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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. Daibhid C
    July 31, 2014 @ 1:26 am

    "You know what I love? When the character on the cover of a book appears in two panels of it and gets all of four words of dialogue."

    Last week's Supergirl. The cover has a "Look! It's Gen-13!" floating head parade down the side – the epilogue (or rather, the prologue to the next story) is "And then Gen-13 got involved."


  2. elvwood
    July 31, 2014 @ 4:24 am

    I gather other people found the "Captain America hurtles further and further into the future" arc rather more aggravating than I have been

    Actually, Phil, I haven't found you aggravating at all!

    (Darn, where's the "evil grin" smiley when you need it?)


  3. encyclops
    July 31, 2014 @ 5:36 am

    The explanation can be better than leaving the mystery be, but only when the explanation is better than leaving the mystery be. I haven't read the issue yet, but it sounds like not only are the explanations not better, the things they're explaining weren't even properly mysteries at all, just…things.

    Bummer. The art is gorgeous, but the long wait between issues is just building up expectations for something that might actually be interesting and properly revelatory. Unfortunately the story really was complete when it ended the first time, and stuff like Dream Hunters and Endless Nights seemed nice but pretty inessential to me.

    That said, of course I'm buying this and the rest of them. It's as if I've already handed over my money when they put "Sandman" on the cover. :-/


  4. reservoirdogs
    July 31, 2014 @ 5:37 am

    So no pick of the week? Eh, makes sense. 5th weeks of the month tend to suck.


  5. Theonlyspiral
    July 31, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    At this point, any week without Wic/Div, Sex Criminals or Ms. Marvel is disappointing.

    Avengers has just lost me entirely with Original Sin. I think it's the stupidest event Marvel has done in a while. Certainly in the last several years. I can't wait for this to be over in the books I'm reading. I'm keeping it in my file to see what the relaunch looks like afterwards…but otherwise I'd chop up right now.

    New Avengers has my favourite characters and is one of those books that seems to be written to tickle my exact fancies. I know it's not for everyone but I look forward to it every month.

    I sort of want to hunt down a translation for Hawkeye so I can read the parts in ASL. Kind of makes me feel guilty, but having read it through twice now, I want to fill in the puzzle.


  6. You Know Who...
    July 31, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    I have to disagree about Hickman's 'Avengers' comics, which I've been enjoying from the start (except for 'Infinity,' which really didn't work). What I like about them, among other things, is how odd they are tonally. Story-lines keep escalating into crisis after crisis, only for each one to…dissipate, I suppose, as the characters realize there's another way. They're oddly pacifistic superhero comics, and strangely like Doctor Who in this respect.


  7. encyclops
    August 1, 2014 @ 5:21 am

    Picked it up last night, read it, was not all that disappointed. It may be superfluous in terms of the overall saga, but I don't think it's poorly done. If we'd gotten some of the continuity as part of the original run I don't think it would have bothered anyone. Twenty issues of this kind of thing…hmm, maybe not, but I'm happy to get six.


  8. Jack
    August 1, 2014 @ 5:54 am

    I love Hickman's approach to the Avengers, but I freely admit a lot of it comes from my sheer disdain for the way Bendis handled the characters for 10 years. The lowlight of the era-and I'm not even particularly sure Bendis wrote it, but it happened during his tenure when his tone was established as How To Write The Avengers-was when a group of Avengers was unable to figure out how to survive a crashing airplane while Dr. Strange whined about how "my powers don't work under these conditions!" Give me Hickman's stories about building machines to save worlds and contrasting the approach of Captain America and the Illuminati's respective machines any day over that.


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