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Old November 9 2011, 09:00 AM   #2101
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If anything, I'd say the best direct comparison is probably Chris Claremont, but even that doesn't work, because in a lot of ways Claremont did revolutionize the form. And, beyond that, Johns' latterday work lacks much of the heart that Claremont's did. I'd say it lacks the patience, too, but that's not Johns, that's the audience.
That's actually a great way of putting it. Johns' later work is almost entirely devoid of heart. Now his JSA, his Flash, his Avengers, his Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., his early Teen Titans, and even Green Lantern up until Sinestro Corps War had tons of heart. His stories were competent and you got the impression that he was one of us. But now that his work is just traveling from event to event, there's no heart or very little.

As far as Claremont goes, he's just someone who stuck around too long and killed his legacy. He's kind of the butt of all jokes in the X-World to the point where his legacy of creating pretty much every X-Men story worth talking about is forgotten. I worry that Johns could get there at some point.


Thanks Myasishchev for summing up my opinion...
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Old November 9 2011, 01:30 PM   #2102
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P.S.: Why is it called Men of War if it's not about Ulysses "Gravedigger" Hazard? So Sergeant Rock had sex, so what?
Sorry, didn't realize you edited to add this after I replied. I think it's called Men of War because it's always supposed to have a back-up, and thus be an anthology (kinda sorta). Like All-Star Western not being Jonah Hex volume whatever. On the topic of Demon Knights: [link]http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dcnu-paul-cornell-demon-knights-111108.html[/link] Some interesting stuff in here. My favorite bit is probably on the subject of the Shining Knight's gender, where Cornell is pretty bluntly saying that we should take seriously a character's decision to ascribe one gender to himself even if we think he looks like a she. Typically comic-book geek, the Newsarama reporter takes that to mean that the gender hasn't been revealed yet. Cornell's talking gender politics; the reporter is talking continuity and the "reveal."
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Old November 9 2011, 08:05 PM   #2103
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Ok, I'm clearly out of touch. The first thing I ever read where Mera played any sort of prominent role was Blackest Night. Granted, I've never really given Aquaman a chance before now. Anyone care to explain where the huge fan love comes from?
She's a redhead in a skintight mermaid suit. Whats not to love? Also cool water powers.
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Old November 9 2011, 08:58 PM   #2104
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First collections announced. Looks like I'll be waiting patiently until August to check out Morrison's Action Comics.
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Old November 9 2011, 10:43 PM   #2105
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^Same. That seems pretty late to me. We will well be in arc two by then.
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Old November 9 2011, 10:49 PM   #2106
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It seems about right to me. Especially if the first collection has the first 8 issues. While I am sure the "gotta have it now" crowd would love it to be out the minute issue 8 hits stands, there is no reason why DC would need to release it that quickly. The fact that it is coming out as quickly as it is is surprising to begin with.
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Old November 9 2011, 10:52 PM   #2107
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Issue 8? Morrison normally does six issue arc, and I'm pretty sure I have heard that the first arc on Action is six issues. Same on most the other books. That is why it seems weird to me that they're releasing them so late in the year. Baring any delays the first arc for Action should normally be released sometime around April.
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Old November 9 2011, 10:55 PM   #2108
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Nope. Both the above linked article...

ACTION COMICS VOL. 1 HC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Rags Morales, Rick Bryant, Brent Anderson, Gene Ha, Andy Kubert and Jesse Delperdang
Collects: ACTION COMICS #1-8
$24.99 US, 200 pg
...and this article from Comic Vine (with spoilers) confirm the initial 8-issue arc.
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Old November 9 2011, 10:59 PM   #2109
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According to the link, the first Action Comics collection will contain issues 1-8.
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Old November 9 2011, 11:00 PM   #2110
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Wow. Okay I take back what I said! August makes sense if it is an 8 issue opening arc. Either way I can't wait to get the Hardcovers for this and Batman.
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Old November 9 2011, 11:02 PM   #2111
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and this article from Comic Vine (with spoilers) confirm the initial 8-issue arc.
Interesting. Steel is now Iron Man. More so.
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Old November 9 2011, 11:20 PM   #2112
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thought Batgirl #3 was really good. loved the back and forth between Dick and Babs. also, just a little tease of info on the operation Babs went through.

Demon Knights #3 was fun, i really enjoy this book.

Green Lantern #3 had an interesting cliffhanger.
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Old November 9 2011, 11:25 PM   #2113
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Yeah, how will Hal get out of that one?!
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Old November 10 2011, 03:46 AM   #2114
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I'm really enjoying Superboy...and we had a pretty big reveal regarding "Red". It is who we think she is it would seem! Yeah I'll be keeping Superboy for a little while longer. It is going to be interesting when they have Clark finally confront him.

Batgirl #3 was an improvement over the first two issues. I'm starting to understand what Simone is attempting to do in this first arc with Babs. This is just a part of her continued journey as a superhero, she needs to prove to herself that she can be Batgirl again. She's making gaffs though that Oracle would not even make. The scenes between her and Dick were great, I've always liked them together. They've a lot of baggage though right now and I'm still pissed that One Year Later separated them after they'd gotten engaged finally. They belong together. Perhaps the locket of hair Babs gave Dick is a tease towards bringing them back.
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Old November 10 2011, 04:24 AM   #2115
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Batgirl #3: This is a title I still really like and it continues the quality of the other issues. I really love Batgirl's internal monologue in these books and the fight/banter with Dick was good stuff. This is quickly becoming one of my more favorite titles.

Batman & Robin #3: This one I am still not sure on. I don't like this version of Robin, and I suspect I'm not much in a minority here. He's not quite Jason Todd levels of bad but, I dunno. The art in this one also seemed to range between bland and over-dramatic/done. It's good but not great. The stuff between Damien and Alfred was pretty good but Jason is a bit of a punk.
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