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  1. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Seeley's an American. The "misfired attempt at authenticity" been my theory regarding the gang-slang as well.
  2. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    One of Sean Phillips' upcoming variants:
  3. A new live-action Swamp Thing series is in development for DC's upcoming subscription service, set to release in 2019. Will be produced by James Wan, with talent involved with Daredevil Netflix, Constantine NBC, and the IT remake acting as showrunners. Cool that Swamp Thing's getting some attention, not so cool that the show'll be restricted to the DC Streaming Service (in the US at least)
  4. Comics Shipping the Week of April 16th 2018

    I suppose that's one benefit of the movies, that they incentivize Marvel and DC to collect the stuff they probably otherwise wouldn't.
  5. Well, the first five episodes are available to stream on CWSeed's website. Around 5-6 minutes each. Like advertised, it's a pretty loose adaptation of All His Engines, though it is more faithful than the live-action version. Anyone hoping for a continuation of the show might be disappointed, as the animation very much establishes a separate continuity. More violent than the Justice League Dark animation, a particularly bloody set-piece is the Newcastle sequence which gets an entire episode dedicated to it, but alas six minutes inevitably aren't enough to do the comic full justice - Delano's suspenseful escalation and Rayner's hellish imagery are traded for simpler dismemberment of random club patrons. Chas finally is British in an adaptation (voiced coincidentally or not by the voice of John from the JL Action cartoon) but the show makes a noticeable alteration to his backstory and relationship with John: He's taken Gary Lester's place as the childhood friend and Mucous Membrane band member, and he was alongside John at Newcastle. Rather than be John's eternally suffering sidekick cabbie, this Chas is established as only just reacquainting himself with John in the first episode. The best childhood friends bit feels rather contrived, but this change is not too harmful though I don't feel that it adds anything either. Overall, Constantine City of Demons shows the potential of becoming a good though perhaps not great Hellblazer animation, depending on how the rest of the episodes pan out.
  6. DC Comics

    Well in line with the news that Scott Snyder would be taking over as the Justice League writer, his sidekick James Tynion will be the writer of a new Justice League Dark book. Tynion promises via Twitter that this'll be the scariest book to ever bear the title Justice League, but based on his track record, that phrase has more than one meaning! Announced roster is: Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Detective Chimp, Man-Bat and Wonder Woman. With John Constantine and Doctor Fate confirmed to play big roles as well. I suppose we'll see with this just how much of Constantine The Hellblazer's faults were on him. Oh no... what if Constantine The Heckblazer was just Tynion's warm-up for his true magic magnum opus?
  7. Comics Shipping the Week of March 19h 2018

    Dark Knight, Dark City actually was traded relatively recently, but it seems DC has let it fall out of print already. I read all of Morrison's JLA for the first time a couple years back, via the new edition trades. Definitely a great superhero comic: big concepts and big action - Grant's JLA pretty much feels like what Scott Snyder is trying to emulate in Metal. Of the recent Batman runs, Scott Snyder's New 52 Batman run might be worth checking out. This was one of the New 52 books that I liked but in retrospect it feels a lot of his stories are pretty much overlong "epics" that try to blend bombast with "depth." The Black Mirror trade that collects his Detective Comics from before the New 52 is probably the best he's done on Batman. I've also enjoyed Tom King's current run on Batman, though it isn't anywhere close to the best of his work like Mister Miracle. Not a Batman book, but Grayson was a late New 52 collaboration between Tom King and Tim Seeley. Took a rather sketchy premise that spun out of one of Geoff Johns' events (Nightwing is unmasked and is forced to become a super spy) and made a fun "superhero espionage crossed with elements from Morrison's Batman" book out of it. The ending probably was the weakest part of the book though since both King and Seeley left prematurely due to the Rebirth relaunch putting them on shiny new books, so some fill-in guys wrapped up the series instead. Aside from those, not much else from the post-Morrison Batman era that I would recommend. Francis Manapul did write/draw two stories for New 52 Detective Comics, but outside of the great artwork, the stories were roundly unremarkable.
  8. Now has an official title: City of Demons. I suppose it's only fair to adapt CoD for Season 2 if it happens and title it All His Engines. The first episode comes out on March 24th. Was that Nightmare Nurse from JM DeMatteis's Justice League Dark at the beginning? I suppose I can't fault JM for taking the opportunity to give his creation (or was she Didio's?) greater media exposure.
  9. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Injection wrapped up its third arc back in November. I remember Warren mentioning he plans to go for four or five with that one in his email newsletter. (whether those plans actually come to fruition remains to be see) Trees he does seem to have forgotten about.
  10. Not a hoax

    Perhaps the eyes are also contributing to that effect? Seem to be shaped differently from one another. And how the tie just cuts off the Superman top doesn't seem right either.
  11. DC Comics

    I suppose if nothing else, this imprint will probably cover the gratuitous swearing itch.
  12. DC Comics

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-black-label-imprint-unveiled-1092933?utm_source=twitter DC unveils yet another new imprint: "Black Label" -> out of continuity, creator-driven takes. Looks like the return of Elseworlds/another shot at the All-Star line. The books announced: Superman Year One by Frank Miller/JRJR Batman: Last Knight on Earth by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Batman: Damned by Azzarello and Bermejo. A Batman and John Constantine team-up story. Oh boy I hope this is Ashes & Dust 2.0! Wonder Woman Historia by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Phil Jiminez Wonder Woman Diana's Daughter by Greg Rucka The Other History of the DC Universe by John Ridley - the history of the DCU from the perspective of its minority heroes.
  13. Marvel's One World Order

    I enjoyed that Superior Foes book he did a couple years back, but the rest of his Marvel stuff has left me cold/indifferent. Hope his take on Spidey works, since Amazing Spider-Man writers have this tendency to stick on the book for a long time. In other news looks like Jeff Lemire wasn't done with Marvel after all, he'll be writing The Sentry of all characters for the relaunch.
  14. The Hellblazer #19 At last, the 1988 show !

    Fabbri's art still isn't doing much for me in that I'm just not a general fan of how he draws stuff, but at least in this issue his art did evoke some feeling of horror rather than the Scooby Doo hijinks of prior issues. Fabbri did a good job illustrating the return of a classic Hellblazer foe in this issue. Seeley writes a good intro (though there were some bits of dialogue that felt off for me) that gets the reader up to speed where John is at and sets up several threads for the rest of his six-parter. He has quite the juggling act ahead of him: balancing threads of demonic gangsters, John's love life woes, superheroes, and the machinations of classic Hellblazer villains. (If the future covers are to be believed, Nergal won't be the last). Hopefully he manages to stick the landing.
  15. DC Comics

    http://ew.com/books/2018/03/01/neil-gaiman-sandman-universe-comics/ DC is launching a "Sandman Universe" line of comics - overseen by Neil, but the four books will written by different creative teams. The books are: House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson Books of Magic by Kat Howard The Dreaming by Si Spurrier Lucifer by Dan Watters No announced artists yet.
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