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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
It's the idea of a literary phenomenon thrown 1,000 years into the future, but more a story about our present values…

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It’s the coincident magic of shuffle. As I begin to write, Guns N Roses’ “Breakdown” off of their Use Your Illusion (Blue) begins to play. And I’m reminded of what it takes to make it big, to make something that lasts, to say, “This is my team. This is who I’m with and where I’m from.” And I’m reminded, just days after Cinco de Mayo, that the story of the rise of the Legion of Super-Heroes is also the story of the improbable victory of New World values.


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Monday, Apr 29, 2013
There's a strange link between Tom Waits' "Who Are You?" and China Miéville's unique reboot of Dial H. But it's a link you can't really see until you read Dial H #12.

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“How do your pistol and your bible, and your sleeping pills go?” Tom Waits croons out heartrendingly on “Who Are You”, the fifth track on 1992’s Bone Machine, “Are you still jumping out of windows in expensive clothes?” There’s a strange link between the Waits song and China Miéville’s unique reboot of Dial H. But it’s a link you can’t really see until you read Dial H #12.


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Friday, Apr 26, 2013
TS Eliot once described James Joyce's Ulysses as having "the importance of a scientific discovery". Could the same be said about Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits in the same non-ironic sense Eliot meant it? Probably not, but Dangerous Habits is its own kind of leap forward…

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After just a few years on the Hellblazer title, Jamie Delano’s body of work already began to seem somehow insurmountable as a creative statement. Could other writers achieve the same character affects Delano had? Could they map out the same neo-Victorian London-driven storytelling (which married so elegantly those hardboiled noir elements of Chandler with the utter mind-screaming horror of Lovecraft) in the same way that Delano had? Could they protract that quintessential magic? When Garth Ennis took the reins as series regular writer for Hellblazer, he reminded us not only of the power of the John Constantine character (the titular Hellblazer), but also that as significant as it was, Delano’s creative vision wasn’t a limitation, but an invitation.


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Monday, Apr 22, 2013
"Live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse"… and MAD, on Game of Thrones

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Jimmy Dean echoes in the popular imagination, with a strange magical resilience. He’ll never grow old, tired, worn out. He’s the opposite of an aging rockstar; no old, no fat, no quiet surrender to the obscurity of needing to work a blue collar job for the last few decades to just now reclaim his fans during the Reunion Tour. There’s something incredibly, immortal about the Dean health and youth and vigor.


Not that there’s any good reason to knock the Aging Rocker archetype. When done right the Aging Rocker, Dylan or the Stones (your opinion of whom to include or exclude on this list will no doubt vary) leads us into very different territory—not immortality, but perpetuity.


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Friday, Apr 19, 2013
Each time I see this particular issue of Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., I'm drawn back into Sting's strangest, coolest decade.

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Each time I see this particular issue of Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., I’m drawn back into Sting’s strangest, coolest decade.


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