The arbitrary rule of sex and death

Rereading Hellblazer #1-#12 by Jamie Delano, John Ridgway, Richard Piers Rayner, Alfredo Alcala and Brett Ewins.  I might have seemed a little disingenuous when pondering the question, in relation to Moore’s and Veitch’s Swamp Thing, of exactly where the Mature Readers comics were heading. Anyone who knows the careers of Morrison, Gaiman or Milligan knows … Continue reading

Out of time: the end of Veitch’s run

Why was Rick Veitch’s Swamp Thing run brought to a premature end? The story is that DC’s president Jenette Kahn caught sight of the cover of #88, showing Swamp Thing as the cross Jesus was crucified on, and didn’t like it. The content of the issue was then questioned and when it turned out Jesus … Continue reading

Crashing into history

Rereading Swamp Thing #82-#87 by Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, Tom Yeates and Tom Mandrake.  Time in comics is weird, as Scott McCloud noted in his short chapter on it in Understanding Comics, because of the movement of the reader’s eye. Time is strictly linear in movies, and it’s linear in books with the option to … Continue reading

In our sunset years: more thoughts on Before Watchmen

My feelings on Before Watchmen were, I think, best summed up by Steve-O in Jackass: “It’s like when your parents said ‘I’m not mad at you, just disappointed.’ You know that hurts so much more.” I’d never seriously doubted the Watchmen 2 rumours on Bleeding Cool, especially when they were supported by Moore’s revelation that … Continue reading

Toking down on some Kryptonese Red

Rereading Swamp Thing #77-#81 by Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, Tom Mandrake, Jamie Delano and Steve Bissette. We can think of Rick Veitch’s first year on Swamp Thing as a combination of Moore’s first year and American Gothic: the creation of a new modus operandi for the character interleaved with an odyssey of modern American horror. … Continue reading

Nothing ever ends: thoughts on Before Watchmen

The job I’ve set myself in this blog is to consider the canon of adult comics in their context: to look at the artistic and storytelling decisions that were influenced by their times and to explain where of these 25-year old titles were breaking the mold and where they were, even unconsciously, conforming to it. … Continue reading