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Random Thoughts! (April 20, 2010)

Random Thought! I miss Frank Miller Week. It’s random thoughts time! Get excited!

Link Thought! Wrestling 4Rs including my write-up on TNA Impact (whatever). High Road/Low Road on Rob Van Dam in TNA (heheheheh… high road). Roundtable PPV Preview of TNA Lockdown (I did alright in my predictions, especially the Knockouts match — Madison Rayne, motherfuckers! Madison Rayne!). Wrestler of the Week (the All American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American American World Heavyweight Champion). Quickie Reviews (Apr 14 2010) (some good comics there). Spider-Man: The Clone Saga #1-6 review for Trouble with Comics (I explain why I bought the entire series). Booze, Broads, & Bullets: Frank Miller Week, a cross-blog thing involving many people far more talented than I (it concluded, including my discussion of every Sin City book). The Splash Page Podcast episodes 12.1 and 12.2 (new theme music!). The Reread Reviews — Earth X (because YOU demanded it!).

Random Thought! Okay, last week I mentioned that I would be at the book launch of Writing Without Direction: Ten and a Half Short Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty at The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West) in Toronto on April 28… well, sadly, that isn’t going to happen. Some things came up and I won’t be able to make it. I still recommend that anyone in the Toronto area go check it out. It begins at 8 pm with some of the authors whose work is in the book doing readings at 8:30. Go, hear some fiction from some young Canadian writers, maybe pick up a copy, and check out my story “Are Ya Havin’ Fun.”

Random Thought! Last night, I dreamt that the volcano ash that’s disrupting travel in Europe and has delayed books in the UK and elsewhere this week somehow delayed comics in North America, too. Except no one told anyone and everyone went to their shops anyway. Man, I was pissed off. But, that dream was unrealistic because my shop has called me before if there were going to be any delays with comics arriving — which I still think is really nice.

Random Thought! Another nice thing? Last Thursday night, there was a free screening of Kick-Ass in town and the shop was giving out two-person passes to regular customers. I couldn’t make it, but it was still nice. (And I wasn’t too torn up about missing the movie since I wasn’t planning to see it anyway. No harm done.)

Random Thought! Go check out the trailer for the upcoming Warren Ellis documentary Captured Ghosts. It should be out next year and I did some work on it, helping to prepare questions/topics for the interview with Ellis. I am, apparently an ‘Ellis scholar.’ Weird fucking thing to be.

Random Thought! Five announcements from C2E2 that stood out to me, all Marvel-related save one from Image. Then again, DC doesn’t seem to do convention announcements, which has some logic it to it. Why announce something at the same time as everyone else when waiting for a quiet day online can make it the big news of the day all by itself?

Random Thought! The first. It being confirmed what everyone paying attention already knew: Casanova at Icon in colour, two issues of the original series packaged together. Knowing it already doesn’t make it any less awesome.

Random Thought! The second. Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Scarlet book from Icon. Again, not a big surprise, but still something I’ll be looking forward to. The ‘smashing the fourth wall’ comment by Bendis has me really intrigued since I’m a sucker for metafiction.

Random Thought! The third. Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee on Thor: The Mighty Avenger. I’m a big Thor fan, have enjoyed everything I’ve seen Langridge do, and really dig Samnee’s art. Seems like a winner to me.

Random Thought! The fourth. Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet by Brian Clevinger and Brian Churilla. A rewriting/reimagining of the original Infinity Gauntlet story taking the core idea and running with it. I’m glad it’s not just a simplification for kids and that Clevinger is doing his own version of it, not rereading the original. I’m interested to see the results.

Random Thought! The fifth. Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories from Image. I’ve been enjoying everything I’ve seen by Spencer quite a bit and this looks like it will be insane. He’s really showing himself to be a skilled writer that people should be keeping their eyes on.

Random Thought! Some of the other news seems… interesting. Various new #1s for the X-books… and… yeah, nothing else stands out. Marvel definitely owned the convention news-wise.

