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Following on from Part 1, may I present the continuing adventures of Stanley and his Monster, as envisioned by Phil Foglio in 1993.

Yes, this is the one with the scruffy blond dissolute urban magician, oh, and a Foglio created sexy demoness.

I make no apology for spending two pages of my allocation on this scene, I just love it....

For those unfamiliar with the name, it's (presumably) a pseudonym, taken from the satirst Ambrose Bierce, who, amongst other things, wrote "The Devils Dicrtionary" which, despite it's title, is a satirical piece of humour, rather than anything paranormal.

But I digress, as the Monster, left alone in Stanley's treehouse finds himself confronting something scarier than JUST a demon, she's a demoness who was also his ex!!

Nyx says she's been dispatched to bring him back to hell. The Monster tries to explain how his outlook has changed, especially since they had a relationship.

Nyx is incensed by this... THING, feeling pity for her, and for making her feel BAD about being a demon. Let's just say it gets rather violent, involvling slashing claws, elbow spikes, spitting fury and the threat of an extra large bottle of industrial strength hair remover.

At this point Folgio plays his one-per-story "Insanely convenient plot twist" (He says so in the footnote) and a bolt of lighting strikes the tree-fort, allowing the Monster a moment to escape. Back at the Dover's Stanley worries about his pet...


Ambrose appears at the door, claiming a flat tyre in the rainstorm and having a convertible with the roof stuck open. Of course, he's invited in.

Ambrose is instantly alert, NO-ONE without some magical experience would have heard of John Constantine...

So now he's knows he's in the right house, there IS a demon, but he doesn't know who it is (though a trick backfiring waterpistol full of holy water proves it's not Stanley). The Monster arrives back at the house and assumes that Nyx must have beaten him there and is using a disguise spell. There's only one thing to do...

Love that line! :) (Also, again, a very Bloom County feel to Ambrose for some reason)

Meanwhile can you spot Nyx's cunning disguise...

It's been a few years since she's been on Earth, alas.

So Ambrose and the Monster start talking and the Monster explains his situation (And the Monster clearly doesn't mind Ambrose's cigarette habit.. though I wouldn't recommend doing it in front of Stanley)

The disguise didn't work so Nyx assumes her true form, and starts attacking Stanley and his family (Bear in mind that Mr and Mrs Dover have until now led completely normal lives. One's first experience to the outre side of DCU life being Nyx manifesting in their living room is not an easy introduction)

Thanks to Nyx trying to use the waterpistol and getting a face full of Holy Water, and the Monster basically walloping her (as noted, he's a fundamentally peaceful being, UNLESS Stanley or an innocent is endangered) she's out for the count... for a short time.

Nyx had used a sleep spell on Mr and Mrs Dover, so they're out of the loop for now...

Ambrose offers to destroy Nyx, but the monster demurs, Nyx meant a lot to him once upon a time, and he can't bring himself to see her killed. So a plan in hatched, and when Nyx recovers she finds that Bierce has been busy.

Okay, note to DC Direct: Monster plushie.... NOW dammit!

When Nyx threatens to destroy the Monster and Bierce (Who she assumes is John Constantine too), Stanley intervenes, which is brave, VERY brave, but not very wise.

So Nyx departs with the Monster and returns to Hell, there she presents the Monster to Remiel and Dumas (Love the shirt)

It's at this point that the fact that the Monster is NOT under a binding spell, but an illusion spell, and it turns out that Nyx has brought one of Stanley's old toys to Hell, rather than the Monster. The angels are not best pleased by this...

Back on Earth, the Monster emerges from behind the couch (Yes, it's too small for him, but it's a power he has, he usually sleeps under Stanley's bed after all, and Stanley never questioned that because everyone knows there are ALWAYS monsters under the bed, it's just his is friendly). He knows that the illusion won't hold for long, and Ambrose offers the Monster the use of a protective amulet he always carries to make him invisible to demonic scans, more out of habit than anything else.

Things get more confusing in the last page, when Mr and Mrs Dover now having recovered, walk into their living room, to discover Bierce, Stanley AND a nine-foot tall red, shaggy Monster all present!


