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  1. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    That cover is from 1978! Yeah, he's a horrible writer now. He started out as a really good writer, on books like Daredevil, Alias, and Ultimate Spider Man. They are all worth reading. Well, half of his run on DD anyway, as he over-stayed his welcome. Since that point, he's been basically unreadable. I think he just decided he doesn't need to try anymore. He became a really "hot" writer while working on DD and Ultimate Spider Man, and Marvel started giving him all sorts of big assignments, because it was thought that Bendis' name could sell comics. The stuff he started writing for Marvel was just unreadable (he has major flaws as a writer and they were hidden by his earlier work, but they became more prevalent the further from his comfort zone he got, like writing Avengers or big cross-over events), but fans still wanted to read Bendis' comics. In more recent years, though, most fans have woken up and realized that the great writer writing DD, Alias, and USM is long gone, and that he just writes whatever he feels like writing and expects the readers to just accept it. It's what happens when a writer's ego gets too out of control. They think that they're so great that they don't need to put any thought or effort in to their books, and they are happy to just rake in the cash.
  2. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Yeah, Morrison basically reinvented the character from scratch, but Midas was an old Iron Man villain. Morrison created his daughter though. He first appeared in Iron Man #17.
  3. Image Comics

    No, I haven't read Sex Criminals. I believe my girlfriend read the first issue, because they offered it for free on Kindle. I think she liked it well enough, but wasn't interested in hunting down any more of the series in the immediate future. I'm looking for new series that are starting though, that I can buy at the comic book store each month, not comics I need to buy in Trades.
  4. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    heh. Bill Mantlo wrote a story-arc back in the 1970s where her father (Midas) bought out Stark's company. Yes, which is why there should be some sort of in-story reason and build-up for the newer character to take over. Tony Stark's death was the "big event" in Civil War II, to make people want to read that piece of crap (because Marvel learned that they need to have some sort of big death in every one of their cross-overs to make people even care at this point). This may have been Bendis' idea all along, since he was writing Iron Man and writing Civil War II and created Riri Williams. However, you can't ever trust Bendis to do anything right in 2017. He seems to have forgotten everything he knows about writing, and figures that readers should just buy in to anything he puts on the page, regardless of how badly he builds up his plots. Like, Pepper Potts took over as Iron Man for a brief period of time a few years back. I didn't hear many complaints about that story, because Pepper Potts was an established part of Iron Man's supporting cast since the beginning. Marvel was giving her a bigger role. Fans aren't so upset when a character who exists in the world of the main character is given a more prominent role in the title. Marvel just needs to build these things up in a better way, and not do the same sorts of stories at the same time. Unfortunately, Iron Man doesn't have much of a supporting cast anymore....just like Spider Man (!)....because Marvel doesn't care about such concepts anymore. They'd rather focus on Iron Man and Carol Danvers fighting with each other over who is the biggest authoritarian in the Marvel Universe, because that's what superhero fans want to read about when they pick up a superhero comic!
  5. Marvel's One World Order

    About damn time! Poor Jim Shooter makes one really bad decision with the "New Universe" and he gets canned immediately. Alonso has been getting away with freakin' murder at Marvel for the past couple of years, and the fact that he was running the company in to the ground seemed to be the "elephant in the room". I like to think that I am responsible for this. Someone read this Forum and said, "Oh man, Christian was the only person who liked Marvel Comics anymore, and now he's stopped reading our books." I can't say much for Cebulski's writing talents, which are quite awful, but that doesn't reflect on him as an editor at all. Hopefully, he's been studying Alonso well so he knows how not to perform as an editor-in-chief. If Marvel starts to change its ways, I am always willing to give them another chance. I love the Marvel Universe, and it was a really depressing decision to realize that I couldn't stand almost any of the Marvel books I was reading, and that the direction that has been taken by the Marvel Universe since Secret Wars is not anything I have any interest in reading. They still have a long way to go to earn back my loyalty (they need to get back some quality writers and not rely on mediocrity to carry the majority of their titles, for one).....deals with the military-industrial complex and X-Men: Red are still pending as poor signs needed to move beyond.
  6. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Until she sees that after the breakup, John goes catatonic, becomes an alcoholic, and wants to kill himself. Sometimes the women just do not understand the complex emotions of men and our dependency issues..... I converted my girlfriend to reading comic books. Comics do a terrible job reaching out to new readers. Unless you have been reading comics for years or have a friend who reads comics, it's almost impossible to really know what the world of comics has to offer (other than mainstream superhero books). I've made her a fan of Grant Morrison, Sandman, Alan Moore, Hellboy, and a few other indy books. Some books she has discovered on her own, like she loves Bitch Planet, but it's a book I had never read. However, I still have not broached the very delicate Hellblazer subject, as of yet. I've told her about it. She's not much of a fan of horror fiction, but I think she would enjoy the Jamie Delano run, with its social criticism, and a lot more quiet horror. Someday. I'm sure she would not be a fan of the Garth Ennis run.
  7. Other comics we read recently

