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What I bought – 31 October 2012

His father smiled thinly. “Perhaps not for a while. But in the end, someone always has to have his or her neck popped, as you so quaintly put it. The people demand it. Sooner or later, if there isn’t a turncoat, the people make one.” (Stephen King, from The Gunslinger)

Really, Marvel? So that's what happened to Elvis! Oh, it's here all right! So spooooooky! Well, isn't that unpleasant I don't know why they're under water, honestly It will make you feel better! 'Did someone put a Kick Me sign on my back?' Um, what? Orson ANGRY! Big fake star! Yet another one to dazzle me! Crossover!

A + X #1 (“Captain America + Cable”/”The Incredible Hulk + Wolverine”). “Cap + Cable”: Dan Slott (writer), Ron Garney (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Cam Smith (inker), Mark Morales (inker), Wil Quintana (colorist), and Clayton Cowles (letterer); “Hulk + Wolvie”: Jeph Loeb (writer), Dale Keown (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Frank D’Armata (colorist), and Albert Deschesne (letterer). $3.99, 21 pgs, FC, Marvel.

Marvel doesn’t seem to know how to schedule a soft reboot, do they? For all the crap I have heaped upon DC (and I’m just a member of the chorus, people), the DCnU all came out in one month (plus one week, of course, but that’s because it was the most awesome comic ever assembled by man and should have been the only comic released that month, much less that week!!!!) and DC has rigidly kept to the plan – I would argue to the detriment of quality (as would, it seems, several of the creators on their way out the door) – and it’s working (?) for them, I guess. At least I haven’t seen any signs that they’re contemplating shutting the whole thing down, re-starting the books with their old numbering, and simply moving on as if none of the DCnU ever happened. So there you have it. Yet Marvel, which usually seems to be far more together on the marketing side of the production of their IPs (how’s that Justice League movie coming, DC?), is not handling Marvel NOW! all that well, are they? The first book out of the gate was Uncanny Avengers, which came out before the comic in which Alex Summers explained why he suddenly showed up in Uncanny Avengers. The second book in the “reboot” is … A + X? Fucking really, Marvel? A team-up book? An ANTHOLOGY team-up book? What the fudgsicle*, Marvel?

The problem is that A + X is a pretty heinous comic book. Whoever writes the “recap” page (which in this case is an introduction page) basically sums it up: Don’t question anything, because here are comic book characters beating on other comic book characters for 10 pages or so. Isn’t that awesome? Well, not if the stories are stupid, and in this issue, they’re certainly not smart. This feels like one of those classic comic books that you discuss at a convention late at night after you’ve had too much vodka. Then, in the morning, the editor looks a crumpled napkin and sees “Aven. fight X-M. Awesome? Goth girls #: ___ ___ _____. Soooooo hotttt!” and thinks, “Shit, yeah, we gotta do that comic! Oh, and I have to call that Goth girl.” So the editor calls one of their stable of writers (let’s call him Mr. Slott) and says, “Hey, Dan. I’m going to say two characters, and you’re going to tell me the first thing that pops into your head. Ready? ‘Cable.’ ‘Captain America.’ GO!” And poor Dan Slott, trying to crank out Spider-Man scripts while bashing David Brothers on Twitter, says sleepily, “World War Two time travel Sentinels?” And the editor screams “Motherfucking GOLD, Dan! Get me a script by noon!” And that’s how we got A + X. Sounds plausible, doesn’t it?

Hey, at least Slott writes a complete story in eleven pages. It’s a bad story, but it gets Cable to World War II, it gets a Sentinel into the mix, and it ends with Bucky thinking he’d look pretty cool with a bionic arm (which was a tiny bit clever, I admit). Cap makes the stupid “If the Nazis win the war, we’ll all be speaking German” assumption, which even someone as addled with ‘roids as Steve Rogers is can’t really believe, and Slott uses the Brubaker retcon that Cap was a big ol’ stupid-head who stood around and looked American while Bucky did all the work, but it’s a story, you know? Then Jeph Loeb, who has never met a simple ten-page story that he couldn’t turn into a twelve-issue EPIC, has the Maestro and Future Wolverine come back in time and fight present-day Hulk and Wolverine, who are hanging out together in a complete contradiction to every single characterization of the characters ever. I mean, the “recapper” points out that continuity doesn’t matter in this book because it’s all about awesomeness, and that’s fine, but that has its limits, doesn’t it? Anyway, Loeb doesn’t just have Hulk and Wolverine fight future versions of themselves, he has to have it be the first chapter of some vast conspiracy involving the Red Hulk killing himself. Or something. Look, if you want to have an anthology telling out-of-continuity stories just because it would be super-cool to see the two characters team up, you can’t allow something like this. Do the people at Marvel not understand this? It’s not like the Jeph Loeb of 2012 is the Jeph Loeb of, I don’t know, 2001, where his name might mean something – tell the dude he can’t do this in an anthology team-up book or tell him to take a hike! Marvel, of course, wants to have its fucking cake and eat it, too (see below for more cake!), because that’s what they always want. Man, shit like this makes me angry. This is why I don’t buy shitty superhero comics (and no, I didn’t buy this – I’m getting all the Marvel NOW! books with credit). Unfortunately, Dale Keown’s art can’t save Loeb’s story – it’s just kind of there.

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So that’s the second Marvel NOW! book. It makes the tepid Uncanny Avengers look like Shakespeare in comparison. When’s the next one coming out?!?!? I can’t wait!

* “Fudgsicle” or “fudgicle”? Learn the truth here!

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Of course Logan would be the kind of douchebag that eats someone else's cake

Fatale #9 by Ed Brubaker (writer), Sean Phillips (artist), and Dave Stewart (colorist). $3.50, 24 pgs, FC, Image.

As usual, there’s not a whole lot to say about Fatale, or anything that Brubaker and Phillips put together, because these are two (well, three because we have to count Stewart) dudes who just know what they’re doing. It’s a bit surprising what happens to one of the characters in this issue, not because I didn’t think that character would have a nice life, but I thought something would happen in a different way. But Brubaker is slowly bringing it all together, and Phillips and Stewart are superb, of course. I don’t know what else to write! Fatale is a good comic book. What more do you need from me?!?!?

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

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You thought I was going to pick that other one, didn't you? But look how well everything works in this one!

Faust: Love of the Damned #14 by David Quinn (writer), Tim Vigil (artist), and Jeff Austin (additional inks). $4.95, 24 pgs, BW, Rebel Studios.

I think it’s been seven years or so since an issue of Faust came out, but now that Tim Vigil has finally got around to drawing it, we get this issue now and the final issue, it appears, should be out in a month or so. HOW WILL I HANDLE THE AWESOME?!?!?

I probably didn’t need to redact this cover, because it’s not too horrific, but we’re a family blog (can’t you tell, you motherfuckers?), so I figured I should err on the side of tastefulness. Just imagine what could be on her face and you will get a good idea of what’s behind the white rectangle. I like redacting covers – if I were more skilled a Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, I would have put a bunny there!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I can’t really defend Faust – it’s the story of the Devil trying to remake the world through killing and fucking a lot of people, and the dude who’s trying to stop him almost as violently – but I enjoy it. Quinn and Vigil totally commit to the carnal stuff, so if they need to show weird shit coming out of somebody’s vagina or the devil ass-fucking a creature to get the job done, they’re going to show it! In many ways, Faust is like Tarot, because the creators don’t give a shit about anything but doing this story, and come hell or high water, they’re going to do it! Faust is better than Tarot, because Vigil is a better artist than Balent (although he’s not helped by the digital “softening” of his pencils, as earlier issues of this comic were much crisper than this is) and because Faust isn’t pretending to be any kind of feminist treatise – it’s misanthropic to the core, and no one is treated well in any way. I don’t know – I can’t say it’s fun to read Faust, but it is perversely satisfying to see a writer and an artist take all the crap that Big Two comics hint about without having the balls to follow through with and just put it all out there. The sheer audacity of the depravity in Faust makes it something to admire. This is, in fact, a somewhat restrained issue of the series – I cannot imagine what we’re going to get in the finale!

Rating: Beats me. It’s far better than A + X, for instance, but if I give it 6-6.5 stars (which it probably deserves), does that mean I approve of it? Should I approve of something this depraved? Faust is just a holistic horror experience, man – it defies my attempt to categorize and rate it!!!!

One totally Airwolf panel:

This is about the level of pretentiousness you can expect from the script, should you read this comic

Ghosts. “The Night After I Took the Data Entry Job I Was Visited by My Own Ghost” by Al Ewing (writer), Rufus DayGlo (artist), Chris Chuckry (colorist), and Sal Cipriano (letterer); “The Dead Boy Detectives in Run Ragged Part One: The Isle of Dogs” by Toby Litt (writer), Mark Buckingham (layouter), Victor Santos (finisher), Lee Loughridge (colorist), and Todd Klein (letterer); “Wallflower” by Cecil Castellucci (writer), Amy Reeder (artist), and Clem Robins (letterer); “The Boy and the Old Man” by Joe Kubert (writer/artist); “A Bowl of Red” by Neil Kleid (writer), John McCrea (artist), Andrew Elder (colorist), and Pat Brosseau (letterer); “Bride” by Mary H. K. Choi (writer), Phil Jimenez (penciller), Andy Lanning (inker), Andrew Dalhouse (colorist), and Travis Lanham (letterer); “Treasure Lost” by Paul Pope (story/artist), David Lapham (scripter), Lovern Kindzierski (colorist), and Jared K. Fletcher (letterer); “The Dark Lady” by Gilbert Hernandez (writer/artist), Lee Loughridge (colorist?), and Steve Wands (letterer); “Ghost-for-Hire” by Geoff Johns (writer), Jeff Lemire (artist), José Villarrubia (colorist), and Carlos M. Mangual (letterer). $7.99, 73 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

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Vertigo keeps cranking out these anthologies, and God bless ‘em, I say – there’s always something interesting in these giant comics, even if the overall product is usually not that great. Ghosts might be the best one of the lot so far, which is nice. Maybe I’m just in a good mood.

