Oh Hey, Here’s That 3,000 Word Column About Batman: Year Two That Nobody Wanted



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!

The Week In Links

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.


The Week In Links

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!

Your Monday Morn — er, Afternoon Dose of Links

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

Why Not Start 2012 By Wasting Quite a Bit of Your Time Reading Things I Wrote?

I am finally back at work after a refreshing long weekend of playing Skyrim for like 9 hours straight working diligently on other projects, and I have returned to usher in 2012 with my usual amount of self-promotion.

For starters, here’s how I ended last year!



In a shocking turn of events, I got to review a movie that I actually loved for ComicsAlliance, though to be fair, I wasn’t planning on reviewing it until after I saw it. Point is, The Adventures of Tintin was amazing, and it’s hands down my pick for the best comic book movie of 2011. Amazing set pieces, high adventure, absolutely beautiful in every way. I’m seriously thinking of seeing it again in 3D.



If you haven’t been following me on Twitter, it might surprise you that I’ve become completely obsessed with Jem and the Holograms. Then again, if you’ve been reading the ISB long enough to learn how I’m similarly obsessed with The Powerpuff Girls, Bring It On and My Little Pony, you probably won’t be surprised at all. Point is, Bethany Fong and I took a look at Ross Campbell’s amazing redesigns for the show, breaking down all the glamour, glitter, fashion and fame in an intense article that it took two days to write. Not even kidding.



For my last major article of 2011, someone asked what my favorite dinosaur was. You can guess how that went.



And to start 2012, Caleb and I are back with another soul-sizzling episode of Japanese Spider-Man, and it’s a good one. Our Hero fights a parkour thief and a giant hypnotic insect. It’s just how he rolls.

What Time Is It? Adventure Time Interview With Ryan North Time!



Did you know I like Adventure Time a lot? It’s true! That’s why I was stoked to interview Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North about his new job writing the Adventure Time comic! It’s a good one, too: If you measure by capital letters, North’s enthusiasm for the project is off the chart, and he drops a pretty great comparison to Back to the Future that gives one of the best reasons why that movie’s so darn good.