This Week’s Links

Thanks to a combination of a nasty WordPress hack, a pulled muscle, playing Draw Something all week and getting swamped at the job, I haven’t updated the ISB in a little while. But I think everything’s squared away now, so here’s what I’ve been up to this week:



In this week’s Ask Chris, I break down my favorite Lois Lane story, the Otto Binder/Kurt Schaffenberger in which she get shot with a laser beam that makes her fat and literally everyone in the story decides to be horrifically mean to her about it. I wish this one didn’t crack me up as much as it does, but man, it is the Always Sunny of Silver Age comics. Plus, I single out my least favorite Lois story, too! It’s not funny at all!

On the subject of weird super-hero yarns, I watched a weird-as-hell episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Written by Jem creator Christy Marx, it tells the story of Dr. Doom accidentally granting omnipotence to a weird old creep, who then summons Yog-Sothoth to fight Firestar and Iceman. This is not an exaggeration. I am not creative enough to have made that up.

In other mass media news, David and I continue our review of Superman: The Movie, which some of you have taken issue with. Who knew telling people that thing they loved when they were four years old is actually really terrible would make so many people mad? Hee hee hee.

Speaking of trolling, I wrote about Batman’s current costume and why it sucks, and also managed to find a solution that fixes every problem I had with it! Funny how DC’s actually pursuing this solution on every piece of merchandise they make except the actual comics, though.

In this week’s War Rocket Ajax, Matt and I talk to Princeless writer Jeremy Whitley. We end up talking about our favorite and least favorite Disney princesses, and unlike some co-hosts I could name, Matt does not express a sexual desire for Nala from The Lion King.

Also, this is one of my shorter posts, but Matt Digges and I have been playing Draw Something, and he will only draw Batman. This is not a problem. It is a solution.

I don’t usually link to my short posts here (I do on my Twitter feed), but if you want the Complete Experience, you can always click on my byline on any of those articles and get everything I’ve written. It’s handy!

Enjoy the weekend!

ComicsAlliance Reviews Superman: The Movie, Part One



Remember how David Uzumeri and I reviewed Smallville together, and then switched over to super-hero movies before he had to drop out at the end of the Blade trilogy? Well, guess what?

We’re back, and we’re taking on the first great super-hero franchise when ComicsAlliance Reviews Superman: The Movie! I have what many people might consider to be bad opinions about this one — I think Superman is overrated and boring and Superman II is fundamentally a bad Superman story — so check it out as I try to make the case that these flicks are nowhere near as good as your five year-old self wanted them to be. Enjoy!

Last Week’s Links

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.

War Rocket Ajax #103: Sayonara Sacrifice vs. Party Quetzalcoatl, with Sam Humphries



This week on War Rocket Ajax, Matt and I talk to Sam Humphries, the writer of the indie smash-hits Our Love Is Real and Sacrifice, the incoming cowriter of Ultimates, and an all-around cool dude. It’s a great discussion of indie comics, what it takes to get yourself out there, how hard you have to work and how occasionally it can pay off, with information on how he draws inspiration from everything from hangovers to cooking classes.

There is also an in-depth discussion of a man having sex with a dolphin.

War Rocket Ajax, everybody!

Here Are Some Things I Wrote This Week

Perhaps you will enjoy them.



In this week’s Ask Chris, I break down my favorite ridiculous plot for World Domination, which of course involves Dr. Doom and Pirate Treasure. Plus, find out what happened to Dave Campebell after I had him killed he stopped blogging about comics!

This month’s FunkyWatch featured impending schadenfreude, puns, and a strip that reminded me of an (actually funny) moment at my father’s funeral. Believe it or not, this did not improve my mood.

For Leap Day, I wrote a retrospective of Batroc the Leaper! If you were reading the ISB back in 2008, you may recognize this is a recurring theme.

Spider-Man Japan Episode 9 brings you the story of a love between a woman and a horrifying giant space beetle monster. It’s the romance of the year, and — gulp — it may be the last one of these we do!

And finally, I reprise my role as ComicsAlliance’s Senior Pornography Critic to review S*** W*** XXX. Sorry, I can’t say the name of the film here — you know I have A Policy. But it’s, you know, that space fantasy movie with the laser swords that people insist on liking. Only this time, with boners!