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Desolation Jones #1 looked good, but it kinda lost me halfway through... bukkake, Hitler porn - it's like throwaway Transmet in-jokes have had kids with WE's interweb persona and birhted this comic...

 

 

...but boy, is it gorgeous to look at. reminds me of Tony Harris's Starman stuff at times...

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I bought that issue yesterday, gave it a quick read-through, and liked it. I liked the "voice" that Ellis wrote with in this one, with his own characteristic types of utterances absent or tamed or toned down to help rather than disrupt the atmosphere that's created.

 

I'll look it over more closely, see how I feel about it, and if I really like it, I'll get issue #1.

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From the latest Wizard -

 

Warren Ellis's team book revealed. Called "Nextwave" and has B-Listers like Machine Man, Photon, Boom Boom and more. Here is is summed up "An elite, superhuman task force of H.A.T.E. (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort), the Nextwave team was orginally hired by the government to stop superhuman terroists, but finds their own organization is the one behind big-time bad guys taking out small towns in rural states where superheroes never venture, and decide to turn on their former bosses"

 

Sounds shit (HATE?!?) but you never know.

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Methinks he's got too many irons in the fire.

 

There's no way he'll keep up with all these books.

 

But I'll buy 'em all anyway.

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Long as he keeps up with Desolation Jones, I really don't care!

 

What's he got on the go/coming up ?

 

Iron Man. 6 issues. Presumably he's finished writing that at this stage.

Down. 4 issues. All written, according to Ellis anyway.

Jack Cross. Monthly ongoing.

Desolation Jones. Bi-monthly ongoing.

Fell. Monthly ongoing. Only 17 story pages per issue.

Next Wave. Monthly ongoing. 7 issues written so far.

Ultimate Gibberish. 4 & 6 issue minis. Not sure where this is all at.

 

...and just for Lou....

 

Strange Killings : Necromancer. 6 (?) issues. Never going to finish, is it ?

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I think he recently claimed to have finished writing the Ultimate stuff. There's also his JLA:Classified arc, but that was written back in 2003, so won't be a problem.

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...and just for Lou....

 

Strange Killings : Necromancer.  6 (?) issues.  Never going to finish, is it ?

 

Where the fuck is that fucking last issue for fuck's sake!

 

:icon_evil: :sad:

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He finished the "Ultimate Boredom" series already?! Then why is the book about a year behind?! They haven't even begun on Series 2 yet.

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Long as he keeps up with Desolation Jones, I really don't care!

 

What's he got on the go/coming up ?

 

Iron Man.  6 issues.  Presumably he's finished writing that at this stage. 

Down.  4 issues.  All written, according to Ellis anyway.

Jack Cross.  Monthly ongoing. 

Desolation Jones.  Bi-monthly ongoing.

Fell.  Monthly ongoing.  Only 17 story pages per issue.

Next Wave.  Monthly ongoing.  7 issues written so far.

Ultimate Gibberish.  4 & 6 issue minis.  Not sure where this is all at.

 

...and just for Lou....

 

Strange Killings : Necromancer.  6 (?) issues.  Never going to finish, is it ?

 

It's not Ellis thats holding up Iron Man. It's the artist. Ellis stated that he had the issues all finished and in the artist's hands. So it's all the artist's fault for the series being late. It's the reason why I dropped the book.

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He finished the "Ultimate Boredom" series already?! Then why is the book about a year behind?! They haven't even begun on Series 2 yet.

 

All kinds of artist troubles -

 

Trevor Hairsine buggered up on Nightmare, it was delayed to allow him to catch up, in the end I think they brought in a new artist.

 

Steve McNiven was pulled off Secret after 2 issues to do some work on New Avengers, Secret was delayed by three months to give him time to catch up. Now they've pulled him off Secret again to work on Singer's Ultimate X-Men arc, with Tom Raney taking his place.

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It's not Ellis thats holding up Iron Man. It's the artist. Ellis stated that he had the issues all finished and in the artist's hands. So it's all the artist's fault for the series being late. It's the reason why I dropped the book.

