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Random Thoughts! (December 6, 2011)

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Random Thought! There’s nothing about Fred Van Lente in this post. It’s Random Thoughts time! Get excited!

Link Thought! GraphiContent for comics. butterbeatleblog for popculture. 411mania for wrestling reviews and the occasional CD review.

Random Thought! I wonder if I posted this piece on negativity here on Comics Should be Good, it would have gotten as much attention as Greg’s post on Shade (and trades/singles and some other stuff). Probably not. People love Greg. That post again: You Don’t Just Want to Break Me, You Want to Tear Me Apart.

Random Thought! On Sunday night, Michelle and I had to go pick a friend of hers up at the train station, so I brought along Lulu by Lou Reed and Metallica to briefly listen to. Michelle hadn’t really heard any of it and I was curious what she’d think. She dug it and couldn’t believe the extremely negative reaction to it. This is a woman who listens to shitty pop music and radio stations that play everything that is popular. She loves American Idol and The Sing-Off. And even she could get into it and was downright baffled at people who couldn’t. I found that funny. Her reaction to “Cheat on Me,” which I’d described as the catchiest song of the album (after hearing it, I always have it stuck in my head): “This is catchy!”

Random Thought! No Doc Bizarre last week. Retailer Tim forgot to order it for me. So, I get it in two weeks.

Random Thought! The Ultimates is some damn fine superhero comicbookery. Jonathan Hickman’s writing is inventive and surprising; Esad Ribic is continually making me wonder why he was stuck doing covers when he’s this good at sequential storytelling; Dean White makes Ribic’s art look better in every panel.

Random Thought! Am I the only one who’s wondering if How I Met Your Mother is secretly being written by Vince Russo at this point?

Random Thought! Tim Callahan wants me to explain the influence of Jim Starlin upon Grant Morrison’s work. I’d rather just talk about Starlin. (Ooooh! Breed III #7 comes out this week!)

Random Thought! My all-time favourite villain moment: Mr. Lahey: “I am the liquor.” I never tire of that scene. That’s right up there with “Darkseid is” as far as I’m concerned. “I am the liquor.”

Random Thought! Haunt #19 was… not what I expected. It definitely becomes clearer after a reread or two, especially that opening scene — it benefits from seeing the word balloons used later in the issue. Not quite a brand new hotness issue… Nathan Fox kicks ass and I like the way that Joe Casey just presses ahead and assumes we’ll all catch up. Plus, the ad for the second trade at the back of the book basically recaps the essential details. I assume my reaction to issue 20 will be more positive now that I have a better sense of what’s going on — much like OMAC #2.

Random Thought! Ladies and gentlemen… David Brothers!

Random Thought! I have the urge to begin a new feature on this blog where, every day, I tell a new part of my ongoing sequel to Watchmen… I’ll give you some teasers: Zombie Rorschach! Ozymandis, the smartest man on the planet vs. Bzksod, the smartest cockroach on the planet! The Nite-Spectre comes back in time to make sure her parents get on the cruise ship that’s hijacked by pirates prompting them to rescue everyone and, then, have the sexual intercourse where she’s conceived! Damn right, let’s get excited for Watchmen 2!

Random Thought! Today will be a busy day at the mall. I have to return some dress shirts and get some pants hemmed — all of which I hate, because, like a child, I absolutely detest dress clothes. Michelle has to get her engagement ring looked at where we bought it as part of the whole ‘keep the guarantee on it valid’ thing. And, then, we’ll be seeing the new Harold and Kumar movie finally. Somewhere in there, I’ll get the new Black Keys album. Last… Wednesday night, I believe, we watched the first two Harold and Kumar movies on DVD. I’d seen them both before a few times, but Michelle hadn’t. We’re both still annoyed at how good the first one makes White Castle seem despite the fact that the time we had it was disgusting. Fuck.

Random Thought! Every time I see someone say, basically, “I’m a fan of X and I didn’t know about that piece of news that’s been around for a few months and was covered by all of the usual mainstream places when it broke,” I tend to think that that person is a pretty shitty fan. Or, maybe that explains the state of things. After all, according to research, apparently people who consider themselves fans of television shows only see one in three episodes. It boggles the mind.

