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  1. Hellblazer #16

    I have to agree, this one wasn't very good at all. Stuff happens here, but it's mostly the same old Hellblazer cliches and I can't find myself caring about any of it. John is just moving through the motions in this issue - auto-pilot is a very good term to describe how this issue feels. Is Davide Fabbri the only artist left in the industry willing to work on Hellblazer? I found his art utterly unfitting for a Hellblazer book when he first popped up during the very worst of Oliver's run and it hasn't improved with Kadrey - and judging by solicits, it seems he's on this book for the long haul. It's kind of hard to sell Hellblazer as a horror book when it more closely resembles an afterschool cartoon special - I'm half expecting these Scooby-Doo demons to start lecturing John on the dangers of smoking and drinking. I'm probably out for the rest of Kadrey's stay.
  2. DC Comics

    Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12) The first part of Geoff Johns' "epic" Watchmen meet DC superheroes sequel fanfic. Well, according to Geoff, Rorschach's diary at the end of Watchmen did get published and now the world is in chaos - it's now 1992 and the world is after Ozymandias' head as it teeters to the brink of nuclear war and also it seems that according to Geoff Trump became president 14 years ahead of schedule given two golf references on the same page! There's even a brand-new mysterious Rorschach running around! The only DC superhero that pops up in this issue is Superman at the end, as most of it is dedicated to setting up Geoff's vision of what happened after Watchmen. It's obvious in the writing that Geoff Johns wants to make this feel like a true Watchmen sequel, the issue even has supplementary in-world materials like the original Watchmen added in the back, but it's also obvious in the writing that Geoff Johns on his best day still isn't Alan Moore. What's here isn't a blatant disaster, but for something that DC has been hyping up for a couple of months now, it just comes and goes. Maybe they should've farmed this out to Grant Morrison, just for double the Moore coronary? I did have some morbid curiosity to see just how the rest of the series unfolds, but not enough to be compelled to want to buy the next issue over looking up a summary online. If you're going to buy any DC twelve-issue maxi-series at your shop... eh, I recommend picking up Mister Miracle instead.
  3. The Hellblazer # 15

    Looks like Tim will be back for another arc following Richard Kadrey according to DC's Feb solicitations: THE HELLBLAZER #19 Written by Tim Seeley, art by Davide Fabbri, cover by Tim Seeley, variant cover by Sean Phillips. "The Good Old Days" part one! John is back home in London, but he's not happy about it. A crime wave caused by young, aggressive gangsters interrupted his pursuit of Detective Chief Inspector Margaret Ames. Then she started acting strangely and refused to come to him for help...but going to her local priest could be the last mistake she'll ever make. 32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Feb. 28. Will be nice to see Sean drawing John again, even if it's just for a variant cover. (I wonder if DC just plans on alternating Seeley and Kadrey on three-issue arcs?) (Could've been worse I suppose, like Oliver coming back to finish his Djinn "epic...")
  4. Marvel's One World Order

    Looks like some major shake ups are coming at Marvel: current editor-in-chief Axel Alonso is being replaced by C.B. Cebulski. I'm guessing that the overall tepid-at-best response to Marvel Legacy was the final straw for Alonso. I'm not real familiar with Cebulski, so whether this constitutes a shift for better or worse for Marvel's books I can't say.
  5. Swamp Thing

    On the topic of Swamp Thing, he guest-stars in this clip of animated Mark Hamill playing with himself.
  6. DC Comics

    Brian Michael Bendis is now a DC exclusive writer. It probably says something about the state of current Marvel if even their mainstay Bendis is jumping ship. Though honestly DC of all the big-name comic writers to offer an exclusive contract, modern Bendis was the best you could think of? (or perhaps Bendis was the best Didio/Johns/Lee could afford to get, heh heh)
  7. The Hellblazer # 15

    I also felt that JL appearance was pretty silly, as it ended with John literally engaging the League + Zee and Swampy in fisticuffs (perhaps Tim Seeley is using this to pitch John as the next Injustice DLC?). Thankfully it was a pretty brief scene and most of it occurred off-panel. Story ultimately was nothing special or new (choice of enemies aside), but Seeley wrote it well and I felt he had a great handle on John's persona for the most part. After about two years of drawn out and boring Djinn benders and New York hipster stuff in Constantine comics, it also was nice to read something with a little brevity in comparison.
  8. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Not directly written by Warren, but he does have a story credit on it, and the issue does imitate the style of its parent book in both writing and art very closely: The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1 (out of 12) The premise of this series is Michael Cray hunting down warped versions of classic DCU heroes that exist in the new Wild Storm U, while adjusting to the changes brought about to his life. This first issue introduces Cray vs. Green Arrow, who has been reimagined as a gentrifying San Franciscan millionaire (not too far off from current Silicon Valley types!) who flows weapons and narcotics into poor neighborhoods to drive up their crime rates (in order to launch political campaigns to crack down on said crime) and as a byproduct of PTSD from the island hunts kidnapped men "Most Dangerous Game" style . The Flash is next up in the third ish according to the solicits, and Batman was alluded to in this issue and I wouldn't be surprised if this series climaxes with Cray taking him on. I enjoyed this start, though I've always been a sucker for "evil alternate dimension-type" stories, and I will stick for the next issue to see how this first story resolves. I suppose though, that this series could always wind up "Warren angrily types for 12 issues about DC superheroes via proxy"
  9. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Another thing that bugged me about the Gemma rape is given that John created his Demon self out of his own unwanted bits, does that mean that deep down in John's darkest subconscious that there was already some part of him that sexually desired his niece? I suppose it is possible that it was the Nergal-extracted demon blood part of Demon Constantine acting, but still - what a vomit inducing possibility, Milligan!
  10. I found the music that played in this scene rather unfitting - feels more suited to something like an action-heavy video game rather than Hellblazer. Not too much of a fan of how Mictlantecuhtli and the demons look here (come off as rather generic-looking) though I do admit it was pleasant hearing what might be the first British Chas in a Hellblazer adaptation - assuming that is Chas, which I suppose would mean the live-action show's Chas doesn't exist in the continuity of Arrowverse Constantine.
  11. Marvel's One World Order

    http://www.businessinsider.com/marvel-partnership-northrop-grumman-angers-fans-2017-10 Marvel announces a promotion with a manufacturer of military arms. I don't see what exactly Marvel is supposed to get out of this partnership.
  12. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Isn't The Wild Storm Jenny Sparks also Asian in race as well now? Though given that the Old Wildstorm already had an Asian Jenny succeed the original Sparks, it's not exactly new radical ground Warren's treading here.
  13. DC Comics

    In the news from NY Comic-Con: Grant Morrison will be a co-writer of Sideways (Like Lemire's Terrifics book, this is a future spin-off of DC's current Metal event), a book about a new teenaged superhero powered by the Dark Multiverse, alongside Justin Jordan and Dan Didio. I'm guessing that Morrison will only be on for a couple of issues, to help sell the book with his name, and then it'll be 100% Jordan and Didio. Speaking of Lemire's Terrifics, the book is now featuring Tom Strong in its cast. I'm guessing DC wasn't content with just adding the Watchmen into the main universe when it comes to Alan Moore creations
  14. A Hellblazer miscellany

    John McCrea's recent #inktober tribute to Steve Dillon in the form of John
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