ghostmann

ghostmann

Name: Erik Hanson

Bio: Started seriously collecting comics with 1983's Atari Force. Soon followed by Swamp Thing which opened the DC universe to me. Up until 1989-90 I was all DC, but I was seduced by the dark side of the force - namely X-Force and the early 90's craze of over the top art work and lack of story (see Image Comics). It would take DC's Preacher to bring me back to my senses.


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Hi boys and girls its time once again for “Read Along with Ghostmann!” This weeks episode: Justice League #23 -“Three,…

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Well, they can’t all be winners yeah? Pak’s storytelling skill keeps this issue from sinking into the “just okay” realm….

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Do it! Do it right now! Go and read Wonder Woman issues #1 thru #23 right now. Stop reading my…

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ghostmann's Recent Comments
March 24, 2019 12:49 pm There seems to be a Mazzucchelli resurgence lately in comics with artists like Weeks, Fornes, and Aja doing their best imitation. But I recently revisited Miller's Year One and holy mother of god, no one can come close to the mastery and beauty of David Mazzucchelli. The dude is too good. It's crazy to think that those 4 issues of Batman back in 1987 was enough to cement Mazzucchelli as a comic book legend that still has an impact on modern day comics. So yeah, Batman number sixty fucking seven. Ugh, yeah, I'm over the Knightmares story arc. So is the Joker "the roadrunner" and Batman "Wile E. Coyote? No, wait the dead man in the beginning of the story was named William Ernest Coyote. So does that make Batman "Porky Pig"? Nope, Porky Pig was the bar owner. Ahhh, I give up. Thank god we have Tomasi's Detective Comics where there's a normal Batman story that takes place in the real world and not all inside Batman's head. Uh... wait.... uh.... fuck.
March 10, 2019 1:18 pm Stellar show guys! I'm stoked at the caliber of comics DC is putting out right now. Honestly I could give two shits about continuity and the problems DC has surrounding that. I just want well told stories with fantastic art, and we got just that this week! The Green Lantern #5: excellent pick for book of the week Josh. From the get go of this series Morrison and Sharp have made their intentions clear - to remind us readers why we fell in love with comics in the first place - to escape into worlds that jar our imaginations. And the older we get, the harder that is to do. The Green Lantern has made this 40 something comic book reader feel 14 again. Justice League #19: you dudes may not care for the current overreaching story arc concerning the Source Wall and Dark Metal, but I'm digging the hell out of the Snyder's cosmic opus. There is sense of fun mingled in with all the universe ending doom and gloom, something Snyder has perfected in recent years. And yeah, fucking Jorge Jimenez might be the best artist working at DC right now. Beautiful art. Doomsday Clock #9: talk about slow burn, this series is a text book example of that technique. I have a feeling once it's all said and done, this series will read much better in a collected form (much like Mr. Miracle). Unlike Snyder's Justice League story, Johns and Frank's "crisis" feels heavy and catastrophic for the DC heroes. But the question is, will it matter at all when it's over? Not sure, but I'm enjoying the ride. Batman #66: it's time to question whether or not Tom King is right for this book. There is no way in hell a new, causal reader, that picked up this book at their local Barnes and Noble would know what the fuck is happening. And I'm not sure that is good for a flagship title like Batman. This book should be welcoming to new readers while still delivering drama for long time fans. But at this point, even the long time fans are getting annoyed. Wrap it up King! (But keep Jorge Fornes on art forever!!!!)
February 3, 2019 5:34 pm Jose Luis Garcia Lopez!
February 3, 2019 4:44 pm Honestly l, I think King got in over his head with Heroes in Crisis. It didn’t help that DC promoted this as the next big DC CRISIS! King seems to excel in more tight-nit, personal stories, and not epic scale ones. Plus, the way he writes isn’t the most “casual reader” friendly. In my opinion, King’s stories need a little more exposition to follow his narrative better.
February 3, 2019 4:38 pm Poor Dan Jurgens, seeing his creation Booster Gold being written in such a manner. What’s King gonna do next? Give Booster a mullet and have Doomsday kill him? ;)
February 3, 2019 4:33 pm Action Comics my friend!
