Vertigo Away

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It was a simpler time, back in the heady days of 2008. You’d be able to pick up four comics for £1 at the Local Comics Proprieter, meaning you could skruk out some hard-earned dole money on all sorts of treats so magical you’d never, ever want to spend Real Funds on them. Treats such as Age of Apocalypse comics, Delano-era Animal Man, that Colossus minseries where it turns out he’s related to Rasputin the Sexy Monk…

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You know, this kind of stuff.

These days, though, you go to the area where the dogshit comics that don’t sell are and accidentally end up spending £7 as they’re not 25p anymore, and are unpriced, and you’re too meek to say to the man behind the till, “No, I do not want to pay £3 for an issue of Nighstalkers, thank you”.

Seriously, but, comics shops:  start organising and pricing things, please. I realise your stock-in-trade is ‘making money from the socially awkward’, but I dinnae like it. A boo hoo.

Hmmm, digression leads to complaint? Let’s get back on track, drifitng sideways through the nanomagick skin of Consensus Reality 4, to
a place of rememberance: it’s 2008, I’m buying a 25p comic from 1992, about comics that aren’t out yet, but at the time of writing, were out a long time ago.

See, reading an old comic is like travelling in time, which doesn’t matter anyway as all time happens at once in the Me-No-We-Us Crystal Dimensia of Absolute Post-Ego Subliminús.

But what does that mean to us, dearest browser, my luscious Fox of Fire, the ‘average joe’, who isn’t 90s enough to have the correct magickal time perception?

It pretty much means I’m about to write some stuff about a sampler comic from the beginning of DC Comics’ Vertigo line.

So, put on your best oversized Tripping Daisy tour jersey, round-framed shades, and a sneering look of unearned superiority, because things are about to get peachy keen!!!
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Shock the Gibson IV

A regular feature (with an awful name) wherein I post a few images from the Ghost Rider 2099 comic to show why it’s the greatest thing of all time*. These may not be the best bits in the comic, so you should go and discover the rest for yourselves

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Marvel OK 4

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REVOLUTIONARY WAR OMEGA written by Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill, Art by Rich Elson, colour art by Rachelle Rosenberg

Ah, McKelvie, reliably supplying Britpop Face, while also perfectly capturing Harley Davis (MUCH BETTER NAME THAN HARLEEN FUCKING QUINZEL)  and her “Oy oy saveloy! ‘Avin’ it, treacle!” persona (think Kira from This Life, seen through a nebulous scrolling beat-’em-up ‘punk’ lens).

No’ like this hing, but:

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Shiny, no-depth Larrocore with some hideous flag-waving, with fascistic overtones that are perhaps lost slightly on the American artist, Mark Brooks?

Ocht, if the Union Jack thing’s a problem for me, I really chose the wrong miniseries, eh?
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Shock the Gibson III

A regular feature (with an awful name) wherein I post a few images from the Ghost Rider 2099 comic to show why it’s the greatest thing of all time*. These may not be the best bits in the comic, so you should go and discover the rest for yourselves
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Marvel OK 3

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Here is more glork about the recent Marvel UK-reviving comics maxxxo-series, Revolutionary War. I’m sort of wishing I’d wrote all this as the comics were released, as I have rapidly lost interest, and fear this yard of weblogs will remain unfinished, like my Gravitation and Eureka Seven ones.

But naw! Let’s engage the dismissive glibness that led me to rethink actually writing about comics, and plough on through this field of waking nightmares.

This post contains spoilers for Death’s Head II, Supersoldiers, Motormouth and Warheads. If that’s even their titles, given that some of the cover names differ from the advertising and indicia. YEEEEAH! Also: let’s consider the inaleinable truth that the above variant covers are infinitely preferable to the Udon and Larocca ones, and mourn the fact that I could not find them on the shelves.
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Shock the Gibson II

A regular feature wherein I post a few images from the Ghost Rider 2099 comic to show why it’s the greatest thing of all time*. These may not be the best bits in the comic, so you should go and discover the rest for yourselves

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Marvel OK 2

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Hello! As mentioned in part 1, the plan is to review the recent Marvel UK-reviving comics event (I suppose), Revolutionary War.  Better get going with that, eh? In the spirit of the hideous ‘Britishness’ of the comics, this blog post is like a London bus. You wait ages for a review to come along, and you get two at once. And I’ve ‘read’ the comics? Like a ‘red’ bus? No? Yes?

Yes.

(Expect spoilers for Dark Angel and Knights of Pendragon. Not sure if this’ll bother you or not)
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