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JohnMcMahon    562

THE HELLBLAZER #6

 

Written by SIMON OLIVER

Art by JOSE MARZAN JR. AND PIA GUERRA

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI

 

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“THE POISON TRUTH” part six! In London, Marid is selling the assembled underworld on his plans for humanity. On a train to Paris, Mercury relives her time in the Creator’s realm she visited—and she’s hoping she avoids death this time as well.

 

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Christian    734

Well, it goes on, doesn't it?

Oliver seems to have taken up the challenge to see if he can possibly write a more boring book than the last series.

I can't wait for issue #64, part 64 of this story-arc, in which John reads the newspaper while Mercury eats a sandwich. Meanwhile, somehere else, The Djinn! To be continued....

Give this one a four, because I am so bored.

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I'm wavering between a 4 and 5. This was the first issue of this run that just flat out bored me, and these last two issues kind of felt like they were padded out to give the trade more pages. John came across as a non-entity in this issue since the focus was on Merc and her shenanigans, and I wasn't the biggest fan of the art. I guess it's nice we finally got to know the villain's plan, though, instead of having the reveal be dragged out for twelve more issues.

 

All this talk of Djinn and lost cities, plus the globetrotting, makes me wonder if Oliver is going to have John and Merc reenact the plot of the video game Uncharted 3.

 

The other book with John this week, the Dogwelder one, I enjoyed that one some more.

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seventhcircle    580

The other book with John this week, the Dogwelder one, I enjoyed that one some more.

 

there was one particular hellblazer comic, which planted a trigger inside me, to avoid the combination of constantine and any mentioning of any dogs alltogether.

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Christian    734

John didn't feature much in the final issue of the Dogwelder comic.

 

Well, this plot maybe being based on a video game doesn't fill me with hope.

However, if the "lost city" built by the Djinn does turn out to be Iram of the Pillars, I would be less displeased.

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dogpoet    442

The other book with John this week, the Dogwelder one, I enjoyed that one some more.

 

there was one particular hellblazer comic, which planted a trigger inside me, to avoid the combination of constantine and any mentioning of any dogs alltogether.

Connecting John and dogs makes you feel ruff?

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Christian    734

"Ruff" is purportedly a noise like a dog makes. In English, it sounds the same as the word "rough".

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Dave    265

"I guess it's nice we finally got to know the villain's plan, though"

 

Did we? Because i literally just put the issue down and couldn't tell you what it is.

 

Im not feeling the retcon of Merc that is coming either.

 

As far as tbe Dog Welder comic goes, i thought it was Bueno. Heh heh heh.

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Christian    734

Yeah, the book sticks with me about as well. Words, words, words...

 

I seem to remember some plan about restoring order to the human race. That so much that has gone wrong in human history was the fault of the Djinn, and now they're going to set everything right for humanity again by taking control.

Something like that amidst words, words, words....

Oliver seems to enjoy telling instead of showing on this comic.

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JohnMcMahon    562

Honestly, I think the art over the last few issues has really worked against the writing - the 'other dimeson' looks like a Saturday Morning cartoon for fuck's sake, the absolute states of those monsters chasing Mercury! Wouldn't catch the Smurfs being afraid of those things is what I'm saying here.

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dogpoet    442

Maybe it's being done deliberately (like the sexy young Clarice) for some reason? They could be stressing that Merc's such a wuss she finds Disney villains scary or something.

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Christian    734

Hey, the book is all about the Djinn! There was some mention by John of only really knowing of "genies" from racist Disney cartoons. The big reveal is going to be that the Djinn really do look and act like the genie from that Disney cartoon!

 

 

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Yeah, the artwork is another problem with the book, but that's only part of the problem. The artwork was a problem, at many times, in the last series too. The colours are often too bright, but I've found this to be a problem in most DC books since the New 52 days. It's always so bright and shiny, garish colours, as if the books are meant to appeal to children.

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dogpoet    442

Maybe they're overreacting to those "brown lesbians" allegations about Vertigo from the '90s?

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seventhcircle    580

what were the allegations, that the books only cater to brown lesbians? or that they were written by them?

 

does make me reading old vertigo-stuff a brown lesbian from the '90s?

 

is "straight to hell" an ironic wordplay?

 

should i have posted in the "tepid questions" thread instead?

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dogpoet    442

Sorry. There were many allegations back in the day that all the comics Vertigo published were coloured in murky, brownish shades, and that the adult content of said comics was limited to lesbian sex scenes. This was one of the not really true but accepted truisms that used to get recited about Vertigo's output by the sort of people who thought the only comics worth reading during the '90s that didn't involve the X Men or the Punisher were published by Image when that was still run by Tod McFarlane, Jim Lee, Erik Larsen and Rob Leifeld.

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