DC smartly hired a 2000AD guy, Al Ewing, to write the first story (I’m not sure if any of the other creators are 2000AD people, but I know Ewing is), because those Brits who write for that mag actually know how to tell a complete story in limited space (unlike, say, Jeph Motherfucking Loeb), and Ewing’s tight story, cheekily illustrated by DayGlo, is a fun poke in the eye to those people who think selling out is so awful. I refuse to discuss the Dead Boy Detective story, because it’s MOTHERFUCKING “PART ONE”! And it’s not like Litt is getting a mini-series or anything – this is continued in the next Vertigo anthology! So I guess there will be another one, but how annoying is that? Castellucci and Reeder’s story is wonderful, as the story tracks a marriage that falls apart very slowly, and while it’s a bit clichéd, it’s still well done, and Reeder’s artwork is magnificent. Kubert’s story is wonderful for one reason only – it’s the raw pencils, almost thumbnails, so we get a good sense of how Kubert laid out a story before he inked the work, and while it’s rough, you can still see the “Kubertness” of the work very well. Neil Kleid writes a story about the best bowl of chili in the world, because why wouldn’t you?, and McCrea has a fun time drawing it.

I did not like “Bride,” because it was far too self-important, and I don’t like how Lanning’s inks and Dalhouse’s colors soften Jimenez’s pencils. But it’s followed by Pope’s weird space pirate epic, which is one of the best stories in the book simply because Pope drew it, but it has some nice twists in it, too. “The Dark Lady” is a charming story with an obvious twist, but it’s always nice to see Hernandez’s art (although I’m not sure what Loughridge did – the story is in black and white). Geoff Johns, of all people, writes a fun little story about a guy who rents out the ghost of his brother for scare jobs, and what happens when they feel the pangs of conscience. I wonder how Johns restrained himself from decapitating one of the characters!

Overall, “Bride” is the only story I really didn’t like, and several were quite good. As with all of these Vertigo anthologies, it’s fun to see creators who don’t often show up in DC or Marvel books get a wider audience. Maybe it will get some people to check out their other stuff!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

FACT: Paul Pope is awesome

Happy! #2 (of 4) by Grant “Fuck Ellis and Ennis, man!” Morrison (writer), Darick Robertson (artist), Richard P. Clark (colorist), and Simon Bowland (letterer). $2.99, 24 pgs, FC, Image.

Morrison continues to channel Garth Ennis in this book, and the results remain somewhat odd. It’s certainly interesting to see the God of All Comics release his id, and the dichotomy of the flying blue unicorn and the hard-boiled atmosphere retains a weird charm, but it’s probably good that this is a four-issue mini-series, because I very much doubt the novelty will last longer than that (if, indeed, it lasts that long). Unlike a lot of Morrison comics, there doesn’t seem to be too much bubbling under the surface of this book – Happy really is an imaginary friend, and Hailey really is being held captive by a bad guy, and Nick really does need to rescue her. Now, given Morrison’s tendencies, I wouldn’t be surprised if the book went off in weird directions in the next two issues, but so far, it’s a remarkably straight-forward comic – probably his most straight-forward one since We3 and Vinamarama (although, to be fair, most Morrison comics end up being pretty straight-forward, they just take a while to get there). It’s fun to read right now because of Robertson’s beautiful contrast between Nick’s shitty world and Happy itself, and because Morrison is doing a pretty good job with the hook. We’ll see if it becomes anything more than that, shan’t we?

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Higher Earth #6 by Sam Humphries (writer), Francesco Biagini (artist), Andrew Crossley (colorist), and Ed Dukeshire (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

So Higher Earth is cancelled with issue #9 (right?), so I guess it’s pointless writing about it anymore. Boom! has already solicited the first trade, but it would be nice if they cancelled those orders and offered a giant-sized trade with the entire thing between two covers. That would work, wouldn’t it? I’m not sure why this didn’t find a bigger audience – I assume that if it’s not a licensed comic from the smaller publishers, it’s really hard to gain any traction, and it’s not like the creators are big-time in any way. That’s too bad, because Higher Earth wasn’t the greatest comic, but it had an easily digestible high concept – one Earth rules a bunch of alternate dimensional Earths, and two characters are trying to overthrow the regime – and Humphries kept things humming along while Biagini provided pretty good artwork. Oh well. I’ll be interested in seeing how Humphries pulls it all together in three issues. Should be fun!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Liberty Annual 2012. “Which Came First?” by Jonathan Hickman (writer/artist); “Barren Ground” by Andy Diggle (writer) and Ben Templesmith (artist); “Freedom From …” by Howard Chaykin (writer), Sina Grace (artist), and S. Steven Struble (letterer); “Free” by Steven T. Seagle (writer) and Marco Cinello (artist); “Lumière” by Joe Keatinge (writer), Chynna Clugston Flores (artist), and John Roshell (letterer); “Hunters” by James Robinson (writer) and J. Bone (artist); “Last Rights” by James Asmus (writer), Takeshi Miyazawa (artist), and Crank! (letterer); “Marineman/Hip Flask” by Richard Starkings (writer), Ian Churchill (writer/artist), and Axel Medellin (artist); “Sasquatch” by Chris Roberson (writer) and Roger Langridge (artist); “Common ComiConversation” by Chris Giarrusso (writer/artist); “All Freedoms Grow …” by David Hine (writer), Doug Braithwaite (artist), and Comicraft (letterer); “King Kim: Barlartan Revenge” by Brandom Graham (writer/artist); “Just As Real As Yours” by Jim McCann (writer), Janet Lee (artist), and Tony Fleecs (letterer); “Unleashed” by Kieron Gillen (writer), Nate Bellegarde (artist), Jordie Bellaire (colorist), and Fonografiks (letterer); “Douchebag” by Terry Moore (writer/artist); “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (artist), Cliff Rathburn (gray toner), and Rus Wooton (letterer). $4.99, 48 pgs, FC, Image.

I bought this on a lark, which is how I usually end up buying these comics that help about the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, because I always forget to pre-order them. Luckily my retailer orders them, so I can see them and think “Yeah, that’s a good purchase.” It doesn’t really matter about the quality, does it, because it’s a good cause, man!

The quality is a bit iffy, mainly because it’s shorter than something like Ghosts and the stories are shorter, giving less time to build anything. The theme is usually freedom of some kind, which means the stories do tend to get a bit preachy. I don’t mind, but it means they’re not really great stories, and the book becomes interesting because of the artwork. So we get Ben Templesmith drawing a big ol’ demon (in probably the best story of the bunch, as Diggle’s demon gets stymied in the most modern of ways), we get a nice Sina Grace-drawn story in which Chaykin goes for the most obvious metaphors possible in a political story. We get Chynna Clugston Flores drawing a nice, sentimental story about mothers and daughters, and Miyazawa doing some beautiful art on an end-of-the-world tale. Chris Giarrusso points out the problem with trying to sell creator-owned comics (even though I did buy G-Man, Mr. Giarrusso!). I loved Janet Lee’s art on her story, but McCann’s script was so earnest and treacly I thought I might get diabetes. Terry Moore’s two-page story is hilarious (and gives us the Airwolf panel), and Kirkman’s tale about the Governor is creepy. So there’s a lot going on, and it’s pleasant to look at. It’s always nice to be reminded that we shouldn’t take freedom for granted, but it’s very hard to write about it without coming off as mawkish. But it’s still a noble cause, so there’s that.

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You can spend 5 bucks on a comic with a lot of cool creators in it that supports something keen, can’t you? Sure you can!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆ ☆ (although it doesn’t really matter how good the book is, because you should get it!)

One totally Airwolf panel:

How did we go so long without using 'douchebag' as an insult?

Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #3 (of 4) by Mark Waid (writer), Chris Samnee (artist), Jordie Bellaire (colorist), and Shawn Lee (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, IDW.

Man, this is a pretty comic. Samnee has been good for years, but he keeps getting better, which is nice. There’s not a lot to say with regard to this issue – the “cargo of doom” (see below) is out, and Cliff has to stop the monsters, and Samnee gets to draw a lot of crazy exploding stuff, and he’s really good at it. As with a lot of artists, the slight cartoony bent he has in his artwork helps him be very versatile – nothing looks out of place because it all looks consistent even though it’s not hyper-realistic. So the dinosaurs looks perfectly fine, because the bad guy’s henchmen are stereotypical dumb galoots. Meanwhile, Betty looks phenomenal, but because Samnee draws her instead of stealing a photograph of Bettie Page from the Internet, she fits in perfectly with the rest of the book. In other words – draw your comics, artists, don’t light-box them! I know, that’s so crazy it might just work!

I’ve been talking up Jordie Bellaire recently (weirdly enough, one of the tweets about my Doctor Strange: Season One review was about how hard I was on the art, even though I thought I praised Ríos and Bellaire quite a bit in that review), and she continues to do wonderful work, making the fire and explosions on the ship rage beautifully while she deadens the colors of the characters, throwing them into shadows and illuminating them with tans and oranges from the fire. She really helps make Samnee’s art pop marvelously, showing why she’s fast becoming one of the best in the business.

I’m sure this book is selling far less than Daredevil, even though it has the same writer and artist. That’s a damned shame. You really should check it out!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

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Well, that can't be good

Steed and Mrs. Peel #2 (“Life in Hell”) by Mark Waid (story), Caleb Monroe (scripter), Will Sliney (artist), Ron Riley (colorist), and Ed Dukeshire (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

Yeah, that’s just a weird cover. I mean, I bet Mrs. Peel keeps Mr. Peel happy in the bedroom with that sort of flexibility!

