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Random Thoughts (September 1, 2009)

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Random Thoughts (September 1, 2009)

I have returned in full this week, distractions all set aside. No more vacation. No more blogathon. Just me and you. Lucky you. It’s random thoughts time! Get excited!

Random Thought! My top five writers in mainstream superhero comics as ranked according to my subjective standards: 1) Warren Ellis 2) Grant Morrison 3) Joe Casey 4) Ed Brubaker 5) Brian Michael Bendis.

Random Thought! Garth Ennis doesn’t make the list simply because he doesn’t really write superheroes. If I were to list my favourite comic writers, he’d make the top five and it would look something like this: 1) Warren Ellis 2) Joe Casey 3) Grant Morrison 4) Garth Ennis 5) Chris Ware.

Random Thought! I’m tempted to make September “Frank Miller Batman Month” with my reread reviews. Watch as I mumble my way through The Dark Knight Returns and Year One only to come alive with The Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder (Vol. 1). I won’t be doing that since I’m waiting for All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder to finish to do something big like that. But, it would be fun.

Random Thought! Two big comics weeks in a row. Sometimes, life is good.

Random Thought! Tomorrow, Young Liars ends. Sometimes, life is shit.

Random Thought! You may notice that certain books and creators tend to get better reviews on CBR (and other sites) on a regular basis. This is not because we’re corrupt or anything, it’s just that some books and creators are just better than everything else on a regular basis. I’m sorry that your favourite book and/or creator isn’t, but that’s the way it goes. When we don’t love something, it’s not because we’re biased or on the take or whatever stupid excuse you made up in your head, it’s because we didn’t think it was good. Hard to believe that it’s that simple. For the record, my dealings with Jonah have all been regarding the business of me doing reviews for the site, never regarding the content. He leaves that stuff up to Augie, the reviews editor — and his comments/suggestions are usually regarding small things like not using the words ‘really’ or ‘very unique’ in our reviews, telling us to avoid spoilers in advance reviews (and cutting a sentence from time to time for that reason are the only instances of heavy editing I’ve found), and responding to whatever stupid comment I write in the e-mail that my review is attached to. Never has anyone associated with CBR attempted to dictate content or opinion — never has anyone even voiced disagreement with a review or rating (excluding someone like Tim Callahan, but that’s due to our friendship, not our positions at CBR). Also, if anyone thinks that Marvel or DC or any other company would try to influence reviews then you really have no idea how little individual reviews matter to them. Everyone wants good reviews, but they’re not worth bribing or influencing anyone. Plus, why bribe when you can pick out the one positive sentence from a very negative review and use that one sentence to sell books?

Random Thought! First step to being taken seriously online: drop the lame username. Use your real name. There are exceptions, of course, but you’re probably not one of them. (FGJ, you are.)

Random Thought! The final amount donated for the CBLDF as a result of the blogathon: $225. That is fantastic!

Random Thought! This week’s music of choice: Neil Young. I own more Neil Young albums than any other artist (32 plus the Buffalo Springfield box-set and Déjà Vu by CSNY) and, yet, I’m still missing 15 or so albums plus various CSNY albums and the first volume of his archives. That said, I did get to download Journey through the Past and Time Fades Away (neither of which are available on CD) this week, so that’s pretty great.

Random Thought! Each week in his Sunday Brunch feature, Bill Reed asks a question and, instead of answering it in the comments there, I shall answer it here. This week’s question: “Which comic character do you find completely uninteresting, no matter who writes or draws him/her? And (a two-parter!) what would make you change your mind about them?” I’ve never found Wonder Woman interesting. Ever. Not even during Grant Morrison’s JLA run, which is the longest exposure to the character I’ve had. The closest I’ve come to caring about the character was in the Planetary/JLA: Terra Obscura one-shot Warren Ellis and Jerry Ordway did, but that doesn’t really count, now does it? What would make me interested in the character… first off, a writer whose work I love doing the book or story. Beyond that, I can’t really say what would get me interested in Wonder Woman. Perhaps her connection to the concept of truth — Joe Kelly, early in his JLA run, did a story that hinted at this, but didn’t make the point that it seemed it was leading to: that there is objective truth and subjective truth… and the Golden Lasso doesn’t differentiate between the two. The concept of truth is a very interesting and could be explored in a number of ways. If there is a story involving that exploration, let me know, and I’ll look into it.

Random Thought! I have no opinion on the Marvel/Disney stuff yet. It’s too early to have an opinion on it really. Disney bought Marvel. That’s all we know. What happens in the coming months will provide fodder for opinion.

Random Thought! The Marvel character I want resurrected sooner than later: Thunderstrike. Street-level Thor! I’m kind of surprised that he didn’t walk off that Skrull ship in Secret Invasion #8, because he seems like the sort of character that would fit in with Bendis’s New Avengers. Yes. I think it’s time for Eric Masterson to return.

Random Thought! I’m off to see Inglourious Basterds with the Girlfriend. This should be fantastic.

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