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  1. 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.
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    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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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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    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)
  6. (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.
  7. 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.
  8. Seeley's an American. The "misfired attempt at authenticity" been my theory regarding the gang-slang as well.
  9. One of Sean Phillips' upcoming variants:
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
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    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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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    I suppose if nothing else, this imprint will probably cover the gratuitous swearing itch.
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    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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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!
  23. 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)
  24. 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:
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    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!
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