In this issue, we get some hints that the nuclear wasteland in which the story is set is somehow a ruse, which I kind of guessed, but it’s still not clear how the Hellfire Club is doing this. Obviously, we’ll eventually find out, but while this issue is a bit better than the previous two, it’s still not great, and as usual, it gets back to the fact that The Avengers had actors, and this comic … doesn’t. Steed and Emma’s banter just doesn’t have the same verve as it did in the television show, so while the plot of this book is similar to the show (from what I remember, having seen very little of entire episodes, but I seem to recall the plots being awfully weird), the back-and-forth between the two leads isn’t as strong, and it just feels flat. There’s nothing really wrong with Monroe’s script or Sliney’s artwork, but the comic lacks a spark. I’m getting the next issue and if the arc doesn’t finish then, I suppose I’ll see it through to find out what happens, but I’m just not feeling this book. So sad!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Sibling rivalry!

The Tick #101 (“A Madman Shall Lead Them!”) by Benito Cereno (writer), Les McClaine (artist), and Bob Polio (colorist). $6.99, 27 pgs, FC, New England Comics Press.

The Tick shows up again, a bunch of months after issue #100, but when the comics are as good as this, it doesn’t really matter how long you have to wait. The biggest problem is that, according to the editorial in the back, the book might not last past issue #102. I’m as guilty about this as anyone – this is only the third issue of the “new series” that I’ve bought – but maybe you could ask your retailer to order issue #102 in such numbers so that the book can continue? I very much doubt if you will be disappointed.

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Continuing from last issue, in which Arthur died, in this issue Orson, the Arthur of the 1940s, shows up to help the Tick bring Arthur back to life. Along the way, they’re inexplicably joined by Frank Einstein (much like last issue’s guest star, Invincible, Madman just shows up in a comic-booky way that you don’t want to think about too much), who needs help recovering an “isotope” from sewer-dwelling mimes. Naturally. Cereno’s script is full of hilarious asides and clever panels, including a double-page spread where the Tick imagines various scenarios of Arthur’s resurrection, and of course they parody various Marvel and DC ones we’ve seen over the years. The book is very funny, but it’s also clever, as the mimes get empty word balloons and actually construct invisible traps and houses, which of course become very hard to infiltrate. The Tick is, of course, extremely deadpan, which is what makes his dialogue so funny, but Cereno is able to make him our stand-in at times, when he goes a bit meta on us and points out the ridiculousness of the proceedings. McClaine is, of course, fantastic, as he continues to nail the facial expressions that are so crucial to comic timing. He’s also able to stretch himself well, as when he does a tremendous double-page spread of Frank and the Tick battling in the heart of the mimes’ domain. This is really a wonderful-looking comic book.

I know it’s a chunk of change to pick up an issue of The Tick, but it doesn’t come out that often and it’s clear that both Cereno and McClaine are kicking ass on the book. I suppose I don’t have high hopes for many more issues, but I’m trying to make up for my earlier foolishness by telling everyone who’s reading this that you should buy this sucker. It’s very good.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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Everybody was yo-yo fighting!

Wasteland #40 (“Beneath Black Skies”) by Antony Johnston (writer), Russell Roehling (artist), and Douglas E. Sherwood (letterer). $3.99, 23 pgs, BW, Oni Press.

Roehling’s first issue is really nice, probably the best art on this book since Christopher Mitten left. Roehling has a bit of a Sean Murphy vibe going on, so his lines are cleaner than Mitten’s, but more detailed than Justin Greenwood’s art on the previous arc. Based on the continued “wasteland” aspect of the book (it’s right there in the title!), everyone looks a bit too clean, which is why Mitten was so good on this comic, but I don’t mind it all that much. Roehling gives us a very good sense of the city and the outskirts that Abi and Michael find, so we get a nice idea of where the action is occurring. His line work is fluid, so nobody looks too stiff, and while there’s not a lot of action in this issue, this style bodes well for future issues. I’m not sure if he shades the book (no one else is credited), but that looks pretty good, too. So, yeah – I really like the artwork. I hope Roehling hangs around until Johnston finishes his epic tale.

The arc begins with Abi and Michael coming to a settlement outside a ruined city, meeting some of the inhabitants, and then seeing a comet crash to earth, conveniently in the city. There’s a dude named Thomas who can somehow “read” people (and objects, as it turns out), discovering their history (he does this to people to see if the settlement should let them in), and his daughter, Diana, goes into the city to find detritus of the pre-flood era (including a telephone). They all go to the crash site, where they discover that the comet isn’t exactly a comet. Oh dear.

Johnston’s story is as interesting as ever, and we’ll see if Roehling sticks around for a while. Wasteland was doing so well a few years ago, and then it got sidetracked by scheduling problems. I’ve mentioned that this year, it’s gotten back on track, and I hope it continues this way!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Look at how they flirt!

All Star Western volume 1: Guns and Gotham by Jimmy Palmiotti (writer), Justin Gray (writer), Moritat (artist), Phil Winslade (artist), Jordi Bernet (artist), Gabriel Bautista (colorist), Rob Schwager (colorist), Dominic Regan (colorist), and Rob Leigh (letterer). $16.99, 168 pgs, FC, DC.

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Hey, it’s another DCnU trade, and probably the one I’ve been looking forward to the most, based on the first issue and subsequent reviews. I mean, I wanted to check out Animal Man, Frankenstein, and Swamp Thing, but I really wanted to read this! Let’s hope it won’t disappoint!

Journey into Mystery/New Mutants: Exiled by Kieron Gillen (writer), Dan Abnett (writer), Andy Lanning (writer), Carmine Di Giandomenico (artist), Andy Troy (colorist), Sotocolor (colorist), and Clayton Cowles (letterer). $16.99, 100 pgs, FC, Marvel.

I still haven’t gotten the second volume of JiM in trade, so I’m going to wait for a bit to read this. Marvel keeps cranking them out, though!


So, did you hear that Disney bought LucasFilm? I would say you probably did. The Internet responded in an Internetty way! I don’t have much to say about it, although I didn’t see much about the comics – Dark Horse has been doing a very good job with the license, and Marvel tends to … well, suck at promoting their licensed stuff, so maybe Dark Horse has worked out a deal with Lucas to keep the comics there. I don’t know – did anyone see anything about the comics? All I heard about were the movies.

Keanu Reeves seems like a cool dude. I mean, you can say what you want about his movies, but whenever you read anything about him, he seems like a cool guy.

So, right after I finish this post, I’m going to vote – vote-by-mail FTW, motherfuckers! I’ve had several people I know on Facebook “like” Mitt Romney, and they’re not just people I’ve only interacted with on-line – one of them is a very good friend of mine. If I lived in Pennsylvania, I’d probably argue with him about it, but I don’t want to get into it on Facebook. My question to him and to anyone who plans to vote for Romney is … Why? I’m not being snarky about this at all – I honestly want to know. I can certainly buy that you’re voting AGAINST Obama – I did that with Bush in 2004 – but is there something more than that? If you’re reading this and you’re voting for Romney, can you explain why? It’s not that I think voting for a Republican is extremely heinous (I’ve voted for my share of them, but never for president), but Romney seems like such an empty suit that I’m genuinely puzzled why people would vote for him (he’s a lot like Kerry in this regard – I wasn’t too impressed with Kerry, but man, did I hate Bush). He doesn’t seem to have much to his message beyond lowering taxes, which is great, but I never understand who’s going to pay for stuff if we lower taxes. If you don’t like abortion, Romney is probably your guy, because he’ll probably have a chance to appoint at least one Supreme Court justice. A lot of people don’t like abortion, so that’s a good reason to vote for him (I don’t agree with those people, but at least that’s a “positive” reason to vote for him, as opposed to just hating Obama). I know it’s a fool’s errand to ask people to be respectful about politics, but if you’re in the mood and you’re a Romney supporter, I want to hear – so to speak – what you have to say. I will disagree with you, but I always appreciate differing opinions, because that’s why we live in a free country, after all.

I read Chad’s scorched-earth Random Thoughts this week with a little bit of sadness. I don’t know Chad personally (although I’ve done a podcast with him!), but I would like to meet him, because he does seem like a smart dude. I feel bad that he’s burned out on writing about comics, mainly because I know how he feels to a degree, but whenever I feel a bit burned out, something always comes along to re-invigorate me about it. I imagine that some of you – if you read it – thought “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!” after Chad wrote “Seeing some results [of the Top 100 runs], I gather that many of you are easily distracted by shiny objects and have trouble focusing for longer than four seconds at a time,” but not me – as I’ve always maintained, I don’t really care what anyone thinks of my opinions, because that way lies RAGE! I’m more sad because I think this blog is extremely entertaining, and Chad was part of that. Our Dread Lord and Master hoards the page view numbers for this blog like Gollum clutching his precious, but I know we’re pretty popular, and among the group comics blogs on the Internet, I think we’re probably up there with Robot 6 (another of Jonah’s fiefdoms, BUT WITH TAGS IN THEIR POSTS!) and Comics Alliance in popularity and quality, but I might be completely wrong or at least missing some (I don’t read Blog@Newsarama, so I don’t know about that). Obviously, I’m biased in favor of this one, mainly because those other two are very heavy on comic book news, which is, frankly, the least interesting part of comics to me. Oh, I’ll read a news article every once in a while, but do I really care that much if Patton Oswalt dresses as Doctor Octopus for Halloween? No, I do not. And those two blogs post A LOT – it’s hard to keep up, man! I love our focus, which is mainly on the actual product. That’s more fun for me!

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So what’s my point? Well, Chad was just another voice writing about comics, and it’s always good to have more voices than fewer. With his imminent departure, we’ll have Our Dread Lord and Master, me, Other Greg, Sonia, and Kelly as our regular writers. That’s a pretty good mix (especially with Chad), but when one of us leaves, it reminds me of all the others who used to write for us but don’t anymore or who post here really rarely. Who doesn’t miss Bill Reed, Joe Rice, Brad Curran, MarkAndrew, Alex Cox, our manga experts Danielle Leigh, Michelle Smith, and Melinda Beasi, Scott, Dean Trippe, Lorendiac, Harvey Jerkwater, even Megan Parker, who has posted a grand total of ONE time here? I even miss the dudes from the old blog who have never posted anything here. I would love it if the people who used to write for us would start up again, but I doubt if they will. Obviously, Chad can return anytime he wants (and who knows how long he’s going to be doing the Before Watchmen reviews, because DC keeps publishing them!), and I hope he does. I really like the variety of writers we have here at the blog, and it kind of bums me out that a lot of them don’t post anymore. Maybe Brian has to recruit some more writers!

