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  1. Art of the upcoming Constantine x SW Manor reunion Batman team-up "Damned" by Azzarello and Bermejo for DC's new mature-readers imprint Black Label has been floating around on the internet for a while, but now we finally have our look at the words of this tale. https://screenrant.com/batman-damned-comic-preview-constantine/ My first thought... what's up with the choice of font and style for John's narration here? I'm cautious regarding this project, overall. Maybe Azzarello will turn out a surprise worth reading like his Wonder Woman run, or maybe he'll get lost up his own "Azz" once again like a certain storyline concluding his run for certain character appearing in this story.
  2. I suppose this issue shows that in hindsight, it was good that Azzarello didn't have John doing narration for much of his Hellblazer run. Bermejo's art is a career best, but there isn't much to say about the words pasted over it.
  3. Ahead of Damned #1's release this Wednesday, Azzarello and Bermejo have done an interview for Syfy. In regards to John:
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    Comics Shipping the Week of September 17th 2018

    Wild Storm Mister Miracle and I'm probably making a huge mistake but I think I'll give Batman: Damned a shot...
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    This is pretty neat: Richard Piers Rayner has been posting scans of his original pencils for Hellblazer #11. More pages can be seen on his Twitter.
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    Image Comics

    Brought the fourth and final volume of Brubaker & Phillips' Kill or Be Killed at the store recently, and binged through the entirety of the series. The beginning wasn't as strong as I had remembered reacting to it when I first read it, but it is a book that improves with every issue. For those who haven't read it yet, it's Brubaker doing his spin on the Vigilante Genre with a Deal with the Devil tossed in for good measure. A milquetoast grad student fails a suicide attempt, and begins to see a demon who forces him into a deal as punishment for trying to end his life. The deal is take a life every month, or he dies. Over the course of the series, he becomes more skilled of a killer as stakes escalate, while simultaneously losing more of his grip on sanity. Brubaker deconstructs the "one man war on crime" story, while railing about just how much the world sucks today and our helplessness to do a thing about it. Not the most original story to be told, but Brubaker adds enough of his own touches to avoid the whole thing feeling like a retread. On the art-front, I feel it definitely is the best that the Brubaker/Phillips/Breitweiser collabs have ever looked. Makes you wonder how a Punisher run by Brubaker would've gone. If there's much of a niggle, it's that at the end one of the biggest plot threads doesn't get too satisfying of a resolution.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. That dang Azzarello with his slang and accents!
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    A Hellblazer miscellany

    Chris Samnee, artist on Mark Waid's Daredevil run + other Mark Waid Marvel runs, recently posted a Constantine sketch on his Twitter:
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    Marvel's One World Order

    What, you didn't love paying $6 for a comic hyped up as the return of the Fantastic Four but really it's a comic with half the Fantastic Four diddling around promising the full reunion for more of your money next month? (dunno why the F4 couldn't have been reunited in their big return issue hell just cut out that Dr. Doom story and there'd probably be adequate space to at least get all four of them on the same panel once... or maybe Slott would've just added even more pages of "Waiting for F4dot" if the Doom story wasn't there)
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Well, fortunately for you the Djinn stuff is almost over - the ending makes it rather obvious that Oliver was taken off the book earlier than he had planned (I recall him stating in early interviews that his initial Djinn Bender plan was a three-story arc - in the end he finished only two) and as such he had no idea how to satisfactorily resolve his Djinn Bender. Though the book just sort of meanders after that, bouncing from Tim Seeley to Richard Kadrey to Tim Seeley again like a game of hot potato until its cancellation. I have a feeling that Phillip Tan could be a good comic artist, but much of his art that I've seen ends up feeling half-finished, and hard to follow. Perhaps he's an artist who doesn't do monthlies well? Moritat was probably my favorite artist that they got on this incarnation of Hellblazer. His art wasn't perfect by any means but he had a unique style that fulfilled the "fantasy-creeping-into-mundane" and "urban social horror" vibe that I like when it comes to Hellblazer art. Too bad he was removed before Oliver finished his first storyline - his art did begin to look like he was straining under deadlines in his final issue so that could be why he was replaced but the replacements were definitely were not to my tastes. Jesus Merino did do a good job though on Seeley's first arc - wish he could have stayed to draw the remaining issues.
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    Venom: The Movie

