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    Comics Shipping the Week of September 17th 2018

    The Wildstorm and Mister Miracle. Does this "return of Wolverine" involve Marvel returning the rights to Len Wein and Herb Trimpe and paying them a shitload of money to license the fighty shortarse, or just an overly stretched revival of a character they won't let stay dead?
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    Comics Shipping the Week of September 10th 2018

    I think that one was '87. The next story after that was a David Roach one where Mills started getting a bit shrill, and there was a lot more to come before he pulled everything back together for a fine ending.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of September 10th 2018

    That's maybe a bit of an exaggeration, Christian: it sags a bit early on the last third where Mills is doing stuff during the '90s. I don't think the Quality reprints went that far, though, so they don't include the photostories. 😉
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    Other comics we read recently

    It shows in a lot of his best comics, imo. You should have a look at his memoir (Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave), in which he spreads a lot of bile about the industry, though he mostly avoids naming names, which is a pity.
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    Other comics we read recently

    That doesn't sound like a complete collection, John: it's probably just a reprint of the 2000AD Ro-Busters stories, and doesn't include the ones from Starlord at least three of which were by Mills, and none of which were Hammerstein's war memoirs.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of September 10th 2018

    Just LOEG out of that lot.
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    Are you a Milligan or a Milligant?

    It's all about the spam...
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    DC Comics

    I've had a look online and the Captain Victory stuff does look a lot more like Kirby's classic style than the belated New Gods, true enough. Probably just a shitawful inker, then: it isn't Mike Royer on those last two, but I think the guy in question also worked on OMAC which is very classic looking Kirby.
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    DC Comics

    And having finished the Kirby, I now suspect that the main reason the 1984 final issue and The Hunger Dogs weren't included in the last couple of reprints is because either Kirby's art had gone downhill during the decade between #11 and the conclusion or he was very unsympathetically inked. It's a shame as the final issue proper is great, that aside. Of course, the Hunger Dogs immediately vitiates the rather fine ending of the series proper, which is a shame as well. It feels a bit odd to have scenes of Kirby nested into what's otherwise a clever and very readable finale.
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    Other comics we read recently

    Even reproducing the colour as those little dots that Lichtenstein was fond of...
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    Other comics we read recently

    They did that with the uncensored Cursed Earth collection as well: it's a bit surprising it's taken them this long to start doing that with the collections.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of September 3rd 2018

    Might have a look at The Dreaming, but nothing else appeals much.
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    Other comics we read recently

    Thank you, John. That's the original two Titan collections from the early '80s (I think the prologue and epilogue were done for those rather than appearing in 2000AD itself) and the Black Hole story, then. That'll make a nice thick collection as a physical object, and I'll need to get a copy. (Apart from anything else, my copies of the two Titan collections are falling apart now from sheer old age, so that should make a nice replacement.) As far as the Nemesis thing goes, the Warriors were apparently written into that as 2000AD's editorial kept promising their return and it kept not happening apart from the occasional story in an annual or special so adding them to Nemesis' supporting cast struck Mills as a useful way to bring them back. There are several accounts of them being very popular with the readers indeed, but artists having panic attacks on being asked to draw them. As for Ro Busters, it's a bit patchy, but the better stuff is some of Mills' best work. You don't really need to have read any of it to follow the later ABC Warriors stories, though. Have you read any of the other future war stories from 2000AD, btw? There was a big overlap between Battle and 2000AD on a lot of that stuff (Carlos Equezzerra and Cam Kennedy both started off on Battle rather than 2000AD). I'd imagine you've read some of the Rogue Trooper stuff at least, but Fiends Of the Eastern Front (undead Transylvanian cavalry on the Russian front during WW2), Invasion/Savage (the original run of which was very much near future terrorism against an occupying army done as a '70s childrens' adventure comic, which makes it read very strangely indeed now: since Mills rebooted and revamped it, it's got a lot nastier and rather self conscious with it and so doesn't have that odd vibe to it anymore), The VCs (blatant but far less fascistic rip off of Heinlein's Starship Troopers, stuffed full of traditional British war comic cliches) and Bad Company (Peter Milligan doing a straightforwards adventure story with some lovely Brett Ewins artwork) are all rather good as well.
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    DC Comics

