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Yay! That should be one of the best comics of the 2000s right there. Morrison and Liam Sharp. I cannot wait.

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1 hour ago, GottaGetAGrip said:

Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp on Green Lantern is confirmed after months of rumor!

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

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Sounds great, but doesn't Sharp notoriously draw even slower than Jim Lee? Mind you, given how long this has been talked about and with the first issue appearing in November, they've probably made sure they have the first story arc sent off to the colourists before announcing anything...

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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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I do like Aquaman well enough, but I'm not sure about DeConnick on the character. She is a good writer, but Abnett failed to keep my interest in Aquman when I tried it at the start of the "Rebirth" stuff, so I doubt DeConnick will do a better job than Abnett. Aquaman doesn't seem like a character who would play particularly well to DeConnick's strengths.

No one is ever going to come close to doing what Peter David did with the character.

That's the problem I have with most of DC's books over Marvel's books. I've come to really care about the characters at Marvel. So, if a quality writer is writing a Marvel character, I'm going to buy the book. I want to see what that character is going to do, and as long as the writer is competent, it'll keep me reading.

DC's characters, I care more about the writers than the character. The characters I usually find sort of dull. So, it takes a writer doing something really interesting with the characters to make me want to buy the book. Abnett is a good writer, but just a well-written Aquaman comic isn't enough to get me to buy the book, because while I have some fondness for Aquaman from stuff I've read in the past, the character isn't appealing enough that simply a quality writer is going to entice me to want to keep reading.

I know Grant Morrison is going to do something highly creative with Green Lantern, so that book appeals to me.

That's probably due to the fact that I started reading Marvel Comics when I was a kid, whereas I didn't read any DC books until I was older. Hearing about Vertigo, and then later hearing about the Crisis reboot of the characters, and all the top creative teams that had revamped those characters in the '80s, made me want to find out more about the DC Universe. However, the Marvel characters were the ones I grew up with, so I look at them differently.

Plus, as fun as the DC Silver Age books were (I love my Showcase Presents collection), the characters were all so one-dimensional and flat. Stan Lee and Kirby and Ditko wrote more fully-fleshed out characters who weren't as "black and white" as the DC Silver Age characters. It's easier to go back and read a 1960s Spider Man comic and find out about Peter Parker's life, whereas a Silver Age Superman comic, it's all about the "larger than reality" plots, while Superman, himself, as a character was quite dull.

I don't have that same feeling of continuity and history when I look at the DC pantheon versus how I feel about the Marvel Universe.

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Brian Bendis' Superman has been a cracking read so far. It reminds me of what I kinda think of as the Jerry Ordway era, when Superman comics had solid art and scripting and an engaging supporting cast. (Lots more people than Jerry were involved in that era, but just roll with it.) I devoured all of the Bendis material over two days and now I'm jonesing for the next issue of Superman or Action Comics.

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Catwoman is quite lovely. 

Superb art and such a well layered story.

Reminds me of The Beauty which I will read next.

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The Sandman Universe #1-Well, I can't say that makes me want to read any of these upcoming series.

We keep going backwards with Tim Hunter and Lucifer. Their stories have already been completed, so now we need to go back and restart it all over again. Those are two books which have no reason for existing. At least the Spurrier and Hopkinson books don't read as badly done rehashes.

I definitely can't say that either of those books caught my interest either, based on their previews. They just read as holding up better in 2018 than another Tim Hunter or Lucifer retread.

The new Lucifer looks like it would have fit in well with the Goth-friendly 1990s Vertigo. You could almost imagine that Nancy Collins or Caitlin Kiernan were writing the book.

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Mark Russell will return to the Hanna Barbara/DC Universe again in October, this time revisiting with Huckleberry Hound teaming up with Green Lantern, in a throwback to the classic Green Arrow & Green Lantern O'Neil and Adams comic series. Sounds like a read well worth buying.

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Lex Luthor & Porky Pig Special (by Mark Russell)-Russell does it again. Anther winter under his belt from the unlikeliest of sources. It's not at the same level of his recent Snaggelpuss magnum opus, but it's quite funny. It's meant to be much more strongly satirical than either Flintstones or Snaggelpuss. A lot of the plot focuses on the recent FaceBook corruption controversy, as far as user privacy. There is some other satire about corporate corruption thrown in. Outside of the socio-political commentary, there is a nice look at Porky Pig, as a shark out of water, especially compared to the true shark in Luthor. There is a lengthy humourous sub-plot based around the banality of corporate office politics, as Porky Pig spends an inordinate amount of time and energy attempting to quell an uprising over someone stealing the employees' lunches. Luthor's reaction (no spoilers!) to the thefts is hilarious in its understatement.

Grade: A-very much worth your time.

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Just got hold of a copy of the latest version of the New Gods, which adds the missing half issue from the big '80s reprints to the end, and collects the comics in colour rather than greyscale. Bizarrely, it's the only paperback collection of Kirby's work published by DC I've seen that doesn't include an introduction by Mark Evanier.

Christian's objections to Sandman Universe seem well founded, though the biggest problem there is the cobbling together of bits of completely unrelated stories with a flimsy device that reduces the most interesting looking of the Gaimanverse stories featured to a framing narrative for the dullerother ones, which seems a little misjudged.

The Wildstorm continues to set up the formation of Ellis' own team as the people who are going to save the world from those shits in IO and Skywatch, but makes it really, breathtakingly obvious in a way that an unsympathetic reader might take as a sign of contempt aimed at his audience. Meanwhile John Lynch and his fearsome mustache continue their tour through Team 7Project Thunderbook's surviving members adds a new fillip making Freefall's mum/Gloria Spaulding an actual member of the project rather than somebody who had a one night stand with one them twenty years ago. It's hard to shake the feeling that Ellis enjoyed coming up with somebody new more than revamping the other characters. Further hints are dropped that Lynch also has something odd about him, even if he hasn't been stuffed with alien implants, and Gloria Spaulding's des res is the place Gen 13 lived in early on, before IO or somebody blew it up, which was a nice tip of the hat to the old '90s Wildstorm comics.

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And having finished the Kirby, I now suspect that the main reason the 1984 final issue and The Hunger Dogs weren't included in the last couple of reprints is because either Kirby's art had gone downhill during the decade between #11 and the conclusion or he was very unsympathetically inked. It's a shame as the final issue proper is great, that aside.

Of course, the Hunger Dogs immediately vitiates the rather fine ending of the series proper, which is a shame as well. It feels a bit odd to have scenes of Kirby

wussing out on killing major characters

nested into what's otherwise a clever and very readable finale.

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Kirby also had those two series for Pacific Comics in the early-1980s (Captain Victory and Silver Star). His artwork on those two comics looked fine, so I don't think it's that his artistic abilities decreased by '84.

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I've had a look online and the Captain Victory stuff does look a lot more like Kirby's classic style than the belated New Gods, true enough. Probably just a shitawful inker, then: it isn't Mike Royer on those last two, but I think the guy in question also worked on OMAC which is very classic looking Kirby.

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