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    DC Comics

    Martian Manhunter #1 (of 12) - By Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo Steve Orlando was a writer who was initially on my radar because I enjoyed his Midnighter run that came out during the end days of the New 52 era, but he since fell off it due to several subpar DC Rebirth books. I'm not too big a fan of the Martian Manhunter, but I'm guessing Orlando's reinvention of the Martian Manhunter as a Martian dirty cop with a strained family life could be a turn off for some fans. The book is split between flashbacks of Martian Manhunter's time on Mars to a present storyline of him masquerading as a cop on Earth and solving crimes while haunted by his past. Orlando tries for blend of noir and sci-fi, but the murder investigation of the present segments are decidedly duller than the Mars segments, which let Riley Rossmo unload and draw weird aliens having weird alien sex. Alien sex aside, there wasn't too much in this book that stood out for me and I probably won't be back for #2. Shazam #1 - By Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham This is Geoff Johns' first DC ongoing since his New 52 Justice League, and the only thing I believe he's writing for them atm besides his perpetually delayed Watchmen sequel fanfic. (Coincidentally, this book's future issues have also been hit with delays) It picks up from the status quo he established New 52 Shazam story, with Billy Batson and his family of foster siblings functioning as a team of superheroes through the power of Shazam. The bulk of the issue is dedicated to reintroducing the character and establishing the state of his world, ending with a cliffhanger for the next issue. Billy Batson's characterization is closer to his pre New 52 self, and the overall tone is much lighter. Eaglesham's art does a great job of continuing the style established by Gary Frank in the New 52 story, while also fitting the lighter tone. Shazam's a likeable, lighthearted read. While I didn't love it enough to plan on sticking with future floppies, it might scratch that itch if you're nostalgic for a DCU before the era of grim and edgy or Geoff Johns story before his runs became consecutive events.
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    Marvel's One World Order

    Haven't been reading much new Marvel books, aside from checking up on what Al Ewing is doing in Immortal Hulk. The most Marvel I've read lately was the Marvel Epic Collection version of Kraven's Last Hunt. As these Epic Collections collect more than just the title story, fulfilling the role that the Essentials used to, Kraven's Last Hunt is placed at the very end of the book. The story that precede it are: 1. An annual featuring Spider-Man taking on a time-traveling Iron Man 2020 - this is my first time encountering the IM of the "far-future" of 2020 and I'm assuming that the writers intended him to be a "sympathetic but ultimately unlikable" anti-hero at best. The grimness of the Iron Man 2020 bits don't mesh too well with comedic misfortunes of Peter Parker, but I can't say that I completely disliked this romp and it did have a rather hard-hitting ending. Wonder if they'll have to change him to Iron Man 2040 if someone ever wants to use this character again? 2. Spider-Man vs. Wolverine, written by Christopher Priest before the name change to trick the other Priest's fans into buying his comics. It's not Priest's greatest work, but it's an affable contrast between the traditional superheroics of Spidey vs. the edgy and gritty anti-hero types like Wolverine that were all the rage, and also the token appearance of the classic Red and Blue Spidey outfit as he wears the black suit in the rest of these stories. The fallout of this story segues into the Hobgoblin Identity storyline, as Spidey angsts about and ponders giving up superheroics. Peter David handles the big identity reveal issue (well, before the identity revealed here got retconned) while Priest contributes to a few issues that further flesh things out. 3. And aside from Kraven's Last Hunt, Marvel clearly intended this to be the attraction of the collection since it's mentioned on the back: the Spider-Man marriage! And while Peter and MJ together is fine and dandy, David Michelinie takes over the writing for these issues and fails to make much of a case for them. A boring issue of Spider-Man zipping around while contemplating proposing, followed by a boring two-parter of Mary Jane pondering whether to say yes while concurrently dealing with family drama as the Spider-Slayer chases Spidey around. Followed by the marriage annual itself, which consists of Peter and MJ pondering for its entirety if they should go through with the wedding before they do. Now I'm nostalgic for the Spider-Marriage since that was the status quo when I started reading Spider-Man but given the general dullness with which the actual marriage storyline comes across, I can kind of see why Marvel editiorial was bent on splitting them up. Though maybe I'm just missing the historical context/significance reading this years later in a trade. (funny how J. Jonah tells Peter that there's no turning back from a marriage! I guess J. Jonah didn't factor deals with the Devil into that equation!) Kraven's Last Hunt definitely overshadowed everything in this trade, writing and art-wise. Also collected was a bunch of supplementary material from the time talking up the Spider Marriage, most of which I ended up skimming over. Of greatest note is a magazine that collects the entirety of Stan Lee's newspaper strip's version of the marriage.
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    Rest in Peace, Stan Lee

