What? They’re still good! They don’t go bad after six days! Yeesh.
Last week on ComicsAlliance was a fun one, mainly because I got to talk about the story behind one of my favorite covers, from that time when the Joker tried to kill Batman and Robin on the moon! It’s even crazier than it sounds.
Unfortunately, not all stories can still be good when they stop making sense, which is why I wrote an article explaining that Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League is one of the worst comics I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book where I read it, and I’m not even sure I ever liked the Justice League.
Fortunately, there are things to remind me, like the highly enjoyable Justice League: Doom movie, which I also reviewed this week. It was an interesting twist on the source material (“Tower of Babel”) that made for a pretty good time.
Further cementing my hipster status, I’m really excited about The Phoenix, a British weekly children’s comic! It’s not available in America, but if you’re in the UK or you’re willing to pay for International shipping (or if, like me, you’re a cheapo with a good-natured pal in England), it’s worth it.
Finally, in this week’s Ask Chris talks about the single best comic book character ever created: Spider-Man. Yes, Spider-Man. Not Batman. But don’t worry, even though it’s ostensibly about Spidey, I still work 600 words about how Batman works in there.
I do tend to babble on, but this week it just gets ridiculous, when I explain why Batman: Year Two is monumentally awful, and why I love it anyway. Also, it only comes up briefly, but man oh man is Son of the Demon good.
As for what else I’ve been up to this week, well…
I wrote up the 10 Most Truly, Outrageously Insane Episodes of Jem, featuring everyone’s favorite hologram-based glam band and their adventures into Tibetan mysticism, the Indy 500, and time travel. I will admit that I left out the one about drugs, but I have to save something for this year’s April 20, don’t I?
FunkyWatch: January’s Top 10 Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft Strips: Ever since Chron.com changed their layout, I’ve gone from keeping up daily to reading a month’s worth of Tom Batiuk strips all at once, so you can understand why I lack the energy to get out of bed in the morning, let alone actually update my blog.
Bethany Fong and I critique the fashions of G.I. Joe: Destro, of course, is the most fashionable dude alive.
Plus, we’ve kicked off a quick new daily series in the run-up to Valentine’s: Love Hurts, in which I select the most painful moments from the romance comics of yesteryear and make fun of the fictional pain. They can all be found here and they’ll update even on the weekends, so check back!
Seriously, that’s exactly what the story’s about, and today at ComicsAlliance, I take another old school comics bloggin’ look at a tale of Batman’s Christmas from way back in 1943, in which he does his best to brighten up the sad holidays of three lonely dudes in a pretty awkward way.
Also, as you might expect, there is crook-punchin’.
You ever do that thing where someone asks you a question about Azrael and you’re like “oh I’ll just answer this real quick and see what else is out there” and then you start writing and then you end up writing about Azrael for like a thousand hours even though nobody has ever actually cared about Azrael ever?
No? Just me? Huh.
Oh Batman, will you ever find love? If it’s not a slightly amoral cat burglar or the daughter of an international eco-terrorist, it is, as Bob Haney and Jim Aparo so heartbreakingly chronicled, a business rival who shacks up with a hundred year-old robot in an effort to destroy your company.
Bob Haney, y’all. The Gold Standard of Crazy Comics.
This week at ComicsAlliance, we’re gearing up for this week’s holiday, so I tried my best to find something at least mildly Thanksgiving-themed. Unfortunately, what I ended up with was a depressingly racist artifact of the 50s about Batman traveling through time. So, uh…
This week on Ask Chris, I get a question about the nature of the Batman Family, which I referred to as the Platonic ideal of an Ask Chris question. Seriously, I get to tell someone they’re wrong about something they think about Batman and then cite things I have written as the reason why. Plus, a ton of panels from Untold Legend of the Batman.