's Kiss movie (which is simply marvelous!), only with a sympathetic lead character and featuring a real vampire. As far as creator owned work from DeMatteis, it's his work at Vertigo that I really love. DeMatteis did a lot of excellent work for Marvel, I just wasn't all that impressed with any of his creator owned projects for them.
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    No, it was originally released by Epic and then later reprinted by Vertigo. I have to admit, Blood was my least favourite DeMatteis story. I can't think of any other DeMatteis comics that I can say I did not like (I did like Moonshadow, it just didn't effect me the way that so many other DeMatteis comics has, and I expected more when I read it), but I did not like Blood. They both have very lovely artwork though. Maybe I just have a problem with J.M. DeMatteis comics being published by Epic Comics? I'm pretty sure that those were the only two Epic Comics from DeMatteis. Greenberg the Vampire was published as a Marvel Graphic Novel, and not through Epic, I'm pretty sure.
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    There were quite a few good Epic Comics. I just want to look back at all these great comics coming out of Epic from the 1980s! Metropol was definitely Epic Comics, Dog. I thought it was a 1980s comic, as it looks and feels very much 1980s, but it was actually published by Epic in 1991. So, it was one of the later Epic Comic releases. Ixnay-I wasn't as impressed by Moonshadow as a lot of people, although I know it's accepted as a classic now. I don't know why it didn't work for me all that well, considering DeMatteis is one of my favourite comic writers, and he's usually so great working together with Muth. I just never loved it as much as so many other DeMatteis books.
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    I would rank Elektra: Assassin as the best book Epic published, but otherwise, yeah, I'd agree that those are Epic's four best titles. Jim Starlin's Dreadstar ranks pretty highly, as well. So, a top five, maybe, instead of a top four. Well, McKeever's Metropol is definitely worth reading too. So, top six.
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    Yeah, Liefield's art is probably more kid friendly, since it looks like something an untalented child would draw. I didn't start buying New Mutants until after Claremont had left the book. I had decided that I would stick solely to Uncanny X-Men and not worry about New Mutants for a number of years. So, I missed the classic era when it was first being released. I dropped the book right when Liefield was taking over the book. It wasn't actually because of Liefield though, as I was just at that point where I thought that "comics were for kids". Regrettably, that meant I missed the debut of Deadpool, so I didn't have a copy to sell for big bucks after people decided that the character was a big deal, for whatever reason. Anyway, the point being I didn't get to read the Sienkewicz issues until I was already an adult. I'm not sure what I would have thought of the art if I had read the issues in the 1980s. As it was, I was totally smitten by the Sienkewicz artwork.
  11. Comics Shipping the Week of Oct 10th

    Oh, it does include almost all of the DeMatteis and Giffen Justice League run.....it says it goes up to issues #46, and the DeMatteis/Giffen run lasted until issue #61. So, no, the Breakdowns arc isn't collected. It doesn't seem like there is enough DeMatteis and Giffen material left for another omnibus collection though.
  12. Comics Shipping the Week of Oct 10th

    Not me, since I own all the individual issues of the DeMatteis and Giffen run.... There must be cheaper TPB collections of those issues already, must not there? Yeah, it looks like some of the issues are available in TPB, but the whole series was never collected. I guess it would depend on if DC will follow through and release the rest of the series in an Omnibus edition.
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    Not a bad idea, since no one has topped the Moench 1980s run. Some of the more recent Moon Knight books haven't been bad though....Warren Ellis, Brian Wood, and Jeff Lemire writing the book. The Lemire run I would really recommend, especially if you're a fan of the Moench issues.
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    Yeah, that was his sole work for Marvel Comics, on the Punisher. Mike Baron, who would often brag about how he was a card-carrying Republican and was a supporter of stricter laws and the death penalty, was the initial writer on that Punisher series, before Dixon took it over. That was Baron's only work for Marvel also. Unlike Dixon though, Baron did write the quality Nexus series. The remainder of Dixon's work was for DC. EDIT:Oh, I just checked, and I was mistaken. DIxon was also the main writer on the Moon Knight revival series. I didn't read that book until the short-lived J.M. DeMatteis run.
  15. Marvel's One World Order

    umm....Lots of guns? They're obviously after the super-soldier formula from Marvel. Then, Marvel gets free publicity by having soldiers dress up as Marvel Comic characters. Obviously, someone has been reading Morrison's X-Men, and thought that Weapon X should exist in real-life. Who else is going to be at the comic con booth? McMaster, Mattis, Kelly, and all of the neocons! Get John Bolton's autograph! No, not the really great artist, that batshit insane war criminal from the W. Bush administration! What Marvel gets out of this is a piece of that oh so lucrative federal defense spending, lavished by tax-payers' money, in order to create a propaganda book for them. "Look, kids! War is cool! Captain America does it!". Instead of a shield, he'll have a semi-automatic assault rifle. In other news, Marvel has deleted all references to Denny O'Neil's run on Iron Man. Warmonger Stane buying out Stark's company so it can start manufacturing weapons for the government again? No, that never happened! I can't believe that Marvel wouldn't recognize that they stand to lose more with this controversy than the quick payday they can get from this. Honestly, this is just sickening. What a horrid, horrid idea. In all honesty, it seems that Grant Morrison was right in a recent interview, where he decried the state of superhero comic books, saying that they seem to be part of the military-industrial-entertainment complex now. I guess he was prescient, once again. This just makes me sad. It was bad enough when they were bought out by the Disney Corporation. I guess I am going to have to start boycotting Marvel Comics. I can turn a blind eye to a lot of things when it comes to comic books, but this is certainly not one of them. Comic books used to be critical of war. They've backed away from that. It's politically correct to be against racists or fascists or Republicans, but it's not politically correct to question the American war-machine, and I've noticed mainstream comic books being far less critical of the military-industrial complex than they were back during the W. Bush years. No one can ever question the sanctity of the American military anymore. If Marvel wanted to avoid such sensitive real-world issues, that would be one thing, but they haven't shied away from fascist Steve Rogers standing in for Donald Trump. So, why shy away from the Left-Wing agenda that existed in comic books from the 1970s through the early-2000s? I think this is the interview by Morrison I am referring to. http://comicbook.com/2015/07/16/avatarex-creator-grant-morrison-is-bored-with-dark-knight-style-/
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