    95 years old, and still there's a part of me that feels it was too soon for Stan to go. If nothing else, I hope he at least got to live out his last days happy, considering some of the rumors/stories of elder abuse that he got wrapped up in this year.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    Perhaps in that situation the Joker stabbed Batman with a scythe that burst through the knee and went all the way up to the neck?
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    Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    My first thought upon seeing his name popping up in my Twitter feed was "who?"
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    My idea was that Chas shows up in his cab and runs his opponent over, and proceeds to beat on them afterwards with a tire wrench while John dips out for a smoke, but that sounds even better.
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    Concept art for an unused John Constantine in Injustice 2. Some other mystic faces of the DCU like Etrigan and Detective Chimp were also unused, and can be found on the same artist's page. Probably for the best John wasn't included in the game, since he's not exactly a fighting-game type and the last thing we need is more of "pullin' fireballs and sigils out of me arse" Constantine but still would've been a cool fanboy moment to pit Constantine against Hellboy.
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    Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    The last issue of The Wild Storm definitely gives the impression that Ellis will be hurtling to the finish line with all the endgame threads he's setting up, and I'm guessing a lot's going to happen in these last six issues. I have a feeling that Ellis will have Apollo and Midnighter make some grand, bloody entrance at some point in those six. Wonder how closely they'll resemble the original counterparts, given the adjustments the other Authority members got in this series and that the mainline DCU versions ended up pretty close to the original Wildstorm versions last time they were seen? (maybe Ellis will have turned them black and called it a day)
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    Vertigo - where's the ledge? Has anyone seen the ledge?

    I thought it was announced to be one of the new Vertigo books?
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    Flashpoint/New 52 and Beyond

    In DC's latest solicitations for January 2019, they have John appearing in Batman #63 and Curse of Brimstone Annual 1 so you could add those to your list. He's appearing in New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 as well, according to the cover art and solicit DC has released.
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    Special Ales Kot Approvals

    Material was an interesting experiment by Kot. Four separate stories playing out page by page over four issues. He cancelled it after those four issues though, though he has said that his plan for the series was to do a new set of stories every four issues so there's nothing that's left unresolved compared to say, Wolf. I wouldn't say make it your first Kot book, but if you read his longer works and enjoy them, Material might be worth checking out. The trade probably goes for cheap these days.
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    DC Comics

    https://www.newsarama.com/42168-young-justice-wonder-twin-dial-h-for-hero-more-part-of-bendis-led-dc-teen-imprint.html Bendis is launching and overseeing a new teen character imprint at DC called "Wonder Comics." The main attraction DC's trying to sell is Young Justice by Bendis, but the title that will probably be most of note to posters here is Mark Russell's Wonder Twins (Stephen Bryne on art duties).
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    DC Comics

    Yeah, that Green Lantern preview was pretty underwhelming. If Morrison's name wasn't attached, there wouldn't be much in the way of a hook or something to make me want to pick up an issue based on that preview. I sure hope Morrison isn't just putting in minimum effort and coasting on his name with this one! One thing that stood out to me about the New 52 Batman Inc was how cynical and downbeat the ending felt for a run that was very much a celebration of Batman. I wonder if Morrison got burnt out on monthly corporate superhero comics and New 52 Batman Inc was reflecting that? By chance, did any of you here read his New 52 Superman run on Action Comics? The beginning was a fairly standard and grounded re-imagining of Golden Age Superman, back when he was a rough and tumble type who beat up landlords. But Morrison quickly moved onto more wacky/crazy/convoluted Silver Age-esque hijinks with the book's direction and got really experimental with his storytelling in his final arc. Was a far cry from All-Star, but it was the only Superman book this decade that I could say I enjoyed reading.
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    The Boys goes to Cinemax helmed by Rogan

    So it's actually happening. Wonder how close Amazon will stick to the source material.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    What even was the purpose of the Batcock? I mean it's a pretty common trope to utilize male nudity to depict vulnerability, but did it actually call for several panels of Bruce's swaying Batawang? Really just seemed like a heavy handed attempt by Azzarello to show how adult this Batman story is. And now DC's announced they'll be censoring it in all future printings (they've already censored the digital editions) which means that DC's essentially made a collector's item out of Bruce Wayne's genitals. The nudity didn't add anything, but it does feel kind of contradictory to make a mature readers label to show all the stuff you can't in the mainline books, only to censor it... I guess it's just the old American adage that bullets blood and bad words are a-ok, but sexuality is a big no-no in action.
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