Sunday Brunch: 5/31/09

The world's gone all topsy-turvy this week! Nothing makes sense anymore!

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: And this week, Rich Johnston's Lying in the Gutters column over at the CBR mothership bids its fond farewell. Lots of animosity has been pointed at Johnston over the years, and I've never quite understood why; his column was always a great read. I'm sure he'll be happy to know that I'm purchasing a copy of his Doctor Who comic that's out in July. Seeya around, Rich.

HEMORRHAGE: Seeya around, in fact, at your new site, Bleeding Cool. See what I did there? As of this writing, it's still on a countdown clock, but word has it that it'll be like Gutters, but every day-- and Warren Ellis shall be writing a column for it, as well.

ALLONS-Y! In a completely unexpected move, the BBC have announced that Phonogram and Beta Ray Bill writer Kieron Gillen will be the next companion on Doctor Who! I have to say, I didn't see this coming. ... What's that? Oh, it's Karen Gillan? Never mind.

HAVE AT THEE! Pretty good interview with Thor screenwriter Ashley Miller here at CineFools. Particularly:

...in the sense that you want to feel Thor's rage when he rages. You want to see him fight like hell, and take as much he dishes out -- maybe more. You want to have a visceral reaction to the guy, and what happens to him. You don't want his adventures to be clean and antiseptic. You want to see the dirt, and grime and blood. You want to feel every bone crunching moment of every fight. And when he unleashes the storm, you want to feel like you're seeing the power of a GOD at work.

FAR-FETCHED FEUDAL FIREWORKS! Scott Morse presents... the Shogunaut:

Check his blog out for more!

REALLY? So you've heard Archie #600 is going to start a bit six-part wedding extravaganza storyline (six issues? Archie goes decompressed? Well, I never). And apparently he's marrying Veronica. This is big news, man-- it's on MSNBC and the View and stuff! I and my fellow cynical comics brethren expect a last-minute switcheroo where either he ends up with Betty or everything stays exactly like it always was, even if this is a non-canon possible alternate future timeline and they could actually get away with change, for once. Can those two crazy kids make it work? I bet not. But if I were a fictional redhead instead of a real-life one, I would totally go for Betty.

...REALLY!? Boom! Studios has become a licensing machine that's producing some good comics, and now they're coming out with Die Hard: Year One. Written by Howard Chaykin, no less. Seriously? Eh, whatever-- it's just weird seeing a Bruce Willis character with hair. Hopefully, this series goes on to prove the "reverse Samson" theory I once heard espoused about Mr. Willis-- the balder he gets, the more invincible (or perhaps unbreakable) he becomes.

NO, REALLY!? Okay, now it's just gotten out of hand-- so there's this "Army of Darkness/Barack Obama" crossover event coming out, where the groovy Ash must save the president from an army of deadites at a comic convention, and... I have now truly seen everything:

FINALLY, THE WORLD RIGHTS ITSELF AGAIN: Ain't It Cool News shares three gorgeous pages of Morrison and Quitely's Batman & Robin. Here's the first to whet your whistle:

I'm loving the sound effects. Let's hope it's as good as the major motion picture of the same name, eh?

REMAKE/REMODEL: This week at Whitechapel it's Click Rush, the Gadget Man, and his talking toad boss. All glory to the Hypnotoad, etc. Here's user DBed, or David Bednarski's, rip-snortin' portrayal:

And that's all I got. How 'bout you?

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