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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:
  6. 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:
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  9. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Bermejo's Batman is channeling his inner Adam West in that one panel.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. DC Comics

    Justice League: No Justice This was a weekly mini published this month, written by Scott Snyder (Tynion and Josh Williamson, writers of the other two upcoming Justice League books - Dark and the space-themed Odyssey, have story credits) that functioned as a prelude to his Justice League run. The gist is that Superman villain Brainiac recruits the Justice League (except for Aquaman cause I guess there's no fish in space) to stop the "Omega Titans" from destroying his homeworld. The League gets split up into special color-coded and themed teams (if you ever wondered what Etrigan and Dr. Fate looked like running around in purple, yay), with various supervillains and b-listers joining their ranks. There's more to it, I suppose, but I found it hard to care what was happening. A series that features a mish-mash of characters forming impromptu leagues to stop giant celestial types from destroying the Earth shouldn't have been this dull. Feels like Snyder & co. just going through the motions - ideas are thrown about, characters are sprawled across the page, but the whole package just feels underutilized and underdeveloped. Francis Manapul & the other artists (Marcus To and Riley Rossmo) do their best to liven things up, but really it just feels like an overglorified advert for their upcoming Justice League books. (rolled my eyes quite a bit at a conversation Wonder Woman and Zatanna had in the final issue, where the writers have them use the work DARK a couple times in conversation to remind you that they'll be in the upcoming JLD relaunch)
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

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

    One of Sean Phillips' upcoming variants:
  21. 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)
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.