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Because where else can you read about Batman getting a parking ticket and a perversion-powered "superhero" battling a chivalrous giant tapeworm for the affections of the sweet innard maiden?

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Comixology are running a Crossed sale at the moment, will probably pick up the Ennis penned issues if I can figure out which ones he wrote!

 

Think it was the original series and...

 

Crossed Badlands : #1-#3

Crossed Badlands : #25-#28

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Ennis also wrote issues 50 - 56. It's a change of pace from the usual Crossed fare, in that it's a political drama starring Gordon Brown set at the beginning of the Crossed outbreak.

 

He also has a free 12-part webcomic up on the Crossed website called Dead or Alive.

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Thanks man, will pick them up later!

 

The opening arc of Badlands is real slight, just your typical zombie/Crossed story really - the Harry character was kind of interesting but otherwise totally unremarkable. I guess that's the problem with the whole concept - all of the stories are, ultimately, going to end the same way so what's the point really. Unless you're into all the torture porn fetish stuff, anyway.

 

The Fatal Englishman was better, if only cause it's basically just Ennis writing Squaddies, which he excels at. Men being Men, the beauty of brotherhood, all that nonsense - could eat that up all day, every day, with a bloody great big spoon. Again though, it all goes nowhwhere in the end so it's all kind of pointless. Which is the point, maybe but...meh.

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Ennis also wrote issues 50 - 56.

 

Thanks again for flagging this, read that story last night and thought it was great - the kind of thing I was hoping for when Fear The Walking Dead was announced, a look at the outbreak from behind the doors of power. Alright most of it was still just Garth writing squaddies but that's fine by me baby!

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That cross-platform synergy, picked up a digital copy of the first Punisher Omnibus by Ennis, includes Born and the first twelve issues of the Max series after watching some Daredevil.

 

When it's good, and it often is, it's great but there are a couple of mis-steps when Ennis indulges his rubbish sense of sexual humour.

 

Frank as a huge hulking old monster is a fantastic visual.

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The best of Ennis' run was there at the beginning. I'd probably rank Born as Ennis' best work on the character, and the first story-arc was the height of Ennis' run for me. Although, I'd say most of Ennis' MAX series is worth checking out, but with the reservations that Ennis is always fighting back acting the immature ass, rather than a proper mature writer with years of doing this under his hat by now.

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Section 8 continues to be weirdly delightful. Constantine completists may want to pick up next issue, as a shadowy Silk Cut smoker made a brief appearance in this first issue.

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I heard it was hilarious, as Ennis was spoofing Alan Moore's scene from JC's first appearance.

 

Hey, will this be the first time Ennis has written John since the "Son of Man" story?

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The best of Ennis' run was there at the beginning. I'd probably rank Born as Ennis' best work on the character, and the first story-arc was the height of Ennis' run for me. Although, I'd say most of Ennis' MAX series is worth checking out, but with the reservations that Ennis is always fighting back acting the immature ass, rather than a proper mature writer with years of doing this under his hat by now.

I really liked the Fury stuff as well. It's a shame that the watered down Preacherisms stuffed into the first series hide what a vicious story it is underneath all the toilet humour, and put people of reading the other two series, which are played a lot more seriously.

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Yeah, that Fury MAX series was good. I didn't like the first one, which was filled with immature jokes.

Ennis did pretty much mine the same territory with his Unknown Soldier Vertigo mini-series, but yeah, Fury MAX was definitely worth a read. I had written that post before I bothered to actually read Fury though. I didn't bother with it until more recently because the first mini-series wasn't very good.

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I heard it was hilarious, as Ennis was spoofing Alan Moore's scene from JC's first appearance.

 

Hey, will this be the first time Ennis has written John since the "Son of Man" story?

 

Well, technically speaking, Ennis did give John a one-panel cameo in his previous Section 8 mini-series but this probably is the first time that he's written John in any major capacity since SoM.

 

I'll parrot the My War Gone By praise.

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Yeah, that Fury MAX series was good. I didn't like the first one, which was filled with immature jokes.

 

The enigma that is Garth Ennis neatly summed up right there. His childish sense of humour is muck but by fuck the man has some serious writing chops on him when he gets down to it.

 

HAHAHAHA she gets wet cause The Punisher is a kill-crazy maniac HAHAHAHAHAHA he carries his balls in a cup HAHAHAHAHAHA Frank is taking on some nasty fuck slave traders from Eastern Europe...wait, this bit's bloody brill!

 

The one time he managed to strike a perfect balance between his various tastes, Hitman, was pure magic. Reading him working through his feelings on Homosexuality in the pages of various Kev minis was something else too. I'm not sure his body of work really reflects just how good he is at his craft.

 

Just thought about that for a second and you could fill several shelves with quality Hellblazer, Punisher, Hitman, War Stories and even a handful of Preacher trades so obviously I'm talking nonsense. The Boys was proper rotten though.

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He had a really good Fury tale called Peacemaker on Marvel Knights sandwiched in between his one sucky Fury Max title and My War Gone By. It's about a young Sargent Fury on a hit mission of a high ranking German general. Worth checking out too.

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Oh, yeah, I did read that one also. Pretty much forgot about it. It was a fairly typical Ennis war story comic, not really my favourite thing, but perfectly fine. I thought the ending was pretty good. It certainly wasn't enough to redeem the bad first Fury mini he wrote, but the Fury MAX book was good enough for redemption purposes.

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It certainly wasn't enough to redeem the bad first Fury mini he wrote, but the Fury MAX book was good enough for redemption purposes.

 

Agreed on all counts. I think it sometimes gets overlooked cause of the first series.

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I like that one a lot myself, but a lot has to do with the character who is very blatantly Major Eazy before he gets sent to the Italian front in his own comic.

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