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  1. Bran the Blessed

    Are you a Milligan or a Milligant?

    Cheeky but true.
  2. Bran the Blessed

    Are you a Milligan or a Milligant?

    ...Why is the opening in vietnamese and about football ? Did I have a stroke ? Is this what colours taste like ?
  3. Eh I still think Seeley did a better jab in his slightly lackluster run than Azzarello in his entire American shitfest.
  4. Sorry but fuck off with this DC. Azzarello's Hellblazer run was one of the worst and most un-Hellblazer run in the entire series' history and you decide to give him another miniseries where his inacurrate Hellblazer-without the Hell or the blazing is going to get exposure with unfamiliar readers due to the Batman connection ? Also this line " and with John Constantine soon to be followed by other masters of the occult - Zatanna, Etrigan, Deadman - even Batman is heading into uncharted territory. Luckily " Does this mean John is just gonna be in the one issue or whatever and then have at least three other characters besides Batman to focus on ?
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Okay, finished the stupid Bardo Score thing. Yet another damp squib I feel, where Seeley just starts setting things up but then doesn't have much actual substance so everything gets undone almost immediately. The ease with which the bad guy was taken down and his rather shallow plan were very disappointing to say the least. Edit: welp did not realise this had already ended. Honestly I would not mind if this continued if they: A got some quality writers and B made it for mature readers again. Cause I fee a lot of this writting attitude is down to that mentality of having to be appropriate. The Good Old Days wasn't perfect but well, it was the only storyline in this entire run that both felt like a Hellblazer story and that also didn't feel like stuff just ended without much happening. It's kinda sad in that respect, really. 300 issues the original's lasted and since then they can't break 30 no matter what they do.
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    Finished with the whole dwarf thing. That was kinda abrupt and unsatisfying but I guess it at least had some ending ? Still a waste of potential.
  7. Bran the Blessed

    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    I'd have at least liked to have gotten some resolution to literally any of this.
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    I just got there. 12 issues of blathering on about Abby Arcane and she never even shows up. 10 issues in they suddenly bring up King Solomon and some sort of machine and that never gets explained. Six issues devoted to finding a damn book to find the way to a city we never get to see. If they had to boot Oliver off the book, couldn't the next guy at least try and wrap that up instead of making the previous 12 issues a complete and utter waste and just starting off something else ?
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    The Hellblazer #16 and beyond

    So I started reading this newest series just so I could complain along with you guys : P First of all, just finished issue 10 and the damned Djin crap is still going. Worse, the first 6 issues were a wasteland of repeated scenes and absolutely nothing happening, the main villain is only starting to look like less of a ponce around issue 9, what little happened in issues 7 and 8 was rather drawn out and boring and it's not until issue 9 that we got any scene that I'd even classify as Hellblazer-like, what with the angel dismemberment scene. Also this is shaping up to at best be a shitty rip off of Fear Machine. Also alsor eally glad Philip Tan got the boot as the artist after two issues. His wanna be manga art style is so shit it looks like something farted out by Nick Simmons. Yes that one.
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    Other comics we read recently

    Thanks Dom I haven't finished yet : D
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    Other comics we read recently

