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  1. Comics Shipping the Week of Oct 23rd

    I believe it contains quite a bit of all new material by past creators. https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=44266891 Nothing of interest for me though.
  2. Other comics we read recently

    You know you needed it to complete your collection. Besides, where else in politically correct modern-day comics can you see a main character's ex-girlfriend being mocked and demeaned for putting on weight, a 10-year old girl revealing her undying love for a 40-year old man, and a demon simulacrum of said main character revealing that he lusts after his niece? Not even Frank Miller is giving people that sort of rot for their money in 2017!
  3. Other comics we read recently

    Yeah, I don't think you can say that about Milligan....Just off the top of my head: Greek Street, The Names, Britannia, The Programme, a bunch of his "work-for-hire" projects for Marvel or DC.... They've all been very grounded and coherent reads. Sometimes they aren't worth reading, but there was certainly nothing random about any of those books. The Names was, of course, an exception on the quality side, as it's very much worth reading, and probably the best Milligan has done since back then. I wouldn't give Milligan's Hellblazer even the credit of calling its problems lack of "coherence", considering that the problems were issues like Milligan deciding that Gemma turning in to a psycho bitch (because she's a woman, see!), and thinking she was raped by her uncle were good plot ideas. They're not lacking in coherency, they're just outright pisspoor ideas. Probably only the final issue really lacked being coherent, with the vague ending. Although, the fact that Milligan's Hellblazer wasn't grounded is certainly a caveat that helped his run end up so horrible.
  4. Other comics we read recently

    I'm not sure. Milligan has had a number of bad comics in his time, but most of those comics include company-owned properties (which is where HB would fall). Otherwise, I've enjoyed pretty much everything that Milligan has written. It's not totally Bond's fault either. After all, she was also editor with Milligan on Shade, which was one of his best series. So, just because Bond allowed Milligan to get away with a lot of bad ideas on HB, it doesn't mean that the two haven't worked together on projects that turned out much better. Like I said, I'm willing to give Milligan another chance on Kid Lobotomy. I do think that a lot of the superfluous elements running through the book were supposed to be Milligan throwing in as many cues to Shade as possible. I'm guessing trying to grip readers by saying, "Remember how great Shade was? I bet this book can be just as great! Give it a chance!". So, he'll move away from that and start to tell a more coherent story. Eh, it's not as if there are that many interesting comics being published right now. Marvel and DC are in the doldrums and seemingly only sinking more with each attempt as a "new big direction!", Vertigo is dead, and even Dark Horse doesn't have much of interest in 2017. Morrison isn't that active now. Image is about the only comic publisher willing to do anything interesting with the form, and that's if the creators decide they want to actually finish any of the book they're working on. So, it's not as if I don't have time to give a chance to something like Kid Lobotomy, and can just drop it if it doesn't end up working.
  5. Other comics we read recently

    The Multiversity series as a whole, yes. You'll notice I said "some issues of Multiversity", not Multiversity as a series. I'm thinking of the first issue of the book (Multiversity #1), where Morrison just seemed to throw a bunch of random ideas in to the story, going at a mile a second. There's certainly a coherent plot hiding beneath the chaos of Milligan's Kid Lobotomy. I was making the comparison more to the fact that Morrison would throw random ideas at the page and then boil the story down to something more tightly structured as the series went along. Compare that to Morrison's less ambitious projects (such as Klaus) where Morrison only uses one real idea and shapes up a linear plot, with one barebones cohesive narrative. At its heart, Kid Lobotomy is the story of a failed son of a very rich, judgmental man who is getting his chance to make his father proud by being given the chance to make his father's hotel in to something profitable, while his scheming sister thinks that she deserves this opportunity and will do what she can to derail any of her bother's chances to have success. The hotel has deep sentimental attachment to the main character, due to his childhood memories. Mix in the backstory of said brother having mental health issues in the past and undergoing a radical new type of therapy, and his dealing with this as he attempts to run this hotel. Imagine that plot being written by William S. Burroughs, where there is a ton of other stuff being thrown at the page, and that's Kid Lobotomy. The main plot isn't all that interesting, by itself. I expect to see Milligan pare down his ideas in to something coherent and more tightly structured as the series goes on.
  6. Other comics we read recently

