garth ennis other than hellblazer/preacher

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I read Hitman the other night and while it wasn't great, it had that same cheesy combination of humanist preference for losers than sleek machismo, romanticism, and social subtext. I've read all his preacher and I think all his hellblazer issues. What's good from his other stuff?

ASDF (ASDFASDF), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 18:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I can say with 100% certitude that his run on The Demon and his Tangled Web of Spider-Man story are most definitely not anything you'd ever want to look for.

barefoot manthing (Garrett Martin), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 18:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Ditto Just a Pilgrim, despite typically good work from Ezquerra. His run on Dredd was kind of shit as well.

chap who would dare to start Raaatpackin (chap), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 19:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I quite enjoyed his early issues of the Punisher w/ Steve Dillon, tho' it's not exactly a bold new departure or anything.

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 19:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Paul O'Brien bigs up his "storytelling" ability on The X-Axis this week, which I suppose is true if you don't mind him telling the same bastard story again and again. I read "The Boys" last week in the comic store -- sort of limp "Marshall Law" retread -- and I think it was the first Ennis comic that made me think the violence might have been a bit much. Horrible.

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 19:29 (seventeen years ago) link

His Punisher stuff isn't too bad. The earlier ones are goofier, and the later ones more heavy-handed with politics, but pretty good.

mike h. (mike h.), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 22:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember a really early thing he did for 2000 AD, some kind of time travel comedy drawn by Phillip Bond, being quite funny at the time. Probably not worth actively seeking out, though.

chap who would dare to start Raaatpackin (chap), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 22:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember War Stories as being pretty much right in his wheelhouse, though I've only read the first volume. And I like his Punisher better than any other version I've read.

Oblivious Lad. (Oblivious Lad), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 22:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I think Hitman is my favourite work of his. I just find the mixture of sentimentalism, male bonding, guns and losers just too tempting, i guess.

The ending is one of the best endings for a comic book series ever.
And it also has McCrea on art.

Amadeo (Amadeo G.), Thursday, 24 August 2006 04:15 (seventeen years ago) link

He wrote the Jenny Sparks mini, right? How (bad) was it?

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 24 August 2006 05:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Mark Millar wrote the Jenny Sparks mini, which was alright but not as good as his Authority stuff. Ennis wrote the Authority: Kev stuff, which I've not bothered to read.

Oblivious Lad. (Oblivious Lad), Thursday, 24 August 2006 06:18 (seventeen years ago) link

> some kind of time travel comedy drawn by Phillip Bond

"Time Flies"

Troubled Souls i liked, being a semi-serious story about the troubles in northern ireland. the follow up, For A Few Troubles More, was played for laughs and dreadful.

True Faith i can't really remember.

"Other comics Ennis has worked on include Goddess (with Phil Winslade), Bloody Mary (with Carlos Ezquerra), Unknown Soldier (with Killian Plunkett), Pride and Joy (with John Higgins), Heartland (with Steve Dillon) and War Story (with various artists) for DC..."

read most of his vertigo series but Bloody Mary is the only one i'd read again (for the art if nothing else). Oh, and War Stories.

his run on Hellblazer, where he had Constantine constantly in the pub was a real low point of the series imho.

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Thursday, 24 August 2006 09:45 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd forgotten about Unknown Soldier, which is good.

chap who would dare to start Raaatpackin (chap), Thursday, 24 August 2006 12:11 (seventeen years ago) link

By which I mean it's a good comic, not that it's good I'd forgotten about it.

chap who would dare to start Raaatpackin (chap), Thursday, 24 August 2006 12:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Dicks! was good fun, though the backups in the reprinted series were occasionally offensive without being funny.

Goddess was so bad, it's hard not to assume that he was just knocking them out in the middle of a massive bender for large parts of the mid-nineties.

Adventures of the Rifle Brigade also good fun, very different from the rest of his was stuff. Like Dicks, it really doesn't need a sequel.

The Kev series have finally stopped having anything to do with Authority, and unsurprisingly are quite enjoyable miltary-based shaggy-dog stories if you like that sort of thing.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 24 August 2006 13:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Hitman and Troubled Souls are the best things he's ever done.

Kit (kit brash), Saturday, 26 August 2006 01:58 (seventeen years ago) link

The Boys have promise but they have a lot of things that are way gay about it like the main protaginist being "I am a bad ass English man with a motherfucking bulldog" bullshit and a I am Shaun of the Dead tragic hero and a crazy assasian girl and a motherfucking bulldog. Motherfucking bulldogs.

christopherscottknudsen (christopherscottknudsen), Saturday, 26 August 2006 20:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I like bulldogs!

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Saturday, 26 August 2006 20:42 (seventeen years ago) link

You would like bulldogs....hetrosexual with homosexual tendecies.

christopherscottknudsen (christopherscottknudsen), Sunday, 27 August 2006 04:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Has Ennis done "Haunted Tank" yet? Cuz he so should.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 27 August 2006 10:37 (seventeen years ago) link

He did an extended Haunted Tank story near the end of his run (with McCrea) on The Demon.

kit brash (kit brash), Sunday, 27 August 2006 11:20 (seventeen years ago) link

> You would like bulldogs....hetrosexual with homosexual tendecies.

Uh, what? Not that I'm offended, but I don't understand how affection for bulldogs assists in this determination.

