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Ixnay by Night

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  1. Comics Shipping the Week of February 19th 2018

    Just Punisher: Platoon # 6 and Doctor Strange: Damnation # 1 for me this week. Global Frequency was a series that left me utterly cold, it was just info-dumping about random shit every issue. Ellis had a bad track record for that kind of writing during that era, I remember being as turned-off by Orbiter, it all felt so sterile like the humanity was bled from it and replaced with techno-babble.
  2. Comics Shipping the Week of February 12th 2018

    It wasn't just the use of Satan that had Marvel all timid about offending the Christians, there was also Hippie Jesus running around as Johnny Blaze's personal guru during Tony Isabella's run. Shooter changing the end of Isabella's "GR saved by Jesus" finale is what led the latter over to DC, at least according to Isabella's accounts. Shooter, naturally, recalls it differently.
  3. Comics Shipping the Week of February 12th 2018

    It still changes from run to run; it was Lucifer during Daniel Way's run then back to being Mephisto when Rob Williams took over. Ghost Rider chronology has always been and will always be a convoluted clusterfuck.
  4. 16 Comic Book Series Nobody Admits to Owning

    Even worse, when the Punisher became a black guy, those issues are ones I always happily skip over when I'm doing re-reads of that series. I'm guilty of picking up the Austen X-Men issues, though even I gave up halfway through the run. That was what broke my Uncanny X-Men completist run, in fact, fuck it was awful. I'd have to disagree about Punisher Armory, though. I'm far from being a "gun guy", but the pages all had narrative captions written by Eliot Brown that captured the Punisher's voice perfectly. It wasn't just "hey, here's this gun, it kills people", each entry had a story behind it. I remember one that had a little snub-nose pistol that had belonged to Frank's wife, a purse gun, and the narration was all about how he wished she'd had it with them the day they were killed in the park. Another one had a little cowboy cap gun that was his son's, and how it was the one gun Frank would never part with. Surprisingly well-written stuff.
  5. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    While I loved Planetary, I always gave that Vertigo/Constantine issue the side-eye, as it fell right after Ellis left Hellblazer over "Shoot". It was like he wasn't just wanting to give his own little swan song to Constantine with that nice middle flashback bit (which I heard once was originally going to be part of his Hellblazer run, the issue that was to be drawn by David Lloyd), he also had to talk shit about the character and Vertigo as a whole. According to that story, Constantine and all of the old guard Vertigo characters needed to be put to pasture because they were silly taken out of context of the late 1980s and they should all just be the much cooler Spider Jerusalem instead. It came off as incredibly pissy to me, which I would have been okay with if Ellis hadn't been talking out his ass about a DC comic when he's still writing multiple other DC Comics. Always stuck me as childish.
  6. Comics Shipping the Week of February 12th 2018

    Kaminski's Ghost Rider 2099 is a fucking delight, it's one of my all-time favorite comic series. It got slightly less-good near the end, mainly due to some dodgy artwork from Ashley Wood, but the series is a whole is still fantastic. We've been covering it on occasion on our Ghost Rider podcast, and getting to revisit that run has been a highlight of my comic reading recently. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it (though yeah, some of those later issues are hard to track down on the cheap). As for 2099 trade collections, I thought they DID collect Ellis' Doom 2099 run into one big volume a couple of years back? May be out of print now, though, I suppose.
  7. Comics Shipping the Week of February 12th 2018

    Just Punisher and Michael Cray for me this week.
  8. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    That's really interesting. I've not been digging Michael Cray as much as The Wildstorm, but this piques my curiosity quite a bit.
  9. DC Comics

    It makes me wonder if Ellis is going to be allowed to use Midnighter and Apollo in The Wildstorm, since they've been making DCU appearances as recently as last year. None of the other Wildstorm characters have made a peep in the DCU since Ellis' book began, other than those two, so will they be off-limits? I mean, surely not since Ellis fucking created those two characters, but who knows with DC?
  10. Comics Shipping the Week of January 29th 2018

    Swamp Thing Winter Special maybe? Punisher: Platoon # 5 Moon Knight # 191
  11. Marvel's One World Order

    Well, looks like that Ghost Rider/Punisher conversation from a week or so ago became weirdly relevant. I don't want to spoil anything, but this week's comics that does indeed tie those two characters together was fantastic and you should totally be reading Donny Cate's Thanos because it is pretty fucking awesome. Up there with Moon Knight for best Marvel title right now.
  12. Going in and out of style?

    Really great article. Who needs socially challenging dark fiction these days, though, when we have Djinn and the Huntress to read about?
  13. Other comics we read recently

    Age of Apocalypse is brilliant, it's like this sprawling apex of comic book crossovers, where things still fit together really damn well and each series is engaging on its own terms while still being part of a whole. Compared to detritus like Secret Invasion and Secret Empire, AoA is rad. It may be depressing as fuck, but it's still fun to read at the same time. That Generation Next tie-in remains one of my favorite superhero comic endings just due to how damn bleak it was.
  14. Marvel's One World Order

    No, they have retconned Frank as being a veteran of the Iraq war, back during Greg Rucka's run circa 2012 or so. It's only in the MAX comic that he's still a 60+ Vietnam veteran, and that's a totally separate continuity than the regular Marvel Universe Punisher (considering, y'know, MAX Frank is dead now).
  15. Marvel's One World Order