To be continued, obviously.

Date: 2010-09-26 12:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aelflar
"Having problems with our pronouns,are we?" XD it made me snicker (and that`s problematic, considering some of the people around me are trying to work...)

This is insanely fun, love the humour here!

Date: 2010-09-26 12:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gehayi
You know, I love that there's a Disreputable Urban Magicians' and Sorcerers' Union. Also, I love Ambrose's offhand description--"You learn the basics, you have a hideous experience in a graveyard, they give you a trenchcoat and steal your razor--like an assembly line, really." (Which, considering the frequency with which the Badass Longcoat trope shows up, actually makes a lot of sense.)

Ambrose's "Having trouble with our pronouns, are we?" line is priceless.

Poor Mr. and Mrs. Dover. They're not having an easy time of it, are they?

Date: 2010-09-27 05:22 am (UTC)
gehayi: (mad science!)
From: [personal profile] gehayi
Yes! And it's SO hard to get the scorch marks out--hellfire is impossible when it comes to cleaning and repair. You just can't fix it. SO annoying.

Date: 2010-09-27 05:13 am (UTC)
btravage: (Default)
From: [personal profile] btravage
Well considering how many JC ripoff/homages there all running around the DCU (at last time I checked there was something like 4), I'd believe him.

Date: 2010-09-27 05:20 am (UTC)
gehayi: (constantine (moonlitcemetery))
From: [personal profile] gehayi
This page lists eighteen...though not all in the DCU.

Date: 2010-09-26 01:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
This needs to be collected :)

Date: 2010-09-26 01:57 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Ah, the details. Like Spaceman Spiff being part of the angels' double throne, or the bottles in the bar being labeled as vowels (the last is more of a "sometimes" drink). Great stuff.

Date: 2010-09-26 02:22 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
You've really gotta look when you're dealing with certain artists. I remember reading an interview with Richard Pini when Phil was doing Myth Adventures (which I'd love to see scans of here) and he mentioned the sinking feeling of horror he had when a background character was spotted with "This space for rent" on the back of its jacket...and the WaRP graphics phone number.

Needless to say, they went over ALL his art with a fine toothed comb after that.

Date: 2010-09-26 02:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darkblade
So this is the source of the "they give you a trenchcoat and steal your razor. It's like an assembly line really." quote.

Date: 2010-09-26 05:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
As you say, it probably worked out for the best. Although the idea of the actual Constantine having these shenanigans as part of his canon would be pretty amusing too.

Date: 2010-09-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leorising
A friend of mine has this series, he's going to let me borrow it. Yay! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Date: 2010-09-26 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
Yes, the opening two pages were probably the best two to post.

Oddly, I always took it that it was the writer Ambrose Bierce, but decades of hard magical living had changed his appearance & shrunk his frame down to a more Constantinian appearance. :shrug:

Date: 2010-09-26 05:33 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
"The brat-child," Thomas asked Paul and the green-robe in an aside, "is she really of unnatural age?"
"I don't know, Thomas," the green-robe said. "Thirty-five years ago when I first saw her she was of the same apparent age as now. Remember that almost everything is possible."
"Remember also that she lies a lot," said Paul.

-- R.A. Lafferty
Past Master

Date: 2010-09-26 04:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
This is very nice, but I still want a XXXenophile-style outtake where Nyx and Stanley's mom get it on. That's just how I roll.

Date: 2010-09-26 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leikomgwtfbbq
I like Bierce. XD

Also, I soooooo want a Monster plush. *____* I'd love it and cuddle it forever~

Date: 2010-09-26 11:57 pm (UTC)
tacobob: Crab Face (pic#636796)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
Ahhh! This art makes my eyes sad!

Date: 2010-09-27 12:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tacobob

All the guys look like Rod Stewart (In his different life stages.)