    Yeah, the Ellis run was pretty good. Otherwise, I have no interest in James Bond.
  8. Image Comics

    I'm looking for new comic books worth reading, now that my monthly comic reading is down to such a low figure (no Marvel, almost no DC left). I saw that this book is coming out from Image next week. It looks like it might be good, although I've never heard of the creators. Void Trip. It sounds to me like something that Norman Spinrad might have written. Void Trip (2017 Image) #1 Published by Image. Written by Ryan O'Sullivan. Art and Cover by Plaid Klaus. From writer RYAN O'SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They're low on fuel, they're low on food, and they're low on psychedelic space froot, but they're still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it. 'Beautiful, drugged, and hilarious sci-fi from an alternate universe where the only Captain America anyone cares about is the one in Easy Rider.'-KIERON GILLEN Cover price $3.99.
  9. Hellboy/B.P.R.D. thread

    It was better than Rasputin #1, and I did like Rasputin #1. It seemed better than a lot of the Hellboy tie-in books that have been coming out recently. The issue with Rasputin #1 is that it's too soon to tell where it is going. Maybe it actually will be a good read worth publishing, but it could easily just slip in to rehashes of beloved past Hellboy stories, without any discernible purpose for a Rasputin comic to exist. Jenny Finn doesn't have that risk, because it's something outside the shadow of all those marvelous Hellboy and BPRD stories from yesteryear, before the franchise got stale.
  10. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Spider Man comics aren't really about Spider Man anymore. For all those people who were upset that Iron Man was replaced by a teenage girl, that's because Amazing Spider Man was publishing the Iron Man stories. So, they had to stick something in the Iron Man book. Spider Man has been ruined as badly as X-Men, Marvel just never decided to tell readers that they shouldn't like Spider Man anymore and that they should read, oh I don't know, Moon Knight instead, because he's so much cooler. Everything you loved about Spider Man comics.....struggling Peter Parker, large cast of supporting characters, love interests.....has been removed from the Amazing Spider Man comic. He's now a corporate CEO, who is too busy being Spider Man and running a trans-national corporation to have any friends, and he thinks girls are icky because they may force him to make another deal with the Devil to save his aunt's life. Plus, Dan Slott is going to write the main book for another 40 years, at least. The idea of Peter Parker finding some success in life as he gets older (considering he is a scientific genius) was a fine idea. Turning Peter Parker in to Tony Stark-lite was another poor idea. Plus, Marvel's decision to downgrade the X-Men looks like even more of a stupid idea now, considering that their next big event is the return of the original Jean Grey and the big reveal of "Marvel's biggest comic book EVAR!" Marvel Legacy was that the original Wolverine was still alive. It seems that Marvel is trying to go back to their old comfort zone of trying to rely on the X-line to carry their books, even though a year ago Marvel was still trying to convince readers that mutants were inferior to Inhumans. Stupid ideas abound! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yeah, the original Star Wars issues from Marvel were great fun. The first fifty issues, written by Archie Goodwin were absolutely must-read for Star Wars fans, because they capture what made the original trilogy so beloved. Then, the David Michilinie run (however you spell his name) that followed on from Goodwin was also very much worth reading. I felt that the book went steadily downhill from after that point, but that's a good 75 issues worth a reader's time.
