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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. arcbeatle
    October 9, 2015 @ 6:52 am

    “The Master Race” is such a bad title when combined with Frank Miller I’m…. I’m still stunned its going to be a Batman comic that’s going to really exist.

    My general view of the Watchman movie is much more positive than most (I really like it, tbh), I thought the Kennedy killing was the kind of visual short hand that worked well for the movie. I actually think it could have used more of it rather than being quite so meticulous.

    But regarding this comic itself: wow, this doesn’t sound like something I want to read.

    I actually did go back and read Before Watchman: Minutemen/Silk Spectre (they were in one volume) and I…. Quite liked them, really. Mainly its made me go back and start delving into golden age comics recently with my friend Rachel, which has been quite a joy. Golden age comics are weird: Doctor Miracle turned a room full of cop’s guns into snakes, Spider Queen invents Spider-Man. I love it, so I have Darwyn cook to thank for that at the least.

    Anyways, I’m really enjoying the Watchmen segment of “Last War”! Lots of fun and education about things :P.


  2. Jack Graham
    October 9, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Speaking as someone who has never read any of these comics, I’m finding this series fascinating. I can only imagine how much more fascinating it must be for people with context.


  3. David Anderson
    October 9, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

    At a slight tangent, did DC ever try to do anything with the Question to cash in on Rorschach’s popularity?


  4. David Anderson
    October 9, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    At a slight tangent, did DC ever try to cash in on Rorschach’s popularity by doing something with the Question? (Because the Question never seems to have caught on in the way the misreading of Rorschach did.)


  5. David Anderson
    October 9, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    At a slight tangent, the Question never seems to have caught on in the way the misreading of Rorschach did. Did DC try to do anything with the Question to cash in on Rorschach?


  6. David Anderson
    October 9, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    Apologies for repeats. I thought the comments were misbehaving again.


  7. Anton B
    October 10, 2015 @ 4:39 am

    The Question died of lung cancer in Nanda Parbat during the course of the ’52’ series written by Grant Morrison amongst others. After a lengthy initiation arc his role was taken by Renee Montoya. Female, lesbian Ex Gotham City PD detective (if I remember correctly). Despite the well-intentioned diversity agenda I never felt the role suited her. I was particularly irritated by the way her hair stuck out from the back.of the blank mask, spoiling (IMO) the classic enigmatically featureless look.
    I haven’t been following mainstream comics much lately so I’ve no idea of the Question’s status in the ‘New 52’ (is that even still a thing?). Steve Ditko’s opinions on the matter remain unrecorded.


    • Daibhid C
      October 10, 2015 @ 9:40 am

      I think it was Paul O’Brien who pointed out that a lot of artists drew Renee’s mask as fitting tightly enough that you could see her facial expressions. Which was rather missing the point.

      Ooh, the New 52 Question… Now there’s a thing.

      The New 52 Question is one of the Trinity of Sin, three people who in antiquity were found guilty of the most heinous crimes by the Council of Magic (the Wizard Shazam and some other people who were never seen again).

      Two of them were Judas (who became the Phantom Stranger, because if there’s one character who really needed a definitive origin…) and Pandora (aka the Mysterious Woman in Red who caused all this at the end of Flashpoint). The third one…

      …Okay, the third one was some sort of powerful conqueror, whose punishment was that his deeds would be totally forgotten, even by himself. So his entire identity was stripped away from him. His face really is a blank, and his name is … a question.

      As you may have noticed, this character bears almost no resemblance to the Dikto version. To the point where there is also a New 52 Vic Sage; a government agent in Suicide Squad. Don’t ask me, I just read these things.


  8. Daru
    October 14, 2015 @ 5:08 am

    Really enjoying the Watchmen chapter so far. Interesting getting some insight into these Before comics which I will likely never read.

    Well, I did get given issue one of the Ozymandias series as a gift from someone who knew I loved comics, but not what I liked, and I found it very forgettable.


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