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Sunday, 27 August 2006 13:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Preacher-related but only tangentially: The Story of You-Know-Who is probably my favourite thing he's written. Very sensitive and pretty powerful, proof that the man can actually WRITE when he's not busy sucking himself off.

chap who would dare to start Raaatpackin (chap), Sunday, 27 August 2006 13:56 (seventeen years ago) link

That's the way I feel about the Hellblazer spinoff where JC's ex-girlfriend visits her family in Belfast after she kicks him out.

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Sunday, 27 August 2006 14:27 (seventeen years ago) link

I felt Ennis seriously hit bottom with that awful piece of toss, 'Pro'. Suitable only for mature readers, they said. But amusing only to the under-8s, me thinks. Rubbish. And I mostly liked Hitman and Preacher, though the ending of the latter was a bit feeble, and in both cases he could have done with an editor willing to tell him to cut some of his excesses.

James Morrison (JRSM), Monday, 28 August 2006 01:32 (seventeen years ago) link

The Pro was at least very well-cartooned and had two or three half-decent jokes, he's done plenty without even that in the plus column (I agree it is very bad)

kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 28 August 2006 07:30 (seventeen years ago) link

To 100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude:

You would question my judgement.....roman catholic.

Your brother,

christopherscottknudsen (christopherscottknudsen), Monday, 28 August 2006 09:43 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 11 January 2007 18:47 (sixteen years ago) link

That Thor miniseries with Glenn Fabry is a holy-shit and a half.

do i have to draw you a diaphragm (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 11 January 2007 19:10 (sixteen years ago) link

AGREED IT'S PRETTY GOOD. Mostly because it keeps to a relative minimum Ennis's escatological [sic] fascination.



isn't the big M too late now in his quest to KILL HITLER? Since the camps are already in existence at this point in the story, right?

c('°c) (Leee), Thursday, 11 January 2007 19:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Looks like Garth will be sorting out his "women's issues" in the new Punisher storyline. Hm.

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Friday, 12 January 2007 04:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Hitman is my favorite. I can't believe Midnighter is apparently good?? But I guess Chris Sprouse can make anything awesome

A B C (sparklecock), Friday, 12 January 2007 07:56 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

I just read Goddess, and I think the comments upthread are too kind.

Oilyrags, Friday, 30 November 2007 03:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought that JLA/Hitman two-issue thing was pretty fab!

Douglas, Friday, 30 November 2007 04:36 (sixteen years ago) link

The Dan Dare seems quite good. No homophobia just yet.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 30 November 2007 11:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Battler Britton was good crack. Great art, if you like military kit.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 30 November 2007 13:31 (sixteen years ago) link

JLA/Hitman was ace, it's like they'd barely been away.

Comics Reunion Tours that worked:
Formerly Known As The Justice League
Greyshirt? (same musicians, different material)

That didn't:
those Englehart/Rogers things from a few years ago, probably (I didn't try but Rogers art was soo bad on his JLI stuff I did't dare)

energy flash gordon, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 03:28 (sixteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

It totally escaped me until yesterday (saw a commercial before Midsommar) that there's a The Boys series coming to Bezos-prime this month. Karl Urban as Butcher, Rogen/Goldberg moving on as developers/producers from Preacher to other Ennis work.

Manfred Hemming-Hawing (WmC), Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:44 (four years ago) link

i remember the boys being "kingsmen but even more OI HARDMAN OI" with a metric fuckton of oh-so-hilarious gerbil up the butt jokes and *he murdered my girlfriend by dismembering her while i watched* origin story bullshit; i think i'll pass

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 15 July 2019 04:57 (four years ago) link

ennis has aged spectacularly badly for me, a guy who had preacher on his pull list for the entirety of the run. i should likely try hellblazer again sometime to make sure I really am done with him but probably not.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 15 July 2019 04:59 (four years ago) link

Darrick Robertson art is ugly af too

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 15 July 2019 06:27 (four years ago) link

He kinda ruined John Constantine, imo. I mean, his Hellblaze run is okay for what it is, but he's responsible for tacking on a lot of the hardman-isms which have become associated with the character but which weren't present before him. Delano's run is one of my favorites of all time, so the contrast is striking.

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Monday, 15 July 2019 10:30 (four years ago) link

Discovered The Boys tv version or the weekend watched first episode and a lot of 2nd last night but was falling asleep.
It's changed quite a bit from the comic from what I remember. But has been a few years since I read the comic.
May find elements I'm recognising as different have just been reshuffled or put elsewhere in the story arc.
Though Preacher just changed things heavily.
Seems ok so far. But I enjoyed the comic.

Stevolende, Monday, 29 July 2019 07:21 (four years ago) link

Over the weekend. Damn predictive text.

Stevolende, Monday, 29 July 2019 07:22 (four years ago) link

Boys comic is unfilmably Ennis-y; Boys show so far does a good job of maintaining key elements while also being watchable.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Monday, 29 July 2019 15:36 (four years ago) link

looking through ennis' marvel work from the early 2000's; this shit is DIRE
here's a page from his take on Nick Fury

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:04 (four years ago) link

Garth Ennis has always sucked

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 9 August 2019 21:30 (four years ago) link

I'm not going to look it up but I do recall an Ennis Fury panel featuring a dead baby. Something off about that dude.

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Friday, 9 August 2019 21:37 (four years ago) link

Garth Ennis has always sucked

c’mon man, Troubled Souls

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 9 August 2019 21:51 (four years ago) link

The sad thing is that he isn't untalented. Just head-shakingly puerile
and more than a little Lord Edgington of Hard Manor. Maybe he'll find his path once he finally graduates junior high school.

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Friday, 9 August 2019 23:42 (four years ago) link

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