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    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.
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    Hellblazer Q&A

    Speaking of the Carey run, didn't I read somewhere that he wanted to use Zed during "Staring at the Wall" but got denied by editorial? Is the Alba character who Carey slotted in to take Zed's place? Wonder why Zed got denied?
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    John Constantine, Legend Of Tomorrow ?

    I'm really enjoying Legends this season, the last episode retained the goofy charm while still giving some really great Constantine material for Matt Ryan to work with. The stuff in the pub about John and his mum was pretty great.
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    Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    I took that Midnighter/Apollo tease to be just that, a tease. Everyone's expecting them to show up eventually, but since this is the only walk-on appearance they've made I don't think we're going to see them again. Granted, they've not been seen in the DCU since around the time Rebirth happened, so who knows. I also haven't read the newest issue of The Wild Storm yet, so they could be on every god damned page and I just don't know it yet, lol.
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    What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    For anyone interested in checking out the 30th anniversary Hardcover for free, before its even released in stores I believe, it's up on Hoopla now. I downloaded it but haven't read through it yet.
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    Image Comics

    Yeah, I was down for everything in that synopsis as well until it got to the "monster hunter" bit. Might still check it out, I dig Sandford Greene's artwork.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of October 29th 2018

    The Wild Storm # 18, that's all.
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    John Constantine, Legend Of Tomorrow ?

    I liked it quite a bit, too. Legends of Tomorrow is inherently goofy as all fuck and I"m surprised by how good a fit Matt Ryan's John seems to be in the ensemble. I find myself still not caring one bit about the other characters in the main cast, I'm strictly there for Constantine, but I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by it. I saw some complaints elsewhere about John's glowing eyes and magical rune casting, but fuck it he's in a superhero show now so I can forgive it.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of October 22nd 2018

    Nothing for me this week. Dropped Moon Knight and Punisher several issues agos, and they would have been my only holdouts for releases this week.
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    Dumping scene - Hellblazer

    Wasn't there a scene in Diggle's run early on, where he's with a woman in Ravenscar after it was turned into a hotel/casino?
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    Image Comics

    I downloaded the first volume of Wolf on Hoopla after the recommendation, I don't believe I've read anything by Kot before.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of October 15th 2018

    Black Hammer: Age of Doom # 6 (still need to pick up Quantum Age # 3, come to think of it, though I've not been digging that one as much as the other BH stuff) What If: Ghost Rider # 1
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    Marvel's One World Order

    Brian Bendis made Typhoid Mary a soap opera actress during his run on Daredevil, it's where she was when the Kingpin "reactivated" her Typhoid personality. Why he went with "soap actress" as a natural professional progression for Mary, who was so shy and passive it bordered on catatonia, I have no idea.
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    DC Comics

    Seems to me that the Dini/Animated Series Harley Quinn was replaced by the Suicide Squad/Margo Robbie version a while back. The Injustice games and comics play into that a lot as well, since she's one of the main characters there. I don't get her appeal at all, she grates on my nerves whenever she appears (much like Deadpool, in fact). I flipped through Heroes in Crisis and wasn't too impressed, it was a bloodbath with the barest attempts of resonance other than "look at all these characters we can kill off, guess who's next!". Easily the least engaging comic I've read from Tom King by a mile. Nice artwork, though.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of October 1st 2018

    Just Cosmic Ghost Rider # 4 for me this week.
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    Other comics we read recently

    No idea, I have neither read nor watched the show of Handmaid's Tale, couldn't even tell you what it's about.
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    Other comics we read recently

    Checked out the first issue of Maneaters by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemcyzk, and it was fairly interesting. I was a big fan of their Mockingbird series and this is done in a very similar style, with lots of big cutaway panel pages and diagrams for stuff interspersed with the story. I'm curious to see where it's going, so I'll definitely check out the next issue.
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    John Constantine, Legend Of Tomorrow ?

    I finally got around to watching the two Constantine episodes of Legends via Netflix, and that show is still goofy as fuck. I don't know who half of the characters are anymore after they ditched Hawkman and Firestorm, so adding John to the mix did seem to liven things up a bit. I quite liked the exorcism episode but the second one, the Event Horizon ripoff homage, wasn't as entertaining. I'll be checking back in with the next season that starts in October, maybe having Matt Ryan back on a weekly basis will make the show consistently watchable.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    Agreed with all comments above, the artwork is gorgeous but Azzarello's narration for John is shit awful. I read it digitally, so I missed out on the Bat Cock until I saw it in some news article, they're really swinging for the fences with the mature readers label now aren't they? As with most things by Azzarello, I feel like he's trying way too hard to be edgy and "deep", which makes it all come out as insufferably hard to read through. Plus, he's got all of his favorite wordplay puns out in force, which is probably the thing I dislike about his writing the most. I'll stay reading just for the artwork, but the story had done absolutely nothing for me.
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    Other comics we read recently

    Black Hammer had one of those spit-take "wait, what the fuck just happened" cliffhangers that gets my blood pumping. Glad to see the mysteries getting some sort of resolution, even if all they do is lead into even MORE mysteries.
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    I was kinda surprised that Andy Diggle didn't use anything he set up in that Lady Constantine mini-series when he did his later run on Hellblazer, considering he brought over stuff from that Swamp Thing arc he wrote (the psychic guy whose name I can't remember).
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Honestly, the first Seeley arc with Jesus Merino was the only bit of the newest series I'd recommend at all. The Oliver and Kadrey stuff was awful, and Seeley's last arc was stretched out way too long.
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    Garth Ennis Loves Superheroes and Soldiers and Lesbians

    Ghost Rider's my favorite character, I do a podcast on the guy, and RTD is probably one of my least favorite GR stories. Clayton Crain's artwork is beautiful but can't make up for the shit awful writing. Ennis said in interviews at the time that he didn't know much about Ghost Rider and didn't care anything about Johnny Blaze as a character, he was obviously just doing it for the paycheck and it showed bad. He and Crain got it right with "Trail of Tears", but RTD is aggressively bad.
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    Garth Ennis Loves Superheroes and Soldiers and Lesbians

    A Walk Through Hell released its third issue this past week, and it's starting to lose me. After that gloriously horrifying first issue, it's like the book's just spinning its wheels now. I don't know, weirdly disappointing how each issue has had major diminishing returns for me.
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    Other comics we read recently

    I think you'd be shocked by the difference in Savage Dragon comics from the early 1990s, like the one you posted the cover for, and the ones from today. Larsen went in this seriously bizarre direction not long ago where he essentially turned it into a porn comic for pages at a time in each issue. Liberal amounts of bodily fluids were being thrown around during the copious amount of oral sex scenes between Dragon and his wife. I guess that's the true gift of self-publishing, you can porn the shit out of it whenever you want!
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