That strikes me as a pretty poor reason to drop a book. It'll come out eventually and the delay won't have adversely effected the quality of the product, in fact, it should have, if anything, improved the quality of the product.

 

Planetary is one of my favourite books but I wouldn't dream of cancelling it just because it's got a bizarre shipping schedule. It just makes it that much more special when I get an issue.

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I kinda, sorta dug the first two issues of Iron Man but the wait for three kinda turned me off the thing.

 

Planetary is worth waiting a month of Sundays for, kinda dipped in form a few issues back but the last one was all kinds of aces.

 

Anyway, Ellis talks Nextwave and it sounds kinda shit.

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I kinda, sorta dug the first two issues of Iron Man but the wait for three kinda turned me off the thing.

 

Planetary is worth waiting a month of Sundays for, kinda dipped in form a few issues back but the last one was all kinds of aces.

 

Anyway, Ellis talks Nextwave and it sounds kinda shit.

 

 

It wasnt just the wait, It was story. The first two issues didnt really go anywhere. Added with the wait for the issues. It was a turn off.

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It seems that most people feel that way about "Iron Man". I did the same thing. Bought the first two issues, got bored, dropped the book.

"Iron Man" is hardly "Planetary".

 

"Fell" is going to be the best Ellis series in years though! I don't want to jinx the book, but there's no way Ellis can mess this one up. It's all standalone stories, so Ellis can't possibly have a man sitting on a park bench for 20 pages!

 

Is anyone reading Ellis' story in "JLA:Classified"? The title intrigues me, but I've been burned too many times by Ellis recently to give it a chance unless everyone raves about it.

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Is anyone reading Ellis' story in "JLA:Classified"? The title intrigues me, but I've been burned too many times by Ellis recently to give it a chance unless everyone raves about it.

 

For the pervert-suit fanciers: just found out from a reader that

the first chapter of my six-part JLA CLASSIFIED story, #10

of that book, comes out today.

 

I seem to remember Mer Yayanos making squeaky sounds

of glee when she found out I was doing this. Written back

in 2003 -- part of my DC exclusivity deal was that they

finally get a superhero book out of me, and this was it.

 

...

 

As I noted earlier, the first chapter

of my six-part run on JLA CLASSIFIED

came out in the US yesterday.

Written in 2003, and now "out of

continuity," for those who care.  I

wrote it as if you'd never read a

Justice League story before, taking

time to introduce all the characters,

and stealing space to get Lois Lane

in there.  Kelly Sue's long had a

thing about Lois Lane, so I'm making

good on an old promise there.  Once

I was into it, I was writing Lois and

Clark as a slightly snarkier Hepburn

and Tracy, and Perry White as a

slightly crazier Jason Robards from

"All The President's Men."  William

Goldman once wrote that, while

hanging out at the Washington Post

researching for the "President's Men"

movie, his great surprise was how

they were all combatively funny --

great lines, one after the other,

just ripping each other apart.  So

there's a bit of that in there.

 

Since I had to do one superhero

project for DC during the exclusive

period, I figured I may as well hit

the high points and do "my"

Superman scene, my Batman scene,

etc, just the once.  Eats up some

space and probably makes it a little

slow to kick off, but JLA comics

rarely have the "transformation"

scenes that are to my mind central

to superhero fiction.  You need

that big moment where Clark Kent

rips open his shirt to reveal the big

red S, you know?  That's what this

stuff is there for.  There's only one

truly great scene in the Superman

movie, and that's the one where

Superman first appears, Chris Reeve

running across the street into

camera and ripping open his shirt.

 

I thought about this entirely too

much, as you can probably tell.

 

I think it's fairly safe to say that I won't be picking this up - Ellis' idea of what makes for great superhero comics clearly diverges considerably from my own. I love the idea of Lois and Clark as Hepburn and Tracy, but the idea of a six-part story which "takes the time to introduce all the characters" as though we've never met them before sets my crazy-ass-decompression-sense a-tinglin'.

 

Fucking hideous cover, too.

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