    I can't believe there's never been a "What If...?" story that featured Frank Castle becoming Ghost Rider. It almost writes itself: Castle loses his family, becomes possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance after making a deal with the Devil. That's almost exactly what he did at the end of "Born" actually, it was just another (possible) entity, if not just Frank's own crazed mental state.
  16. Marvel's One World Order

    I've been reading the new arc on Punisher, written by Mathew Rosenberg. Despite having a pretty ludicrous premise (Frank Castle becomes War Machine), it's actually been a LOT better than I expected. The artwork's pretty nice, provided you can get past Castle suddenly looking just like Jon Bernthal, but the story has been surprisingly solid. Better than Becky Cloonan's poor-man's retread of Garth Ennis, definitely.
  17. Hellblazer #16

    Finally got around to reading it, still think it's terrible. And that art, god damn does it suck. Kadrey's arc can't end soon enough.
  18. Are you a Milligan or a Milligant?

    I quite liked a lot of Milligan's run, but when it got bad it got REALLY bad, particularly near the end. The personality assassination of every female character not named "Epiphany" was appalling on every level and his Constantine read like an overly-simplistic caricature of himself. That all said, the plots driving a lot of the run were enjoyable, stuff like "Suicide Bridge", "The Cottage", and "India" were all pretty topnotch. For all Milligan's problems, it was still better than Denise Mina's run.
  19. Marvel's One World Order

    Then maybe I'm mistaken on Occupy being included. Was there a fourth Avengers title that I'm forgetting about going into Legacy? Speaking of the X-Men books, I think it's hilarious that Marvel's big plan for those titles are "X-Men Blue", "X-Men Gold", the forthcoming "X-Men Red" and..."Astonishing X-Men"? I guess "X-Men Purple" was off the table for some reason?
  20. Marvel's One World Order

    Yeah, they folded together Avengers, USAvengers, Uncanny Avengers, and (I think) Occupy Avengers into a weekly AVENGERS series by Waid, Zub, Ewing, and whoever was writing Occupy for the next 4-6 months. It's a crossover event, can't remember the name of it to save my life, "World's Collide" maybe? I'm pretty sure I heard that the books would be separating back into individual titles again in time for the new movie.
  21. Starman

    I've mentioned here in different threads that I'm a big fan of James Robinson. While not everything he writes is good (or even readable, looking at you "Cry For Justice"), he's a writer that I always make time for even if I'm not a fan of the characters he's writing, like with his current Wonder Woman run. His work on Grendel, Scarlet Witch, Batman, the JSA...all solid to really great work. Starman, though, holds a place in my heart that's unmatched by any other comic series, it's easily my favorite completed comic work. I used to make it a point every 2 or so years to go back and re-read Starman from start to finish, a task that was made a whole lot easier when DC released the six Omnibus volumes. While I was always drawn in by the way Robinson tied everything in the series together during the epic "Grand Guignol", and I certainly recognized the dramatic beats he was hitting as the series wrapped up, it's only been in recent years that I've truly felt and understood the emotional impact of that last year plus of the series. My last read-through of the series was back in 2013, and as I was making my way through the volumes my father was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. A prognosis of 6 months turned into death after 6 weeks, and my dad passed away while I was smack-dab in the middle of "Grand Guignol". I wasn't able to finish reading the series, I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it, but it hit me so hard emotionally and the wound of my dad's death was so raw that it colored my opinion on the series. It wasn't just an expertly and intricately plotted superhero series, it was now one of the saddest and most bittersweet conclusions I'd ever read. It was only a few months ago that I decided to read the series through again, for the first time in 4 years. Now, though, the way I'm relating to Starman has changed once again. Instead of looking at it as a son dealing with the death of my father, I'm now a father myself. Starman was ultimately about the relationship between father and son, and while the end of "Grand Guignol" (and the final issue) is still bittersweet and brings up tons of depressing memories it also reminds me that it wasn't long after losing my father that I gained my son. In that way, Jack Knight became my avatar, and the series itself is a testament to how comics as a medium can touch someone deep in their soul. And god damn could Tony Harris draw the hell out of that comic.
  22. American Gods

    I read the book years ago in college (and read Anansi Boys more recently, a year two back), but haven't check out the show yet. It's on my eventual "to watch" list.
  23. Earth X

    I stopped following the DCTV shows ages ago, though my wife still watches Flash regularly. I tuned in for the crossover, though I missed the first half of Supergirl and Flash both nights since I was putting our son in bed. I thought it was all handled very well, it was a pretty faithful translation of a comic event series. Like you, though, I had no idea who half of the Legends characters were supposed to be (or who half of the Arrow side characters were either, to be honest, other than Mr. Terrific and his awesome comics-accurate costume).
  24. Marvel's One World Order

    Ewing's Avengers series didn't get cancelled, it just got folded into the 4-times weekly AVENGERS series through the crossover, right? I thought all of the titles were coming out the other side with relaunches in time for the new movie.
  25. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    I don't think it would even flag up as references if you're not familiar with the past material. It's not like you have to know all the Spartan/Hadrian 7/Jack Marlowe backstory to understand The Wild Storm's version of John Colt, same with Jenny Sparks and the Doctor. It's all there for the old school WS fans to say "hey yeah, I remember that!", but I can't imagine an unfamiliar reader noticing at all.