    Started reading The Dreaming again. At Issue 27 right now.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    What year did this "final showdown" take place exactly ? : P Also, has Bendis just gone completely to shit ? I've not read a ton of his stuff but I kept hearing really positive things about him around the mid 2000's.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I assume it's their attempt to have their cake and eat it took. Start up female centered series in line with the editorial mandate. And still keep the old title technically around and hope the old fans and subscribers will stick around.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I don't mean that race was the issue here, beyond the fact that they thought it necessary in the first place, and that they used the character's race for some really bad writing from what I've seen, but again, it's the way they handle these things that is the issue. I've no problem with a black/asian/whatever character, as long as they don't randomly replace a character I read, not because the creators have a reason for wanting to do so organically, but because the company tells them to do it in order to virtue signal. So the reasons for making the decline that much more speedy, in my opinion can be summed up as A) Replace most well known characters with non white ethnic/female characters that no one actually reading cares about or wants to see take on the roll by editorial mandate, and prioritise the skin colour of a character to actual quality writing B) Force in talking points about feminism and opression and talking points about how lesbian relationship are somehow inherently superior to straight ones etc. in order to appeal to professional online campaigners who don't actually buy the books but only care about putting down another "victory" in their statistics C) Get really confused why people aren't buying anymore. Not having read the O'Neil run, I can probably chalk this up to it being something the creator wanted to do by himself for the sake of good writing, and that's where the difference lies really.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Thing is, I've seen some examples, especially from the series America, where tortured language and contortionist back bending is heavily applied to force non issues into issues while putting down some of the most idiotic phrases I've seen in a professionall published work. And I'm just gonna say that I honestly think that this may very well have played a significant part in lowering sales, if for no other reason then due to replacing a character people liked with a new one they didn't care about. Everything I've seen of Riri Williams makes me want to reach in and punch her for being so annoying, and my affection for Iron Man is rather platonic at best. Someone reading the series monthly, year in year out, well I can see why they'd drop it once they'd hear Rori being an annoying pissant, whinning that her teacher isn't racist enough for her to have some heroic struggle to succeed at. But that's just my opinion on that, and it's not even on topic.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I thought it prudent to point that out, since people could think I'm one of those people forcing Marvel into economic suicide with feminising or brownwashing 9/10ths of their biggest titles in recent years all in the name of "diversity".
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Well that does sound rather nasty, it does. I agree with your suggestion by the by. I know Valiant are/were publishing one starring an overweight female superheroine. And mind you I'm not one of those leftie Fat Pride types either. I just think what Milligan did with that wasn't very good, at all.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I will admit that bit was not the best written and while I don't personally mind a gal with a bigger gravitational, she was made somewhat pathetic, and it may seem like it was a Gotcha from Milligan to Carey ? I dunno.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Wait did Diggle not write his stories himself ? I'm a bit confused there. And I'd assume that he may have just not known she got offed by Nergal. Honestly I wonder if any of these writers had any thorough knowledge of the Delano stories when taking over, seeing it was a bit of a competely different animal by then.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Is that the one where the dude sacrifices infants ? Cause if so that was rather meh from what I remember.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    There were also moments of pretty intense genuine horror, like the Ghosts from Vietnam story. Or this Ennis will just have a huge cock monste rape you until your eyes explode. Honestly the Fear Machine is far more engaging than anything Ennis ever did on the title, and I completely forgot about it. Almost have a hankering to go re-read it.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Remember the story of the guy dragged away by Winnie the Pooh because a court of fictional characters declares he's not real ? Ennis would never write a story like that. The thing with Ennis is he doesn't really care about the supernatural or mythology. He just likes to say how much they suck and have someone literally piss on them. I haven't read his more recent stuff but that was his MO during this time period, where he was at his most acclaimed. Also I hate how Ennis screwed Midnite over and killed him so easily.
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    Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I think Jenkins' run is underappreciated. He certainly did a lot of good shorter stories. And I also agree on Azzarello. I heard he can write pretty well but this really seemed like he was trying to write a different series and just got saddled with John Constantine, hence why the setting and characters are all so unfamiliar and divorced from the usual Hellblazer fare. As for Ennis, well, I think Ennis was kind of the catalyst for a bit of a dip in overall quality. Because he was the one who introduced his "Devil but not the Devil but much more Deviler than that Gaiman's Poser devil, honest !" character and the First remained a rather unimaginative go to shorthand for most supernatural events that happened in the series after that. As for Carey, I actually enjoyed the fact he was making the series more plot centric. I did feel, especially during the Ennis run, that sometimes certain issues were like little more than filler, like the pointless gun factory story where the dude ends up gouging out his eyes at the end. Somehow Constantine really didn't get much plot heavy stuff. Floppies ? As in actual floppies, or a term of endearment for old single issues ? I'd say to not chuck them, if only for the insight into the weird obscure shit Vertigo was publishing at a given time, which may be fun to look up and also as a bit of a time capsule of what the readers thought at the time via the letter's column. At least for as long as they had it. I think the bit where he has John fuck another dude was a bit weird. I mean, he's always been a bastard but I can't see him going that far, given he's always shown to be obscenely into women, just for the sake of a story. Not being homophobic here,, just saying that added onto the whole feeling of it being wholy out of the ordinary and unlike anything that came before. Also had no idea about the Ellis controversy with "Shoot".
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    New Writer Starting With Issue 13

    Still, original Hellblazer was around since before the Simpsons. For a run of 300 issues. This is kinda embarassing for DC to be honest, and I never read any of the relaunches.....and even if I'd want to, the fact they relaunched it three times would make that a very confusing prospect.
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    New Writer Starting With Issue 13

    How many bloody iterations has this gone through since the original book was canned ? Seriously.
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