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Ixnay by Night

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  1. Comics Shipping the Week of July 16th 2018

    Avengers # 5 and The Wild Storm # 15
  2. Marvel's One World Order

    I think Slott really wanted his name to be forever associated with Spider-Man in the way as Claremont/X-Men, Byrne/FF, and David/Hulk; this decade long run that defines the character from now on. Unfortunately, I think he really just overstayed his welcome when readers were wanting a new voice on the series. I was the one defending the "Brand New Day" rotating writer era, which sound like what Spencer's run is aiming for in way of tone (based on your description anyway, Christian, I haven't read the first issue yet). Heavily influenced by nostalgia, to put it in nice terms? Hey, sometimes back to basics is just what a franchise needs to freshen itself up after a period of darkness (see Busiek and Perez rescuing the Avengers).
  3. Comics Shipping the Week of July 9th 2018

    Wild Storm: Michael Cray # 9
  4. Other comics we read recently

    Read the first issue of The Quantum Age and it didn't grab me the way all the other Black Hammer stuff did, which I devoured as quickly as humanly possible. Maybe it's because I'm not much of a fan of the comics its paying homage to, here's hoping it picks up for me in the next issue.
  5. DC Comics

    I read the first two issues of Mystik U but didn't bother with the third. It was okay, nothing special but not offensively bad either. I doubt we'll see any kind of series spinning off from it, wasn't it a relic from the DC You relaunch that brought us such classics as the Ming Doyle Constantine and rock star Black Canary? I'm surprised Mystik U got published at all, to be honest.
  6. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    I can't remember, has The Wildstorm brought up the Daemonites yet? The Kherans are running around in the open, perhaps the alien implants in the Team 7 characters are culled from Daemonites? I was starting to lose interest in The Wildstorm in the later issues of the second arc, but bringing in Lynch, Slayton and the rest have me totally invested in the book again.
  7. Lou K's 4th of July Vacation

    Quantum Age # 1, Avengers # 4, and Cosmic Ghost Rider # 1 for me.
  8. DC Comics

    Yeah, Snagglepuss did not go where I was expecting in that final issue. Brilliant mini-series on the whole, though I can't imagine what the approval process Hanna Barbara must have in place for their comic adaptations. "Flintstones as social commentary? Sold! Snagglepuss as a look back at McCarthyism? Go for it!" At this rate, the inevitable Captain Caveman series will be the next Dark Knight Returns.
  9. Hellboy/B.P.R.D. thread

    Thanks Christian, that's extremely helpful! Just going back and reading over some of the stuff in this thread has made me wary of the "Hell On Earth" stuff, but it looks like it would be a long time reading before I make it to that point anyway. Dave, I didn't know Guy Davis was the artist on BPRD, I love his work. His Sandman Mystery Theatre remains some of my favorite art, so I'm happy to hear that I've got his work to look forward to!
  10. Hellboy/B.P.R.D. thread

    I've never read the Hellboy universe stuff, but Dark Horse has pretty much their entire back catalog up on Hoopla so I decided to dive in and start reading with "Seed of Destruction". Looking over the list of Hellboy and BPRD volumes is...daunting, to say the least. How in the hell are you supposed to read through this stuff, do the Hellboy and BPRD volumes crisscross with another? Do you read them separately? How many damn relaunch volumes of BPRD are there? I'm not finding this to be very reader friendly, I'm afraid. That said, "Seed of Destruction" was decent with some great Mignola artwork. Reading my way through "Wake the Devil" now!
  11. Other comics we read recently

    Based on your guys recommendations I've been burning my way through Black Hammer, and hell yes it's a great comic. At the back end of the first volume now, will definitely keep reading! Edit: Still reading through Black Hammer on Comixology instead of working and just finished Doctor Star. I'm such a huge fan of James Robinson's Starman, I can't believe I didn't know this comic existed until now. Lou, you're right, I had tears in my eyes reading that final issue.
  12. What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    I see "Hold Me" as this quintessential Hellblazer story that everyone loves unconditionally, except for me. It's a solid, decent done-in-one story, so it meets my criteria for inclusion, it's just not my favorite story. However, your points about how it's a a list for a fictional collection is certainly valid, so why would I put in a story that I don't like so much? Switch out "Hold Me" for Delano's "In Another Part of Hell" from # 84, much better issue and one of my personal favorites.
  13. Garth Ennis Loves Superheroes and Soldiers and Lesbians