I know Chad still has a couple of months before he ditches us, but I wish him the best. And congratulations to his wife for getting her PhD!

Let’s move on to the Ten Most Recent Songs on my iPod (Which Is Always on Shuffle):

1. “Cinderella Search”Marillion (1984) “Maybe it was infatuation or the thrill of the chase; maybe you were always beyond my reach and my heart was playing safe”
2. “Blood of the Wolf”Hamell on Trial (1996) “My friend Frank robbed a Kentucky Fried Chicken with a fork”
3. “The Sacrament” – King Swamp (1989) “She hears the voices on the rushing wind; she is waiting for it to begin”
4. “Faithfull”Pearl Jam (1998) “M.Y.T.H. is belief in the game controls that keeps us in a box of fear”
5. “3121” – Prince (2006) “Take your pick from the Japanese robes and sandals, drink Champagne from a glass with chocolate handles”
6. “In My Time of Dying”Led Zeppelin (1975) “Oh, Saint Peter, at the gates of heaven … Won’t you let me in; I never did no harm, I never did no wrong”
7. “The Wizard of Menlo Park”Chumbawamba (2004) “Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The money’s in the black but the needle’s in the red”
8. “Blinded by Science”Foreigner (1979) “I can’t believe we’re here for no reason; there must be something we can believe in”
9. “Back Stabbin’ Betty”Cage the Elephant (2009) “He tried so hard to please her, he sold his soul to keep her happy”
10. “Don’t Pass Me By”Beatles (1968) “I don’t see you – does it mean you don’t love me any more?”

I know it’s been a rough week for people in the Northeast part of the U.S., so if that’s you, I hope things are okay with you and everyone you know. I guess my parents got lucky – they lost power for about 17 hours, but they didn’t get a lot of rain and nothing in their house got flooded. I know it was much worse for many more people. One of the very few things I like about living in Arizona is that we don’t get very many natural disasters here – since I’ve been here, we’ve had a few minor floods and one or two minor earthquakes, but nothing really that serious. So I hope everyone is getting themselves back together if you got hit by the hurricane. I remember Hurricane David in 1979, and that really sucked, so I can imagine how bad it was with this one!

Have a nice weekend, everyone!


Will miss random thoughts but some new blood would be awesome too!
Its EXACTLY like Kerry vs. Bush 04, except that Romney did pretty well in that one debate.

I, too, compared this election to the 2004 election. It’s a contest between an incumbent with a lot of hate and a really weak challenger. I freaking hate voting sometimes.

I also felt sad reading Chad’s random thoughts. I know he said he was burned out but it just oozed from his keyboard. Guy should just cut his losses and take his leave now. I really liked reading his stuff and I’ll miss him, but it’s getting kinda painful. Hopefully Mr. Cronin has somebody on tap.

Why did you even bother to pick up A+X? I mean, it seems to deliver on what it promises…which is something you don’t seem interested in the first place (and honestly, it’s not something I’m greatly interested in either). I mean, it’s even written by a creator you admit to not standing…yet you bought it anyway, and proceeded to complain about how you can’t stand said creator. It sort of seems like you were asking for pain anyway by buying a book that, by all accounts, you should’ve known you wouldn’t like.

I mean, I stayed the hell away from it because I knew the concept wouldn’t appeal to me, nor did the creative team…you seemed to feel the same, but DID buy it. Why?

I really hope you’re going to give the Marvel NOW books that actually ARE promising a shot (Waid/Yu Hulk, Aaron/Ribic Thor, Fraction/Allred FF, Gillen/McKelvie Young Avengers, etc).

A vote for Romney is a vote for the zombie apocalypse.

I’m gonna talk about Chad here too since the comments are closed on his post for some reason.

If you’re so sick and tired of putting up with the hardships that come with writing about comics on the internet, just stop now. Why wait another 2-3 months if it’s so torturous? I also used to like reading Chad’s work, but the incredible cynicism he brings to everything annoys even me. And the comments on the Runs poll, joking or not are in the same boat as the people who’ve been posting drivel in the comments of the those posts. Oh boo hoo, people like things you don’t. Aww, CBR wants you to participate in things. Oh no, some creators get mad when you diss their work.

You’re not doing anybody any favors by sticking around.

And Joe Casey’s overrated.

Lemme be clear. I’m not annoyed with Chad or angry with his viewpoints. I just feel like he’s dipping his hand in the fire just ’cause he said he would. I figure he should stop now solely to stop the burning. I will miss his work, though. There’s always a place in the world for a cynical bastard.

I’m also sad to see him go. I loved his writing, especially discussing things with him through “Random Comments.”

Another who will miss Chad writing, and also say that yeah, he probably should stop now. I think writing for longer will only make him hate it more and take longer to return (if he does). Have been reading Random Thoughts for so long, used to really enjoy the discussion in the comments, but hey, I can still annoy you Greg.

I get the burn out thing, that’s why I don’t really discuss comics when I reply on here, my pull list has gone from about 20+ a month to I think 5 titles, made up of a couple of Marvel series that I will buy until “NOW” starts. Oh actually, I just realised, I got the last of Deadpool and Iron Man last week, I guess that means like 4 more issues of Amazing Spider-Man until the only things I am getting in singles are Happy (can’t wait for a Morrison story to be in trade, need to read it now) and Dan the Unharmable (Lapham gets my money on most things he does). The burn out happens, and it’s better to realise it, pull back and then return, rather than get totally over something and never come back.

Well, that was rambling.

Also, I would like to nominate a new column to be written by Funky Green Jerusalem. I don’t care what he writes, but I always notice his comments. Maybe it’s just the name though.

Also, a money shot on the cover of a comic? Even porn is classier than that.

I like this second arc of Fatale much better than the first. That’s all I got.

I stopped clicking on Random Thoughts when he closed the comment section. It was never my favorite column anyway, but the comment section is the great thing about CSBG. I enjoy the discussion and the various points of view. I’m not sure why he closed them, because I never saw any egregious trolling. It struck me as a petulant move. I didn’t read the scorched earth column but it seems like more of the same.

I mean, seriously, if we can’t respect each other’s opinions about what the best comic runs are, how on earth are we supposed to BEGIN to have a discussion about something important, like the election?

Anyway, I always enjoy “What I Bought.”. I love the panels and about half the time I end up checking something new out. This week for instance, I know I have to spend $7 on The Tick to read Madman!

re: voting for Romney – here’s the Economist’s endorsement of Obama. it’s very tepid, and they basically say it would be nice to endorse a pro-business republican except for yadda yadda yadda…. so basically if you going down your pros and cons of both candidates and you weight the Romney positive and Obama negative stuff more than the Economist did (and vice versa) than you can get to a reasonable argument for voting for Romney. i mean i probably. i feel basically the same way as the Economist, so i don’t want to vote for either of them. we’ll see, maybe i’ll just sleep in and watch Battlestar Galactica on Amazon Prime.

Oh yeah here is the link: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21565623-america-could-do-better-barack-obama-sadly-mitt-romney-does-not-fit-bill-which-one

Alex: I should have been clearer – I am buying ALL the Marvel NOW! books, and I’m not even buying them; I have a good chunk of credit at my store, so I’m using that to get them. It was easier with the DCnU books, because they all came out in the same month and I could review them separately, but Marvel isn’t doing that. I will have to make it much clearer that I’m reading a bunch of books I wouldn’t normally do (like this one). But yes, I will be checking out the “promising” ones – I’m excited about several of them!

Ryan: Yeah, I saw the Whedon thing. I actually kept expecting a zombie to show up for some reason, but I did like the closing line.

Oz: Yeah, the Faust guys are nothing if not CLASSY!

joe: Thanks, sir. All I can do, really, is let you know that something is coming out. Whether you pick it up is up to you!

noob: Yeah, I saw that link. I like Obama more than they do, but you’re right – if you’re slightly more enthusiastic about Romney than they are, you can make the case for him. That was a funny article, actually – it sounded so sad, like they just couldn’t believe these were the guys Americans had to choose from. I would argue that this is the way it is these days, because the speed of information (not the partisanship, which has always existed) makes it much harder for anyone to appear “presidential” for too long, and anyone who runs is going to be dissected so much that they’ll all come off looking somewhat pathetic. But that’s just my opinion!

I’m also very happy to see Wasteland back on track.

As far as Disney buying Lucasfilm, Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson posted a statement about it here on CBR. He basically said Dark Horse has the comic book rights for now. I agree with you though that outside Stephen King’s Dark Tower & The Stand (ok maybe Oz as well) that Marvel just isn’t built for licensed comics. I think they have so many titles that other companies like Dark Horse and IDW do a better good of giving the licensed properties the attention they deserve. BOOM was making successful Disney comics before Marvel was purchased by Disney and ran those titles into the ground. I hope Star Wars stays with Dark Horse, especially since Marvel has had them before and not made the best of them and because I want to read Brian Wood’s Star Wars at Dark Horse.

Joe Casey isn’t over-rated, Philip. 60% of the time he always sucks.

Leslie Fontenelle

November 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

I love Chad’s columns, and I consider his perspective a valuable asset of this site; Chad’s cynicism is always a welcome change amidst the “positive” reviews, that frequently feel like they’re bending over backwards to find nice things to say about otherwise worthless products (IMO it’s not only OK but actually necessary to point out that a crappy book is indeed crap). But I hope Chad keeps writing his columns until the very last day, and hopefully at some point in the future he’ll send in some of his hearty rants again.