Random Thought! The Great Ten is now a nine-issue mini ending in July. The only character not to get the spotlight will be the Socialist Red Guardsman who is, apparently, to be confronted in the final issue. Maybe a death? Maybe a betrayal? The sales on the book have been poor, but it would be cool if it was always planned to be nine issues with that twist of a member dying and leaving his/her story untold as a result. It’s been a decent book so far. Not a must read, but enjoyable enough.

Random Thought! I have so many comics I want to reread. That’s great.

Random Thought! The Jays seem to have begun their collapse a little earlier than usual… maybe that will mean the late-season comeback will happen earlier, too? Please?

Random Thought! The Sin City books in order of preference, favourite to least favourite: That Yellow Bastard, The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill, Family Values, A Dame to Kill For, Hell and Back, and Booze, Broads, & Bullets. All worth getting. I’d suggest Family Values for anyone that hasn’t read any because it’s the cheapest and it’s a fun story that gives a good idea of what Sin City is like.

Random Thought! The book I’m looking forward to most tomorrow? Do Anything volume 1, collecting the columns Warren Ellis did for Bleeding Cool. Sure, you can read them online, but I did that weekly and am looking forward to sitting down with the book and reading it straight through. It will go nicely with my copies of From the Desk of Warren Ellis volume 1 (still need volume 2 sadly), Bad Signal vols. 1 & 2, and Come in Alone. All must-haves/must-reads. I really love Ellis’s writing about comics. It’s something I wish more creators would do as openly as he does.

Random Thought! As far as actual comics go, I’d say I’m looking forward to Ultimate Comics Avengers #6 the most. Been digging this story and am looking forward to how it ends.

Random Thought! Panel four is my ‘What the fuck?’ panel of the week.

Random Thought! This week’s discussion topic is ‘Silver Age Superman or Modern Age Batman: Bigger asshole?’

Random Thought! I’m reviewing Captain America: Who Won’t Wield the Shield #1 for CBR this week and my original review won’t be posted there. It’s a different sort of thing that I knew would be rejected, but check it out tomorrow morning over at GraphiContent. Not sure if it’s funny or not, but Augie dug it and Tim’s only comment was “It’s too early to go insane. You haven’t written enough reviews yet.” Regular CBR review will up tonight, tomorrow, Thursday… at some point in the next few days. I will say that I liked the issue.

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Random Comments! You people feel the need to respond to these posts, so I’m going to turn it around on you and respond to some of your comments. There. How do you like it? Huh?

tbob said: Your fucking post needs more fucking uses of the word fuck. It’s only half as fucking cool and fucking edgy as it fucking could be. I mean really — what the fucking fuck?

I included this to increase the number of fucks in this column in case there weren’t enough to be as edgy as it could be. Thanks, tbob!

Daryll B said: My thing about the Eisners is just like the Grammys and The Oscars…how can I take them seriously when judges come right out and say biases right away. I am more mainstream of a reader than indie…but when I hear “O mainstream is mostly cwap or I won’t read anything from that” why should I care?

Everyone has biases. I’d prefer people state them outright rather than pretending they’re not there.

Jeff Holland said: Ahem: Hawkman. Repair that, brother. Even when they REPAIR it, then they go ahead and RE-repair it so it’s all a confusing mess again!

Hawkman is only a problem if you want to somehow keep everything. If you just forget 3/4s of his crap, making him interesting and readable is easy.

funkygreenjerusalem said: He’s one hypocritical cunt. that’s right, I said cunt.

I included this in case fuck wasn’t strong enough for some of you.

Mario said: One of these days i’ll attempt to read your wrestling random thought and try to make sense of it. Who knows, maybe it’s good.

What wrestling random thought? There’s my link thought that kicks the post off each week, which contains links to my various writings from the week, including my wrestling stuff, but also my comics stuff (save my CBR reviews). It’s a link-dump for those that want to know where to read what I’ve written the past week.

BrianHouston said: “Juan Jose Ryp is drawing Vengeance of the Moon Knight? Fuck me, I may have to pick that issue up.” -What?! For Real?! Best news all year.