    Read the first two issues of A Walk Through Hell today, and while the second issue didn't maintain the momentum of the first, that first issue was goddamned amazing. That opening sequence literally took my breath my away.
  14. What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    Yeah, I'm glad they're including # 120, that's one of my favorite issues. Here's my ideal issue line-up: Saga of the Swamp Thing # 37 (for posterity) Hellblazer # 4 (Waiting for the Man, Delano's entry) Hellblazer # 27 (Hold Me, Gaiman's entry, though not one of my favorite issues it's exclusion would be a huge omission) Hellblazer # 40 (Forty, Ennis' entry) Hellblazer # 120 (Desperately Seeking Something, Jenkins' entry) Hellblazer # 140 (Locked, Ellis' entry and a good basic horror story) Hellblazer # 213 (The Gift, Carey's entry) skipping Mina entirely Hellblazer # 238 (The Smoke, Diggle's entry) Hellblazer Annual # 1 (Suicide Bridge, Milligan's entry) I think that would give a pretty good overview of the series as a whole while sticking to the single-issue story motif.
  15. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Maybe because we've been so starved for good Hellblazer stories, I've quite liked Seeley's run. When compared to the awful stories that Kadrey, Ming Doyle, and Simon Oliver shat out, Seeley is like Delano in comparison. Had he come on board after an actual GOOD writer, though, I'd say I wouldn't hold his stuff up so highly. Long story short, Good Old Days hasn't offended me and has me interested in the story in a way that hasn't happened since the Earth 2 story years back.
  16. What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    That's been a problem of all the anniversary hardcovers DC has been putting out in recent years, they pick random chapters of stories that make no sense without context. For example, the Batman HC wanted an issue from Snyder and Capullo, fair enough given that team's popularity, so they choose...Batman # 2 from the New 52? I think had they gone with a series of oneshot stories for the Hellblazer HC it would have made for a much more satisfying read, but would also have more casual fans going "where's Dangerous Habits?"
  17. Garth Ennis Loves Superheroes and Soldiers and Lesbians

    I'd rank Punisher as # 1, more so the MAX run with Goran Parlov and Leandro Fernandez. Those are some incredible comics. Preacher would fall at # 2, then probably Hellblazer. Amazingly, I have never read Hitman.
  18. Garth Ennis Loves Superheroes and Soldiers and Lesbians

    I'm usually a pretty big Garth supporter, but I could only make it through the first trade of The Boys. It was certainly okay, just not enough to make me want to read more. He does tend to swing wildly between mediocre and great, his two Ghost Rider minis with Clayton Crain were perfect evidence of that. "Road to Damnation" was everything I don't like about his writing while "Trail of Tears" was fantastic.
  19. What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    I do find it kind of funny that the 30 Year Celebration of Hellblazer omits the entirety of Milligan's run when he was writer with the longest tenure on the book. "Suicide Bridge" or "The Cottage" would both be welcome additions, I think. Still, I'm happy to see this collection, and in a related note it seems that Vol. 20 of the Hellblazer trades that comes out in January will be collecting both the first half of Diggle's run and "All His Engines", which is kind of a strange place to put that story instead of with Carey's run. Guess we'll be seeing "Pandemonium" collected in those volumes as well eventually.
  20. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Here I am, still waiting for more issues of FELL.
  21. Other comics we read recently

    Thanks! I'm definitely going to check this series out!
  22. Other comics we read recently

    I've been curious about Black Hammer, how many volumes have there been of that so far?
  23. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    DC solicits for August were released yesterday, no new issue of Hellblazer. Looks like its cancelled at the end of Seeley's current arc in July. Maybe it'll get another relaunch with all the other DC relaunches in the fall? They "cancelled" Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps as well, and that's rumored for a relaunch by Morrison of all people, so who knows what they'll do with Constantine.
  24. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Regarding all the slang, is Tim Seely English or American? I always assumed he was from the States, no particular reason why though. If he IS American that could be the cause for the overabundance of slang, he's going too far to fake the authenticity. I'm still digging his work on the series, though, FAR better than Kadrey, Oliver, or Mina.
  25. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Well, for the first time since it started Wild Storm: Michael Cray has finally captured my interest with the newest issue, which introduces that world's version of Constantine. I actually cared about what happened to Cray and it was more than the usual "DC hero gets bent into a maniac" plot device of the first six issues. Slow burn, yeah, but interesting enough that I'm glad I didn't drop the series after that stupid Aquaman/Chthulu mash-up. Aren't there supposed to be two more spin-offs to The Wild Storm coming at some point? I remember hearing that in the initial press release, that it would be Michael Cray, Zealot (I think?), and ultimately Wildcats (again, I think?).
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