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I'm so into Mark Russell's work right now I'd read his shopping lists and tweet about them, and even I think greenlighting that book was a poor decision for DC.

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It has crossed my mind that the comic might have been commissioned purely in the hope that they would have to cancel it, thereby making Vertigo look a bit shakier and less worth continuing as an imprint.

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10 hours ago, JasonT said:

I'm so into Mark Russell's work right now I'd read his shopping lists and tweet about them, and even I think greenlighting that book was a poor decision for DC.

Yeah, but Vertigo was willing to publish that Punk Rock Jesus thing, which was basically "being blasphemous to seem cool".

 

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On 1/17/2019 at 2:54 PM, Christian said:

Berger Books continues to show promise for Dark Horse. Two new books have been announced for early 2019; a new J.M. DeMatteis series and a creator owned book from G. Willow Wilson.

Wilson's book will be a science fiction story with political overtones.

DeMatteis' new series is called the Girl in the Bay, and sounds like a return to the sorts of themes used in his early work at Vertigo.

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Yeah it's a nice comic.

I like how the look of some characters resonates with Seekers. And the mystery.

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Stronghold #1 (Aftershock) was not good. I was expecting something akin to Heinlein's classic of solipsism, "They", but this was not that.

I wouldn't really describe this as "cosmic horror", especially when the book lost me by verging in to superhuman territory.

Yes, there were rumblings about "end of the world", but it was lost amidst too much to distract from any palpable atmospherics (i.e. superheroics).

The writing wasn't great, and was pretty awkward at times.

I have zero interest in this comic. There was a germ of a good idea hidden amongst this plot, but what was put on the page was something of a mess.

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Went through Alan Moore's Providence, really quite something....can't remember the last thing from him I enjoyed this much.

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Yeah Ennis is not a writer who has any reason to write in 616 or ultimate continuity, he's not going to work off it and the things he wants to do don't really fit with marvel anyway. He's also gotten much better at writing in an American cadence without the characters sounding Irish which I think has always been a weakness of his.

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For fans of Christopher Priest, aka the writer once known as Jim Owsley, he has a new project coming up from Dynamite and it's... Vampirella. As he puts it, Vampirella as "an allegory for how we treat each other; for racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious persecution."

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If it isn't illustrated by Jose Gonzalez, I don't much care who's writing a Vampirella comic, to be honest. Wouldn't it be nice if they just did a few big archives of the original Warren strips and gave up on these failed attempts to revamp and relaunch the character that whoever owns the rights this year has been trotting out since the early '90s?

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I just reread the article in greater detail, and I got to Priest's pitch of Vampirella as a Martian who looks like a vampire and is mistaken for and treated as a vampire.

I'm not really familiar with Vampirella outside of her outfit, but I don't think that's the smartest way to go about doing an allegory for serious issues.

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16 hours ago, GottaGetAGrip said:

I just reread the article in greater detail, and I got to Priest's pitch of Vampirella as a Martian who looks like a vampire and is mistaken for and treated as a vampire.

As opposed to an alien from Draculon who looks like a vampire and is mistaken for and treated as a vampire. 😉

(Still, that beats Harris insisting that she'd imagined Draculon because she was really from Hell and she needed to have a screen memory because her feeble mind couldn't cope with the true horror of her existence, I suppose...)

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Sweet musky balls dept:

I've just gone through the first issue of Azzarello and Lovatt's (the artist from Black Mask's There's Nothing There) Faithless, an erotic horror story. It's obviously Azz trying to do a '70s Heavy Metal type story, so Lovatt's art makes for a good fit. The protagonist is a DIY occultist who has a strange day, after crafting a new spell at the story's start. (This isn't explicitly tied to the way she gets lucky as soon as she gets up to leave the coffee shop where she's seen scribbling glyphs into a notebook: some writers would be stressing that every time she opens her mouth thereafter.) The sex and masturbation scenes rather suit Lovatt's art style, and there's a cracking (and icky: on film it'd be a jump scare) final splash page to lure the reader in to find out what happens next. She might not be Guido Crepax or Milo Manara, but she does tick that "smutty comics should be worth buying for the artwork even if you don't care about the story" box very firmly, which is the main thing here. As in TNT there's some very nice page layouts going on as well. (For those who didn't see TNT, Lovatt's art is a little akin to a looser but fancier John M Burns adulterated with hints of Paul Pope and maybe just a whiff of Manara, and so works very well for erotica indeed.)

Using his own characters means that Azzarello can have them investigate bi stuff without howls of rage from long term readers, so that and the erotic horror business leaves me wondering if it might end with a mysterious death in a fetish club. This is a lot better than Ashes and Dust, though...

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Burned through Brubaker and Phillips' Kill Or Be Killed over the last couple of nights.  Pretty good though the narrative device quickly wore out its welcome for me. 

The ending felt very much like something nineteen year old me would have written, though clearly with a level of craft I could only aspire to.  

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Speaking of those two, I've been going through Criminal from the first book (Coward) and am part way through the second (Lawless). Great stuff. Not only does he spin a  good crime drama, but he's building a connected universe as well.

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I'm not sure if anyone else realizes it or not, I didn't see anyone mention anything about it on here, but Russell's Second Coming #1 was released (I think) two weeks back.

I missed that it was finally going to be released, myself. I did find a copy. So, anyone else interested in that book, know that the first issue is currently available.

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Strayed #1-This was really good. I was surprised to find out that Carlos Giffoni had never had a comic published before. This came across as very polished writing.

It had a  great love for cats being shown, which I like, and best of all, the cat was an astral traveling cat.

The plot is sort of like Silver Surfer, if Silver Surfer were an astral projecting cat, and if Galactus were an intergalactic military dictatorship interested in discovering new worlds that could be stripped of their resources and colonized by humanity.

It's really very much worth a look.

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Just gone through the fourth and final Grendel unified edition collection thing.

Warchild is great. Past Prime is less so, though Rucka does a very good job indeed of emulating Wagner's peculiar stylistic quirks as a story teller: it's still a bit off to buy an alleged comics collection and find two hundred pages of it is a "novel" (with the huge text size, I'd be surprised if it was more than 50,000 words spread across those two hundred pages, though I've read far worse novellas by comics writers*), it's a clever and effective story, but I was just reading it thinking: "why the fuck did they do this in prose rather than as a comic?" which to be fair I don't think a lot when I'm reading violent stories about the cost of trying to maintain personal integrity after being betrayed by pretty much everybody else in the text. Maybe I should start doing that.

The primer tagged on the end is cute, but the actual last story is a bit of an anticlimax after Warchild and Past Prime. I'm positive there were a few Grendel stories that haven't found their way into any of the collections, as well...

 

*(Mentioning no bearded slipper-wearers from Hull.)

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I've also gone through that collection of Deathwish strips. Great fun, and a much quicker read than the Grendel: the introduction (with somebody from Rebellion's editorial desperately straining to talk about an artist and writer nobody who didn't grow up on last gasp of boys' adventure papers from the '80s have ever even heard of) is pretty entertaining as well.

Shame there's not more of it (very quick read indeed, dig?) but maybe now they've gone through all of the stories from Speed they'll collect the later ones from other comics as well...

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