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  1. I enjoyed the Hellboy Winter Special 2020. The three stories had the feel of a cold Winter's night. That's what I would expect from this annual comic. Of course, the Mike Mignola story (set in Budapest) was the best story. The other two were mediocre, but I liked them well enough.
  2. Ah, Iron Man 2020 isn't good. It doesn't explain why the year 2020 was a Cyberpunk dystopia ruled over by Baintronics, with Arno Stark as Tony's descendant rather than his brother. The story does feature Arno as Iron Man, Sunset Bain, and Machine Man. I guess the 2020 seen in that Machine Man mini-series was just an alternate reality. Ah well, there's still 2099.
  3. Hellboy Winter Special Low Low Woods #2 I'm tempted by Iron Man 2020.... I like that Marvel has been shipping so many X-books in one week, and now there is a week without any X-books shipping. That's some nice scheduling.
  4. Incoming #1-Wow! Another Marvel preview comic that they are charging $10 for, and then Marvel wonders why they keep losing readers. It wasn't bad enough that Marvel turned their 80th anniversary comic in to an overpriced preview for their upcoming cross-over event, now Marvel decided it was needed to publish another overpriced preview comic for their upcoming cross-over event. The comic was such a come on, with that cover, ripping off DC's recent "murder mystery" event, which I guess did sell quite well. If you guessed that no one of importance died, you would be correct. I won't spoil who was murdered, but I'll just say that half of the readers said, "So what?" while the other half said, "Who is that character?". X-Men #4-Now, that is more like it! A superb issue. This is what I expected from Hickman's "Dawn of X". A nice callback to Chris Claremont's "God Loves, Man Kills" story, with the portrayal of Magneto. Also, a quote from one of my favourite books, Aldous Huxley's The Island. "Arsenals, universal debt, planned obsolescence. This is what makes up Western civilization."
  5. With all the talk about Iron Man 2020, I think most comic readers have forgotten another comic that revolves around the year 2020....2020 Visions by Jamie Delano! Can we see Delano revisit his dystopian America of 2020 during this year, along with Marvel's revival of Iron Man 2020? How well did Delano predict that far-away year of 2020 back in the '90s? I don't think that well. I don't remember any predictions about a megalomaniacal sawdust Mussolini farce running the country. He was probably closest with his satire of Christian fundies anti-abortion story...I think that's pretty close to what's going on in Georgia now....
  6. Uhhh....Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the 8 years of DCU were definitely fan fiction! What if John Constantine interacted with the Justice League and fought his arch-enemy, the amazing Nick Necro? What if John Constantine's whole character was that he was bisexual? What if they relaunched Hellblazer to be just like the Vertigo series again, but rated PG and featuring a never-ending story-arc about John fighting Djinn? I guess Milligan's what if John Constantine married a Goth girl who was 40 years younger than him and that fell in love with him when she was twelve years old also counts..... That all sounds like purely (and very shitty) fan fiction to me!
  7. No, but for the right amount of money, I'm sure he would. The people in charge at Marvel when they got rid of Morrison are long gone, and Marvel is now owned by Disney. I don't believe that Ennis wrote anything for Marvel since he finished his run on Punisher MAX, but he showed up this year to write another Punisher mini. There was also talk about Hickman never working for Marvel again after he left, but they came up with the right price to get him to come back for X-Men.
  8. There's a rumour floating around (and right now, it is very much just a rumour) that Marvel wants to bring in Morrison to relaunch the Eternals before the movie. If there is one comic I want to see in 2020, it is Morrison on Eternals. Knowing Marvel though, they'll probably just stick Gerry Duggan or Tini Howard on the book and call it good. Although, Marvel did spend big bucks to get Hickman to return for the X-Men relaunch, so there's always hope.
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    Low, Low Woods #1, by Carmen Maria Mochado, was so good. If the quality of this first issue continues, we might just have an early contender for best of 2020....if I manage to remember it a year from now, which I probably won't. As someone whose family comes from Allentown, Pennsylvania (my grandfather was born there), I can say that it's a pretty believable depiction of a mining town in Pennsylvania. It has more of a weird and dark vibe to it, rather than being outright horror (at least with this first issue). I am quite impressed with Mochado's comic debut. If you're familiar with her excellent prose fiction, this comic stands up well.
  10. Wow, Lou! You should count yourself lucky that you didn't bother with the Klaus comic this year! I just paid $8 for a pin-up book! I don't know why Grant Morrison's name is even on the cover. This should solely be Dan Mora's comic. What a total and complete rip-off! No dialogue, no plot, no captions....seriously. This should definitely be the last year of Klaus, please.
  11. That's some reductionist version of Blake's beliefs, that is. I hope she's not very far along in her English literature course, or she's going to be failing the term paper. I think Spurrier's point is the misunderstanding of the character in his reading of Blake, but it may be important that people look up Blake's poem "Little Black Boy" in its entirety in order to understand. It's free to be found online, I'm sure. It's an abolitionist poem. Blake seems to be making the case that the black boy is closer to God than the white boy due to the suffering face by the black man through slavery (allegorically equating it with Jesus' suffering). He makes the point that the black man's skin is sunburnt from being out in the Sun, equating the Sun with the True God, therefore, the black man is equated as being closer to God than the white man. Blake seems to be saying that the white man isn't as close to God due to his racism. He also makes the point that all of our souls are the same, regardless of skin colour, and will be the same when we return to the One, True God upon death. Yeah, it's still keeping my interest, but we're in that doldrums middle section of multi-part story-arcs. Spurrier's writing style and the fact that he is building up a cast helps this stand out better than a lot of multi-part story-arcs. I'd like to see the book move more towards stand-alone stories or two-parters moving forward, with only multi-part story-arcs for the major plots, much like HB used to be in the good old day (Delano, Ennis, Jenkins). It looks like this is just a three-chapter story though, so that's not bad.
  12. Damn. It looks like the Hellboy Christmas special comic is being delayed until after Christmas now. It was scheduled to ship on the 11th, but did not. I see that Marvel is pretty much the only comic publisher shipping on Christmas. So, no more Hellboy for 2019.....sad. Also, unfortunately, it hasn't been rescheduled as of yet, so it's not listed when it may be released (hopefully in January). The Hellboy Winter Special and a new Frankenstein series by Mignola are both scheduled for January.
  13. Oh. OK, I don't blame you. I found it pretty disappointing, but still, it was overall worth a read, for mine.
  14. That's quite a big list you have already there, Lou, but you might want to also add Klaus: The Life and Times of Joe Christmas, which is the continuation of Morrison's annual Christmas series. I will also take a Hellblazer #2, and a Low Low Woods #1.
  15. I think he means these comedic War comics that he did a lot for Vertigo or Marvel, like Rifle Brigade or that Secret Wars nonsense book. They featured stupid, childish jokes or Ennis laughing about the existence of lesbianism. I could definitely do without those types of stories. Otherwise, his War comics can be quite good, yeah. ————————— Speaking of Jonah Hex in outlandish situations, remember the post-Crisis Hex series from the ‘80s?
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