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John + John = ? 0

I think this review may end up being shorter then previous months because I've been really busy lately and apart from actually reading this issue, I haven't had much time to enjoy myself but I'm trying to find the time to quickly write this baby up just to remind everyone this series still exists. So I apologize to anyone who was expecting an epic review on the scale of my past months, it's not because my enthusiasm for the series wanes, it fact I'd say it waxes but I just am not in the right ci...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Wait, What, This Happened? 0

This review is made in honor of the recent Hellblazer #273 as a way of comparing the current era of the series to those of the past...this issue was chosen because it's exactly 50 issues from the current one, the review is short (and sweet I hope) as just a simple way to get the idea across and to compare to Hellblazer #273 which should have a review up soon (if not up already) by me. If you want a better picture of this issue in review form, or my thoughts on this era, I have reviewed in greate...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Man-on-Man Action! 0

This review is made in honor of the recent Hellblazer #273 as a way of comparing the current era of the series to those of the past...this issue was chosen because it's exactly 100 issues from the current one, the review is short (and sweet I hope) as just a simple way to get the idea across and to compare to Hellblazer #273 which should have a review up soon (if not up already) by me. If you want a better picture of this issue in review form, or my thoughts on this era, I have reviewed in great...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Your Shirt Was Blue 0

This review is made in honor of the recent Hellblazer #273 as a way of comparing the current era of the series to those of the past...this issue was chosen because it's exactly 150 issues from the current one, the review is short (and sweet I hope) as just a simple way to get the idea across and to compare to Hellblazer #273 which should have a review up soon (if not up already) by me. If you want a better picture of this issue in review form, or my thoughts on this era, I have reviewed in great...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This Isn't Hell Because I'm the President 0

This review is made in honor of the recent Hellblazer #273 as a way of comparing the current era of the series to those of the past...this issue was chosen because it's exactly 200 issues from the current one, the review is short (and sweet I hope) as just a simple way to get the idea across and to compare to Hellblazer #273 which should have a review up soon (if not up already) by me. If you want a better picture of this issue in review form, or my thoughts on this era, I have reviewed in great...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Is that You, Pooh Bear? 0

This review is made in honor of the recent Hellblazer #273 as a way of comparing the current era of the series to those of the past...this issue was chosen because it's exactly 250 issues from the current one, the review is short (and sweet I hope) as just a simple way to get the idea across and to compare to Hellblazer #273 which should have a review up soon (if not up already) by me. If you want a better picture of this issue in review form, or my thoughts on this era, I have reviewed in great...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Hellblazer Through the Ages 0

Okay, since Hellblazer is the book that brought a resurgence in me to review a book on a monthly basis with its consistent greatness I decided I’d try and put a spin on things starting this month and hopefully continuing in such a fashion. I’m going to start off comparing it to issues of the past, fifty issues ago, one hundred issues ago, etc. by fifty issue margins to demonstrate just how great the current stuff really is. I mean in an ongoing series that has lasted over two decades it can be d...

10 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Anyone Empathetic Enough to Kill Me Right Now? 0

I mean, seriously! Remember when I said The Fear Machine was too long at nine issues? Empathy is the Enemy is WAY too long at seven issues, I was ecstatic to put this story behind me, unfortunately that excitement didn’t exist whilst actually reading the comic. Admittedly, there was some somewhat interesting stuff but for the most part not so much. The “villain” was a complete wanker and annoyed me throughout and John was hardly himself for the most part…I mean I liked the ending in some ways, ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Johnny Boy Likes it Kinky 0

Brian Azzarello, best known for his magnificent tale 100 Bullets, also had a considerably lengthy run on Hellblazer. A quite unique run. Not just because Azzarello was the first American to write the book but because the entire tale took place in America. Another thing that made Azzarello’s story unique is John’s personality. Plenty of times you’d get a sadistic or cruel grin on his face, often through shadowing or close-ups it’d be the only thing you saw when he spoke, there was no mistaking Jo...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Con-Job vs. the Telly 0

Paul Jenkins, the most underrated Hellblazer writer of them all, at this point he had written the longest continuous run on the series and yet even to this day not a single issue of his forty-part epic has been reprinted. Flipping through my Vertigo Encyclopedia from DK Publishing (published in 2008)…in a two-page summary of the events of the series from Delano up until early Diggle, not even a single phrase acknowledges Jenkins’ work and in fact he’s not listed under the writers of the book eit...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Americablazer 0

