The Hellblazer - Rebirth #1

Aug. 23rd, 2016 02:06 pm
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"Part of the brief that editorial gave me was to take John Constantine back to his roots, so I suddenly had the luxury of all that great continuity to play with. Which is pretty great. I’m able to reference pieces of his past, like the tree tattoo on his arse, and at the same time not ignore his recent adventures in NYC.
To me it’s all part of that tapestry that came before. I think I got lucky in the “Rebirth” event as I didn’t pick up a character who’d been broken and really needed that much “fixing.” He might have taken a wrong turn or two over twenty plus years, but all I had to do was dust him off, do right by his past, and double down on his Englishness."

- Simon Oliver


Back in London )

Off-Topic Tuesday!

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:03 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like.

Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

The Olympics has come to an end with Great Britain doing remarkably well in the medal stakes (Not that I'm gloating)

Germany has released plans to recommend Civil Defence precautions

Apparently ramen noodles are now a more valuable trade commodity than tobacco in US prisons... Who knew

Bleach Series Finale

Aug. 22nd, 2016 10:53 am
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It's weird but... it's time to say goodbye to another big manga series that's been running for years now. Time to say goodbye to Bleach!


Here's some key moments from the last two chapters that are work looking at.

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I apologize for not posting lately; but I've been lost since late July in the world of Sexton Blake. American readers might say, "Who?" but those who know the history of detective novels especially in Britain will be familiar with the name...and with Waldo the Wonder-Man, one of several precursors of Superman. Oh, the main influences were Philip Wylie's GLADIATOR, Flash Gordon and Doc Savage. But Waldo has his place.


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In 2012, AXE released Anarchy - the brand's first male/female paired fragrance. We knew that as soon as both genders had the AXE effect, chaos was inevitable. The only challenge was bringing this anarchy to life online for a demographic that's increasingly hard to engage. Our solution was to do more than just involve consumers - we decided to create the campaign with them. To do this, we embraced a genre that has fueled fantasies for decades and then reinvented it for a generation raised on the real-time web. Anarchy: The Graphic Novel was written by - and starring - its readers. - Press Release from Razorteeth

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Franchesco


Oh boy, have I uncovered something special today folks.



This was released to the public for free back in 2012 for all to read, enjoy, and download in PDF form. The site that hosted it no longer exists today though. So, it's lost to time except for what little I actually have.

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Last year on FCBD I picked up a hefty hardcover based on buzz from I'm not even sure where.

First, the hard sell from Amazon )

And then my thoughts )
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Hi folks, found this while cleaning the apartment for my forced relocation, and it's been a while since we had one of these.



For those of you who are new to comics fandom, Crime Does Not Pay was the first and possibly greatest dedicated "true crime" comic book series. Names were changed to protect the innocent, and I strongly suspect this particular case has been given heavy artistic license. Like all the Lev Gleason comics, it's in the public domain, so please enjoy this story in its entirety.

Rubies are red. Like blood. )
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"As I write this [issue], we're on a the eve of a vote that will decide whether my country continues as part of a community of nations or tries to go it alone, a referendum that could set the tone of how we deal with the world outside our small island for a generation. By the time you read this, we'll know how that went. Meanwhile, in the Marvel Universe, in a pub just down the road from my house, five total strangers from five totally different countries raise their glasses to celebrate becoming friends. And, y'know... that's nice." -- Al Ewing

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Four-Eyes

Aug. 20th, 2016 03:00 pm
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I fucked up my glasses last week, rolled over and smashed one of the lenses. Joy. Made an appointment for the optician on Friday, and got in to see him today. My big plan was to see if I could get contacts. I do a lot of looking out of the edges of my eyes when crossing the road or checking the mirrors when driving and and so something that allowed me to see crisply wherever my eyes were pointing would be really nice.



