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    Marvel's One World Order

    I caught up on the Uncanny X-Men relaunch up through this week's issue # 10, and boy howdy is it a fucking mess. The Avengers creative teams did a pretty great job with this weekly one-series gimmick during "No Surrender" last year, but the X-Men teams have really struggled to make this anything other than a 3 issue story stretched out waaaaaaay too fucking long. And at the end of the day, this 10-issue relaunch is nothing but a trailer for another crossover event. So very disappointing that Marvel just can NOT get the X-Men right, that franchise has been fucked for years now.
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    DC Comics

    Of all the past Batman creators to get for an anniversary celebration, Kevin Smith would probably be on the bottom of the list. Who in their right mind would read Cacophany or Widening Gyre and then say "yeah, Kevin Smith GETS Batman"? To think, there's no Grant Morrison, no Alan Grant, no Chuck Dixon or Doug Moench, but we get Smith. Seems fair. 🤮
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    John Constantine, Legend Of Tomorrow ?

    John, are you still watching Legends? I thought the last two episodes with the mid-season finale were some really solid Constantine centered stories. The comedy is really working in the series favor, I think, and while I'm iffy on the fact that they doubled down on stuff from the Ming Doyle run I still think Matt Ryan's portrayal of John is aces.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of December 17th 2018

    Nothing for me this week, which is a blessing since my money is all tied up with Christmas gifts right now.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    The artwork is unbelievably good, it's Bermejo at his grittiest best. I just wish he had a better story to draw.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    I remember that, and I think the seriousness of it here is my biggest problem. It's kind of a natural way to take the character if you're playing it for laughs, like Ennis did, but Azzarello does it with such a straight face that it makes the entire comic look fucking ridiculous.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    Batman: Damned # 2 is out today. I read it. I saw the night club scene and the "brilliant re-imagining" of the character that's found there. Go home, Brian Azzarello, you're drunk and you need to lay down.
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    Other comics we read recently

    Been reading through the Complete Phonogram recently, and it's so so good. I'd read the original "Rue Britannia" mini way back in the day and really enjoyed it, but never picked up the follow-up series. "The Singles Club" was fantastic on just about every level, and I'm about halfway through the good-but-not-quite-as-good "Immaterial Girl" mini. I really, really wish Keiron Gillen had been given a chance on Hellblazer, I think Phonogram proved he'd have produced at the very least a thoroughly interesting run with John.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of December 10th 2018

    Honestly? Because it has Ghost Rider in the cast. I co-host a Ghost Rider podcast and Avengers is one of the series we regularly review. I had high hopes for Aaron's Avengers series, but so far I've not really been digging it. If Robbie Reyes wasn't in the series, I probably would have dropped it around issue # 4.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of December 10th 2018

    Just the two Black Hammer comics and Avengers # 11 for me.
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    Special Ales Kot Approvals

    I tried out that first collection of Wolf and just could not get into it, I gave up about halfway through and moved on to reading something else. It was the art that really killed it for me, I didn't like it all. I might have been able to look past it if the story had engaged me more, but again, just couldn't get into it. Kot may not be to my tastes, but I'd be open to reading something else by him in the future.
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    Black Hammer and the worlds of Jeff Lemire

    Finally caught up on the last few months of Black Hammer material. It's funny, I was so unimpressed with the first two issues of Quantum Age, since I've never cared a bit about the Legion of Super-Heroes, but those cliffhanger endings for issues 3 and 4 have sucked me right into the story. Age of Doom, however, totally lost my attention with the 2-part Colonel Weird story. Even though it had some cute ideas (Inspector Insector!), the art work and "creator" nonsense killed it for me. Looking forward to Cthu-Louise, though!
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    Chantinelle's sigil

    Chantinelle mentions at the end of Rake at the Gates of Hell that, due to the First of the Fallen being taken out of the equation, all of the rules of Hell were being rewritten, which is how she's able to cure John's lung cancer that the FotF had given back to him. I always just assumed that's how she was able to return to Hell, but it was never explicitly stated.
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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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    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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    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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    Special Ales Kot Approvals

    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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    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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    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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