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  1. Christian

    Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    I did sort of hate it. My review was in a different thread. There was no real meat to sink your teeth in to for the story. It reminded me of a poor man's rehash of themes that Ellis did to far greatest usage in Shipwreck.
  2. Christian

    Other comics we read recently

    It's written so that it can be read by both children and adults. It would be a good comic for a younger girl to read (it would work fine for boys also, but features a female protagonist). I think that most comics work best when they can appeal to both children and adults, like most mainstream comics did throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. I have no problem with "mature reader" comics with something to say or a grand vision, of course. I love those types of comics too. It's more this attitude of "comics aren't for kids anymore". Kids can't afford to read comics, so comics should be geared solely toward adults, no matter how silly the concept, it must be made to seem "mature". DeMatteis does a good job presenting a comic that is really fun and imaginative, doing what comics do at their best, because he's not worried about trying to make it so that there can't be anything "endearing" in the story. It's the story of the world's smartest man (cue Reed Richards analogue) who disappeared on an adventure through the multiverse. His teenage daughter, who is also a super-genius, has taken over running her father's super-science company (hence "Impossible Inc.") along with her elderly grandfather. They carry on her father's legacy of doing the impossible, but also the daughter is trying to find out what happened to her father. The girl's mother died of breast cancer also (poor Sue Storm.....). Cue wild and wacky adventures traveling on a cross-temporal/cross-dimensional train.
  3. I think in hindsight, yes, instead of Azzarello deciding to go back and try to make John the "mysterious stranger" seen through others' eyes akin to the Moore Swamp Thing days, the real reason for Azzarello's writing his run on Hellblazer the way he did was due to the fact that Azzarello has no idea how an Englishman might speak. Azzarello:"They speak with their syntax all jumbled up, right?" Editor:(bored and playing on his cellphone) "Sure, Brian Azzarello, whatever you want." Azzarello:(while checking pulse) "And you're sure my heart rate is good at 120 over 80?" Editor:"I'm not a doctor, but yeah, whatever. That sounds healthy, I think."
  4. Christian

    Other comics we read recently

    Impossible Inc. (by J.M. DeMatteis, from IDW)-This was my palate cleanser after reading that pretty horrible "Batman....Damn!" comic book. This was really cute and really fun. It reminds me why I love J.M. DeMatteis so much, all over again, not that I needed to be reminded. (I'm glad I don't use spell-check on my computer, because DeMatteis would be auto-correct to dermatitis, and I do not love dermatitis!) I'd have to say this is probably what a Grant Morrison comic would be like without the drugs. No, what it really is, this is what the new Fantastic Four comic should be, instead of being about disappointment, as it currently is under Dan Slott. I wish DeMatteis was writing this as the FF relaunch,. It's a comic book to say, "This is why I love comics, because of the limitless imagination that can be shown in this medium.", instead of having to lament how much we hate modern comic books, because of books like the new FF or "That Damned Batman!".
  5. Christian

    Comics Shipping the Week of September 17th 2018

    Yeah, feeling like it's a "huge mistake" is pretty much my feelings on buying that comic for $6.99
  6. Eh, it's about what you would expect. Azzareelo seems to be trying hard to mimic those 1980s "intellectual" mature reader comics, and it reads like a guy in 2018 trying hard to recapture that feel from decades before, and not having a vision to do justice to what those comics managed to accomplish. This is really just "dark" for the sake of it. I have no idea what is up with Azzarello's writing here. Yes, he does write a horrible John Constantine voice. I'm not really sure he's ever heard an Englishperson talk before, to be honest ("Oi, friend", really?). However, I'm not even sure it's just that though, as look at the dialogue for the homeless man too. Maybe what it really needs is an editor. "I seen him with my own too eyes"....is that meant to be some sort of pun I can't understand, or more likely, just a typo? "Heart rate: 120 over 86."...really? Apparently, Azzarello also doesn't have an elementary school understanding of the medical field either. How did no one catch that error? Also....I don't know what the fuck they did to Zatanna. It's not exactly terrible, although perhaps most of Azzarello's Hellblazer run could be ranked as better than this, but the artwork is what really carries the book. Very fine artwork. I definitely wouldn't buy this for the JC co-starring role, if anything John's internal monologue commenting on everything in the story ends up more annoying than anything,, and I won't buy the second issue.
  7. Well, I already have a problem with it. It's magazine sized, instead of regular comic sized. I don't know why DC had to do with their Black Label line. Maybe it's for reasons of the artwork, but it makes the comics damn hard to store. Yes, there were magazine comics back in the 1970s, but I don't want to store a comic from 2018 alongside of my magazines comic books from all the way back in the '70s, ok? I was hoping it would just be in that "prestige format" that DC used in the '80s and '90s.
  8. Christian

    Comics Shipping the Week of September 17th 2018

    This is an insane amount of hype, even by Marvel standards, for Wolverine's return. There was a Return of Wolverine one-shot last year, which did not feature Wolverine's return. This was followed up by four four-part mini-series titled the Search for Wolverine, in which Wolverine did not actually appear. This was followed by the Return of Wolverine: Dead Ends epilogue, in which the characters from the four mini-series got together to report that they did not find Wolverine. Now, there is a five-part Return of Wolverine mini-series. Meanwhile, Wolverine was revealed to be alive and well during the Marvel Legacy one-shot before all this "Return of Wolverine" business even started. This is all for a character that most fans complain they didn't even miss, because Marvel put out books on about four replacement Wolverines to glut the market during the entire period that Wolverine was supposed to be dead. So, how could anyone actually miss Wolverine? So, in the end, this "Return of Wolverine" stuff will have lasted longer than most new monthly comic books end up lasting in 2018. I wonder how fans feel about paying all this money for books which claim to feature the "return of Wolverine", only to end with, "Nope, we still haven't found that pesky Wolverine yet!".
  9. Christian

