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  1. Other comics we read recently

    Yeah, but the problem is that Meltzer isn't even as original as Brown (and everyone knows just how original Brown is). Meltzer's career started after Brown. Perhaps for such horrors of the 21st century, it was always needed that there would be a Meltzer and Brown co-existing in the same universe at the same time point. The ripples from that once in an eternity mistake have surely led to a near-apocalyptic scenario in our time-line. The only solution would be to channel either Meltzer or Brown to an alternate reality, before the harm increases more exponentially. I'll grant you that EL James has done a lot of irreparable harm, that the results are just beginning to be correlated and connected. It's far too soon to know just how far reaching the harmful effects of James' damage has funneled out in to the multiverse.
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    I wasn't pointing the finger at Meltzer when I say "a lot of the blame for Civil War", I was also indicating that Marvel Comics needs to take a lot of the blame, not just Millar. Meltzer should just get the blame for as much of what goes wrong as is possible. I personally blame Meltzer for the "war on terror" and Donald Trump's election too. Is that fair? Perhaps not, but can you prove that Meltzer's mere existence on this mortal plane hasn't been responsible for these events?
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    Well, he's in the same boat as Brian Bendis. Fans really seem to love those guys, even though I don't understand it. They've both done some good work in their careers (Bendis towards the first-half of his), but they're not names I want to read. Comic books are a business, and the bottom line is that sales figures do matter, and if Bendis or Millar's names add extra sales to a book, then I understand that a comic company would want to use them on their books. It doesn't mean I have anything good to say about their work though. Comic book fans are a fickle lot. They loved Civil War when it was first coming out and bought it up. Then, years later, they complain about the negative impact it has had on Marvel Comics and the concept of superheroes. Yet, as Dog says, he'd place a lot of the blame for Civil War on Mark Millar, but the fans still seem to have a lot of love for Millar. So, go figure.
  4. Comics Shipping the Week of April 16th 2018

    Yep. Marvel is finding any Black Panther material they can and releasing it in Trades right now. There is quite a bit of good Black Panther comics for Marvel to bring back (well, mostly Priest and McGregor books). I saw that Marvel was finally collecting the McGregor BP serial from Marvel Comics Presents, which ended up stretching out over 50 issues. Most of the issues, the McGregor story was the only story worth reading in the comic too. Priest's Black Panther was one of the best books Marvel was publishing at that time. It will be a much better read than the horrible Secret Empire. I'm not sure if Marvel is reprinting the entire series, but if so, I'd drop the book at the end, when editorial mandate caused Priest to switch the series to another main character (Kaspar Cole), as I really didn't like those issues. The book wasn't fun anymore.
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    Comparing anyone to Brad Meltzer seems like a low-blow to me, but I went there.
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    Mark Millar wants to be a New York Times best-selling author. He once wanted to be Grant Morrison, but realized that took talent and energy, then he realized it was easier and paid better to be a no talent writer who ruins everything he touches, and latched on to the idea of recreating himself as Brad Meltzer. It all adds up.
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    It is Marvel's fault, but DC went through a similar phase just after Identity Crisis. DC had the good sense to realize that it needed to course correct, with the post-Infinite Crisis DCU. There are a lot of comic books that were published in the early-2000s, which seemed to be an interesting new direction for superhero comics to follow at that time, but looking back on those comics, their stories are pretty embarrassing. It's the pseudo-mature version of what superheroes should be, and I guess it appealed well to my age demographic, being in my mid-20s in the early-2000s. The books do not hold up well, and they're nothing like the mature versions of what superheroes could be written during the 1980s, which I feel still hold up very well, no matter if my age is pre-teen (as in the 1980s), mid-20s, or today over age 40. It's also the fans fault for continuing to support books like Identity Crisis and Civil War. Although, as I said, it's all in hindsight. It's years later that you heard fans complaining about how bad Civil War messed up the Marvel Universe, and the negative effect it has had on Marvel Comics, where the characters are no longer ones that most people even care to read about. However, at the time, the books got rave reviews and their sales were very healthy. It's easy to see why the message came across that "Civil War is what fans are looking for", considering that people were rushing out to buy Civil War at the time. I realized at the time that both books were junk, and dropped them both. It's also on Meltzer that Identity Crisis wasn't all that well written. It's mostly a bunch of shock moments strung together on a bare-bones plot, which is meant to deconstruct the last vestiges left over for superhero characters after the Moore/Miller literary take on the genre from the 1980s. DC acting like this MTV version of Watchmen was equivalent to Moore or Miller's work was their fault too, although you can't blame DC Comics for marketing one of their top books.
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    It gets its reputation more because of what it represents and in hindsight, compared to most fans initial reactions to the series. I remember it getting some rave reviews, back at the time of its release. It was being billed by DC as a comic book on the same level as Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, and a comic book that would change the way that comic books were perceived and written going forward. Sadly, it did end up having that sort of influence for a number of years on the comic world. It was the beginning of the era of "superheroes aren't really superheroes, and they're not really good guys, but they're truly all morally ambiguous or amoral" period of mainstream comics. It paved the way for books like Marvel's Civil War. I think left on its own, as an oddity of a comic, telling its own separate story, and billed as simply "Bred Meltzer writing a comic book", it wouldn't have gained such a horrible reputation. As it is, it sort of stands out as a comic that has rankled the industry, due to the long-lasting ramifications of that one series. The fact that some bigwigs truly thought this was going to be the literary equivalent of Watchmen or DKR is laughable. In a lot of ways, the initial popularity of Identity Crisis is exactly what has led to the sorry state that Marvel Comics is still in to this day (although some very bad business decisions also come in to play).
  9. Comics Shipping the Week of April 16th 2018