And I actually agree with Chad about some of the choices in the “favorite runs” thing, there were some real howlers in there, but since I didn’t have time to vote in the first place I’m keeping my thoughts to myself. I respect everyone’s choices and opinions, but some of the runs featured were appalling. I guess mileages really do vary.

But it’s hilarious to get pissy at Chad for criticizing the “top runs” selections, especially when so many of the individual posts’ comments were filled with nerdrage against “undeserving” choices (“Bendis’ Avengers? NOOOO it should’ve been the Roy Thomas run waah waah”). There were some choices in there that I thought were ludicrous too (the Wolfman/Perez Titans didn’t age well AT ALL for example), and I suspect everyone has their own disagreements with the final list because that’s how subjective rankings work.

You might find it interesting to know that apparently a number of people Facebook shows “Liking” Romney never actually clicked to do it:


After letting the issues pile up and reading them in a sitting, I think Fatale is probably Brubaker & Phillips’ weakest collaboration. It just feels really shallow.

It’s too bad about Nevett. It sort of feels like watching a guy who repeatedly bangs his head against a rock, pausing occasionally to complain about how his head hurts. The shot at folks re: the Top 100 run seems more symptomatic of his ennui than anything, but at the same time, it did provoke a ‘Dude, you like wrestling and Joe Casey, don’t be so damn judgy’ kneejerk response from me. All the best to him.

Questions for Burgas:

1) Is there a decent comic store in the Mesa, AZ area that would appeal to a stingy Canadian who enjoys digging through quarter bins, back issues, and cheap, used trades?

2) I will be flying into Arizona on Nov. 6; just how full of communistic Canadian terror should I be?

Big H: Good to know about the Dark Horse stuff. I figured they would finish out the contract (for however long that is), and maybe they can continue the license for even longer, especially if Marvel/Disney isn’t interested in it. I’m not huge into the Star Wars comics, but I know Dark Horse does a really nice job with them.

Leslie: I agree with Chad that some of the top 100 runs aren’t very good, but then again, the ones I think aren’t very good I haven’t read very much of. I don’t think Geoff Johns is a very good writer, for instance, but I can’t say his Green Lantern run sucks because I haven’t read it, because I don’t think he’s a very good writer! So while in my heart of hearts I want to scold people for voting for it, I don’t really have a leg to stand on. It’s frustrating – I wish I had more time and access to a better library, so I could read stuff that I don’t want to pay for but at least know something about!

Mike: That’s pretty funny. Some of the people I’m friends with have linked to other, somewhat anti-Obama articles, so I’m sure they “liked” Romney on purpose, but that’s still a funny story.

Layne: I don’t think it’s shallow, but I would agree with you that it’s not as good as Criminal or some of their older stuff. I think it’s about as good as Incognito. Of course, anything those two dudes work on is going to be better than a lot of stuff, so even the “weaker” stuff is pretty good!

If you’re coming to Mesa, do you want to meet? The only comic store I know with good back issues is the one I shop at, Greg’s Comics, and I’d be happy to show you where it is. It’s a pretty good place for cheap stuff! Send me an e-mail if you’re interested. If not, just Google Greg’s Comics in Mesa and go when you can!

As for how scared you should be – heck, Arizonans love snowbirds! They spend money here instead of in Alberta or Saskatchewan! As long as you don’t go talking crazy like about how great socialized medicine is or how maybe carrying your gun into a bar isn’t the best idea, you’ll be fine!

I’m with the others in that I stopped reading Chad’s columns when he disabled comments. I comment infrequently myself, but I always read the comments and enjoy them.

Greg: I’m also with Joe in appreciating the What I Boughts, but don’t pick up new things almost every week, I just don’t have that time! But I will forever love you for introducing me to Atomic Robo.

Leslie: I think the Wolfman/Perez Titans actually holds up well. Admittedly, I am just a dozen issues into re-reading it, but I’m enjoying it more than the first time so far. It helps that the first time was through back issue bins and I would read stories out of order then.

The weather wasn’t too bad in Albany, NY, but 150 miles south…
Don’t you have those scary dust storms in AZ?

A meet would be fun! Once I get more details on the trip, I’ll definitely be in touch!

(And I should’ve remembered the snowbirds thing; the mayor up here here just got caught in some conflict of interest shenanigans involving local property developers and a Glendale house he bought from them!)

Joining the chorus of readers sad about Chad’s depressing and miserable post.
I like his writing and always looked forward to the Tuesday Random Thoughts and the mature intelligence and objectivity he brought to his criticism–he’s even gotten me slightly interested in wrestling for the first time since I was 14 years old.
But … I felt very much attacked by his outburst, even though I know it wasn’t about me or the comic reading Us really.
It felt for example, like one of those experiences we’ve all had where a coworker unloads at you because they’re having a bad day and the boss just dumped on them but you get the blowback.
I run a business, and that can lead to PLENTY of crappy days. The one thing it’s taught me though is to keep your crappy moods to yourself because it is unwarranted, and inappropriate to foist them on the public. Chad’s column was the writer’s equivalent of that and the cynical part of me hopes it dogs him and comes back to bit him in the butt–just a little bit.
I also coldly/pissily wonder aloud if he isn’t feeling some competitive twinge now that his wife has her PHD? But really, that’s just me being a jerk back.

Hope he finds some peace and sometime to be excited about, and keeps writing the good write where ever he takes does it next.

I’m also one of those who stopped reading Random Thoughts when Chad disabled comments, but I read the one Greg linked to in this post. It’s a damned shame that such a good writer and critic got so consumed by his own self-involvement and sense of martyrdom.

I also stopped reading Random Thoughts when Chad closed the comments thread. I like reading people’s opinions fine, but I don’t like people closing themselves off to another’s point of view. Still, I’m sorry to hear that he’s feeling burnt out. Hopefully, he’ll find an outlet for his writing that is more satisfying.

Similar to joe, I stopped reading Random Thoughts a couple of weeks after he closed the comments section. Unlike joe, Random Thoughts had been one of the columns I found entertaining. But closing the comments gutted it.

With comments, it was a guy who gave out random thoughts, then readers would give out their own thoughts based on those thoughts. Often Chad might not address those reader thoughts, but he’d touch on some near the end of his next column. There was the shilling for other sites, but it was quick and easy enough to ignore.

Without comments, the whole tone changed. Whether it was true or not, without comments the column looks like a guy who thinks his own thoughts are column worthy, and is quite happy to shill for other sites where he posts his thoughts, but who has absolutely no desire to hear what anyone else thinks. And is quite happy to say, by closing the comments, that he doesn’t even want to pretend to care.

Which left me wondering why I should care.

Chad should have quit the week that he felt he was better served by closing comments.

I’m probably voting for Romney because President Obama’s plan for a college football playoff system was not a radical enough change. Important issues, people! But also, I’m pro-life and I feel that there is the slim chance that Mitt Romney’s actual experience in making tons of money will enable him to make sounder economic decisions than President Obama has made so far. I don’t actually hate Obama, I find his persona to be likable and I even approve of many of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, but in the words of James Carville: it’s the economy, stupid.

Roger: Yeah, we have some dust storms, but I’ve never experienced on that was all that bad. It gets windy, you stay indoors, everything has a veneer of dust afterwards. It’s annoying but not particularly terrifying. Maybe they’re worse out in the rural areas, but not here in the big city. We’ve lost power maybe twice since moving here ten years ago, so there’s that.

Layne: Cool. Let me know.

Roman: Thanks. I tend to think most people who are voting for Romney think that he can fix the economy more quickly than Obama can. I disagree, but that’s just an opinion. I suppose we’ll know more next Wednesday!

Who knew Chad would be such a hot topic???? :)

I haven’t read Random Thoughts since the comments closed either, precisely because it seemed like a statement of hostility to the whole community that’s grown around CSBG, and because the back-and-forth is what makes a blog like this interesting to me. (I look at the Recent Comments links way more often than I do the Recent Posts.) That means I haven’t read the latest column either, and it sounds like I wouldn’t want to. I always liked the column before that, but it’s been clear for a while now that Chad really doesn’t want anything to do with us anymore, so yeah, it’s probably high time to move on. I wish him well in his own corner of the blogosphere, with anyone who feels welcome there.

I see, we’re Random Thoughts Anonymous. I stopped reading it just like others.
Without comments it just wasn’t the same anymore, but I really liked that column in the olden days.

@Greg Burgas
Here’s a bunny :D

cich: That’s awesome. Thanks!

I miss Danielle Leigh and Michelle Smith. Thanks for reminding me, Greg.

hey thanks for an honest review of faust 14, I liked it. I tried to give something more to the audience wit hthe gray tones. For all the wait , it seemed a plus. was suppose to make the book more real than to soften inks..any who …a money shot on the cover is just well…awesome!

Tom Fitzpatrick

November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I still remember that singing maniac’s rendition of “Papa’s got a brand NEW bag!!!!” in FAUST: LOTD # 1.

I dont know why of ALL that blood and gore, that scene stuck out in my mind, after all these years.

Seth: No problem. As I’ve written before, when I’m the only one mentioning manga on the blog, we have a big problem! I miss seeing what those ladies dug up, because it gave me some good ideas.

Tim: I’m eagerly awaiting the final issue, because then I can go back and re-read the entire epic. I think I just need to get used to the gray tones – I still love the pencils, but it was a bit of a shift. When I finally re-read the entire thing, I might have to devote an entire post to the series, just for the sheer fun of it!

Tom: It’s a memorable bunch of panels, that’s why!

If you’re voting for Romney because you think he’s truly better for the economy than Obama then fine. But you have to consider that the economy IS growing and there are more people with a job today vs. when Obama took office. It’s very slow and that’s painful for someone who has been out of work for a long time, but I truly think that slow and steady is the way to grow a strong economy. High highs lead to really low lows like just after the tech and housing bubbles burst.

I’m not saying Romney won’t do as well or even better potentially, but I’m gonna stick with the guy who is growing the economy AND other beliefs line up with my own.

