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Christian    734

I think it was supposed to be a six-issue mini-series. Obviously, Morrison is jealous of all the attention that Warren Ellis gets for not finishing his series, and decided he would try it, to see what pleasure he could derive from it.

He's got Gibson beat. Only 3 issues published since, I think, April 2016.

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dogpoet    442

Still waiting on issue 3 of his Authority run hahahaha

:laugh:

I'm not sure that one was down to Morrison abandoning the series, though...

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Lou K    1,054

Probably not but fuck it !! :)

 

I was clearing out some comics and found those and was just rolling

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Avaunt    274

Rivers of London : Black mold.

 

I quite liked much of the artwork, though some of the style choices of the depiction of one or two of the much loved characters of the novel left me wondering if the Graphic Novel writers/artists even read the print novels. Though Peter Grant and DC Guleed seem very much as they are in the books, neither Nightingale or Molly seem remotely so, unnervingly not right.

The humour and compassion from the novels rang through clearly, and beautiful London was nice to see, though ( maybe deliberately, given "evil property developers" subtext ) much could have taken place in any old set of flash houses and apartment buildings in any town in the West.

I am getting the on-going comic, mainly because I just love the novels.

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dogpoet    442

Just gone through volume 3 of the collected Promethea. Kabbala-ey. I was sure there was some sort of plot in the first two collections, rather than a lot of blather about sephiroths and paths.

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Christian    734

I finally found a copy of that "Berlin Batman" story by Paul Pope (contained in the pages of Batman Chronicles #11).

It has a good premise and isn't a bad story, until Pope starts playing up Ludwig Von Mises as the "second coming of Jesus"....

A Jewish Bruce Wayne whose parents are killed by proto-Nazi thugs is a nice direction. Batman working in the shadows to take down Nazis in Germany is nicely done.

Then, you get the end, and find a love-letter written to Von Mises, and how important it was that he escape the Nazis.

Von Mises wasn't even in Germany at that time. In fact, he had left Austria before Nazi Germany even invaded there, so it's not as if the chronology presented in the story is even accurate.

Secondly, it's not as if Von Mises is the only individual to have fled from the Nazis. There were plenty of Communists and Socialists (and just everyday Jewish people) fleeing from the Nazis, as well.

The story just loses quite a bit of the momentum, when the entire plot seems to suddenly revolve around Von Mises.

 

There's also a noir Batman versus Catwoman story, written by John Francis Moore, which also isn't a bad story in the issue.

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dogpoet    442

Moore's a pretty decent writer, even in the stuff he didn't write as Howard Chaykin's mini me.

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Christian    734

Yeah, he doesn't get enough credit, that's for sure. I've liked most everything I've read by him.

Chronos was a really fun comic.

I liked his work with Poison Ivy.

His X-Force really stood out compared to most of the X-titles being published at the time. It was like the Lobdell/Bachalo Generation X, except with college aged youngsters. It was certainly an improvement over what X-Force had been in the past. I recommend it.

Even X-Men 2099 was worth a read, even if it was one of the lesser 2099 books. Most of those 2099 titles were so good though.

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dogpoet    442

I cannot for the life of me understand why the 2099 stuff hasn't been collected, myself. There's what, one collection of the Spiderman series?

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Christian    734

Actually, it looks like most of the Spider Man 2099 series has been collected. There are four Trades of that one now. Probably due to there being a Spider Man 2099 on-going series recently.

I'm pretty sure there is one Trade for X-Men 2099 also.

It's surprising they wouldn't at least collect the Doom 2099 issues, considering that Warren Ellis got be considered such a hot writer.

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dogpoet    442

If they haven't collected the Ghost Rider series over it's various hot artists, the Doom one's probably out. Maybe the fact that it actually has an end puts the Ellis-heads off as well?

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A. Heathen    1,125

Underwinter is pretty lovely.

 

What a shame Ray Fawkes came to Constantine during the Post-crises Crisis of Infinite Continuity.

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Looking it up, Warren Ellis' Doom 2099 issues were collected back in 2013 in a trade but it seems to have gone out of print pretty quickly - a new copy off the Amazon third-party marketplace will set you back some $70-some bucks + shipping, and the used copies aren't much cheaper.