No, Juan Jose Ryp on a well-written comic would be better news. And I’m just excited about seeing more of his art, I don’t care that it’s for Marvel instead of Avatar.

Mary Warner said: Why can’t you just sit outside on the ground to read? That’s what I do. (If it’s not too windy.)

I don’t like sitting on the ground.

I actually think ‘Ashes To Ashes’ is much better than ‘Space Oddity’, which is horribly overrated. And although ‘Destroyer’ mentions ‘a girl called Lola’, it’s really more of a remake of ‘All Day And All Night’. (Although I was just the right age that I heard ‘Destroyer’ first. In fact, when I first heard ‘All Day And All Night’ I was upset that somebody was ripping off the Kinks. Actually, I thought the same thing the first time I heard ‘Hello, I Love You’, except that in that case I was correct.)

You’re right, I should have mentioned “All Day and All Night” since “Destroyer” is a sequel to both it and “Lola.” That’s one of the clever bits about it that I like.

Could you please write about the Kinks in this column more often? Is ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ the greatest album ever recorded, or is ‘Arthur’? (Actually, if I really had to select one, I would probably go with ‘Revolver’, but since everyone already expects the Beatles to win, the real contest is for the greatest non-Beatles album, so that makes it a competition between ‘Village Green’ and ‘Arthur’, right?)

The only Kinks I have, sadly, is the two-disc greatest hits 1970-1986 set that has a bonus DVD. It’s really a repackaging of Celluloid Heroes and Come Dancing with the Kinks (with One for the Road as the DVD). I’ve always meant to get more, but money issues has prevented that.

So has that ‘Second Coming’ thing started already? I get two series that are supposed to be involved, but it hasn’t started in the most recent issues I’ve got. I don’t even know what it’s supposed to be about.

Part four is this week’s issue of X-Men Legacy. So far, it began three weeks ago in X-Men: Second Coming #1, then Uncanny X-Men #523, and New Mutants #12.

Ninjazilla said: Dksa to dkr is new coke to coke

Um, no.

That’s it. Thanks for reading. Later.

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Yeah, I’m totally buying Langridge/Samnee Thor, too. But what’s up with Fraction and Ferry not putting out two issues in a row? Now I’m perturbed.

Huh. I never noticed what I refer to as the “wrestling random thought” to be a “link thought”. Thanks for teaching me how to properly read your blog :D

I have high expectations for Captured Ghosts.

Warning!: Blatantly biased opinion stated as objective fact.

I’m sorry Mary Warner, but Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” is the best album ever recorded. And “Revolver” isn’t even the best Beatles album, “Abbey Road” is. The Kinks probably wouldn’t make my top 100.

Mario — No worries. I’ve gotten into the habit of sticking the wrestling links first because they’re all from the same site, making finding those links when I do the post that much easier. Also, it’s a way to keep the wrestling and comics links separated so people don’t have to try too hard to find the comics ones in that paragraph.

I kinda think that New Coke : Coke Classic analogy for the two Dark Knight books is fitting – New Coke actually did better in blind taste tests indicating the quality was there, but people hated it because it wasn’t the same thing.

Oh, and Modern Age Batman is a bigger asshole than Silver Age Superman; at least everyone in Silver Age Superman comics is ALSO an asshole – except maybe Jimmy, who just gets into way too much trouble for his own good.

Oh, and Modern Age Batman is a bigger asshole than Silver Age Superman; at least everyone in Silver Age Superman comics is ALSO an asshole – except maybe Jimmy, who just gets into way too much trouble for his own good.

I dunno, they kept coming up with new and exciting excuses for Jimmy to try to kill, shame or otherwise attack Superman.

Bill –

Since when are Fraction and Ferry not doing two issues in a row? My understanding is that the Landridge/Samnee Thor is a separate mini, not a fill-in on the main title.

Silver Age Superman or Modern Age Batman: Bigger asshole

I thought Dark Knight Returns was the conclusive take on that fight.

Hawkman is only a problem if you want to somehow keep everything. If you just forget 3/4s of his crap, making him interesting and readable is easy.

