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    Default I talked to John Constantine last night

    I'm not in the habit of dreaming about comic book characters, but I talked to John Constantine last night.

    I've been feeling down that a story I've been following for half my life will be handed over to people that will, most likely, disappoint. Hellblazer is the last of the old Vertigo, when it looked like illustrated literature for adult readers would survive and thrive.

    I asked John if it bothered him that his legacy would be left in the hands of "suits." He took a long drag on his Silk Cut (damn, I miss cigarettes!), loosened his skinny tie (I finally stopped wearing them) and glowered at me.

    "What the fuck do I care?" he said.

    I woke, oddly, at peace. Constantine never worried about what people thought of him, why should I? The minute sales slip, they'll kill off his friend, Chas. For all I know, his wife is doomed already. I don't have to buy the new book, and I don't have to care what happens. I have 25 years of killer stories I can reread at any time.

    Plus, Hellblazer's cancellation frees up more money to spend on the quality indie books I now enjoy. Indie's much closer to early Vertigo than today's DC, anyway. Just let it go.

    Today my only regret is I didn't sleep long enough to do a couple shots with John and laugh about being "musicians." He was in Mucous Membrane the same time I was playing punk clubs. We were both front men with more attitude than talent. I dated a couple women who looked a lot like his wife, but I'm not dumb enough to tell him that.

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    I'm glad to see at least one fan thinking sensibly about this. However, as someone who's read the entire Hellblazer run, why wouldn't you want to at least give the comic a chance (even if it's just a one-issue tryout)? Being a part of the main DC line obviously will filter the content somewhat, but there's still the potential for great stories when he'll be written by Ray Fawkes and co-plotted by Jeff Lemire. I know, I know... They're not British. Neither was Azzarello, though, and Fawkes and Lemire are great writers.

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    DC superhero writing seems to be controlled by committee, the marketing department trying to force me to buy more books with less quality content. The previous material was so exceptional I'm liable to be disappointed, comics are expensive, and I'd rather spend money on indie books that are now much more like Vertigo than DC superhero is ever likely to be. Not bitter, just sad and moving on. Lemire is great -- I'll always be able to reread "Essex County."

    We vote with our dollars every day in America, and I vote, "No."
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    I am with you that we vote with hard earn cash that is so little day by day we earn less and less and we can't afford to buy the thing we like so sometimes it's good to see what is for free in the 'net read webcomics there are plenty and full with great stories .I am fan of Hellblazer too bad that Dc/Vertigo is bringing the long run to a stop ,but i will give small shot to the new series
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    I dreamed Luke Cage last night. He looked like Idris Elba, and was a cop. And I haven't read a single story with Cage in it.
    He had some tectonic field power gloves (for Christ's sake, don't ask) and chased me destroying everything in his path.
    Then I woke up.
    That was my dream.

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    I think DC's Dark Line is closer to Vertigo than Image, despite what everyone says. Sure it's published by DC, but the writers like Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, Charles Soule, China Mieville <--- those are very indie voices. I'm not a fan of Animal Man and Swamp Thing after Rotworld, but they managed to capture the old school horror/superhero vibe that Moore started, and Delano continued and I'm hoping we get a return to form after RW. Mieville's Dial H is in the vein of Morrison's Doom Patrol, etc.

    I hate Justice League Dark, and I'm skeptical of Constantine, but I'm giving the benefit of the doubt because of the Dark line. It's basically an indie haven in a mainstream publisher line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Holmes View Post
    I think DC's Dark Line is closer to Vertigo than Image, despite what everyone says. Sure it's published by DC, but the writers like Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, Charles Soule, China Mieville <--- those are very indie voices. I'm not a fan of Animal Man and Swamp Thing after Rotworld, but they managed to capture the old school horror/superhero vibe that Moore started, and Delano continued and I'm hoping we get a return to form after RW. Mieville's Dial H is in the vein of Morrison's Doom Patrol, etc.

    I hate Justice League Dark, and I'm skeptical of Constantine, but I'm giving the benefit of the doubt because of the Dark line. It's basically an indie haven in a mainstream publisher line.
    But it misses the most important part of what Vertigo was about. Total creative freedom. The DC Dark line has none of that.
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    No more freedom of creative minds
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxMulder2012 View Post
    But it misses the most important part of what Vertigo was about. Total creative freedom. The DC Dark line has none of that.
    Maybe not as much as Vertigo, but that's fine when we're dealing with house properties and not creator owned projects. Not to mention, I wouldn't say "none of that." Certainly more creative freedom than most superhero books.

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    I hope they show us something good ,not .......something bad ....
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