Bloody hell, has John Constantine actually lost it? His old pals from America seem to think so…of course he’s gone through a lot recently, what with Kit and all. Yes, we are in mid-swing in the epic tale of perhaps the most famed ongoing Hellblazer writer, Garth Ennis. Garth began his controversial comic writing as a teen back in Britain and America was lucky to get their hands on this bugger. He’s better known for some of the stuff he’s written in later years but Hellblazer was his stepping st...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

So Concludes An Arduous Journey 0

I fear this arc may have been a mite too long. Now, I admit that some of my problems with this comic could just be that it’s from such a long past era that it’s difficult to compare to the comics of today but then I remember great comics like The Sandman, Animal Man and Morrison’s Doom Patrol that were being published at this time and I’m just left thinking the Hellblazer of the time just wasn’t of that caliber. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Jamie Delano, I respect him for being the first Hell...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A Bloody Deus Ex Machina, Eh? 0

On the one hand, I can't say I didn't see it coming, and on the other hand, I understand why it had to come. As much as I love Peter Milligan, I would never think of claiming Greek Street to be his finest work, not even in the top five. But, it was a good comic, at least most of the time. Unfortunately, it was doomed from the start.  I can still remember when the first issue came out, I was so EXCITED! The gorgeous cover from Kako helped but Greek myths always fascinated me in my younger years s...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

If I Could Give a Sixth Star... 0

...it would definitely be going to this issue...I'll admit I have not yet read all my comics but I know already this is my pick of the week.  I just have to catch my breath for a minute here, I mean (expletive deleted), everything we've known up until this point has been a lie, and not one of those cheap ones either, one that actually makes the entire story make sense. Really this issue is NOT a jump-on point, seeing as its the penultimate issue that should have been obvious but also this issue ...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Beautiful, Dahling! 0

Ah, such a regrettable loss this series is, Matt Wagner's writing is gold and he's proven himself many times over the decades and has once again here with the fourth part of his six-issue send-off to Madame Xanadu. All the stories are stand-alone and great pieces in and of themselves...overall, the connection is each story is dominated by a central character who somehow has one of their senses causing what most people would think of as undesired effect.  The sense this issue is touch, the centra...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Why Do I Love this Series? 0

It's a question I honestly ask myself sometimes...I mean I enjoy each and every issue of this series month to month and always find myself wishing there was more available but why? The comic won't be cherished in comic history alongside the likes of Swamp Thing, Sandman, Transmetropolitan and Y: The Last Man...and I don't feel its necessarily as thought-provoking as many other books I read can be. And yet...the story pulls me in nonetheless.  Maybe it's the humor? I do find myself laughing at le...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Pro-Life or Pro-Good Life? 0

wipes tears from eyes and mutters something about manning up to write the review  Okay, so the comic didn't actually bring me to tears, but tears are just for the benefit of the people around you, it's the feeling that's important and dammit, I can't help but feel some sadness observing the plight of the individuals whose stories are told within these pages. My mind keeps filling up with the words of Brubaker and flashbacks to the finale of 100 Bullets whenever I read Scalped and I try to tell m...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Fasten Your Seatbelts Everyone... 0

...you are now entering Kathy World!  Oh, Shade you never fail to spice things up. Yes, that's right, Shade continues his antics in this issue of Hellblazer and it is definitely a good time through and through. However, for the sake of interesting facts about my own journey through Hellblazer I thought it would be a good time to inform you all that between last month's issue and this, I have read over one hundred issues of Hellblazer. Thus completing my quest to read every last issue of Vertigo'...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Very Ambitious Indeed! 0

When I learned this issue was going to be a "pick-your-own" story adventure, I was quite titillated by the idea. I mean Vertigo's always about making great and different stories but this is a rarity even for them so I was obviously intrigued. Thus, when I got the issue I told myself I'd try reading my way until The End on the first try and review it based off of that. As it turned out my first story was about five pages long...oh Mike Carey, you devious bastard, I'm convinced he set the story up...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Year Two 0

I can't believe it's already been a year...damn, I really am addicted to comics for not having noticed a whole year go by but at least they're good comics!  Anyways, I don't really have as much to say about Sweet Tooth as I did the other seven comics I just reviewed, for one thing because I'm tired...and for another because I didn't feel like their was any significant reveals. I mean yes there was the last page but I didn't find that too, world-shaking! Of course it's the part one to an arc, so ...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

One Arc Down...Hopefully Many More to Go 0

Well, currently I, Zombie is the "hot new thing" in the Vertigo line-up* so as should be expected it's got more publicity then some of the older stuff but now that the premier arc is over, how is it holding up?  The answer is quite well indeed. My first impression of this book was sort of you know, it looks like it could be a little fun but it didn't seem to have much substance. Sure it was different, but there was no...well...there was nothing philosophical about it. Not saying every good comic...

