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Jae Lee's Hellshock.

Jae Lee's Hellshock has finally been completed and will be published in July.

There probably aren't many people reading this blog that remember Hellshock. It was published in the mid nineties, just about the time I was discovering comics, and while it had two series, I don't remember either of them going beyond three issues each. Still, it was my first exposure to Jae Lee's beautiful art (which has, by the image I linked, only grown stronger), and I've always found it a shame that he has done so much superhero work, much of which I simply have had no interest in reading. Hellshock, however, is not one of his superhero works, and is instead a dark gothic thing of immense beauty.

While I'm at it, I'd like to point you to Geoff Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy. The plot appears to be that everyone wants to kill the Shaolin Cowboy, including King Crab, who is, you know, a crab. The plot is paper thin, but plot is never the point with Geoff Darrow. It's a beautiful, fun thing with people getting their heads cut off, hearts punched out with swords, and chests ripped open by a psychopathic crab who has been kicked through them and into the trunk of an old car by the Shaolin Cowboy.


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Apr. 23rd, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
Gorgeous artwork.
Apr. 24th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
i remember the writing being good, too, but i can't honestly say it still will be. but i remember really enjoying it, so it's a pick up for me.
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Apr. 24th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
i don't really worry about serials being regular. often i only buy the first couple of issues and if i like it, wait for the trade, which is more often than not, cheaper.

serials are a dying thing in the comic world, and i honestly can't think that that is such a bad thing.
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Apr. 25th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
actually, i disagree.

i think the problem with the american market is that it is too connected to long running serials, and the audience is just growing old and losing interest. everything that has been said about those characters has been said and done, and people want new things. it's like with any long running serial, the audience gets tired, leaves. this is what is happening with the american comic industry.
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Apr. 25th, 2005 11:16 am (UTC)
yeah, i think price has a lot to do with it.

comics used to be cheap. three bucks or so for an issue. it's like seven or so now--i can buy a five or six issue trade collection of something like Y: THE LAST MAN for the cost of two comics fromt he series.

still, i agree with you about the series thing. did you, btw, read DEMO? i was a bit curious, but i find brian wood's writing goes straight into stupidity real quickly, especially when he's trying to give it 'meaning'.
Apr. 23rd, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
I've been out of comics for a while, just now starting to read them again, mostly in collected trade paperback editions, since I don't have the inclination to buy individual issues anymore. But I remember Jae Lee's artistic style very well, and was always eager to see more. And it looks like he's pushed himself and is even better now.

So thanks for spreading the word about Hellshock. I didn't read it when it originally came out, but there's a good chance I'll pick it up now.
Apr. 24th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
should be worth it, i reckon.

jae lee has done some other work, on titles like INHUMANS and a TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE series. the art was pretty nice, though you have to have an interest in those sub areas to appreciate it, i reckon. especailly the transformers thing, which i enjoy on my guilty retro geek level, though the craft level in writing and art was quite solid. but you got to be into it, i think, to enjoy it.
Apr. 24th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
Wow Ben, thankyou for posting this. I've got the first three Hellshocks, and the (crap) miniseries before it, and was disapointed that he didn't get the material out there, and thought it was a goner. I've even asked at comic shops a couple times since, to be met with vague mumbles and headshakes. I'm very happy that it made it through. Is it still with Jose Virrabulia? I really liked the ink on the first three.

While you're being the bearer of good news, you don't know anything about a comic called Horseman, do you?

Matt Chrulew
Apr. 24th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
yeah, i believe jose v is still involved, at least that's what has been said.

don't know anything about horseman. who was involved?
Apr. 26th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
Horseman was a Kevlar martial arts comic by Hank Kwon and Buzz. Lasted three issues.

Having been to the Hellshock link now, it seems like a pretty weak effort. As posters on that site have pointed out, all they're doing is reprinting the three issues already published, and finishing it off with a fourth. Hellshock was supposed to be a twelve-issue story arc. I understand that he wanted it to achieve its artistic potential (and boy did it improve between the two volumes) but, I mean, really? What he has in fact achieved is ensuring that the full story never gets to reach its audience. Which is a shame for the readers who enjoyed it, but how can it not have killed JL? I.e. how can he not have got it done when he had the chance?
Apr. 26th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)

the 12 issues were never going to happen, and indeed, i doubt it needed it to begin with. as he says in the interview, he was constantly rewriting it, so i suspect it kept changing in length. still, i'm not fussed. there's going to be a sense of closure, and at 144 pages in length, i think it'll be worth reading as a whole.

as for how can he have not done it? well, the moment passes with some work. it's a moment in life. you can return to it briefly, but you can't remake it. if that's what jae lee's deal is, then i understand that.
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