Date: 2010-09-27 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
You know, as a concept, 'Jellomancy' actually sounds kind of interesting, assuming it's what I think it is. Making a sort of 3D sculpture of the workings of chaos, so you can examine it at leisure? That's pretty cool - unless, of course, he's just talking about using the way a batch of Jell-O wobbles as a means of divination. Either way, even if it fails, at least he'll have a snack on hand for later...
A question here - are those things on Nyx's head horns, or ears? They're placed like horns, to be sure, but the way they're drawn reminds me more of ears. True, she's got what looks like earrings in the area where ears would normally be, but on further examination, those MIGHT just be things to keep her hair held back.

Date: 2010-09-27 09:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I can't help it - these things just bug me. I'm a detail-oriented person.
Really, Jellomancy - or rather, my version of it - is not all that different from certain branches of science. I mean, pathologists and paleontologists and whatnot make plaster casts of bones and footprints and so forth - it's not inconceivable that a magician could make a model of chaos patterns using Jell-O.

Date: 2010-09-27 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Well, yeah, of course, but it's not unheard of in fiction to apply scientific principles towards the use of magic. Anyway, if it's a mystic principle you want, what about 'as above, so below'? Chaos is, by definition, constantly moving and changing and in flux - it's not inconceivable that something all wobbly like gelatin would be able to shape itself into a model of it, if the right spells and so forth were said.

Date: 2010-09-27 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Ah. Yes, that can indeed be annoying. (Although I'm not sure just what you'd classify homeopathy as - I agree that it's not a science in and of itself, but I'm not sure what else it falls under.)

Date: 2010-09-27 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I don't know about that - homeopathic medicine has worked very well for me, when I've taken it. I remember back when I had my wisdom teeth taken out, I got prescribed this painkiller that I didn't have a very good reaction to - I think it made me nauseous or something; I can't remember. I would have been extremely uncomfortable over the next few days if it weren't for homeopathic medicine.

Date: 2010-09-27 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Believe you me, my 'faith' ain't that strong. My Mom is a great believer in homeopathic medicine, and has recommended it to any number of people, some of whom have been very skeptical about it, and it's always worked on them just fine, from what I can tell. I'll admit to being cheerfully ignorant as to just HOW homeopathic cures work, but I know that they do - I've seen them work, and they've worked on me, including in cases where I was too pain-befogged to 'have faith' in ANYTHING. 'Current scientific proof' isn't everything.

Date: 2010-09-27 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Well, all I can say is, what works works, even if the scientists say it shouldn't. I've been the subject of a lot of alternative medical practices in my day, some of which made me go 'what the...? How the hell is this supposed to work?', and they've all, well, WORKED. I've got keratakonis (I think that's the spelling) in my left eye - basically, a slight lump on the surface of my eyeball - and at one point, my eye doctor was saying I might need to have surgery, which would have been very expensive. Well, I went to this 'alternative practitioner', you might call her, and she gave me some stuff to take - just basic herbal pills - and the next time I went to the eye doctor, guess what? No more need for surgery - the lump had gone down dramatically. The doctor was impressed to the point where I believe she has now recommended the 'alternative practitioner' to a number of her other patients. And trust me, I wasn't a credulous believer in the alternative lady; frankly, at the time I thought she was a quack - she diagnosed me by putting me on a table and balancing bottles on various parts of my body, for cryin' out loud - but she knew her stuff, and I've been to her several times since. I have not a clue as to just HOW what she does works, but it does.
It looks like we'll have to agree to disagree on this issue, and that's fine - it's not like I'm poo-pooing your belief in science or anything - but as far as I'm concerned, 'standard' medical treatments are not the be-all and end-all of medicine.

Date: 2010-09-27 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Yeah, well... try it some time. You may be surprised, and at any rate, it can't hurt you.

Date: 2010-09-27 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
It sounds like you may have been prejudiced by an airy-fairy roommate. I've never heard of 'heat transfers' or anything of the sort - I just take the stuff like regular medicine.
And what I meant was that it by itself can't hurt you - as far as I know, no one has ever overdosed on homeopathics. Anyway, to each their own.

Date: 2010-09-28 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Well, anyway, when it gets right down to it, you don't believe in them, I do, and it doesn't look like either of us are going to be changing the other's mind, so we might as well wrap this up. I'm just saying that in MY experience, they work - end of story.


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