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11 hours ago, Ixnay by Night said:

his two Ghost Rider minis with Clayton Crain were perfect evidence of that.  "Road to Damnation" was everything I don't like about his writing while "Trail of Tears" was fantastic.

Very much this. Classic night and day Garf right there.

 

EDIT - Hell, his Nick Fury stuff is the same way. 1st mini - terrible. 2nd mini - quite good. My War Gone By - top notch

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Amazingly, I have never read Hitman.

You really should: it's pretty much Preacher with the limp dick jokes switched for slapstick and no hope of a happy ending for the protagonist at all.

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The first issue of A Walk Through Hell (Aftershock Comics) was stunning. If he can maintain that standard, it'll raise the bar for horror comics.

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On 6/15/2018 at 10:04 PM, JasonT said:

The first issue of A Walk Through Hell (Aftershock Comics) was stunning. If he can maintain that standard, it'll raise the bar for horror comics.

Read the first two issues of A Walk Through Hell today, and while the second issue didn't maintain the momentum of the first, that first issue was goddamned amazing.  That opening sequence literally took my breath my away.

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I liked Jennifer Blood maybe a little bit more than I should have. It felt like you got the good and bad Garth with this one. The protagonist has an ongoing internal monologue that was good to read; really fleshed out the character's thoughts as she tries to balance life as a mother of 2 and also as an assassin. Add lots of shameless violence, and a sprinkle of dick jokes, and there you have it. I thought it ended rather abruptly, but still was enjoyable 

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A Walk Through Hell released its third issue this past week, and it's starting to lose me.  After that gloriously horrifying first issue, it's like the book's just spinning its wheels now.  I don't know, weirdly disappointing how each issue has had major diminishing returns for me.

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On 6/14/2018 at 1:47 PM, Ixnay by Night said:

 "Road to Damnation" was everything I don't like about his writing while "Trail of Tears" was fantastic.

Read RTD the other night and if anything you're being far too kind to it!  Really read he had an idea for The Demon knocking around and just plunked Ghost Rider into it.  The obligatory toilet-humour character...why Garth, why ?!?

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Ghost Rider's my favorite character, I do a podcast on the guy, and RTD is probably one of my least favorite GR stories.  Clayton Crain's artwork is beautiful but can't make up for the shit awful writing.  Ennis said in interviews at the time that he didn't know much about Ghost Rider and didn't care anything about Johnny Blaze as a character, he was obviously just doing it for the paycheck and it showed bad.  He and Crain got it right with "Trail of Tears", but RTD is aggressively bad.

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Spot on. Trail of Tears was pretty good. As bad as RTD is, Clayton Crain's art is great on it.

 

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