Random Thought! It seems the biggest news these days revolves around digital comics and… well, I don’t buy digital comics. So there we are.

Random Thought! When the Daniel Craig Bond movies finish up, I think they need to just go the Archer route for a movie or two, because no one is following Craig if you’re doing regular, serious Bond movies.

Random Thought! I didn’t miss DC’s ‘new 52’ comics last week. A lot of people noticed that DC adhered to their four-week shipping schedule, but did anyone really care?

Random Thought! The first draft of Warren Ellis’s new novel is complete. I rather liked Crooked Little Vein, so I’m looking forward to Gun Machine. I don’t usually follow comics writers I like to other media. Ellis is one of the few who I tend to track anywhere.

Random Thought! So… Avengers vs. X-Men… I just don’t know, boys. I just don’t know. Twelve issues over six months… five writers, three artists… the X-Men aren’t even the X-Men anymore… coming off Fear Itself, why bother? Why is the promo image by someone not drawing the comic? Why does it look more like it’s the X-Babies vs. the Kid Avengers (or whatever they’re called)? Why do I have a feeling, based on the titles of previous Marvel events, that we won’t actually see the Avengers and X-Men fighting? I don’t know… win me over, Marvel. Win me over.

Random Thought! The big news leaves me cold and indifferent, but the comics themselves, that I buy every week, that’s where it’s at. That’s what gets me excited and feeling good. Funny how the two don’t meet so often.

Random Thought! Later this week, I’ll begin rounding up my initial list of the top ten comics of 2011 for CBR. Since they want it in early December, it’s more of a ‘first draft’ of my final list. I don’t like doing lists until the year is actually over. I tend to get some graphic novels around Christmas (either as gifts or using gift cards) and, if I did my list now, then they wouldn’t make it. I understand why sites do lists before the year is actually over, but I hate it.

Random Thought! Cynicism doesn’t come from a vacuum. Sorry, it doesn’t. If we seem negative and overly critical in response to your ‘big news,’ if we respond with scoffs… where do you think that came from? If it’s a bias, it was one cultivated by your behaviour, by your decisions, by your actions — bias based on experience is legitimate and to be trusted. Hell, it isn’t even called ‘bias’ usually, it’s called experience and judgment. Don’t act like we sprang from the womb jaded and angry and ready to shit on everything… You don’t get to create us and then dismiss us that easily.

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Random Comments! Giving voice to the masses, brother.

joe said: By “extremly literal”, do you mean “extremely literate”? I didn’t write any emails and I don’t think you suck. Just thought it was funny.

I meant literal.

An e-mail I received: “You’re an Idiot who has no idea how to review comics.”

My response: “That’s a pretty vague criticism. In what way do I not know how to review comics? Were my sentences structured wrong, full of misspellings while breaking the rules of grammar? Did I go off on an unrelated tangent? Did I fail to state my OPINION clearly? In what way was my review written that reveals myself to not be up to the task aside from the obvious: you and I disagree about the comic in question? Please consider your words before sending out e-mails like this in the future as they do not reflect warmly upon you as a critic or a reader of reviews.”

Riley said: Considering you’re a guy who has said “Superman sucks” on this very column before, you’d think vague criticism wouldn’t bother you so much.

That was one of many ‘Random Thoughts’ in one of many ‘Random Thoughts’ posts. That’s a little different from e-mailing someone specifically to say that they suck.

Kevin Hellions said: Chad, with your skill at getting deals what do you think of Thwipster? If they don’t ship to Canada, apologies for my ignorance.

Unfortunately, Thwipster only ships in the US. But, every time there’s a deal that I’m interested in, I check to see if that policy has changed yet.

Travis Pelkie said: Kirby’s Fourth World omnis are in TP now? Cool. How much are they?

Hey, Travis, there’s this thing called Google that you should learn to use…

Are those Auster books the “New York Trilogy”?

Yes.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading. Later.