    I like the idea of different spin-off books on the periphery of the main title (Dr. Frankenstein) or building up the back-continuity of his universe (Dr. Star), in between major stories. Hopefully, Lemire will stick with this and flesh out his own superhero multiverse, ala Astro City.
  10. Comics Shipping the Week of April 16th 2018

    Yeah, it is. Lemire said that relaunches and new #1s are the big thing in comics at the moment, so he figured he would touch on that with a second volumn.
  11. Comics Shipping the Week of April 16th 2018

    I think they had to, since it took a year for the second issue to ship. They decided launching a new volumn of the comic was appropriate for each issue, due to those delays. CalExit vol. 1 #1, followed by CalExit, vol. 2 #1, followed by CalExit vol. 3 #1, and you get the picture. Black Hammer: Age of Doom and Mister Miracle, for me.
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    RoboCop: Citizen's Arrest #1 (by Brian Wood)-This was a good read, with some nice social commentary. I thought that the world of RoboCop would be one that Wood could do something appealing with, and I'd say the comic feels like a Brian Wood dystopian science fiction series. Alan Grant wrote some entertaining RoboCop comic books, although he was going a bit too far towards Judge Dredd. The first issue could have fleshed out the world a bit more, as I'm unsure if this ties in with some sort of RoboCop continuity that's been built in the comic books, or if Wood is just starting this out fresh after the movies. If Wood is basically working carte blanch here, then the first issue needed a bit more world building to explain some of the details. Overall though, it's very similar to what was going on with the first RoboCop film, and I'm fine with that. The main thrust of this series is that OCP has created a new APP that allows users to inform on other citizens who they feel have violated a criminal act, and citizens whose tips warrant an arrest are paid for helping the private police force. People spend their time spying on each other to the benefit of the corporate contractor. It's worth coming back for the next issue.
  13. DC Comics

    No, I don't have any interest in reading books or comics on a computer either. I have so many books and comic books that some rooms are almost covered in stacks of books and comics on the floor, and you have to tiptoe around to get across the room. It's just gotten pretty out of control. A bookshelf I was keeping books and some TPBs stored on collapsed last Summer. I decided to start cleaning out some of the stuff I didn't want and donating it to the library. It seemed like I donated hundreds of books and TPBs (ones I had almost forgotten I'd even bought), and it seemed to not even make a dent in my collection. Then, I started buying more and more books too.
  14. DC Comics

