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7 hours ago, JohnMcMahon said:

Southern Bastards is some damn good comics, did not expect the first trade to end the way it did and subsequent collections have been just as good.

It is pretty good but I stopped picking it up monthly cause several months go by between issues. TPB #4 is supposedly due out first quarter of next year.

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In the days of the Nothingness, many pretenders, usurpers and worthy apprentices came to replace John Constantine. 

 

The latest if these is The Magic Order by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel.

And I like it.

Take Zatara/Zatana & siblings. Add global conspiracy of magic that has rarely worked in Hellblazer and never in JL:Dark. Smother it with lashings of gorgeous artwork. Oh yeah and no "For mature readers" £#$%words.

@@@@ing good start.

I hope this sustains.

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I liked it too. Hopefully the quality keeps up. I think its already been picked up by netflix judging by the huge logo on the back cover. Hopefully it is being written for the comic first and not just storyboards for a tv show.

In a similar vein, I enjoyed Evan Dorkin's, Blackwood at Dark Horse. It's not as sinister, at least not yet, but the first issue was fun.

 

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Netflix bought out MillarWorld. They can immediately turn any Mark Millar owned property in to a show, if they decide it's worth it.

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Is this one Millarworld? It appears to missing swear offs, mutilation and NC18 splatter thus far.

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6 hours ago, dogpoet said:

Is this one Millarworld? It appears to missing swear offs, mutilation and NC18 splatter thus far.

Yes. Mr Millar pretty much says so in the end pages 

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Just gone through No 1 With A Bullet, which makes some well meant but fairly obvious points about social media and online bullying and fails to construct a very impressive thriller around them. It isn't bad (and at least manages to dodge the terrible gay-bashing cop out I thought it was building towards) but it isn't all that good either, which is a shame.

Nice art, mind.

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Brought the fourth and final volume of Brubaker & Phillips' Kill or Be Killed at the store recently, and binged through the entirety of the series. The beginning wasn't as strong as I had remembered reacting to it when I first read it, but it is a book that improves with every issue.

For those who haven't read it yet, it's Brubaker doing his spin on the Vigilante Genre with a Deal with the Devil tossed in for good measure. A milquetoast grad student fails a suicide attempt, and begins to see a demon who forces him into a deal as punishment for trying to end his life. The deal is take a life every month, or he dies. Over the course of the series, he becomes more skilled of a killer as stakes escalate, while simultaneously losing more of his grip on sanity. Brubaker deconstructs the "one man war on crime" story, while railing about just how much the world sucks today and our helplessness to do a thing about it. Not the most original story to be told, but Brubaker adds enough of his own touches to avoid the whole thing feeling like a retread.

On the art-front, I feel it definitely is the best that the Brubaker/Phillips/Breitweiser collabs have ever looked.

Makes you wonder how a Punisher run by Brubaker would've gone.

If there's much of a niggle, it's that at the end one of the biggest plot threads doesn't get too satisfying of a resolution.

 

As the story progresses, it's questioned whether the demon that our hero made his deal with was real or just a figment of his own unstable mental state... and it's not something that Brubaker ever really provides a definitive answer for. I suppose he wanted to leave it up to the reader to decide, or to explore further down the road if he and Phillips ever decide to return to the series.

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Cemetery Beach #1 (by Warren Ellis)-Wow, reading a description of the series, I didn't think I'd enjoy it. Actually having read the first issue? I definitely do not like it.

It seems like he did this type of plot very similarly in Shipwreck, and did it much better.

Oh, and there were about five pages without any dialogue...otherwise known as the point where Ellis got bored for a while writing the script.

I think he just wanted to write this series so he could describe the concept of cell-phones as if they were new.

Yeah, Ellis has been replaced. Ales Kot does everything Ellis used to do with comics, but does it so much better now. Ellis should realize how this goes, it's just like cell-phones. He's all caught up with the wonders of cell-phones (or doing something he was doing 17 years ago now), while in the meantime, there are smart-phones. Well, Kot is that upgrade, who is working in the world of 2018.

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I don't know when the Free Comics Day was, but yesterday I picked up I Hate Image which is an amusing trek through the Image books as if they were all in the same universe, by the I Hate Fairyland people. 

There is a grayscale (sic) Walking Dead town, and our heroine cries The Nineties Sucked in the middle of Wic+Div Nightclub.

Top amusement: "Eventually you'll come upon a tree. Not like an Oak tree... like an Ellis Tree" "What the FLUFF is an Ellis Tree?" "I feel like I need to be smarter to answer that"

Then it's basically as many Image books referenced as possible.

 

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On 9/13/2018 at 2:07 AM, Christian said:

Yeah, Ellis has been replaced. Ales Kot does everything Ellis used to do with comics

Recommend me some Kot, please!

I don't think Ellis is bored or lazy when he slots in an action sequence!

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Here's a preview of Bitter Root, written by David F Walker, whose work I shamelessly promote.

https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/217855-Sneak-Peek-Bitter-Root-1-From-Image-Comics
 

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Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood became the center of an intellectual and artistic explosion by black writers and artists in the 1920s that spanned writing and painting to music and culture that scholars today call "the Harlem Renaissance." A little known chapter of the Harlem Renaissance is told this fall in Image Comics' Bitter Root by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Green — a Harlem family, the Sangeryes, has been trained for generations to hunt monsters, and they are all the stand between New York City and a monster armageddon!

 

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I'm none too sure about the supernatural elements in that one. I was really enjoying the synopsis, when I first read it: David F. Walker....Harlem Renaissance....little known chapter....yeah, yeah....monster hunters? Then, no. Maybe not.

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It's possibly intended more as a sort of jazz era take on Supernatural than a serious history of the Harlem renaissance in the first place?

It's even possible that the Harlem mis en scene is a deliberate counter to how conspicuously whitebread Lovecraft and his circle were during the pulp era. Even if that's as far as the Harlem renaissance stuff in this comic goes, it's still something that was conspicuously missing from the contemporary pulps.

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Had the "monster hunter" bit been more Lovecraftian in tone, I might have more interest in it. Even still, it's not that original a take, as a number of African-American or progressive types who want to like Lovecraft, but still feel that revulsion when the creeping racism sets in with some of his stories, have written revisionist responses to Lovecraft's fiction in recent years. It's probably best not to go in that direction.

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Reading Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.

Pretty damn good comic. Brubaker is great at espionage tales and this one delivers. It's pretty much, and this is obvious so I don't think it requires a spoiler tag, a James Bond tale where "What if Miss Moneypenny was actually a high profile agent".  

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2 hours ago, JasonT said:

Yeah, that was a great comic. Have you read Fatale and The Fade Out?

Got em both in the hopper 

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Ah, but have you read Brubaker's "An Accidental Death" serialized as three-parts in Dark Horse Presents? It was one of Brubaker's earliest forays in to comic books, but it was very good.

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