    I'd say Morrison still does it quite a bit, and some of that work is the better for it. Some of his better structured work doesn't really stand out as being all that great....Klaus, Avatarex, Joe the Barbarian, Wonder Woman (off the top of my head).... I was disappointed by all of the above, because they read like they were written by writers other than Morrison. Meanwhile, things like Superman Beyond or some of the issues of Multiversity had the same insanity to his earlier work, and they stand out as better reading experiences than his more clearly plotted out books.
  7. Marvel's One World Order

    Yep, that was him. His run was from sometimes in the early-1980s.....maybe '83 or '84. I only read it later on though. I had no interest in a character like GR when I was a kid.
  8. Marvel's One World Order

    Yeah, I've read most of the Ghost Rider comics, and I can't really say much about the quality of most of the Ghost Rider comics. I've often found him more of a great idea for a character who often doesn't work well within the stories. Those original issues, with Jesus and Satan, were pretty damn cool. Then, I didn't enjoy the book again until DeMatteis took over (well, yeah,, there was a brief Roger Stern run before DeMatteis that set up the DeMatteis run, which was fine too), and I consider that the high point of the Ghost Rider character. Then, yeah, I can't say that I found Ghost Rider worth reading again until Aaron. After that, it was downhill again, for mine. Even Michael Fleisher, who I would expect to take the book in a direction like he did the Spectre (as the two characters are very similar), couldn't put together an entire run worth reading. The problem with the original series, bar the DeMatteis run, in my estimation, was that creators never knew what to do with Ghost Rider....was he a horror character, was he a superhero, was he simply a supernatural superhero? The creators would tell very bland stories, for the most part, that didn't play up to Rider's strengths. The Danny Ketch series did sort of go a way towards correcting this, by setting GR in a horror setting, but the majority of that series was written by Howard Mackie. Granted, it was the best work Mackie ever managed in comics. It was still over 50 issues of Mackie shaping the character though. Plus, I really like the Johnny Blaze character. Danny Ketch wasn't anywhere near as interesting of a character. So, the second GR series was never going to appeal to me in the same way as I wanted the original series to do (but really only accomplished briefly as the beginning and end of that book). I liked the idea of there being many incarnations of the Ghost Rider spirit, and all the historical additions to the character, with there being a Ghost Rider for every period of history. Aaron really pushed that idea, which was only touched on a few times in the previous Ghost Rider on-going titles (Fleisher hinted at it with the Phantom Rider in the original series, and then the post-Mackie issues fully introduced the idea in the second series, but the book was already headed towards cancelation by that point).
  9. Marvel's One World Order

    I was pretty sure that you had read more by DeMatteis, Lou. Didn't you also read his run on Ghost Rider? I thought I remembered you agreeing with me that his run on Ghost Rider was the only really quality work on that character. Although, I do have a fondness for the early issues of that series, when Marvel allowed Jesus to be used as a character. A lot of DeMatteis' best work was non-creator owned books (although Seekers would have to stand out as his best, period)....well, considering that he's been writing comics since the early-1980s, and has only had a handful of creator owned books in that time, the majority of his work has been for Marvel or DC properties.
  10. Other comics we read recently

    I'm not seeing a lot more promise from the Black Crown imprint. Kid Lobotomy looked like the best book from the bunch. It's a hyper comic book, to be sure, but I thought there was enough underlying premise worth looking in to that made it worth a second look. I felt he was trying too hard to make people think about different takes he had done on his Shade book. I felt that was a major drawback. I don't know, Grant Morrison's comics are often just him throwing random ideas on the page, and then trying to sort through the wreckage for ideas worth pursuing further. I expected that Milligan would end up going in that direction as the series progresses. It can't keep going at this level of irreverence for an entire series, but I thought there was enough ideas worth pursuing to see if the second issue is an improvement. I'm not seeing anything from Karen Berger's imprint that looks any better either. Even the Anne Nocenti comic (who is usually one of my favourites), I will have zero interest in if it's just another parable about the Donald Trump presidency.
  11. Other comics we read recently

    Yes, you need to change your screen name to that, Lou. That was my first thought.
  12. 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.
  13. Marvel's One World Order

    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.
  14. 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
  15. Marvel's One World Order

    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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