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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for September 2013

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“A fool tried to sweat me, actin’ like he was hard / I stuck him twice in the neck and left him dead in the yard”
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Comics You Should Own – Shade, the Changing Man

07-15-2013 06;36;03PM

Peter Milligan’s (and, to a certain extent, Chris Bachalo’s) masterpiece gets the spotlight!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 364: Shade, the Changing Man #70

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Shade, the Changing Man #70, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated April 1996. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 332: Hellblazer #261

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Hellblazer #261, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated January 2010. Enjoy!
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Committed: Hellblazer – DC Shoot Themselves in the Foot (again)

Today I found out that Hellblazer is cancelled, and John Constantine is moving into the main, general DC universe (see the CBR piece for more about the mechanics on that.)

Unable to come up with any decent new ideas, DC has gone from fiddling with one 30 year old Alan Moore creation – Watchmen – to messing up another: Hellblazer. Of course DC has forced itself to continue this practice of pillaging it’s own powerful history of creations because it has hobbled the creation of new ideas. A champion against creators rights, and infamously instituting a policy of marketing-driven, decision-making-by-committee, the comic book publisher has become a bastion of tired ideas and restrictively tedious comic books. In this brave new world, there is obviously no space for a renegade division like Vertigo, and the gradual dismantling continues apace, as they hand the reigns of Constantine over to an American writer and place John Constantine (a characters who’s very raison d’etre is the juxtaposition of his own very British strangeness within the mundane “real” world) in the DC universe

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Committed: DC Got Their Marketing All Over My Constantine

The other day I finally got around to reading Justice League Dark #0. Now you can tell me that this is “a different John Constantine than the one in Hellblazer” or that “DC is a different universe than Vertigo.” I don’t buy it. Those are rationalizations, excuses for screwing up a well-established, well-rounded character with a ton of history and a strong following. If DC’s relaunch and their publication of these issue #0′s was anything more than a depressing marketing move aimed at capturing the attention of a dwindling audience instead of trying to increase their appeal by deepening and widening the type of books they publish, they would not have messed up this character’s history so completely.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 209: Shade, the Changing Man #5

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Shade, the Changing Man #5, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1990. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 200: Human Target #8

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Human Target #8, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated May 2004. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 197: X-Men #185

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from X-Men #185, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 2006. Enjoy!
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Committed: Diving into the X-Statix Omnibus

Last night in my dreams, The Orphan from X-Statix was asked to do an interview. In the way of dreams, I don’t remember what it was about. But I do remember that he didn’t say what he was asked to say, and while Spike Freeman wasn’t happy about it, the team loved it. I woke up gagging to get back to reading my giant comic book.

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Committed: More Content, Please

It’s not enough. I want more. If I’m going to buy a monthly comic book, instead of waiting for a trade paperback compilation, then I want creators to pack in as much story and development as possible. It isn’t enough to just meander delightfully through 20-24 pages without anything much happening, I’m not buying these comics just for a relaxing atmosphere change, I want escapism, story development, progress. I want more.

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Comics You Should Own flashback – Detective #629-633; 638; 643

Oh, the all-too-brief run of Peter Milligan on Detective Comics. Let’s check it out, shall we?
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Box of Comics: After Dark #0 & The Royal Historian of Oz #1

One foolproof way to guarantee my purchase of a new comic book single is to only charge one (1) American dollar for it. (As a wise man once said, “I’d buy that for a dollar!“) The first-one’s-a-buck philosophy has been floating around comics for a few years now, providing a spike in sales and awareness, lessening the impact of any potential buyer’s remorse. Vertigo has been at the forefront of the lone greenback game, but some other publishers have ventured into the business, as well. Let’s take a look at a one dollar introduction that works, and one that does not.

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A review a day: The Bronx Kill

Peter Milligan seems like an odd person to write something like this, but then you look a little more closely …
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Committed: Why You Wish You Read Hellblazer

042810_hellblazer2After all these years together, I didn’t know that Hellblazer could still surprise me, but damn… This week I just about fell in love all over again. I’ve been reading Hellblazer for so long, it started just in time to mesh with my own grouchy rebellion, and over the years it feels like it’s grown with me. It’s been so long that I can see now that I began to take it for granted, didn’t really see it anymore, just assumed it would always be there every month, doggedly faithful and always available. Somehow this week, it turned around and did something entirely surprising, and reminded me why I love it. Continue Reading »

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