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Christian    734

You can find the actual back-issues for relatively cheap. They're not too rare either. You're look at between $2-$4 an issue, it looks like. That's about what I paid, and that was back around 2003.

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dogpoet    442

You can find the actual back-issues for relatively cheap. They're not too rare either. You're look at between $2-$4 an issue, it looks like. That's about what I paid, and that was back around 2003.

Yes, Christian, but in your neck of the woods it's back issues of the sophisticated indie comics that go for big money, isn't it? Those of us who have to compete with the hoi palloi for the contents of the used comics boxes or get on the internet for stuff are competing with Marvel fans who think Ellis is the shit over his run on X Men...

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dogpoet    442

Years of practice. :tongue:

On a less condescending note: just gone through the first Mister Miracle, which is good but not quite great. There's some very good stuff there indeed (nice art, a blatant mutual disdain between Scott and Barda on one hand and Orion on the other, Glorious Godfrey as a chatshow host, a lovely scene with Oberon and its aftermath, plot stuff that it would be spoiler-y to unpick) but that's balanced by a few misfires (the 'death is another trap" stuff isn't handled half as well as it was in the Seven Soldiers version, everything is ominously foreshadowed and the tale moves extremely slowly), still treated as a curtain raiser for the story that'll get going in #2, this is very promising indeed.

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Christian    734

Man, Chris Claremont turned in to such a horrible writer after 1991....you wonder how a writer can take such a turn to the horrible, when they were so talented.

Superman & Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy (Elseworlds)-This is so bad that it could have been written by Howard Mackie.

Superman comes to Earth in 1938....Lois Lane is upset because she ages while Superman never does....Lois Lane becomes Wonder Woman....

For some reason, Nazi Germany still exists in the current day....

The Nazis are secretly being controlled by the Greek gods.....Huh?

There are like three different stories going on here, and Claremont decided to just jam them all together.

If you get the chance, avoid this comic!

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seventhcircle    580

Superman comes to Earth in 1938....Lois Lane is upset because she ages while Superman never does....Lois Lane becomes Wonder Woman....

For some reason, Nazi Germany still exists in the current day....

The Nazis are secretly being controlled by the Greek gods.....Huh?

 

so amazons are loyal to the greek gods and greek gods are nazis. is lois lane a nazI?

 

the rest: are you saying that nazi germany doesn't exist anymore? have you been to germany lately? also we are quite known for our love of the greek gods. the only absurd thing is, that they would control germany from secret.

 

no but seriously, thanks for the heads-up. i might have actually bought it otherwise

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Christian    734

The Amazons and Greek gods have had a falling out over Diana. Diana is loyal to the Nazis, and the Amazons are upset about the Greek gods and man's world, and that's why they grant Lois Lane the powers of Wonder Woman.

 

Yeah, whatever you do, don't buy it. You'll regret it.

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Christian    734

Kid Lobotomy #1 (by Peter Milligan)-This is worth checking out the second issue. Milligan seems to be trying too hard to recapture his run on Shade, at times. Still, looking back to one of Milligan's best comic works isn't the worst thing that Milligan has done. There are some interesting things going on in the book, outside of Milligan (and Shelley Bond) trying to recapture past magic. The references to Franz Kafka are certainly intriguing (the phone call scene), and the Dr. Burroughs' cut-up technique brain surgery is some fun word-play from a writer who excelled at that sort of thing in his earlier comic work.

It's nice to see that Milligan has recovered so well from the trauma of his run on Hellblazer....

Also, next issue of Jeff Lemire's Sherlock Frankenstein will feature the origin story of Cthu-Lou. he he

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dogpoet    442
22 minutes ago, Christian said:

It's nice to see that Milligan has recovered so well from the trauma of his run on Hellblazer....

It wasn't fucking Milligan that traumatised...

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Lou K    1,054
1 hour ago, Christian said:

Also, next issue of Jeff Lemire's Sherlock Frankenstein will feature the origin story of Cthu-Lou. he he

HAHAHA LOVE IT

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