    Though Spider-Man is now being used in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Sony still owns the rights to make films for the various Spider-Man supporting characters and villains. So now we have a Venom movie on the horizon, without any of that Spider-Man stuff. Sony also has other Spider-Man less Spider-Man movies in development, presumably to set up their own Spidey Movie Universe for Spidey to play in if they decide to stop sharing with Disney. On the topic of Venom itself, it looks a lot like a gloriously silly extreme 90s Marvel comic brought to life.
  14. The animation will be getting compiled into a movie version, though the remaining episodes have yet to be released. According to JM DeMatteis, it'll contain some additional footage not seen in the episode format.
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    Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    Small update from his latest newsletter regarding the remaining Wild Storm spin-offs, as Michael Cray comes to a close in the coming months. From the same newsletter, Warren reveals that two new issues of Trees have been written and assures us that Injection is not cancelled.
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    It's a rather odd way to end a Hellblazer series - John gets a stiffy as Huntress verbally abuses him and then they make out. Oh, and he um also turned his ex-girlfriend into a vampire. Presumably the Djinn died on the way back to their home planet. Seeley's second story definitely was a step down and probably more from his first. Huntress' presence in the story never really did shake the feeling of her being out of place, and the role her backstory played in foiling the mobster's plans in this final issue were a blatant attempt at justifying her presence. And as nice as it was seeing Nergal and other familiar faces again, that excitement dims when it becomes apparent that there is not much to them in this story besides fan-service. (speaking of familiar faces why did Seeley use Blythe from the Tynion/Doyle Constantine as John's demon lady friend instead of Ellie? You'd think John might be a little wary about dealing with the demon who pretty much sent his boyfriend Oliver from that series to hell. I guess John ultimately cared about him as much as we did) John's girlfriend in this arc lacks any sort of compelling characterization to make me care what happened to her. She pretty much is just a plot device to motivate John, and she spent most of the story as a vessel for the mobster villains anyhow. And it was rather dickish, even for John, that his bright idea for saving her from demonic possession was to turn her into a vampire. I suppose it is a novel way to show that John dooms everyone around him. On the plus side, Davide Fabbri's art definitely improved compared to what he was putting out during Oliver and Kadrey's stints. This might just be the weakest ending to a Hellblazer/Constantine series yet. Bad as 300, New 52, and DCYou might have been their endings were the culmination of their writer's grand plot and tried to have some gravity to them. (Tried being the key word) This just feels like the start of an odd new status quo (Another wrench is thrown into Constantine and his roommate vampire ex-girlfriend's relationship when Constantine's cool new superhero girlfriend moves in!) that Seeley wanted to play with, only since the series is ending, these are just plot points that will probably be forgotten whenever DC tries again with Hellblazer. It's a directionless series that finally slowed to a stop, is what I can say to sum it up. Perhaps the best thing to do with John is to give his solo books a rest. People on the Internet like to say "give it back to Vertigo" but I feel Vertigo won't make much of a difference if the creative team has nothing interesting to say or try or much of a plan for the character. And a plan doesn't make much of a difference, considering Simon Oliver and all the rest had plans too...
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    Other comics we read recently

    I did like Jeff Lemire's New 52 Animal Man run (though I have not reread it so may not hold up) and his Green Arrow (though maybe for GA I was just blinded by Andrea Sorrentino's pretty art) but yeah avoid anything Lemire did with DC that involved a team book along with that Future's End mess that he was one of the four co-writers of.
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    Yes, Virginia. There is a Shazam movie (coming soon)

    Shazam! pretty much looks like Geoff John's Shazam New 52 story brought into live-action... with Billy Batson initially less of a dick here than he was in that story, and with a superpowered Dr. Sivana replacing Black Adam's role in the story.
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    Comics Shipping the Week of July 23rd 2018

    Unfortunately, Tynion posted one pic of John in the upcoming book on his twitter and has also stated that John is in every issue he's written so far, so even if John isn't a member of the new team... he's in Tynion's hands again for the foreseeable future. How many words in boxes do you think he'll be able to fit into this series, now that he has an entire team of people whose thoughts he can transfer into words in boxes. (honestly if good writers like Peter Milligan, Jeff Lemire, and JM DeMatteis didn't exactly make a good book out of the JLD concept what can Tynion do)
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    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.
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    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!
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    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...
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    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.
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    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.
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    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: