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  1. DC Comics

    Sharp was able to keep to the bi-weekly schedule for the Wonder Woman Rebirth book he did with Greg Rucka, though he didn't do every issue Rucka wrote for that title. The latest in DC's upcoming creative shake-ups also brings Kelly Sue DeConnick to Aquaman's writer seat, replacing Dan Abnett. https://www.newsarama.com/40920-kelly-sue-deconnick-taking-over-aquman-ongoing.html I've only read half of her Captain Marvel stuff, eh she's okay but not a writer that would make me want to rush out to start reading Aquaman.
  2. DC Comics

    Batman #51 had some very great art by Lee Weeks (colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser, who colors all those Brubaker/Phillips books). Very reminiscent of Gotham Central. The story itself is an interesting concept. Bruce Wayne is forced to examine his actions as an angry post-wedding Batman when he is placed on jury duty Mr. Freeze accuses Batman of Bat-Brutality. The rest of the jury wants to quickly give Freeze the guilty verdict because who wants to do jury duty but that nasty Mr. Wayne feels the need to question his hobby of roughing up other men. Though one questions how exactly Bruce was selected as a juror since Batman, Inc. should still be in canon and you don't get more biased than publicly funding a global Batman super-team. Eh, when has law in Gotham ever resembled the real thing or displayed a shred of competency? In more important news: http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/07/19/the-green-lantern-relaunch-by-grant-morrison-and-liam-sharp-focuses-on-hal-jordans-life-as-a-space-cop Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp on Green Lantern is confirmed after months of rumor!
  3. DC Comics

    I enjoyed Batman #50 too (though I wish the guest artists had drawn more interesting things than generic pin-ups for the most part) but yeah, DC really shot themselves in the foot by promoting it as a major event. With all the retailer exclusive variants and tie-in one-shots they were pumping out, their marketing pretty much set it up as something that was going to happen... voila, this month's comics PR disaster. (I wonder if they deliberately had the NY Times spoil the outcome in an attempt to lessen the backlash?) DC even solicited a wedding album that has yet to be released... that's going to be rather awkward to sell now. Perhaps Batman should just take a break from women for now... they always just end breaking his heart or giving him bratty offspring (and later offing those offspring with an evil clone of said offspring). Maybe what Bats really needs is just a big strong super man's shoulder to cry on. Maybe this is why DC has brought back Superman's underwear on the outside look... he's just trying to get Batman's attention! Oh my, perhaps this is what those "Bendis is Coming" advertisements were really referring to...
  4. DC Comics

    Some news that may be of interest to Ms. Marvel fans: https://www.newsarama.com/40764-g-willow-wilson-takes-over-wonder-woman-ongoing.html G. Willow Wilson will be taking over writing duties on Wonder Woman at Issue 58, with Cary Nord on art duties.
  5. Comics Shipping the Week of July 9th 2018

    Have you tried Instocktrades? They generally discount the Epic books to around $23, plus shipping. Unlike the other shopping sites though, they charge your card before they ship, and in the instances that I've brought from them, it's been rather inconsistent in regards to the time it's taken to confirm my order after placing it.
  6. TPB Covers

    Jenny Frison's cover for the reprint of Mina's run isn't too shabby. Here's a slightly cropped version from her Instagram without all that text:
  7. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    In one of his recent email newsletters, Warren did confirm he had begun writing more Trees, but couldn't find the right direction for the story and this new project spun out of that - at least that's what I gathered from the wording:
  8. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Bermejo's Batman is channeling his inner Adam West in that one panel.
  9. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Aside from that Batman: Damned book by Azzarello where he's co-starring and he'll inevitably be turning up in Tynion's JLD relaunch as well, it seems a break is what John's getting. His DCU book is cancelled for now, and he doesn't look to be making the return to Vertigo anytime soon, either.
  10. What Would You Put in a 30th Anniversary Collection?

    https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/06/18/sting-channels-constantine-to-celebrate-30th-anniversary-of-hellblazer Huh, so Sting will be writing the foreword (and even dressed up for the occasion!) to this collection.
  11. DC Comics