Or to put it another way, the appeal of Hawkman is that he’s a guy with wings and no shirt who hits criminals with a mace. Everything else is extra.

WooHoo…made the italics for the first time! LOL…. I still stand by what I said there only because I have heard from enough fellow comic readers about why what I read is cwap and not why what they read is so much better. However, I do see where your point is coming from Chad. I just thought coming from a “judge” that is shortsighted and excludes any quality work from the mainstream from getting accolades.

TNA has really de-valued the Knockouts Belt in recent weeks but I hope the trickery is out and we start getting quality matches again…speaking of which R-4/20! V-4/20! D-4/20!… Now I fear about how TNA will mess this up…

A new Infinity Gauntlet telling? Well Marvel did do ok with Secret Wars and Clone Saga….but um…yeah…

Great Ten felt like The Order to me. A good concept with great opportunities for fantastic stories which is getting the short end of the stick….

Is there any “newcomer” with a brighter star right now than Chris Samnee?

Samnee is great. I met him at C2E2 this weekend and he seemed like a really nice guy — took the time to do a quick sketch in my copy of “Area 10″ as well.

As for my earlier post, I took a look at the solicits and it does indeed look like Fraction and Ferry are yielding to Gillen and Braithwaite for a month. Weird. But I can’t complain too much, since I buy pretty much everything Gillen writes anyway.

A new Infinity Gauntlet telling? Well Marvel did do ok with Secret Wars and Clone Saga….but um…yeah…

Really it Marvel paying Clevinger to do his thing. If you like Atomic Robo or 8-Bit Theatre, you’ll like this. If you don’t like Atomic Robo or 8-Bit Theatre, then you’re dead to me.

Thok I am not an Atomic Robo fan…I mean it decent but I have had it in minute doses…. I was just referring to that I loved the previous stories a lot…and found the “re-tellings” ok at best

I not trying to slight the creators but I have the originals on a high pedestal….

This week’s discussion topic is ‘Silver Age Superman or Modern Age Batman: Bigger asshole?’

Let’s break this one down:

Way in which S.A. Superman behaves like an ass:
1. Is in long-term, romantic relationships with two women.
2. Constantly lies to both.
3. Continues to hit on other women anyway.
4. Plays really mean practical jokes.
5. Claims to use those jokes to ‘teach his friends a lesson’, but those lessons are obscure at best.
6. Has extremely advanced technology that could improve the life of all humankind, but hoards it for his own personal use. Probably so that he can impress the women he brings back to his Fortress of Solitude.

Pretty cad-ish when you lay it out like that, but here is the case against M.A. Batman:
1. Snaps angrily at various ‘friends’ and colleges whenever things don’t go his way.
2. Broods constantly.
3. Despite two (2) different Robins getting bumped off in the line of duty, he continues to let new ones suit up.
4. Repeat: allows multiple children to die in his pursuit of justice.
5. Treats women like furniture (i.e. Batman YO, Batman & the Monster Men, etc.)
6. Never seems to give poor Alfred the day off.

Mitigating factors for S.A. Superman:
1. S.A. Superman was a contemporary of Don Draper, so there were different cultural norms.
2. S.A. Superman was honest enough to not marry Lois.

Mitigating for M.A. Batman:
1. His parents are DEEEAAAAAAADDDDDD!!!!!!!
2. That is really the one.

On balance, I am going with Modern-Age Batman as being the bigger Ass. Neither is a shining example of how to behave in relationships, nor how to treat your friends with respect. However, Superman has at least kept everyone alive.

The third. Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee on Thor: The Mighty Avenger. I’m a big Thor fan, have enjoyed everything I’ve seen Langridge do, and really dig Samnee’s art. Seems like a winner to me.

I am officially excited about this. It will be the first Thor comic for me in a long, long time.

That page from Ultimate Spider-Man #9 was hilarious. And for all the wrong reasons.
Johnny Storm sounds like Jay from any one of Kevin Smith’s movies.
As for panel #4. Next time, go for an artist who can make webbing look like spider webs and not white goo.