That A+X seems so awful. I didn’t mind when Marvel tried to do a cash grab and put all their A-listers on the Avengers. To be honest, that was the original spirit of the book when Stan and Jack created it, even if later on it morphed into something very different. I was never a fan of the Roy Thomas Avengers, so the fact that Bendis went with the all-star roster didn’t bother me much. I especially enjoyed that the Vision wasn’t on the team.

But now that the X-Men and all-star Avengers are both bona fide monster hits, Marvel is doing another cash grab book by combining its two biggest cash grab finances into one series?!?! Ok, even for me that’s a bit too much.

As for Chad, he really came off badly once he turned off the comments on his posts. Some posts like Comic Book Legends Revealed I don’t really care about the comments, they’re just a bonus. For Chad’s Random Thoughts posts though, the interplay with the comments was a major part of the appeal. That said, I’m not so entitled that I feel that Chad is obligated in any way to keep comments open just to please those us who like them. However, if you are going to do a move like that, doing so in a manner that comes off rude, abrasive, or petulant is a terrible way to go about it.

I was curious about why he turned off the comments so I went to his other site to see if it was explained there. Once there I saw commenter Neil Kapit ask him the same question I was thinking, and the response Chad gave him was kind of nasty in a way I didn’t think was warranted at all given how respectful Neil’s tone was. It was strange though, because unless the comments sections were cleaned up by Brian before I saw them, I never noticed anyone trolling Chad or being rude to him. Quite the opposite actually. And based on what everyone’s saying, Chad’s only getting more self-obsessed and cynical in his posts, so even though I enjoyed his writing before I have to add to the chorus saying might as well end it now.

I hope if Chad sees the negative feedback in this thread he doesn’t use it to retroactively justify his actions by thinking “What a bunch of entitled, opinionated jerks, this is more proof all my actions were the right actions.” Because in actuality it comes off to me the other way around: even if it was a toxic blog environment that fueled his initial actions, the way he handled it only made people react to him worse and created way more toxicity. He seems to have created the exact type of environment he complained about.

” I was curious about why he turned off the comments so I went to his other site to see if it was explained there. Once there I saw commenter Neil Kapit ask him the same question I was thinking, and the response Chad gave him was kind of nasty in a way I didn’t think was warranted at all given how respectful Neil’s tone was. It was strange though, because unless the comments sections were cleaned up by Brian before I saw them, I never noticed anyone trolling Chad or being rude to him. Quite the opposite actually. And based on what everyone’s saying, Chad’s only getting more self-obsessed and cynical in his posts, so even though I enjoyed his writing before I have to add to the chorus saying might as well end it now. ”

Thanks, T. I admit that I was pretty pissed off during those comments, but only because I had the utmost respect for Chad before and regularly engaged with the Random Thoughts comments, so I felt hurt that he pulled the plug on me and by extension his other readers.

I’ve enjoyed some of Chad’s writing in the past, but then I noticed that he turned off the comments in his column at exactly the same time as he started writing dickish things about CSBG commenters. It actually pisses me off that he’s allowed to post here and insult the people who comment here, but then they’re not given a chance to respond because his comments are off.

Closing the comments in random thoughts hurt my interest in it too, though I did keep reading. And I have to agree with everyone who thinks he should quit now. I’ll keep reading as long as he’s writing, but this seems part of a trend towards hating what he’s doing. And I’d think the relief he felt quitting the review gig might let him know how good it would feel to just quit now instead of doing something for no good reason.

Marvel Now is a curious thing. I’ve heard conspiracy theories about AvX and Marvel Now with its Uncanny Avengers being an attempt to tie Avengers and X-Men together in the minds of the public in an effort to push Fox to sell the X-Men movie license back to Marvel/Disney. But I think monthly comics are so insignificant compared to movies in the minds of the general public that it wouldn’t matter. I think it’s more likely that AvX sounded like a good event. And then Marvel Now is a kneejerk reaction to the commercial success of the New 52 and/or “oh shit, Bendis doesn’t want to do Avengers anymore and Brubaker doesn’t want to do Cap anymore… that’s been our bread and butter for like 8 years… now what?”

And the Romney thing, I live in the south, so I know lots of people who will vote for Romney, but I haven’t heard much of anything positive said about Romney except “he did well in the first debate.” They’re all people who vote republican every time out though. I don’t know any real swing voters except my mom, who’s fairly right-leaning but the rhetoric of republicans have generally scared her over to voting democratic (the local tea party blanketed her town in flyers about the encroachment of sharia law, and her town has no muslims and no mosques for about 60 miles in any direction). I think if Massachusetts Governor Romney was running, she’d vote for him, but Presidential Candidate Romney is not for her.

No love for Chad? Let me say it then:

He might be an asshole, but he’s OUR asshole, by dammit!!!

I enjoy a contrarian viewpoint like Chad’s, and his writing was usually backed up by a consistent, logical viewpoint. I suppose it’s the “not afraid to call a spade a spade” attitude that I like.

Plus, I enjoy Canadian content. Without Chad, CSBG no longer qualifies for Canadian Arts money.

I know Chad was never exactly big on the comments section anyway, and had said in the past that he’d shut them off, but until he actually did, I didn’t realize how much I dug the column’s back and forth — amongst us commenters if not necessarily Chad himself. It’s like the Coffee Talk lady — he’d give us a topic, and then we’d discuss.

Plus, I’d re-read the RT when more comments popped up in my email. Now, I look at it once, and that’s it.

Just do what I do — email Chad, and then cry yourself to sleep when he doesn’t respond. HA!

My favorite RT memory might be when Chad made a comment about how Dean White is a really good colorist, and my response in the comments was “of course he is, Dean White contains all the colors”. Chad picked that as best comment the next week, and really, feeding my ego is why I’m here, dammit!

I think the new BW:Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all book that is coming out (Steve Rude art? DAMN YOU DIDIO FOR TRYING TO INTEREST ME IN BW!!!) is DC’s way of trying to keep Chad here at the blog.

Hey, Oz the Malefic, I too would like to see Funky Green Jerusalem writing a column here on the blog (whistles innocently at behind the scenes goings-on).

Yeah, I was gonna end up passing on A+X anyway, when I thought about it, and then I didn’t see it in my store anyway. But ugh, really, Bucky thinks the cybernetic arm would be cool? I hate stupid bits like that.

David Quinn not only wrote Doctor Strange for a while, but he also wrote a column early on in Wizard. I didn’t get it back then, and I’m not sure I’d understand it now 20 years later (jeez, really, 20 damn years?)

I pretty much agree with you on all of your Ghosts review. Seriously. Given all the books you got that I got too, it’s like we’re twins, man! It’s scary!!! (I dug the Beto story more, but that’s cuz I love Love and Rockets and am not a cultural heathen like some people who are not L&R fans…not to name any names, GREG!!!) (And yeah, I don’t know what Loughridge did either, but kudos if he got paid for coloring a B&W story) And the Geoff Johns story was surprisingly good. Why can’t he do more like this?

Happy is pretty good. I like it but don’t yet love it.

Not sure I like your “it’s cancelled, nothing else to say” attitude about things like Higher Earth. Yes, it’ll end sooner than intended, but it’s also something worth talking about in the meantime, innit? That said, it felt like this issue was a big leap in what was happening from where we left off in 4 (as 5 was that “flashback/origin-y” issue). It was ok, but I was on the fence with this book. I guess the cancellation tells me I’ll stop buying it in 3 issues.

You should mention that with the Liberty Annual the lady on the front cover doesn’t have that top on in the pinup version inside. I like the McCann story, but yeah, it was definitely syrupy. Not a great book but worth the money.

I like Rocketeer:Cargo of Doom, but I read the dollar version of the original that IDW put out last year, the 4th issue of Adventures, and re-read Cargo 1 and read 2 and 3, and I was struck by what you’d said before, about how dickish both Cliff and Betty are. Neither of them are particularly pleasant people, so they kinda deserve each other, huh?

Steed and Mrs Peel is ok. It got better with this ish, I think, although people are entirely too nonplussed that others are disappearing. Plus, one bit of plot happened in the “previously” bit on the ifc (the “survivors” joining with the Hellfire Club in their fortress thingy).

I bought Tick 101, but haven’t read it yet. Spoon!

So I’ll probably babble on with other comics I got some time later. I bought 2 $8 books, a $7 book, 4 $5 books, a smattering of 3 and 4 dollar books — this comics thing is expensive, man!

Travis: I’m so happy you called it Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all. That’s awesome. If DC did that, I might buy it!!!!!

I’m sure I’ll have more to write about with regard to Higher Earth next time. Whenever I hear a book is getting cancelled, the next time an issue comes out, I tend to be a bit grumpy about it. But then I get back on track!

I know what you mean about the price of comics. It was a weird week with all the giant-sized, spendy books coming out.

Have Marvel talked about their format choices for JiM anywhere?
I’m getting JiM in HC and I can only find TPB offered for NM/JiM and JiM vol. 4, but JiM vol. 1-3 and the Thor/JiM crossover will be offered in HC. I presume Thor/JiM will also get a TPB down the line.
So if I got HC where I could it would be HC HC HC TPB TPB HC. I know it’s silly to be bothered by, but comics and silly often go hand in hand. Am I the only one who prefer to keep to one format on a title? I’ll might get the Thor/JiM collection in TPB too just because Marvel broke my HC streak on the title.

Leonard: No, I haven’t seen what their plans are. I totally agree with you about keeping the format consistent, though … even if it is silly. I DON’T CARE! I find it hard to believe that they would do hardcovers for some of the run but not the rest. Unless they stopped in the middle and they’re going to release a giant Omnibus kind of thing. That would be just like them, wouldn’t it?

Sorry I can’t help you!

Other stuff I bought this week:

Action Annual 1 — decent stuff. Cully Hamner is cool, and Ryan Sook does the back up art, and does a bit of a Kevin Nowlan riff in spots. If this is collected with Morrison’s stuff, it’ll help improve it. (Oh, I went there!)