This is possibly because I only started wearing glasses in 2009. Before then, I had 28 years of focusing perfectly well where my eyes, rather than my face, is pointing. I thus don’t have all of the tics, all of the bits and bobs relating to turning my head in order to see something properly. If I need to look up at something, Imma look up with my eyes. If I need to see the top of my head, well, Imma turn my head down and my eyes up like I always bloody have done.



Fortunately, I’m short-sighted so I don’t lose too much focus when shaving my head, or I’d be a whole lot more scarred.



Unfortunately, the optician put the kibosh on that whole plan. The astygmatism in my left eye is at the point that contact lenses won’t fix it, unless I go for hard lenses — and I’m not spending that kind of money on a what-if. It’s glasses or nothing. So right now I’m back to sporting my spare pair, with all of the inherent downsides — no lens thinning, no anti-reflective, anti-glare, or photochromatic coatings, and a pair of frames that felt fine in the shop but that are juuuuust too tight after extended wear. Joy.

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"Once we could talk about a much wider array of subjects before the superheroes were tied to a very specific mindset. And as I say, in other cultures and in India specifically, we're getting to use superheroes in a culture that's quite forward-looking. If you see the video that Sharad [showed at Comic-Con], it's talking to all the young girls, saying "what super power would you like?" And all the powers are these really benign, helping-people powers. "I want to touch trees and it comes back to life, I want to touch a mud hut and it turns into a house, I want to take away people's sickness." And you contrast that with our image of a female superhero who's Wonder Woman with a sword and a shield and a grunting grimace on her face, she's a warrior from some ridiculous mythological past.

"So I liked the idea as well of turning people this slightly more feminine approach and trying to get superheroes back to what they do best, which is helping people, and not just protecting their own asses from the latest monstrous villain."
-- Grant Morrison

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He was a man in a mask.

He broke into Progamma in New York on a light night.

He made his way to a locker in the biotech facility, one with a biohazard label on it.

A security guard caught him as he was taking something out.

He caught the guard by surprise by throwing it at him.

Then he threw himself. )
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"In which we get heavy on the cosmic, and make our case for Carol's side." -- Al Ewing

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Captain Kid #1 - "Make It Beautiful"

Aug. 18th, 2016 10:08 pm
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"It seems like it could be kind of an antidote to some of what’s going on in comics. [Mark Waid and I] want Captain Kid to be an adult comic about wish fulfillment, and I don’t know if there are any others like that at the moment. Adult comics really seem to be about miserable people doing miserable things. Which is fine, and I’m all in favor of it, but not every time. There are a lot of shame-based comics that want to seem important, more important than they are. It translates into certain movies, too." -- Tom Peyer

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Black Widow #5

Aug. 18th, 2016 06:18 pm
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'It is a challenge. I’m not accustomed to writing a character who’s this morally gray, but to make her a straight-up “super hero” would be a betrayal of who she is. I’m working hard at finding just the right beats to make her engaging without being wholly accessible.' -- Mark Waid

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No Scans - The Dynamic Duo are back

Aug. 17th, 2016 07:09 pm
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Batman Vs Superman left you cold? JLA vs Teen Titans not to your taste? The Killing Jo... well, let's not think about that one.

Fear not citizens, until LEGO Batman comes along next year to restore your faith in superheroes, the Batrope swinginest Dynamic Duo are back!

Even the trailer is a deathtrap scene! )

Invincible to end with #144

Aug. 17th, 2016 06:47 pm
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From Robert Kirkman's blog
When Cory Walker and I created him, and with Ryan Ottley, since he joined the team with issue 8, the point of this series has always been to celebrate what we love about superhero comics, but always put our own spin on it. To play with the tropes of the genre, but twist them into something new, at all times, no matter what.
...
So then, it stands to reason, that if most superhero comics continue forever with no end in sight and over their runs do not, in any way, tell a cohesive story that holds together to form a singular narrative… shouldn’t INVINCIBLE do the exact opposite?

The end of all things )

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