This week on War Rocket Ajax, we hit a milestone with our very first professional wrestling guest, as Lightning Mike Quackenbush comes on the show to talk about how comics shaped his childhood! It’s a fun time, as he launches right into it with a ton of enthusiasm, and even ends up cutting a promo on the colorist of Marvel Comics Presents.
Incidentally, we figured out after recording why he doesn’t care for Al Milgrom: He’s never read the masterpiece that is U.S.1.
Yeah, I’m reusing the title from last week. In fact, I am seriously considering turning my laziness into a regular feature. Moreso than it usually is, I mean. Anyway, here’s this week’s articles:
First up, I’ve written a review of Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated Season One, where I delve into the surprising complexity, beautiful character work and addictive mystery. Also, Captain Caveman! Seriously, it’s a fantastic show.
Next up, I interview one of my favorites when Paul Tobin talks about writing women in super-hero comics, and also how he loves to brush the Bionic Woman’s hair. It’s a fun interview, and it’s interesting to see the pains he takes to keep his characters from getting derailed by unintentional fanservice.
And finally, in this week’s Ask Chris, someone asks me to talk about Superman Returns and I literally say the hell with it and talk about Rumble in the Bronx instead. Because really, which one would you rather watch again for research? It’s all part of that generous rapport with my readers that I’m known for.
This week on War Rocket Ajax, Matt and I are pleased as punch to welcome old friend Chris Roberson and new pal Rich Ellis to the show to talk about their new book for IDW, Memorial>! Plus, Matt does stand-up and I unveil my latest obsession, which is of course a TV show made for twelve year-olds.
I am nothing if not consistent.
In this week’s installment of Japanese Spider-Man, Caleb and I watch the first episode of the series to carry a Parental Advisory, probably because of scenes like the one pictured above. Needless to say, it is PRETTY AWESOME.
Get it? Because I used to have a regular feature called… oh forget it. Here’s what I wrote this week:
In this week’s Ask Chris, I’m once again invited to write way more than anyone cares about reading regarding one of my obsessions. And now that I write that, I realize it’s pretty much a stock description of the column every week. This time, it’s old ads in comics, as I pit the famous Charles Atlas ad against the Crown Prince of Death, Count Dante. So if you are that one other person in the world who wanted to read a panel-by-panel breakdown of the Charles Atlas ad, you are in luck.
Also, I scour comments sections dating back to the dawn of the Internet in 1940 for reactions to the new DC logo. Unsurprisingly, this has prompted at least one ace detective to express their belief that, um, actually, they don’t think the Internet existed in 1940. Well if that’s the case, how did I write this article then, smart guy? You think I just make this stuff up?
Also, as a bonus, someone suggests that I should try to be as funny as the creator of Family Guy, which is even dumber than that time I went windsurfing with KITT from Knight Rider. Hey, you’re right! That was hilarious!
I also wrote two Relatively Serious Comics Reviews™ this week. Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell’s Glory #23 is awesome, and while it won’t be out ’til February, you should tell your retailer now so they can order you a copy before FOC. Also, surprising no one, the Daredevil/Spider-Man crossover by Waid, Rios and Kano was brilliant. It’s nice to see comics where it’s obvious that someone’s thinking about it instead being painfully obvious that they’re just banging action figures together and writing dialogue.
And that about does it for this week! Soon: Ice cream!
I didn’t want to push my frustrations over Twilight‘s weird reproductive systems too far down the page last week (because really, vampires? Completely logical. Vampire reproduction? COME ON NOW!), but in case you missed it, here’s a few things you can catch up on:
This week on War Rocket Ajax, we welcome our first guest of 2012: Batman: The Brave and the Bold director Ben Jones! Ben directed episodes like “Mayhem of the Music Meister,” “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure” and the finale, so… yeah, that’s pretty much all I wanted to talk about. The end result was pretty fun (for me, anyway) and we even find out which unlikely Grant Morrison story almost got adapted as a cartoon for kids!
Today also brings another episode of Spider-Man Japan, in which Spidey utterly fails to stop Professor Monster’s sinister plot. Seriously, just cold dropped the ball on this one.
And hey, if you’re enjoying our trip through Supaidaman, why not let CA know about it? Otherwise I might end up having to think about what I’m going to write every Monday, and believe me, none of us want that.
And finally, in last week’s Ask Chris, I wrote a retrospective on the brief, meteoric and disastrous super-hero comics career of Chuck Austen. Because really, nobody else was going to do it
Today at ComicsAlliance, I’ve written a bunch of jokes about some awesome / terrible / awesomely terrible video game box art, pulled from my new favorite website, Oh, Videogames. I’d describe it more, but let’s be real: You only need to know that you will be seeing a ninja motorcycle panther swordfight. For real.