Vampirella vs Fluffy the Vampire Killer — yes, the parody is about 10-15 years late, but it’s a nice sharp poke at the high school years of Buffy (and I say this as a Buffy fan). Ending…dunno what the hell happened there, though.

I got that Origin of Skeletor book, have no idea what happened or if that was a one shot or what, but really dig Frazier Irving’s art on it. Damn my He-Man nostalgia!

Fashion Beast 3 — it’s a weird book, but I dig it. Weird cross dressing/fashion stuff.

Lot 13 1 — Steve Niles and Glenn Fabry do a neat suburban horror tale that seems to tie in to puritan era horrors. If it keeps up being good, I’d recommend the trade.

Joe Kubert Presents 1 — oh, cool stuff. Kubert on Hawkman, and a pencilled story with a kid getting onto a whaling boat. Brian Buniak does Angel and the Ape. Sam Glanzman does a story about the USS Stevens. It’s a great thing. I hope Kubert got enough done before he died, because this is a good collection. I even dig how the paper feels! It’s got a texture other books don’t!

Bedlam 1 — is odd. I guess the weird costumed serial killer guy is now on meds, but he’s not really better. It’s an intriguing set up that I’ll probably get more of, but it can easily get fucked up.

Mars Attacks the Holidays — the other 8 dollar book I got. Hembeck does a great Halloween story. Bill Morrison and Tone Rodriguez (hey, you just featured him!) do a Veteran’s Day tale that’s pretty good. Ian Boothby and Alan Robinson do a fun riff on pop culture and the Thanksgiving Day parade. Dean Haspiel does a Christmas truce story. I’m not sure I dig the way his stuff is colored here (and I’m not sure I’ve seen his stuff colored before, at least not the style he uses now). One thing about the truce told here (the WWI guys who crossed trenches at Christmas and played football together, etc) is that I’ve read before that one could look at the men who did engage the other side and learned they too were human beings were thereafter ethically worse than the men who chose not to “truce”, as those men could still think of the other side as “others” and thereby kill but still keep their humanity. Interesting notion.

New Deadwardians ended nicely. I hope you decide to pick up the trade. Abnett does a nice job with the world he created, the artist (whose name escapes me — Culyard, I think?) has a unique style, and the door is open for more tales of this world. Forget that it’s zombies and vampires, it’s a tale of humanity and duty. Good stuff.

I mentioned it when issue 1 came out, but the book Scam is really good stuff. Issue 2 came out, and continues the high quality. There is a plot element that isn’t the greatest, and due to the number of characters, I found it hard to keep track of who’s who, but overall it’s a really good book — Ocean’s 11 with some superpowers, might be a decent description. Maybe fans of the Mr Fixit PAD Hulk would like it too. I dunno, I just think it’s a very good book. If you missed the singles, get the trade whenever it’s out.

Glad you liked the “Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all”. One of those spur of the moment flashes of “brilliance” that I have.

Travis: I pre-ordered Bedlam, then forgot to grab it on Wednesday, and then my shop sold out. I told them not to worry too much about it – I can always get the trade – but they might have a copy for me in a few weeks.

I’m contemplating getting the New Deadwardians in trade. It’s in the latest Previews, so I’ll think about it.

I think I mentioned that my store got Scam #1, but I didn’t see issue #2. I do hope there’s a trade!

A few things to comment on here-

I’m really glad you’re getting all the Marvel Now first issues, because selfishly that means I get to read your reviews of them. A+X isn’t one of the series I even took seriously though. I think that team-up books and co-story books can be done well, but putting out one to capitalize on a “hot” event is the wrong way to go about it.

Other than Uncanny Avengers, which I’ve already bought, I’m definitely trying out 7 more Marvel Now books, with another 6 that I’m keeping on my radar and may decide to get the first issue depending on how it looks. Here’re the 7 I’m trying in order of my relative excitement for them: Thor God of Thunder, FF, Indestructible Hulk, Avengers, New Avengers, Captain America, and Fantastic Four. Then Uncanny X-Force, All New X-Men, Secret Avengers, Young Avengers, Thunderbolts, and Morbius are all books I’m at least curious about.

But here’s the thing about reboots and soft-reboots and relaunches and all of that: What would really attract readers like me, and I suspect many of the readers of this blog, is for one of the big 2 companies to just come out and say “Here’s the deal- we know long term readers have disliked the way things have been run over the last decade, so we’re promising a minimum of two years of stories without editorially mandated events, crossovers, or interferences. We’re getting back to what we do best: Great writers and great artists creating the stories they want with our great stable of characters.”

Also, I’m surprised you didn’t pick up Joe Kubert Presents, as it seems like something right up your alley (an anthology by great talent for a bargain). I really enjoyed the first issue, and it was especially great to have the written introduction and essay about the series by Joe Kubert as posthumous words to his audience. I’m not sure if DC has announced exactly how much of his commitment to the series he finished, but I hope it’s a decent amount. And I really like the idea of an anthology being created by one person, with even the stories he didn’t write or draw being chosen and commissioned by him. There’s a definite unity of vision.

And lastly, I find it interesting that Greg gave an open request for people to say why they like Romney and only two people did so. While this certainly isn’t a good sample size, and we’re also probably on a heavy liberal blog (simply from the standpoint that people who are extremely interested in artistic disciplines tend to sway to the left), I still find it interesting. I’m a heavy Obama supporter, but I do think Romney is a pretty charismatic guy and an engaging public speaker. So while I vehemently disagree with most of his views and policy, I don’t think I’ve ever really thought of him as unlikable, if that makes sense.

Third Man: Boy, that would be great if Marvel or DC actually released a statement like that AND followed through with it. I’m sure they have in the past, or at least hinted at doing that, but the temptation for a crossover was just too great!!!!

I don’t know why I didn’t get Joe Kubert Presents. I’m sure I would like it, but I was thinking that I’d just get the trade, because it is a Big Two mini-series, after all. I’m sure my shop still has a copy – I’ll have to flip through it and check it out.

Maybe people thought I wasn’t being serious, and that I would mock them for supporting Romney? I’m not a virulently against Romney as someone like John Seavey over at mightygodking is, because while I think Romney has lied quite often, that doesn’t bother me as much as it does him – Obama has lied about certain things too. I don’t agree with Romney and I don’t support him, but I wonder if charisma is a good reason for some people to support him. I don’t know. I still won’t bash anyone who wants to tell me why they support him!

If DC really, really can’t see its way clear to knock it off with the stupid crossovers and Crises, all I ask is that the next one be entirely centered around Mopee. I mean, they’ve used Stalker and freakin’ Qwsp as Big Bads in the past, so it’s not as far-fetched as it might seem.

Come to think of it, that’s what Flashpoint should have been.

I don’t know if a trade of JK Presents will replicate the feel of the paper, and that was a big appeal for me.

Yeah, I’m a dork.

Was Mopee that character Wally raced in those issues of Flash that Morrison and Millar wrote (130-141, although the Race was 134?), or was that some other character?

So, right after I finish this post, I’m going to vote – vote-by-mail FTW, motherfuckers! I’ve had several people I know on Facebook “like” Mitt Romney, and they’re not just people I’ve only interacted with on-line – one of them is a very good friend of mine. If I lived in Pennsylvania, I’d probably argue with him about it, but I don’t want to get into it on Facebook. My question to him and to anyone who plans to vote for Romney is … Why? I’m not being snarky about this at all – I honestly want to know. I can certainly buy that you’re voting AGAINST Obama – I did that with Bush in 2004 – but is there something more than that? If you’re reading this and you’re voting for Romney, can you explain why? It’s not that I think voting for a Republican is extremely heinous (I’ve voted for my share of them, but never for president), but Romney seems like such an empty suit that I’m genuinely puzzled why people would vote for him (he’s a lot like Kerry in this regard – I wasn’t too impressed with Kerry, but man, did I hate Bush). He doesn’t seem to have much to his message beyond lowering taxes, which is great, but I never understand who’s going to pay for stuff if we lower taxes. If you don’t like abortion, Romney is probably your guy, because he’ll probably have a chance to appoint at least one Supreme Court justice. A lot of people don’t like abortion, so that’s a good reason to vote for him (I don’t agree with those people, but at least that’s a “positive” reason to vote for him, as opposed to just hating Obama). I know it’s a fool’s errand to ask people to be respectful about politics, but if you’re in the mood and you’re a Romney supporter, I want to hear – so to speak – what you have to say. I will disagree with you, but I always appreciate differing opinions, because that’s why we live in a free country, after all.

I find it weird that people are asked to justify why they’re voting for Romney. I’m not voting for anyone, since I think it’s all a farce anyway and politics is just a matter of picking which Ponzi scheme you’d prefer to see the middle class bankrupted by and picking the timetable you want the sweatshopization of the American economy to follow.

But think about it: no President has EVER been re-elected with the high levels of unemployment that Obama has had throughout his 4 years. We had a bunch of stimulus packages that were HUGE yet what has happened to the economy and the new jobs we were promised it would create? Yet against all political precedent, not only is Obama likely to get reelected, but his supporters are as enthusiastic as ever and wonder why anyone would vote for Romney, as if Obama’s leadership was so spotless it’s unfathomable that someone would even consider someone else for the job. If anything, I think Obama voters should be the ones to explain why they’re voting the way they are. Why exactly are they reelecting him, besides the fact that they’ll do anything to avoid voting for a rich, white, WASPy (I know, Mormons aren’t protestant) looking Republican.

I just want to add, I’m not pro-Romney, and I don’t really think either of them will do much to change the status quo. I just get tired of liberals acting like supporting Obama is such a more rationally-made and inevitably logical choice on their end than the thought processes Romney supporters could possibly come up with for their guy. Especially since the criticisms they make against Romney could easily apply to voting against Obama (reactionary vote, empty suit, simplistic message, no substance, etc).