    Yeah, comics are horrible for taking up space. I'm not sure how collector's manage to find enough space, unless they have a nice-sized house with lots of rooms. Getting a number of new comic books every week really eats up spare room pretty quickly after a while. I don't mind how much room all my Silver and Bronze Age comics take up, but it's a question of what do you do with all the comics you buy new each week. I just store them all in boxes, and then all the boxes just pile up on the floor. I'm quickly running out of space, myself. I found a closet I could clean out and I'm stacking boxes in that closet now. I had to get rid of some of my comics which I didn't really care about recently, due to running out of space. If I were you, I might try to either donate them to a local comic book store, or maybe see if they'll give you some sort of trade, like maybe $5 off your total. I can't see a comic store turning down free comics, and then it's the comic store owners problem. The other option is if there is a local flea market or something similar near you, that has a guy who is a comic back-issue dealer. That's what I did with my comics. The guy there actually gave me a pretty good deal, which surprised me. He bought the comics for a dollar a book, and it wasn't anything of real value. The comics would never have sold on EBay, or anything. I managed to make $120 on that day, which was more than I ever expected to make on some of my extraneous comics.
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    Umbra 3-part mini-series (originally published in 2006 by Image)-Also known as the other thing that Stephen Murphy wrote. This wasn't exactly The Puma Blues (but, hey, what is, right?)....This wasn't even exactly Murphy's run on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which I do love!). This was....kinda, sorta ok.... Even at three double-sized issues, it felt like Murphy really rushed the plot. There seems to be some deeper underlying meaning to the story fighting to emerge, but Murphy seemed to have trouble making the comic feel more than just shallow. I liked how Murphy used the extinct Great Auk in the plot (as it ties in well with the theme of Puma Blues), but it really didn't go anywhere. Murphy seemed to be copying an idea from Joyce with that scene, really. Well, Murphy really only has three comic book titles that he's written, and if you've read the other two (which you really should!), this is what's left to read by Murphy. I wouldn't call it a bad read, I was just expecting a lot more from the story, but it's far from being an essential comic book reading experience (unlike Puma Blues!).
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    So, it turns out that Milligan's Kid Lobotomy was a six-part limited series. It's probably for the best. So, thus ends Bond's best contribution to the post-Vertigo world. Anne Nocenti's The Seeds is still missing, leaving Berger's contributions to the post-Vertigo world lacking, as well.
  17. Nope. Not going to do this anymore. Hellblazer just does not interest me anymore. Can't DC spare a few bucks to get some decent artists? I know there are plenty out there, so why do they insist on putting artists who draw like they're doing an animated series on this book? Hellblazer has obviously gone all multi-cultural, with each story-arc featuring a new culture's mythology as their "demon" of the month. Some people will probably get offended to see a Hindu/Buddhist deity lumped in with "demons" though. The issue read as if it were being written on auto-pilot. As if someone entered a general description of John and some of his lines in to a computer, and this is the story that the computer wrote. So, this officially marks my ending with John Constantine. It was fun once upon a time, now it's a chore. This was the last chance I was giving the book, with Kadrey taking a stab at Generic Johnny. The best part of the issue was the "DC Essential Graphic Novels of 2017" ad, where the superheroes all look really gloomy and sober while they're reading DC comics. I guess I can understand the sentiment. Not a bad cover though.
  18. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    It is, but it drives me nuts when I need that one final issue for my collection, and I can't find it anywhere.
  19. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Somewhat good news, in that the entirety of Ellis' run on Hellstorm and the Druid mini-series will soon be collected by Marvel. The less-than-good news is that the book will cost you $75! Hellstorm stills ranks as one of the best books by Ellis, for mine. I definitely recommend reading it. However, it might be better to try to hunt down the entire series as back-issues rather than pay that exorbitant cost. There is no way that the back-issues will add up to anywhere close to $75. Although, the issues can be sort of scarce. Ellis' run is from issue #12-21. I'd recommend picking up the Len Kamisnski run, which ran before the Ellis run started too, as those stories were almost as good as the Ellis issues. The Kaminski run is easier to find than the Ellis run, and those issues are not being collected. I was buying the issues close to 20 years ago now, but none of the issues cost me more than $3. I managed to find the Druid mini in 25 cent boxes, although it was over a large span of years that it took me to find all four issues.
  20. Comics Shipping the Week of March 26th 2018

    I always liked Bloodhawk, myself. So, so '90s named characters, but the book doesn't read like some bad-'90s comic though.
  21. That is a pretty egregious change considering it's an All His Engines adaptation. That was one of the biggest high-points of All His Engines, the amount of characterization Carey used with Chas. The whole point to the graphic novel's superb ending was about how Chas was just a "regular guy", and not one of John's occult-oriented buddies. For almost any other HB adaptation, it wouldn't have been a big deal, but that was one of the aspects that really made All His Engines stand out as a top quality JC story. I wonder what the purpose even was in making that change, as it doesn't seem like it would matter to the plot to change Chas' back-story. Maybe it's based in the fact that Chas was such a small part of most of Delano's run on HB. Yet, the creators should be looking towards the Carey source material, rather than to Delano, for this story. Although, as mentioned, it is named after a Si Spencer comic book too, so who knows?
  22. Comics Shipping the Week of March 26th 2018

    It's worth it. I'd go for it.
  23. Here we go again..... For posterity's sake. Written by Simon Oliver. Art by Davide Fabbri. Cover by Tula Lotay. 'The Smokeless Fire' part five! Constantine thought about taking an old frenemy's advice, but Paris has bistros to sit in and wine to drink. With a little patience and a little magic, things have a way of sorting themselves out. Unless Marid crosses the finish line first, that is.
  24. Here's J.M. DeMatteis talking a little bit about the premiere. If you want to hear more from DeMatteis about this, you'd have to attend the convention panel. I think the panel is scheduled for tomorrow. http://www.jmdematteis.com/
  25. Comics Shipping the Week of March 19h 2018

    Ah neat. DC just refuses to allow Grant's name on the books. heh I would argue that Grant's run on Detective Comics and Batman may be the best work on Batman, ever. The only Batman I could see challenging Grant's is Denny O'Neil's run, and that was pretty hit or miss, to be honest, because it's split up in to chunks. There's the really good built around the introduction of Ra's Al-Ghul and the classic and heartbreaking "There is No Hope in Crime Alley", and some other good stories, but there's also a lot of workmanlike stories interspersed throughout, which don't hold up in the same way. Englehart's run is an important read too, but it was far too short to compare to the length of Grant's run. John, do check out the book Ixnay mentioned for great Batman comics. It's so much better than Cataclysm. I really hated that whole period of Batman, with that and No Man's Land and all of that. It's cool that you're enjoying Cataclysm though.
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