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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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Streets of Glory. A damn good western Garth did for Avatar. Good characterization is one of his strengths as a writer and I feel that each character in this story had their own distinct voice and it felt very natural. 

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When did that one come out? I remember seeing a listing for it, but it didn't arrive at the time.

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Just read Punisher: Soviet issue 1. It was pretty good. Garth has total command of this type of story. Great detailed art by Jacen Burrows. 

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Why DC never offered him a Jonah Hex series I cant imagine. (Or Bat Lash, Scalphunter or somebody...)

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Oh, man, he'd do a great Jonah Hex. War stories and westerns are his strengths. Add a little black magic to the mix and he'd be perfect

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Wouldn't he just?

I think the fuss from the Winters brothers over the second Lansdale and Truman series (and the not unconnected matter of the third one bombing) convinced DC to stick to doing Jonah Hex as more conventional westerns in future, which is a pity, really.

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The last Jonah Hex series DC did (titled All-Star Western) by Palmiotti and Gray did ditch the whole conventional western angle to place Hex in more outlandish situations, though these situations were probably way more connected to the wider DCU (i.e. Hex working in 19th century Gotham or time-traveling to meet random DC faces including the New 52 Constantine) than something Ennis probably would write if DC ever let him do a Hex book.

(and it honestly was much weaker than their conventional westerns Jonah Hex book that preceded it)

Given Ennis is a fan of Cormac McCarthy, I'd half expect him to work in an unofficial adaptation of Blood Meridian into his hypothetical Hex book.

(DC honestly ought to offer Ennis the chance to do a serious western or war book one of these days though, instead of yet another comedic mini-series that comes off half of or all the time like something he wrote to amuse himself while drunk)

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I'm not sure that's quite fair: no question that some of the War Stories comics are a lot weaker than others, but the best ones are about as good as he gets.

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I think he means these comedic War comics that he did a lot for Vertigo or Marvel, like Rifle Brigade or that Secret Wars nonsense book.

They featured stupid, childish jokes or Ennis laughing about the existence of lesbianism.

I could definitely do without those types of stories.

Otherwise, his War comics can be quite good, yeah.

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Speaking of Jonah Hex in outlandish situations, remember the post-Crisis Hex series from the ‘80s?

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Dan Dare is a damn good comic book. This is a vintage Garth Ennis war story set against a pulp sci fi back drop. This has all of Garth's best elements without the dick and fart jokes. It even contains one of the more emotional moments I have ever seen in a comic book. Lots of 'Englishmen fighting for duty and country' type stuff.

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