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  1. Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (by Al Ewing)-I'm not sure what to think about this book. It doesn't really compare with the Immortal Hulk, but then again, Immortal Hulk did have something of a slow start. There were things I liked about the book, but I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to decide to buy more issues. Ewing did the best work with (Morrison's) Marvel Boy in this issue. That was the highlight of the book for me. There was even a nice nod to Grant Morrison with Marvel Boy's line of "No gods. No masters." Morrison is an anarchist, I mean. It was nice to see Moondragon again, as I've always liked the character since I first saw her in the Defenders comic. Ewing did a nice job on some of the characterization, like with Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon. There wasn't much given for the plot. It didn't really feel like Dan Abnett's Guardians. I might give it one more issue.
  2. Outside of the annoyance about Blake, there were a number of aspects to the issue which I enjoyed. I especially like the reveal that John was playing dumb this entire story about not understanding BSL. That's classic John right there. So, I'm staying at a 7 with this issue. This story-arc didn't really go anywhere, but it showed promise.
  3. Sigh...It seems that Spurrier is the one who doesn't understand Blake, and not just his characters. Calling someone "mad" in a comic featuring a main character who has fought demons and angels, and been to Hell seems kind of like an Avenger in the Marvel Universe telling Thor that someone is crazy for believing in gods.... Spurrier is making the same mistake as those who believe that George Orwell was a monster because he wrote 1984. As a writer, it seems Spurrier would be particularly well-suited to understand that an author's fictional creations don't always speak for the author. Blake was creating a juxtaposition in his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience work between the One, True God and the demiurge. It's about the struggle between human nature in trying to live up to our holiness (created in the image of the One, True God) while fighting against our base-materialism (our fallen human nature from the demiurge). The Songs of Experience portion is mostly written from the perspective of the demiurge (the enemy), and that is why there is such a tonal clash between the Songs of Innocence collection and the Songs of Experience collection. Spurrier references "A Poison Tree" in this issue. Blake seems to be making a comment on the French Revolution in this poem, actually. There is the contrast between anger and vengeance in the poem. Blake isn't make any excuses for vengeance or murder. In fact, Blake seems to be portraying such actions as associated with the demiurge "Jehovah" (aka Satan), seeing those negative actions (as opposed to anger) as base emotions that mankind should be fighting against. In other words, he seems to be saying it's perfectly normal for the lower classes to be angry at the ruling class, but questions where vengeance can lead. In fact, an atheist like Spurrier would probably heartily approve of Blake's primacy of Reason when considering how vengeance is corrupting. The revolutionaries gave in to vengeance over Reason. Spurrier's last quote from Blake was spot-on though. Sorry. William Blake is my favourite poet and a hero of mine. It's upsetting to see a writer that I respect (Spurrier) making such blatant misunderstandings of a creator's work.
  4. It was released here. Your store must not have got it, or it is delayed in shipping there.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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."
  9. 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....
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Christian

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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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Oh. OK, I don't blame you. I found it pretty disappointing, but still, it was overall worth a read, for mine.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. OK, yes, that Silver Surfer thing was just a tie-in with the stupid cross-over. A waste of Abnett. New Mutants was actually written by Ed Brisson, not Hickman, which I did not notice until after buying the book. Because these "Dawn of X" books are being released three times a month (!), apparently, Hickman and Brisson are writing alternating stories for New Mutants. Brisson's story featured the unanswered question of what ever happened to Beak. Unfortunately, by the end of the story, it wasn't very good. At least Immortal Hulk continues to be good.
  21. Annihilation Scourge: Silver Surfer #1 is written by Dan Abnett. If that's not too heavily tied in to this cross-over nonsense, I'll give that a look. Immortal Hulk New Mutants
  22. Yeah, I'll have to check it out, considering that Immortal Hulk is one of the few comics being published currently that is actually worth reading every month. He even managed to do something interesting with the Inhumans, something that every other writer Marvel tried completely failed during their "Inhumans can be just as popular as mutants" idiocy. If Aaron leaves Marvel, Ewing will be pretty much the only quality writer Marvel has left.
  23. I mean, maybe, but if so, he's been off and on for a while now. Nameless was amazing and one of Morrison's greatest comics, but a lot of other comics from Morrison around that same period just didn't do much for me. Wonder Woman: Year One and Klaus were both disappointing, off the top of my head. Green Lantern has its moments, but other times, it feels like a pretty pedestrian superhero comic. Although, this isn't the first time that has happened to Morrison on a "mainstream" superhero title. His X-Men run was very hit or miss, and I thought it took him a few years on Batman before it was even worth reading. Looking at the state of the comic book industry as 2019 fades in to 2020, I think that maybe the entire industry is losing its touch.
  24. Green Lantern: Blackstars #2 was an improvement over issue #1, although I still don't see the point for this little diversion from the regular Green Lantern comic. It allowed Morrison to use meta-commentary to satirically mock the present day DC Universe, which was grand. That was what made this issue so good. I wish Morrison would have spent the entire issue doing this. The modern DCU deserves to be ripped apart. His origin story for his space vampire villain character was quite funny, and so that aspect was good too. The supposed actual premise of this Blackstars alternate universe tale is still completely lacking though. It's not fleshed out. I'm not sure why Morrison couldn't have just told a similar story without the need for the (once again) supposedly high concept alternate universe backdrop. That part of the story is losing me, so far.
  25. X-Men #3-Wow! Who knew that Hickman's X-Men would turn in to an absurdist comic, apparently inspired by Peter Milligan? We get a parody of the Golden Girls in 2019. That's only about 30 years behind the times.
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