    Image Comics

    Cemetery Beach #1 (by Warren Ellis)-Wow, reading a description of the series, I didn't think I'd enjoy it. Actually having read the first issue? I definitely do not like it. It seems like he did this type of plot very similarly in Shipwreck, and did it much better. Oh, and there were about five pages without any dialogue...otherwise known as the point where Ellis got bored for a while writing the script. I think he just wanted to write this series so he could describe the concept of cell-phones as if they were new. Yeah, Ellis has been replaced. Ales Kot does everything Ellis used to do with comics, but does it so much better now. Ellis should realize how this goes, it's just like cell-phones. He's all caught up with the wonders of cell-phones (or doing something he was doing 17 years ago now), while in the meantime, there are smart-phones. Well, Kot is that upgrade, who is working in the world of 2018.
  10. Christian

    Comics Shipping the Week of September 10th 2018

    Like I said, it kept getting better during the Quality Comics reprints I was reading. I can't speak for quality after that. Yeah, the Quality series only lasted for 19 issues and ended in 1990, so that would be before the quality drop you mention. Seeing that the final issue was published in '90, I'm sure the reprints were still of the 1980s stories. Since the end of the series was when Nemesis came to Thatcher's Britain, I'm guessing the plot was still topical.
  11. Christian

    Comics Shipping the Week of September 10th 2018

    Nemesis is my favourite work by Mills. It keeps getting better and better, or at least it was the case with the stories that were reprinted in the Quality Comics series over here.
  12. Christian

    DC Comics

    Kirby also had those two series for Pacific Comics in the early-1980s (Captain Victory and Silver Star). His artwork on those two comics looked fine, so I don't think it's that his artistic abilities decreased by '84.
  13. Christian

    Vertigo - where's the ledge? Has anyone seen the ledge?

    Border Town #1-The first release of the new Vertigo, same as the old Vertigo. Vertigo did a pretty....uhh, adequate....job with Scottish folklore in that Red Thorns comic, so I decided I would check this out, as I love world mythology, and this was going to be playing in the sandbox of Aztec mythology and, well, Mexican culture. Unlike Red Thorns, of course, this book would also be dealing with more social themes. It is not subtle, I'll give it that. At times, it's not bad, with some interesting writing. At other times, it comes across as very preachy and expository. There's one cringe worthy scene where the main character tells a girl that he's "half Mexican and half Irish", and gets a nice lecture. The overall plot is that beings from Aztec mythology are retuning to our world in the lands where they used to dwell. The local white (supremacist) population of a small Arizona town blames the troubles on immigrants. I don't know, like I said, it has potential, but the writer needs to use a bit more subtlety. At times, it almost reads as a farce, which is definitely not what the writer intends. Looking online, I guess this isn't his first comic book work, as I had never heard of him. I was thinking that the faults were probably due to being a novice. At other times, it reads a lot more polished. I probably won't bother with any more issues, but I wouldn't say it was a failure. It's a very weird way to relaunch the Vertigo line, as there's nothing to really hook readers in to thinking that the Vertigo line is going somewhere other than where it's been for the last few years. Not that any of their new line look like that sort of book, mind.
  14. Christian

    Other comics we read recently

    Lots of excellent reading ahead of you, John! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beyonders #1 by Paul Jenkins (from AfterShock Comics)-This comic has a breathtaking cover. What else does it have going for it? Sadly, nothing. After not seeing Jenkins' name attached to many comic series for a while now (I think his New 52 DC work might have been the last I have seen of Jenkins), I was hoping for something back at the level that Jenkins was writing at around the turn of this century. Instead, this is just plain generic. Genius level kid doesn't play well with others, spends lots of time on internet, believes in all sorts of "conspiracy theories"....ends up seemingly on the wrong side of the government, intent on keeping secrets....wakes up to "reality". Yeah. Even what seems to be a nod to Gerber's Omega the Unknown falls flat with me. I was glad to see that Jenkins avoided the typical conspiracies, like the Illuminati. (Unless, Jenkins plans to stagnate with those other conspiracies in upcoming issues.) Instead, he brought up some of the "ancient alien"-type mysteries, ala Von Daniken or Brad Steiger's writings. Still, there's nothing of interest here. It's been dredged to death.
  15. Christian

    DC Comics

    Lex Luthor & Porky Pig Special (by Mark Russell)-Russell does it again. Anther winter under his belt from the unlikeliest of sources. It's not at the same level of his recent Snaggelpuss magnum opus, but it's quite funny. It's meant to be much more strongly satirical than either Flintstones or Snaggelpuss. A lot of the plot focuses on the recent FaceBook corruption controversy, as far as user privacy. There is some other satire about corporate corruption thrown in. Outside of the socio-political commentary, there is a nice look at Porky Pig, as a shark out of water, especially compared to the true shark in Luthor. There is a lengthy humourous sub-plot based around the banality of corporate office politics, as Porky Pig spends an inordinate amount of time and energy attempting to quell an uprising over someone stealing the employees' lunches. Luthor's reaction (no spoilers!) to the thefts is hilarious in its understatement. Grade: A-very much worth your time.
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