    Just got hold of a copy of the latest version of the New Gods, which adds the missing half issue from the big '80s reprints to the end, and collects the comics in colour rather than greyscale. Bizarrely, it's the only paperback collection of Kirby's work published by DC I've seen that doesn't include an introduction by Mark Evanier. Christian's objections to Sandman Universe seem well founded, though the biggest problem there is the cobbling together of bits of completely unrelated stories with a flimsy device that reduces the most interesting looking of the Gaimanverse stories featured to a framing narrative for the dullerother ones, which seems a little misjudged. The Wildstorm continues to set up the formation of Ellis' own team as the people who are going to save the world from those shits in IO and Skywatch, but makes it really, breathtakingly obvious in a way that an unsympathetic reader might take as a sign of contempt aimed at his audience. Meanwhile John Lynch and his fearsome mustache continue their tour through Team 7Project Thunderbook's surviving members adds a new fillip making Freefall's mum/Gloria Spaulding an actual member of the project rather than somebody who had a one night stand with one them twenty years ago. It's hard to shake the feeling that Ellis enjoyed coming up with somebody new more than revamping the other characters. Further hints are dropped that Lynch also has something odd about him, even if he hasn't been stuffed with alien implants, and Gloria Spaulding's des res is the place Gen 13 lived in early on, before IO or somebody blew it up, which was a nice tip of the hat to the old '90s Wildstorm comics.
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    Other comics we read recently

    I've been meaning to get hold of that one for a while, John. That's all of the first run of Volgan war and Mars stories in a nice big hardback rather than the not quite 2/3 size paperbacks, right?
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    The tattoo

    Not about namedropping or erudition, Christian: the poster asked a question. The fact that you answered it by dropping a couple of irrelevant names that you prefer to the one that was relevant isn't very helpful. They're looking for a decent design for a tattoo not a pointless argument about the relative merits of magical systems, dig?
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    The tattoo

    There's a nice article on ultraculture here about somebody who has backpiece based on Constantine's, and which suggests sources drawn from John Dee as well as the sources Christian suggests. A lot of occultists, for some reason, take a dim view of the Enochian stuff and tend to ignore it, but there's a lot of very striking sigils in there.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of August 20th 2018

    Maybe it'd simplify things if Lemire just had his own comics publisher?
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    Getting back to art, I was astonished to find a drawing of John boy by the great RK Post on Deviant Art:
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    I think in that one Diggle was more concerned with filling in her backstory to explain a one liner when she's hallucinating in an issue of the Sandman than tying her into Hellblazer? Given that the Georgian era Swamp Thing Gaiman also (I think) introduced is also a biggish part of the story, he might even have been trying to keep the Sandman stuff and the Hellblazer stuff separate. Oh and Lou? I should have said when I posted that, but the spoiler thing is still just typing "spoiler" in square brackets.
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    The
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    Comics Shipping the Week of August 13th 2018

    Is the John Byrne forum still going, Christian?
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    Comics Shipping the Week of August 13th 2018

    Just the Wildstorm.
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    Marvel's One World Order

    They try to push names they can get on exclusive contracts even if the names aren't any good. It's not a healthy situation, but they'll keep it up until it stops working. I'd suspect Marvel are making a lot more from cross marketing their intellectual property than they are from publishing comics at the moment anyway, and just see those as a marketing tool for the films.
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    Marvel's One World Order

    If they look for talent who can do something interesting with the comic, then they're removing any incentive writers who've shown them loyalty (like Slott) might have to continue showing them loyalty: if the desirable jobs are given to creators who are talented rather than loyal, those creators will feel that their loyalty was wasted on Marvel and they'll piss off to write something shit at DC instead. When the only asset besides farming out its intellectual property Marvel has is loyal big name creators, they're not going to offer anything to anybody else until all of their big names have already turned it down, are they?
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