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  1. It's that time of the year again: another rumor about Justice League Dark films and other projects in development that will probably ultimately go nowhere! This time it's JJ Abrams' production company Bad Robot at the helm. Oh boy, one step closer to seeing the iconic Justice League Dark characters like Nick Necro and Waiting For Mindwarp on the big screen! (Though Bad Robot did produce the solid war horror film Overlord, so they might actually be capable of at least a few decent takes on DC Horror and Magic...)
  2. The last Jonah Hex series DC did (titled All-Star Western) by Palmiotti and Gray did ditch the whole conventional western angle to place Hex in more outlandish situations, though these situations were probably way more connected to the wider DCU (i.e. Hex working in 19th century Gotham or time-traveling to meet random DC faces including the New 52 Constantine) than something Ennis probably would write if DC ever let him do a Hex book. (and it honestly was much weaker than their conventional westerns Jonah Hex book that preceded it) Given Ennis is a fan of Cormac McCarthy, I'd half expect him to work in an unofficial adaptation of Blood Meridian into his hypothetical Hex book. (DC honestly ought to offer Ennis the chance to do a serious western or war book one of these days though, instead of yet another comedic mini-series that comes off half of or all the time like something he wrote to amuse himself while drunk)
  3. I read Brian K. Vaughan's Swamp Thing run after picking up the digital trades on sale a couple weeks back... and it was... competently average. I enjoyed Tefe's anti-hero characterization (which is honestly what kept me going with the book). The two issues where she encounters her fathers were highlights, but I found the bulk of the supporting cast Vaughan built around Tefe forgettable caricatures and a good deal of what happened in his twenty or so issues just blurs together. I was annoyed by his penultimate storyline where he sets up some future plot threads that he immediately waves off with a line of dialogue in the next issue cause the book got cancelled, I imagine I'd be a wee bit more incensed if I'd been buying his run when it was coming out. If nothing else, I wouldn't mind seeing some writer (well, maybe not all writers) take a crack at bringing Tefe back. There's much potential with her character that I feel Vaughan only brushed the surface of.
  4. Having finally read #1, it does feel like a very safe return to classic Hellblazer form, but after all the mishaps of his three post-Vertigo books (four if you count the New 52 JLD as a Constantine & "Friends" title), a little back to basics might be just what John needs. Spurrier in his two issues has done a great job capturing John's bastard-with-a-conscience attitude without straying too far to either end of the spectrum - John's no hero but he's also not a total ass as some other writers have tended to do him. And Campbell might be the most Hellblazer-esque artist that's drawn Constantine since Manco was on the original Vertigo run. I'm not too invested in the arc's narrative of magic drug dealers vs angels too deeply since it is a tried and true Hellblazer plot, but I definitely do want to see where Spurrier takes John in the foreseeable future. (in the case that Spurrier makes Nat this run's Hellblazer Girl, would she be Constantine's first Scottish lover?)
  5. With John, you can at least hypothesize that Nergal's demon blood, along with that time he did the succubus salsa with Ellie, slowed his physical aging down. Though it's not out of question for Gemma have gotten up to some similar hijinks sometime in between her appearance in the Jenkins run and her return in Carey's.
  6. The Books of Magic stuff was the least interesting part for me, though things started perking up once Constantine began talking to himself and found himself in our crazy modern world. Of all the Hellblazer relaunches since the original series ended, Spurrier might be our very first writer who's both gotten old Conjob's voice down and created an interesting narrative to insert him into to boot. And if the plot threads he's weaving manage to take Hellblazer 300 and everything John got up to when reintegrated into the mainstream DCU and redeem them, Spurrier ought to get a medal or something.
  7. While all the Hellblazer attention will be focused on the Sandman Universe special, Spurrier shared a Charlie Adlard variant for the first issue of the ongoing proper: Nice to see Adlard illustrate some more Con Job after that one issue of the Jenkins era.
  8. Though I have yet to watch the first episode and probably won't do so for a while, with angry fanboys and trolls review-bombing the show for being "too SJW/PC/insert your favorite buzzword here" on all the aggregate sites, I suppose that at the very least we can give this show some credit for pissing off the right suspects.
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    The Batman's Grave #1 - the first issue of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch's new Batman comic. Ellis focuses on a weary Alfred grappling with the possibility he might outlive Batman, along with a murder mystery Batman must solve after Ellis has him fill the obligatory quota of swinging around and punching bad guys. Ellis doesn't tread too much new ground here and in fact in one page has Alfred trot out almost word for word the pedestrian Twitter hot take that Batman is a rich psychopath who just likes beating up poor and mentally ill people. I wouldn't say that it was a horrible Batman comic, and fortunately Ellis doesn't waste the entire issue making Hitch draw dialogue-less fight scenes, but for me it didn't distinguish itself enough from all the other Batman books DC has published/is publishing to make me want to follow along in floppies. This is probably the best that Hitch's art looked in years, but I still feel that an Ellis Batman comic would've benefited more greatly from a collaborator like Shalvey or even the artist from The Wild Storm (Jon Davis-Hunt). If you want a Batman comic that emphasizes the detective aspect of his character, this might be worth checking out.
  10. With a bit of hyperbole, Immortal Hulk feels like it's doing for the Hulk what Alan Moore did for Swamp Thing. I'm not sure how the writer who follows what Ewing has done can go back to writing a regular old Hulk Smash comic. (though Marvel and their big red reset button will definitely try their hardest)
  11. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/john-constantine-returns-comic-book-roots-sandman-universe-presents-hellblazer-1245392 A preview of the comic with words, from the Hollywood Reporter of all sources. Hoping the ongoing proper is not as tied into the larger Sandman Universe narrative as this one-shot appears to be. Aside from good impressions of the art, I didn't feel too much about this preview after my first read through.
  12. Sara - by Garth Ennis, with art by Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser. From TKO Studios, yet another of these new creator-owned comics publishers that have been sprouting up lately. Their distinguishing schtick/gimmick is a Netflix-esque binge model, where all the single issues and the trade are released simultaneously. Ennis brings us another story about World War II, this time about a unit of female Soviet snipers battling it out with the Nazis in the wintertime and free of his more questionable Ennisisms. Epting and Breitweiser provide gorgeous illustration of Ennis' tense wartime action, even if Epting's depictions of these female soldiers comes off more as supermodels in uniform than hardened troopers - possible side effect of all those superhero comics he's worked on? If you're a fan of Ennis' prior war comics or his other stories about the costs of war upon the soul, this is a strong recommendation.
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    DC Comics

    Batman Inc Vol 2 (the New 52 relaunch) was the big finale to his Batman run, unless you count the various Batmen that he wrote in Multiversity as enough to count as part of his Batman run. There were reports a couple years ago that he was planning an Arkham Asylum sequel with Chris Burnham, but nothing has materialized since.
  14. Ahead of the incoming relaunch, Spurrier made a blog post about some of his goals for the book:
  15. Given that Marvel has an Eternals movie lined up for next year, wouldn't the comics division have wanted some fancy new relaunch of the property to coincide with the big screen version? Though perhaps it is possible they wanted to avoid a potential repeat of the Inhumans push and decided that yet another X-Men relaunch was the way to go.
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