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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?
  3. 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.
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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)
  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. 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.
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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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    Image Comics

    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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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    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.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    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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    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.
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    Constantine and Batman in Batman: Damned - Starting This September

    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.