Or – “The Storyarc That Started It All…” People sometimes like to ask me what my favorite comic book is, and it’s a difficult choice to make. There are hundreds of books that I love, even those that I have complete runs of, but none quite like Hellblazer. In the spring of 1988, I drove to Hays, Kansas and picked up Hellblazer #1 from the stands at Gulliver’s Tattered Covers, and have purchased every single issue of the book (and many crossovers and miniseries and such) ever since. Though the first issue is a good one, this is the book
In this issue: Jeph Loeb at Marvel, Power Girl gets the brush off, Hellblazer reviewed, and Green Lantern or Legion? [podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/majorspoilers214.mp3[/podcast] Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Podcast Alley Show Notes after the Jump!
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew of two is taking a look at Matthew’s favorite character of all time – John Constantine, Hellblazer, and the Dangerous Habits trade. John Constantine is dying. As a sorcerer literally haunted by the demons of his past, John is no stranger to mystic bedevilment or supernatural horror. But it’s his chain smoking that ultimately brings death to Constantine’s front door. John Constantine has lung cancer. Though condemned to hell, Constantine continues to laugh in the face of this all-too-serious world. Despite it preternatural overtones, this story is actually a down-to-earth tale
Or – “April Showers Bring May Flowers, But Mayflowers Only Bring Religious Dissidents…” Man, it has been a LOOOONG month of May. The comics industry seems intent on moving to $3.99 price points, The Eleventh Doctor got hit on, and Scarlett Johanssen looks great in skintight stretch fabrics. In any case, since another month has come and gone, and it’s a three-day weekend for many in the United States we’ve got time to look at a couple dozen things that have come out in recent weeks, Rapid-Fire Style!
Or – “Hey, Vent! You Ready To Move Out?” When you read monthly comic books the way that I do, often times you get to the point where you feel like you know what’s coming, when every title feels like you’ve read it before. On the other hand, you have the odd experience where you read a title or issues that you KNOW you’ve read before, but you cannot for the life of you remember how it’s supposed to end. With over a hundred monthly titles coming out, sometimes you need to play catchup, you need to go where everybody
Or – “Sir, I Protest! I Am NOT A Merry Man!!!” Once again, we’ve come to the situation where Stately Spoilers Manor contains far more comics than there are days to review ’em, leading once again unto the Final Frontier… NUQNEH – NOOKNEHH! Phasers on summarize!
Or – “Freakin’ In The Purple Rain With A Flying Hippo!” Hey, kids!Â What time is it? Time to get a new watch! Return with us now to those glorious days of yesteryear, when comics came out every Wednesday, there was a new car in every a garage, a chicken in every pot, and a pot calling the kettle collect!Â When the review pile gets high enough to fall over, it’s time for Rapid-Fire REVIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWÂ Â OOOOooooOOOOOO!
The Wheel of Morality will turn,turn,turn, and we’ll think of something funny to say about wherever it stops… theoretically, anyway. Johnny’s got his gun, and he’s lookin’ for Keanu. Bulletproof girls still like to play headgames. Plus: Is it #1 or #401? The Lion, the Witch, and the pyramids at Giza! And Rodrigo says It’s time to get things started… (Why won’t you get things started?) on the most sensational, inspirationational, spoiletational, majorational… [podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/majorspoilers/majorspoilers_84.mp3[/podcast] Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Podcast Alley Show Notes after the Jump!
Or – “Cut Me Some Slack, I Been Working ForÂ A Promotion…” My day gig is a study in many things…Â Management theories.Â Inappropriate dress.Â The mating habits of the Bisexuals Of The Plains.Â But one thing that it is not, and has never been, is uncomplicated.Â Thus, I have come to you, our Faithful Spoilerites, with another batch of mini-reviews, just like a Chili’s mini-burger entree only less likely to make your @$$ look like a truck.Â (Also, be aware that I just barely decided not to do this one in limerick form, in honor o’ th’ wearin’ o’ the
Or – “What Happens When I Continue To Fall Behind On Everything?” What’s the scraping noise?Â Looks like the raccoon done busted out the heavy weapons, which means it’s time for another look at some of the comics that were too esoteric, too weird, or too numerous to look at individually: RAPID FIRE REVIEWS!Â BRAKKA BRAKKA BRAKKA!Â Make sure that the release lever is elevated, and that the debris shield is down, put on your safety goggles and PREpare… to REview!
When Hellblazer arrives in stores on December 17th, it will hit two milestones.Â First the title hits the magic issue #250, which in itself is a great achievement, but the second is a little bit more important as it marks the longest running series for Vertigo. To celebrate the company is giving readers a five for one deal. If the idea of a holiday issue of HELLBLAZER strikes you as irreverent and a little perverse, well, thatâ€™s exactly why it works so well. Here, the holiday season of everyoneâ€™s favorite chain smoking, magical con-man, John Constantine, is disrupted by the
Or – “I Think We Can Be Certain It’s Not Really Final…” I started to try and write a big clever open, but y’know what?Â RACCOON WITH A HEAVY MACHINE GUN!!!!! How am I s’pose to top that?
Or – “The Seed From Which Everything Vertigo Will Eventually Grow…” Back in 1985, the choices in terms of comics reading were much more limited in scope than they are now (at least the choices within bicycle range of my house in North Central Kansas.) Sure, Epic Illustrated and Heavy Metal were still around, but those books held the distinction of being: A. Expensive B. Marked 18 and up. C. Distributed differently than the comics, making them harder to find in the drugstores and Pump ‘N Pantries I frequented. When Alan Moore took over DC’s faltering super-hero/horror hybrid title, Swamp