    Tom King's next limited series has been announced: Heroes in Crisis -> a murder mystery exploring the emotional cost of heroism. I'm a fan of King's writing but that murder mystery angle is kind of rubbing me the wrong way. Last time DC did that we got Identity Crisis so I'm hoping that this doesn't turn out to be Identity Crisis 2.0!
  12. Garth Ennis Loves Superheroes and Soldiers and Lesbians

    I feel The Boys, like Preacher, is very much is an encapsulation of everything good and bad about Garth as a writer. One page he has a touching character moment, but then on the very next page he has some guy f*cking a giant meat statue or a superhero pissing themselves.
  13. DC Comics

    https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/06/07/dc-entertainment-announces-vertigo-returns-to-its-roots-with-a-line-wide-relaunch?adid=dchero2_Vertigo-Returns-to-its-Roots So the Vertigo relaunch is official and the announced line-up is um... overall, eh... Just seems to be the same thing Vertigo's been doing for the past few years, creator owned books that'll probably release to little fanfare and last for half a year, maybe a whole year if lucky. Mark Russell does have a Jesus book called "Second Coming" in there, so I imagine Christian might get some mileage out of that one.
  14. 1990s Gimmick Covers

    Long time ago, I brought some issues off a local's collection... I guess he was really desperate to offload all his bad 90s Marvel and Image books. As far as gimmicks go, he had the Magneto portion of the X-Men #1 cover as well as Fantastic Four #358 - one of the less notable gimmick covers, it's a simple die-cut. No Liefield Image books, but he did have Jim Valentino's Who Is Shadowhawk #1 and Shadowhawk II #1. I guess he never bothered to pick up the rest of WiS, or maybe he thought Shadowhawk II #1 was the second issue - he did have Shadowhawk III #1 and not the rest of Shadowhawk II (Shadowhawk III disappointingly was not a very gimmicky cover). The initial hook of this Image series is that the identity of its ultra-violent extreme 90s anti-hero was a secret at first, so part of the cover was foil so you'd see your own face reflected in it. Also of note from that collection was Wildstar: Sky Zero #1 - an embossed cover, so you can touch and feel the blood on that dude's face!
  15. So DC hasn't forgotten about the 30th anniversary of Hellblazer, as they'll be putting out a celebratory hardcover collection later this year, just in time for Halloween. However, with 300 issues, there's only so much you can include in one collection. The official solicit is: Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (where it all began) Hellblazer #11 (Newcastle) Hellblazer #27 (Hold Me) Hellblazer #41 (Dangerous Habits Part One) Hellblazer #63 (Forty) Hellblazer #120 (Desperately Seeking Something) Hellblazer #146 (Hard Time Part One) Hellblazer #229 (collected here if you don't want to buy the upcoming reprint of Denise Mina's run to have all of Hellblazer in trade) Hellblazer #240 (The Laughing Magician Part One) What would you put in your Hellblazer 30th Collection? For my personal selection, I'd try to stick to stories that function as stand-alones, leaving out Part Ones of longer story arcs: Delano: Hellblazer #1&2, Newcastle, Mourning of the Magician, Dead Boy's Heart Ennis: The Diary of Danny Drake, End of the Line, Forty - because you can't have a Hellblazer 30th Celebration and leave out Mange!, maybe the break-up issue Jenkins: #100 - Sins of the Father, #119 - Undertow, and ofc the aforementioned 120 Ellis: Telling Tales Azzarello: If I had to acknowledge Azzarello... maybe Lapdogs & Englishman? Or just to give the imaginary readers of this imaginary collection a big WTF, the issue where John gets a hooker and scams old ladies at bingo. Carey: The Game of Cat & Mouse, Event Horizon, The Gift Post-Carey: Perhaps Diggle's Vatican two-parter, or Ravenscar Casino Gaiman, Morrison, and John Smith's fill-ins would make the cut as well. (kind of surprised two of the bigger-name writers who worked on Hellblazer, Morrison and Ellis, are nowhere to be seen in the actual collection)
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