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  1. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    (I haven't bothered with the Green Lantern franchise for the most part since Geoff Johns ended his run, but Morrison definitely would be one way to pique the interest again) Since The Hellblazer didn't have that FINAL ISSUE notice included in its last solicit that the cancelled series usually get, I'm thinking that it's going to be skipping a few months before returning with a new creative team. Some of DC's other Rebirth books have gotten this treatment -> skipping a month or two before resuming.
  2. Other comics we read recently

    A Walk Through Hell #1 - Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka, via Aftershock Comics Ennis is on the scene with a new series for Aftershock. Compared to his other Aftershock series Jimmy's Bastards, he's thankfully in serious mode writing this one. It's a horror series described in the pre-release blurbs as Ennis' most subtle work yet, and at least here in this opening chapter Ennis seems to be going for a more psychological than "dismembered genitals" sort of horror. The premise is two FBI agents investigating a warehouse - seemingly abandoned but it's all downhill from there... It's not a mind-melting debut issue, but to Ennis' credit, he definitely did leave me wanting to see what happens next.
  3. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

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

    One of Sean Phillips' upcoming variants:
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Replacing Simon Oliver is Tim Seeley. https://twitter.com/HackinTimSeeley/status/866420495033524225 His first issue's cover: I guess the Djinn were as bad for John as they were for us.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. DC's Young Animals (New Imprint)

    http://www.comicbook...ol-shade-titles Gerard Way of Umbrella Academy fame (plus the band My Chemical Romance) gets his own DC publishing imprint and his imprint will be publishing a new Shade book plus "Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye" and "Mother Panic" in addition to his take on Doom Patrol. Hopefully the release of a new Shade book will also lead to the trades collecting the rest of Milligan's series.
  14. 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.
  15. DC Comics

    I suppose if nothing else, this imprint will probably cover the gratuitous swearing itch.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    So this is the cover to Michael Cray 7, according to Warren in his latest email newsletter. Notice what those letters spell on the bottom? Wonder if Bryan Hill is paying tribute to the Planetary issue where the Constantine stand-in turned into Spider Jerusalem?
  21. The Taggart-less Taggart approach

    It's been a running theory of mine that John's Rebirth title will soon be bumped off and then resurrected as Hellblazer V2 or maybe even Hellblazer 301 to help hype up Vertigo's planned relaunch this year. Though aside from putting a writer whose name alone can sell books on the comic, and given that DC seems content to keep their big-name writers on their big-name superheroes, I don't see much as capable of improving Hellblazer's financial future. I'm sure a "Return to Vertigo" will see some slightly increased sales but that's been the case with every relaunch thus far - followed by a quick plummet downwards. (next thing you know this post will have jinxed things and DC will have put Bendis on Hellblazer ) Anyhow I had some ideas that might be more feasible as Hellblazer Presents: Minis/One-shots than full-on ongoings. King Kon-Sten-Tyn as an immortal causing chaos through the ages in his pursuit for power - basically Highlander from the Kurgan's POV. An Occult Take on Trainspotting featuring the Crack Magic guy from Ellis' run. Weird erotic horror thing with Ellie as the lead - I can see a writer like Gail Simone doing something interesting with it. And of course, the untold story of Mange!
  22. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    That's not all! The latest solicits reveal that concurrent to the adventures of Huntress and John, John's going to be guest-starring in the Green Lanterns book too. Forget those Swamp Thing yarns, this is the definitive Hellblazer Goes Green story we've been waiting for! And given that a lantern is basically the same thing as a lamp, and lamps are what those pesky genies like to hang out in, could this be the long-awaited return of the dastardly Djinn? (I guess we're getting back to where John was during the New 52, where DC was having him guest-star in every book from I, Vampire to Amethyst only now its random superhero books instead of fellow "Dark" titles)
  23. A Hellblazer miscellany

    Juan Ferreyra, who did covers for the New 52 Constantine series, has been periodically posting John drawings he does in his free time to his twitter. Some of them:
  24. DC Comics

    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/12/gerard-ways-young-animal-relaunches-its-core-comic.html Young Animal - one year later three of the original books are being re-launched and Way's Doom Patrol's perennial delays are pretty much a running gag at this point. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/01/18/alan-moore-jh-williams-promethea-jla/ Seems Christian was right in this thread when he speculated that DC was trying to kill Alan Moore... because now it looks like Promethea is being added to the DC Universe as well!
  25. Other comics we read recently

    For Christmas I got the "Uber Alles Edition" of Stray Bullets, a massive paperback which collects the entire original Stray Bullets by David Lapham series. I've read the first few issues of Stray Bullets a few years back as well as the sequel mini-series Killers, but this was the first time binging the entirety of the original series. And it was very much worth the hours spent going through all 1000+ pages. A damn fine read. Loved how each issue can work stand-alone but still contributes to an overarching story. (the last issue did feel a bit anti-climatic to me as far as an ending goes, I wonder how it felt to people who had waited for nearly ten years for Lapham to finish it?)
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