  11. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    It's not necessarily that Marvel is moving on from their over-reliance on the X-line that is problematic, per se. Lord knows the X-Men haven't been relevant since Grant Morrison was writing the title. Although, the idea of actively attempting to kill an audience for what was once one of your highest-selling properties does seem counter-intuitive to a company whose bottom-line is the monthly sales charts.... It's the fact that Marvel just throws a ton of #1 issues on the market every so often, and expects them to sell. None of their books feel special anymore. What is Marvel's flagship title? What has been their flagship title for the past five years? You can't really name anything, because when you launch 50 books at one time, none of them hold any special place with readers. The last time that Marvel had a book that stood out as their top book was Jonathan Hickman's Avengers. Which also undermines the few quality books that they do publish (fewer and fewer each year that they may be), which slip under the radar. Their long-running titles may not have much to offer the comic marketplace currently, but some of their lower-tier titles have tried to do story-telling which makes them stand out from the pack. However, when that title is just another book in the new relaunch, and doesn't have the name brand of X-Men or Spider Man, then how is it ever going to find a core audience? Word of mouth on the internet isn't enough to get people buying those books. Or, at least not on a monthly basis as they're first published, which is what Marvel solely seems to care about. A shocking gimmick, like "Cap is a fascist!", gets people rushing to the stores to pick up that issue, because speculators are always looking for the next "hot issue", but that's different. It's not as if comics are 12 cents anymore. Most people cannot afford to just buy 20 comics a week, and have to pare their reading down to a few select books. They might really want to read that new series that Marvel is launching, but Marvel just launched 50 titles at once, and they have to pick and choose. It's just a poor idea. A book like Unbeatable Wasp might have found an audience at one time, but when it's shoved out there with 50 other titles at once, and when you have Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl, and Riri Williams Iron Man all competing with the idea of "girl genius", then some books are going to fall through the cracks. An editor who was willing to do their job might think, "You know, Unbeatable Wasp sounds like a good idea, but right now we are publishing three other books featuring a girl genius character. Do you think the market will really have a place for another book featuring a girl genius? Probably not. It will probably sink." That's not Marvel's publishing model anymore, because big cross-over events and yearly relaunches are all that matter. Marvel has decided, for whatever ungodly reason, that they should try to compete with themselves. Of course the real reason is simply that they are trying to flood the market with books to keep smaller publishers from breaking in at the level of a Marvel or DC and having to actually compete, but the net effect is that they're hurting their own business.
  12. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    The one with Steve Gerber writing it, that was featured as a back-up strip in some other DC book? Or, maybe Gerber only wrote some of the stories, as Marty Pasko's name seems to crop up on the cover of the reprints. I know Gerber wrote some of those stories. It was reprinted as the Immortal Dr. Fate mini-series in the '80s (which is how I own it), that one?
  13. Hellboy/B.P.R.D. thread

    Jenny Finn #1 was quite good. Mignola can still tell a good story, I just think that he's beaten the Hellboy Universe in to the ground by this point. It's set in the Victorian era and features elements of Jack the Ripper and the Lovecraftian. It's not going to set the comic world on fire with its originality, but it is a good story that hearkens back to the day when you looked forward to reading Mignola's next comic project.
  14. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    There was the Mikaal Tomas Starman First Issue Special (by Conway) too. That story was pretty wild.
  15. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    The Sword of the Atom comic was from the 1980s. The Chaykin books were from 1973, so edging towards early-1970s rather than mid. Yeah, Dog. DC still published some good stuff too. Denny O'Neil was at DC through pretty much all of the '70s as well, and his work was usually comparable to the best of Marvel's writers. Marvel's whole line, overall, was of strong quality. A lot of DC's books were tending to steer towards the "for kiddies" end of the spectrum, but certainly not all of their books. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. I own quite a few of DC's books from the 1970s in my collection. They had a lot of good stuff too back then. I just much prefer Marvel Comics of the 1970s, overall.
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