I can go on all day about I dislike about Barack Obama, starting with drones and abuse of Presidential poiwers about which he complained about GWB. The case v Romney is that, and it’s Election Day, I don’t know WHAT he stands for. WMR wasn’t great as governor, but he was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and some other stuff I agree with; he seems to done either a 180 or a 360 on virtually every position he has; gives me a headache. Obama is clearly pro-choice, pro-LGBT rights. And he’s less likely to appoint another Scalia to the Supreme Court. Just enough reason to vote for BHO.

I can go on all day about I dislike about Barack Obama, starting with drones and abuse of Presidential poiwers about which he complained about GWB. The case v Romney is that, and it’s Election Day, I don’t know WHAT he stands for. WMR wasn’t great as governor, but he was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and some other stuff I agree with; he seems to done either a 180 or a 360 on virtually every position he has; gives me a headache. Obama is clearly pro-choice, pro-LGBT rights. And he’s less likely to appoint another Scalia to the Supreme Court. Just enough reason to vote for BHO.

Yes, but Obama did many of the same types of about faces when he went from Senator to President. A lot of his more extreme positions he took when he was a senator he had to change to more centrist views when campaigning. It’s just the nature of the game. Now that he’s not making the jump from small politics to big anymore, he doesn’t have to do it this campaign like he did in the last.

As far as pro-choice, pro-LGBT rights, I don’t care about that. It’s just misdirection, the narcissism of small differences. They make you focus on the meaningless ways in which they’re different so that you don’t notice the meaningful more important ways they are exactly the same. For example, if a President is pro-choice or not, who cares? The American public as a whole wants abortion and that spirit is not getting forced back in Pandora’s box. We’ve had how many Republican Presidential terms since Roe v. Wade and how many pro-life presidents. Did anything happen to reverse abortion rights in those decades? And with gay rights, the movement as a nation toward pro-gay laws is inevitable. That’s what America wants, that’s where it’s heading. Candidates just talk about this stuff to get their bases fired up and keep them distracted from more important things, but no matter who wins, abortion will move in the direction its moving, and gay rights as well.

What I worry about is, will someone stop this Ponzi scheme we call the American economy? Will someone do something about the student loan system that’s making gargantuan debt slaves out of whole generations of kids and making them worse off than their parents and grandparents? Paying down the deficit? Figuring out a way to stop this trend of paying for stuff now by taxing the middle class, spending on things we can’t afford, then passing off these unpayable debts to our children?

Neither politician, left or right, will change the status quo on issues like this because then they’ll have to go against their corporate overlords, who really control the country. So, abortion, gay rights, welfare entitlements get the focus. Deficits, crushing unsustainable intergenerational debt levels, too-big-too-fail banks shielded from the consequences of their actions, government and corproate growing infringement on privacy rights…you know, those things that both parties are pretty much identifical on? Never mind.

Changing positions as a result of political reality (change in Obamacare, Gitmo;s not closed) is one thing. Changing for political expediency (GOP primary voters v general election), and so blatantly, w/out regard to what he said before makes Mitt sans core.

Changing positions as a result of political reality (change in Obamacare, Gitmo;s not closed) is one thing. Changing for political expediency (GOP primary voters v general election), and so blatantly, w/out regard to what he said before makes Mitt sans core.

No, I was talking changing for political expediency. Obama did that during his election. I’m not critiquing him for it. They all do it.

Travis: Mopee was the magical imp who orchestrated the accident that made Barry Allen into the Flash. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mopee

T.: The only reason I asked why people are voting FOR Romney – as opposed to voting against Obama – is because Obama has a track record. You can like it or not, and that’s fine, but when people ask me why I’m voting for Obama – as opposed to against Romney – I can give them answers. They might not like my answers, but they’re reasons. I don’t like a lot of what Obama does, and I agree with you that no politician will ever stop the real problems in government, which is the influence of money (and yes, money has always influenced politics, but it seems that the degree is getting worse), but I still think that Obama has done quite a bit that’s good for the country. I have no idea what Romney would do as president.

I do disagree with you about abortion rights, because it’s a Supreme Court-mandated law, and if enough conservatives get on the bench, I know that cases trying to overturn Roe v. Wade will go in front of it. I do agree with you about gay rights – I think it sucks that it’s still even an issue, but gay rights are inevitable – but I don’t think abortion is as rock-solid as that.

So that’s what I meant.

Ah, thanks Buttler. I keep seeing you talk about Mopee but was always too lazy to look him up.

Y’know, here at the blog, when T, or Omar, or Dean Hacker, or somebody really smart gets going (like T does here), I usually just end up like…

DUUHHHH, I like Batman!

Stop being so smart, everyone!

I probably do harp on Mopee a bit. I just love that he ever happened.

The only reason I asked why people are voting FOR Romney – as opposed to voting against Obama – is because Obama has a track record. You can like it or not, and that’s fine, but when people ask me why I’m voting for Obama – as opposed to against Romney – I can give them answers.

Yes, but he didn’t have a track record four years ago. Yet he inspired a cult-like fervor. If liberals could vote for a man without a real track record four years ago, why is it so shocking and hard for them to understand that Republicans could do the same this year?

I have no idea what Romney would do as president.

No one had any idea what Obama would do as president beforehand either. All they had was his promises. With Romney, it’s the same thing. He promised for example to cut spending and cut taxes. I don’t believe he would have done that, but there are promises you can point to, just like liberals in 2008 could point to a bunch of Obama’s (who again, had no real track record) promises.

This again is not to stick up for Romney. He creeps me the hell out, like an older more distinguished Patrick Batman from American Psycho. I just get flabbergasted as liberals questioning the insanity of someone supporting Romney when it’s for the exact same flimsy type of reasons they supported Obama just four years earlier.

Stop being so smart, everyone!

Stop playing modest Pelkie. No one can be as consistently witty as you without being super smart. You’re fooling no one!

I mean I didn’t know what he’d do because he contradicts his own positions. I’m unclear what he’s saying because he flip-flops too much…

Romney flip-flopped, sure. But my point is plenty of politicians flip-flop when going from local politics, where the interests of the populace are more consistent, to national politics, where they have to appeal to a broader range of interests?

Both Obama and McCain flip-flopped on positions during their campaigns to move from local politics to federal politics. Here’s a collection of Obama flip-flops written during the 2008 campaign for example:


One reason so little gets done in politics in regards to bridging the gap between the left and right to me has to do with fighting pointless, inevitable battles, like in addition to the abortion and gay rights debates, look at people who really believe Romney is going to take away their birth control (does anyone really believe birth control is going away?), or are mad because birth control may no longer be free (really, who can’t afford birth control? You’re going to base your political future on whether you can get an already cheap service for free?) instead of big issues.

The other reason so little gets done as far as bridging the gap between the left and right so that we can both fight the larger, more important battles is because both sides can only see wrongdoing when the other party does it, but excuse or refuse to notice the exact same acts when done by their side, as in the case of campaign flip-flopping.

Romney changed positions from January and February to September and October of this year. Someone can have evolved into a position; Romney lied about what Romney said.

Here are more Obama campaign flip-flops:


People who wanted to believe in Obama however made a conscious effort not to notice them. It’s not a criticism unique to the left. Conservatives do it too.

T.: I didn’t question the insanity of voting for Romney. You’re absolutely right – if someone in 2008 had asked, Obama didn’t have a track record. But neither did McCain. But in 2008, if someone had asked me, I would have told them that I think Obama had a better idea for the economy than McCain did, because McCain seemed to want to continue whatever Bush was doing. But again, I agree that Obama didn’t have a track record. But he does now.

Well, to say that Obama didn’t have a track record in ’08, or McCain didn’t, or Romney didn’t this year, is to ignore that they all served as Senators or as Governor, and they did in fact establish a track record in those positions (various amounts of time — Obama the least, certainly, but McCain had been senator, what, 20 some years? It’s your state, Burgas!). Not on a national scale, but if you’re going to base all your decisions on that, no one will meet the standards.

@T: Aw, shucks, he said I was witty! *blush*

Fished for compliments, caught one. Because this place is all about feeding my ego!

But T, you, Dean, Omar, and others are really good at pointing out and distilling in comics (and other things) points that are blindingly obvious once you guys say them, so it makes me feel dumb for not having come up with it myself. I do get off a good analysis every so often, though.

T & Travis & Greg: i don’t comment much but I love you guys. The end. (A short story.)

I’m all verklempt now! So much love!

Travis: Yeah, sure. But it seems like T. was talking specifically about not having a track record as president. Obviously, the only people who will are those running for re-election, but that’s the way it seems like T. framed it. People get all weird when they run for president. I actually thought McCain was a pretty decent guy … and then he ran for president, and seemed to go a bit squirrelly.

Oh well – it’s water under the bridge now. But it’s fun to talk about!

Seth: Thanks, sir. And you know I always enjoy your input!

I’m glad that everyone is having a civil and polite discussion about politics for once out here. It says a lot that so many people can express themselves without rancor on issues that have made others despair about the ability of the republic to function.

So, T, I’m going to put it down to rhetorical flourishes or excesses as to the “narcissism of small differences”. I live in Virginia; my husband is a chief of the boat on a nuclear submarine. I don’t bring this up usually because I don’t consider it germane — and I’m already tired of talking about Last Resort.

BUT, when the guys with whom Romney surrounded himself — and publicly embraced — came to power in Virginia, their main priority has been sticking themselves into the relationship between me and my husband, and me and my doctor. It is not acceptable, on the most basic of levels as a person or a member of the body politic, to have an invasive procedure to satisfy THEIR morality before I decide what I might have to do with MY body. It’s NOT “narcissism” when it’s your most intimate and personal experiences.

So, I’m glad those idiots got a spanking last night — and I plan on doing everything I can to make sure that they keep getting them until they STOP putting their beliefs where they’re not wanted. You seem to be a very intelligent person; so please understand that that statement came across as dismissive and condescending — and you’re better than that.

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