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'Freezes Over', 'Game of Cat and Mouse', 'The Gift', and All His Engines. Off the top of my head, and without having re-read any of them in a while.

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'Freezes Over', 'Game of Cat and Mouse', 'The Gift', and All His Engines. Off the top of my head, and without having re-read any of them in a while.

Certainly not a bad pick!

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You know, this is just an idle connection, but the "poker chips" that John lifts from the British Museum and uses at the end are probably based on stamp seals like this one: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/me/c/carnelian_stamp_seal.aspx We've got a ton at the archaeology museum where I used to work--often they're carved with pictures of animals, plants, or shaman figures, and they probably had some kind of magical use, although we're not entirely sure why they were first made.

 

However (and I don't have access to my copy right now) as I recall the drawings in Pandemonium looked a lot more like the (modern-day) clay impressions of the seals. Weren't they colored tan? This really frustrated me as I was reading, but I'm sure I'm the only one.

 

Oh, also, the book was some seriously badass shit. I agree with Mark. Right up there with All His Engines.

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However (and I don't have access to my copy right now) as I recall the drawings in Pandemonium looked a lot more like the (modern-day) clay impressions of the seals. Weren't they colored tan? This really frustrated me as I was reading, but I'm sure I'm the only one.

You know, if this is as close to historical criticism even someone like you with academic background in archaeology can come up with of the artwork, I'd say Jock's done one fuck of a good job...

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However (and I don't have access to my copy right now) as I recall the drawings in Pandemonium looked a lot more like the (modern-day) clay impressions of the seals. Weren't they colored tan? This really frustrated me as I was reading, but I'm sure I'm the only one.

You know, if this is as close to historical criticism even someone like you with academic background in archaeology can come up with of the artwork, I'd say Jock's done one fuck of a good job...

 

Oh, the artwork's brilliant! It echoes some themes in Mesopotamian art I've seen, but in an updated comic-appropriate way. And Jock is just always great.

 

However--and I'm waiting to do this until I've got my copy in my hand, unfortunately it's at my apartment where I am not currently--I will have some Things To Say about the Inanna/Ishtar character (can't remember if she was actually named that, but definitely meant to represent her) who was in real life very decidedly the goddess of love AND WAR. She gets misinterpreted a lot in popular culture, though, so no hard feelings--I just have to stick my head in and defend her.

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I just read Pandemonium this past week and I loved it! A great story, and artwork to match. I really enjoyed it. The downside? Wanting the monthly HB to be this good...

 

You don't like its current run?

 

It's okay. I'm not a fan of the current artist (I do like Bisley's fill-in work), and the stories.. I don't know. They should be doing more for me, but aren't.

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However I will have some Things To Say about the Inanna/Ishtar character who was in real life very decidedly the goddess of love AND WAR. She gets misinterpreted a lot in popular culture, though, so no hard feelings--I just have to stick my head in and defend her.

 

Straight To Hell: Defender of Goddesses :wink:

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I really loved this one,much better than All His Engines,or Dark Entries,both of which I also enjoyed very much.I think the art was what pushed it a notch above the rest,Especially Jock's use of color.This takes the place of Green Arrow:Year One,as the highwater mark of his career.The story and art combine so well,with my favorite part being the card game.

 

I really hope this sold well enough to warrant more stories in this format.

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Just read it. Liked the art a lot, especially some of the expressions on Johns face, what we Kiwis call him being a laire, actually I have never seen the word written and can't find an example, but maybe the closest UK expression is " Jack-the-Lad" ? anyway I thought some of the facial expressions he used especially while talking to the girl , were extremely apt to the attitude he was in at the time, much more so then I usually feel with Johns art. He wasn't the timeless semi-youth of other representations, acted his age.

 

I liked how Ishtars' influence lead to John being subtly influenced from almost the first moment he met the girl Aseera ( I thought her character was a little forced, but aspects of it were very effective.

 

Maybe the dialogue was a little florid. And why didn't his old buddy Nergal hate him more? seemed almost friendly this time.

 

Other than that I liked it very well.

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And why didn't his old buddy Nergal hate him more? seemed almost friendly this time.

My guess is that Delano doesn't place too much emphasis on continuity. Which doesn't bother me, really, especially since if we're being strict,

Nergal is actually dead, given as the First toasted him in Careys run.

 

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And why didn't his old buddy Nergal hate him more? seemed almost friendly this time.

My guess is that Delano doesn't place too much emphasis on continuity. Which doesn't bother me, really, especially since if we're being strict,

Nergal is actually dead, given as the First toasted him in Careys run.

 

 

Not necessarily. Tough old fucker Nergal and he was also hiding in his brother's body at the time, maybe it was only his brother got wasted. And why wouldn't Nergal be more friendly, he has acknowledged Constantine as his son-in-law... :tongue:

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Well, I just got hold of Pandemonium, and it was excellent. The characterization was just right, the colouring was lovely (very atmospheric) and most important of all, it completely revived my interest in Hellblazer. I really must start filling in the gaps with the other recommended stories.

 

...And that's all I've got, as all my critical faculties are currently occupied with the thesis I'm writing. :shrug:

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Well, I just got hold of Pandemonium, and it was excellent. The characterization was just right, the colouring was lovely (very atmospheric) and most important of all, it completely revived my interest in Hellblazer. I really must start filling in the gaps with the other recommended stories.

 

...And that's all I've got, as all my critical faculties are currently occupied with the thesis I'm writing. :shrug:

Is the thesis HB related? :hattip:

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And why didn't his old buddy Nergal hate him more? seemed almost friendly this time.

My guess is that Delano doesn't place too much emphasis on continuity. Which doesn't bother me, really, especially since if we're being strict,

Nergal is actually dead, given as the First toasted him in Careys run.

 

That and

Ravenscar is now a casino resort instead of an insane asylum in Diggle's tenure

 

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