Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Bloody Knuckles in Green Hell


A little High on Fire to start your day. From 2012's De Vermis Mysteriis.


Here's my NCBD haul. Man, since I slimmed down the number of titles I buy, I really don't miss anything I cut, however, some weeks I just miss comics.

First up, I've been waiting for this 13th issue of Ghost Rider for a few months now. Danny Ketch will always be my favorite Ghost Rider, and to have him back as, apparently, part of the Weapon Plus program just makes me salivate with the possibilities.

The final issue of Sins of Sinister's Immoral X-Men. Definitely curious to see what year 1000 looks like.

SO much love in my heart for Saga, and I did not expect the possibility brought up at the end of issue 62, so we'll see where this goes. 


I finally read Jeff Lemire and Doub Mahnke's Swamp Thing: Green Hell. I dug this one about as much as I can dig a DC book (I don't know why my prejudice against DC continues to escalate, but it does). 

The thing I liked best about Green Hell was the way it sort of acted as a final chapter for the storylines Lemire and Scott Snyder established in the original, 2012-2013 New 52 Swamp Thing and Animal Man books. I read Snyder's run on Swamp Thing and actually quite liked it, and while I jumped off when Lemire came on and didn't read his Animal Man, I followed those books from afar and understood what they were doing.

I also quote liked what they did with John Constantine in this one, although this tendency to fall back repeatedly on having him barter his soul to the devil for favors got old after the first time, and repeated use with it really just undermines the gravity of Garth Ennis' Dangerous Habits, still one of the greatest stories ever told with the character.     

In all, I'll probably revisit this one at some point; the oversized Black Label books are a joy to read when they are worth reading. To me, that's not very often, so it's nice to have one I enjoyed.


SQÜRL - Silver Haze (pre-release singles)
Bexley - Eponymous
Goatsnake - Black Age Blues
The Ronettes - Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
Ghost Bath - Moonlover
High on Fire - The Art of Self Defense
High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
Jon Clearly - Dyna-Mite
Steve Earle - J.T.


From Jonathan Grimm's Bound Tarot, which you can buy HERE.

Settling into a work routine will lead to a transformation that brings breakthrough.

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