All I want to see now is a meeting between X-23 and the Ultimate Spider-Woman, so they can compare and contrast their oh-so different origins.

In the early Ultimate Spider-Man stories, wasn’t his webbing green? That was a good choice, if only because it kept Spider-People from looking like they were unleashing bukkakke attacks.

funkygreenjerusalem

April 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Random Thought! Panel four is my ‘What the fuck?’ panel of the week.

Random Thought! This week’s discussion topic is ‘Silver Age Superman or Modern Age Batman: Bigger asshole?’

Batman’s a bigger arsehole, but Superman was a massive dick – he fucked with the people of Metropolis, and especially the daily planet staff, any chance he got.
It’s weird that it’s now that he’s a big boy scout, that they do stories about people distrusting him.

I included this in case fuck wasn’t strong enough for some of you.

I just want to point out I only added the second cunt in a separate post, only because I was halfway through pointing out that I was the anonymous who posted the first one, when it occurred to me that it was an odd post to want to take ownership of.

First off, you have a comic shop that CALLS you when things are going to be late? Lucky bastard…

Second, I find Ellis’s new comic to boring, to the point where it’s almost unreadable. I loved his Come in Alone, and other random ramblings he posts from time to time, but the whole “Jack Kirby’s head” thing feels repetitive. Of course, if you have a recent column that you’d recommend of his, I’d be for trying it again, but I read the first ten or so and it didn’t seem like he had much to say.

You really should see kick-ass. For what it’s worth, the plot is very different from the comic, and better IMO.

I know it was just a typo, but the image of Batman snapping at various “colleges” is a good one.

“Hello, is this Boston College? Fuck you!”

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm

“I don’t like sitting on the ground.”

It’s must be those ants. or cockroaches. or spiders.

stomp stomp squish squish.

I also like Batman getting angry at different universities much more than Batman getting mad at his peers.

And although i now understand last week’s analogies, a little bit, i’m still not sure if Chad likes DK2. I’m guessing that since he likes Frank Miller quite a bit that he does like DK2. But i am willing for someone to tell me i’m wrong.

I like The Dark Knight Strikes Again more than The Dark Knight Returns

I like The Dark Knight Strikes Again more than The Dark Knight Returns…

I like the latter more, but the former is very good.

Thanks for the update, Chad. Bill had to explain the songs last week, because i had only heard of Space Oddity.

Wow. I never had one of my comments chosen before, and when it finally happens it takes up half the comment section! Thank you.
(By the way, I did get Uncanny #523. I just got it late.)

I don’t understand the point of writing old stories again, such as Infinity Gauntlet or the Clone Saga. I can understand if someone thinks he can do it better (probably not so hard in the case of the Clone Saga), but still, what’s the point? Those stories are already there for everyone who wants to read them. And they’re part of Marvel history. Even if the new version is better in some respects, it’s not part of the history, is it? (Or is it? If it is part of the history, they’ll probably screw it up, as happens nearly every time writers try to add to the past.)
I haven’t read any of these re-written stories, except for Spider-Man Blue, which was okay, but not great. So it may very well be the case that they are good when judged on their own merits.

Sorry if I sound like a narrow-minded jerk.

What’s wrong with Moon Knight? I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit.

funkygreenjerusalem

April 21, 2010 at 5:03 am

It should be out next year and I did some work on it, helping to prepare questions/topics for the interview with Ellis. I am, apparently an ‘Ellis scholar.’ Weird fucking thing to be.

Yet if you knew that much about Geoff Johns, you’d be called a fan-boy, so be thankful for that.

Don’t suppose they’re going to be cheeky and put The Dirty Three or The Badseeds on the soundtrack?

I’ve read Dark Knight Strikes Again about half a dozen times in the last year. I can’ t remember the last time I reread Dark Knight Returns.
Either way, they’re both better than Born Again.

(Note: I did not say Born Again isn’t good. Simply saying it doesn’t work for me as well as both DK)

beta ray steve

April 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

Hawkman is unsalvageable, but so is the LSH, Supergirl, Aquaman. DC doesn’t take care of it’s toys.

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