9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Boys Will Be Boys 0

Wanna hear something funny? Maybe a year or so ago, everyone was talking about The Boys, telling me to read it, how awesome it was, etc. I didn't pay much heed at the time (granted I never realized who wrote it) but now here I am, reading the title and loving it and where is everyone else? I don't know but they're surely not singing this comic's praises anymore and I think that's a pity.  Yes this isn't my FAVORITE comic and I still hold Preacher in higher regard, but I still find this to be a g...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Ultimate Jack of Fables Story? 0

Yeah, at this point this is certainly not what I would call the ultimate Jack of Fables story, but like the mother comic who spent fifty months in labor birthing this baby (!) this comic also appears to be building up to something. Not a #100 mind you but the next best thing, a #50. I used to be the most devout Jack of Fables fan, the series was very different from Fables but in a good way, I mean Jack Horner is the worst role model ever and by extension f@#king hilarious! Plus his occasional su...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

House of Mystery without THE House of Mystery? 0

That's right, this is the first issue of the series "House of Mystery" that doesn't even have the House of Mystery in it. Seeing as the comic began with a select few individuals who were trapped in the House and desperately trying to find a way out, I can safely say we've come a long way and to be honest I feel it's been for the better. This series has been improving steadily from the beginning in my opinion and it has now reached that point where there's so much going on that the story can be d...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Fatherhood? 0

Now before you jump to conclusions about my reviewing prowess and saying to yourself "What kind of imbecile only gives four stars to an issue of Scalped?", hear me out! Truth be told the lack of stars really comes from the fact that it was just so hard for this part two to live up to the issue that preceded it in my humble opinion. This was still a great issue and Jason Aaron is a writer I suspect who's name will be inscribed in the annals of comic book fame alongside the currently thought-of gr...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Smelly Sammy 0

Let me start this off with a very simply and straightforward statement: "If you have never read an issue of Matt Wagner's Madame Xanadu, get out of your chair and make a mad dash for the comic store and GET THIS ISSUE!"  That's right, I said it. I said what everyone else who reads this is thinking...that everyone else should be reading it too. If you want to tell me, "but Aztek, it's a Part 3...how can I know what's going on?" My answer to you is the story (like all the other issues in the arc) ...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Goodbye Moses 0

You know, of all the four titles Vertigo has decided to sweep under the rug this fall Unknown Soldier is the most saddening for me...of all the titles I feel this one deserved to go on for at least several more years. This series is gold, but like many good comics it wasn't able to find its audience quickly enough to satisfy the businessmen controlling the industry. So yes, just two more issues following this one and then we'll have to say goodbye to one of the best comics on the shelves right n...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Best Semi-Autobiographical Book I Have Read to Date! 0

Some weeks ago when I first saw this comic on the upcoming releases list G-Man posted, I jokingly recommended it to Inferiorego (he's one of those cool staff guys you may see roaming around) for well...obvious reasons. But to be honest, back then I knew nothing about this original graphic novel except it had already been released in hardcover in 2008 and this was just its first trade paperback release. That and I knew it was Vertigo.  Well, sometime after that I happened to be at the store to ki...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Ach, the Wee Laddie! 0

I don't think I need to introduce The Boys to anyone at this point, in fact I think it's the highest-selling ongoing I read...last month it was #99 overall, yes I read American Vampire (#85) but that comic hasn't had time to establish itself, it's still new and fresh and the sales have definitely dropped on it. So yeah...this is The Boys...well more specifically it's a spin-off miniseries. Second of three planned.  Unfortunately, I think even though thousands of people read The Boys, this series...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

2 for 1 Deal! 0

Ah yes, here we have it, one of those comics I read that allow me to say I read stuff other then Vertigo...of course it probably doesn't help my case that the writer has several ongoings over at Vertigo and in fact this comic was previewed in one of his Vertigo comics I believe :P  Regardless, this is definitely not Vertigo, nope over at WildStorm there is one giant connected universe where the titles are all tied into each other (oh and they're about superheroes). The superhero thing isn't a tu...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