February 3, 2019 4:33 pm Well IronyJohn, you definitely lived up to your namesake with that comment. ;)
February 3, 2019 12:17 pm As always, good show guys! I like how you snuck that Trainspotting reference in there Josh. And Conor, not to be outdone, throws out a Ghostbusters reference with his “big Twinkie” line. Nice work! I hope Tom King sticks the landing in Heroes in Crisis, but time is running out and each issue seems to toy with the reader more. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the outstanding art, this series probably wouldn’t have as much traction as it does. With all that said, I’m still invested and counting on King to deliver the goods. Speaking of goods, Action Comics is SO fucking good! Coloring issues aside, this book has been such a joy to read month after month.
January 20, 2019 11:44 am THE PODCAST OF THE BEAST! Great show guys! Although I missed Josh, Ryan is always a welcome substitute - nice work Ryan! So, I only read DC books, not because I don't like Marvel or any of that, it's merely a matter of money. At an average of 3.99 a pop, comics add up quick, and hey man, I got bills to pay. As a result I kinda, sorta, fast forward the podcast during the Marvel discussions (sorry dudes). Superman #7 - thanks to a little Relativity, it feels like Bendis has finally found Jon Kent's voice, and of course that voice is from a 17 year old. Bendis writes teenagers better than most and I can't wait to see what happens next in this title. Superman's family dynamics is forever altered. Detective Comics #996 - 4 more issues until the #1000 milestone and Tomasi and Mahnke are ratcheting up the stakes in this title big time! Someone or something is taking out Bruce Wayne's teachers and mentors from before he became Batman making this mystery extremely personal and emotional for Bruce. Poor Batman has been put through the emotional wringer the last couple of years, no wonder he is taking out his aggressions on the Arkham Asylum inmates again and again and again and.... The Batman Who Laughs #2 - after the goofiness of Metal, this feels series feels like Scott Snyder getting back to telling edgy and darker superhero tales that make our skin crawl. My first exposure to Snyder was back in his classic Black Mirror saga in Detective Comics and the cool thing is with The Batman Who Laughs, it’s sort of an unofficial sequel to that story arc. Heavy shit here.
January 13, 2019 10:42 am Another stellar podcast my friends! My "pull-list" this week was full of "Pick of the Week" titles... Young Justice #1 as you talked about, was good old fashioned comic book fun. Bendis is batting a 1000 right now at DC. (And seriously, I know it makes you groan, but you should search out his Walmart Batman series. Best Written Batman book on the stands right now.) Speaking of good old fashioned comic book fun, The Green Lantern #3 continues to deliver just that. I absolutely love the retro feel of Morrison and Sharps story. Batman #62.... uh.... um.... fucking Tom King man. If this dude wasn't so talented I would be suspicious of his post wedding issue Batman run. Is this guy just messing with us and secretly hates the character and just phoning in scripts? Or is there a larger canvas and picture we just can't see yet because we are getting little bits and pieces at a time? And in the end, when we step back and see the whole painting, we'll understand and appreciate it? I hoping for the latter but I’m starting to get frustrated. Has this been the first time, since Morrison's JLA, a Justice League comic has been this entertaining for this long? In Justice League #15 Snyder and Co. sustain the enjoyment of DC's premier team book - as it should be - with a captivating "heist" story on Hawkworld. Just wish Cheung had handled the art on the whole issue. And I have I say, I'm a little shocked at you dudes for not talking about Martian Manhunter #2 on today's episode. Holy shit man, where did this Orlando guy come from?! My only exposure to his previous work was on that other Justice League of America book, and that writing was just "okay". But this shit? This is next level stuff. Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo are constructing a masterpiece here. J'onn J'onzz has never felt more human and alien at the same time - not an easy feat. The Martian home world is fleshed out and expansive, filled with characters and vistas you want to spend time with and not just hurry up and turn the page. And honestly, guys, how can this book not have been your pick of the week with dialogue like this, "You're not waiting with the body? Did you at least do the preliminary THOUGHTOPSY?" Thoughtopsy, yes!!!!!