The Final Flight 0

You know, this is always one of the worst things for me as a comic reader, saying goodbye. I hate doing it, especially when it's on such unpleasant terms. This is now the second Vertigo comic I've had to watch get canceled while I read it...and unfortunately I know there's three more that will be ending in the fall. It certainly isn't a fun realization to see a writer's vision cut short but I am glad at least that the book got the intended ending, just the journey had to be cut down. But at the ...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Finally We're Getting Somewhere 0

Of all the comics I read this is probably one of, if not the one least in need of a review because everyone's reading it already and there's no need to draw in more readers but nonetheless I also think reviews should be able to spark discussion and unfortunately they rarely do but hey, a boy can dream can't he?  Anyways, my back-story on reading this series is that I read the first eighty-two issues in trade in a matter of a few months. Now, here we are a year later from that day I finished the ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Run, Forrest, Run! 0

Every month when Hellblazer Week comes around I try and show people the light that this has for the past few months been one of the best monthlies on shelves right now and although I don't ever get the droves and herds of people I'd like reading and discussing this twisted tale I do get the occasional believer and for me that one person that gets baptized into the Constantine Church every month is enough to keep me proclaiming it's praises.  So it should come as no surprise to you that once agai...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Kowtow Indeed, Kowtow Indeed 0

You know, as much as I love Brian Wood (Northlanders, Demo, Demo - Volume II, DV8: Gods and Monsters, Local), his "epic" DMZ has always been a hit-or-miss series for me. I suppose the problem I find with DMZ is it's Brian Wood doing something different. In all the titles of his I've read apart from this he has never chosen to establish an entire world on as grand a scale as this. In fact three of the five comics I listed above are all one-shot self-contained stories and another is one-shots and/...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Greeting an Old Acquaintance 0

For all those who have been anxiously awaiting a review on this series after my twenty issue or so hiatus and a few years of maturing (not just in hormonal balances but I'd like to think intellectually and in comic exposure/preference as well), then be awed for I have decided to waddle out of retirement to dust off a series I used to defend like nobody's business...where is it now you ask, let me tell you. Oh and just so you know I stopped reading (even though I said I tried my best to never dro...

9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Holy Love Nonagons Constantine! 0

You thought love triangles made for good stories? Prepare to have your mind...blown. Okay, describing this story as just one giant love affair doesn't do it justice, yes, love is the motivation behind most of the character's actions but there's very little actual loving going on considering half the people involved in this affair are dead. Now, before you get excited no there's no necrophilia...but I'm getting off track, let's start at the beginning... (note inserted after review was written: sk...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

I May Just Be One Shade Obsessed Loony... 0

...but I think this arc is absolutely top-notch and indeed this return of Shade, the Changing Man in a story by Peter Milligan no less (or should I say Miles Laimling?)* is what my fantasies consist of. And that is why it may be true that my thoughts on this issue should be thrown out the window, maybe nostalgia** has clouded my judgment. But at the same time this means all you Shade fans out there should pick this up just to join in the Shade lovin' because there's plenty to go around...in...

13 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Seagle is a Writing Genius! 0

Now, I honestly have no recollection of why I ever started this series in the first place but knowing me it was either because in adding 90% of the new comics to this site I personally added four of the five issues and when I add comics to this database I usually like to do a little research on them (the series released its final issue yesterday -- yes I know I'm a little behind) OR it was simply because of the sexy covers. Either way, I decided the comic was worth my time unlike many others and...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Dr. Manhattan! 0

Now that's what I'm talking about! I think this comic has pulled me in to the whole Watchmen thing, I'm not saying the series is good, but I think I've become a true Dr. Manhattan fanboy after this issue. Honestly though I did not find the whole newspaper guy very interesting or any of that, but all of the Manhattan stuff was good, and thankfully he was basically the whole issue. You learn a lot about him in this issue, from his powers, to his relationships, to his personality, to well his every...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Getting A Little Frustrated 0

Okay, I'm not going to lie, these are some quality comics, but I think all this hype is getting me expecting more than I'm getting, perhaps I've read too many good comics in my day for this to rise above them, I don't know. I just am getting so frustrated, feeling like the greatest thrill ride in the world just opened, and everyone has gone it already and now here I am, holding my ticket, sitting in that seat buckled in, but the ride just broke down. I am wondering if perhaps I have hyped this s...

8 out of 13 found this review helpful.