Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Top Five DC Comics I'm Reading Right Now

In no particular order:

1- Animal Man
2- Swamp Thing
Both of these two I expected to like from day one, but I was totally surprised but just howmuch I ended up liking them. I never really read much of either of them back in the day- just Brian K Vaughn's Swamp Thing (which I loved btw), and maybe the first 12 issues of Morrison's Animal Man run. I did my research on them years ago, of course, just never read much of their respective books.
These two books perfectly do the humanization that's required to make horror work. The stakes are high for world of course, but when it gets right down to it I'm worried about Alex and Abby. I don't want Maxine to get corrupted by The Rot, not just because I like her but because it would destroy Buddy.
It's going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch all of these characters burn to the ground.

3- Batman
4- Batman and Robin
Though you probably wouldn't guess it if you listened to me on a day to day basis- I'm not a huge Batman fan. Yes, I like him. No, he's not on my top five favorite super hero list. Hell, he may not even be on my top ten.
Regardless of that, his supporting cast kept bringing me back to the Bat titles over and over again. I love Alfred. I love Dick. I live Tim. Hell, I even love Damian. (And yes, I even have a soft spot in my heart for Jason). A couple of years ago, Morrison started his run, and I finally I started to love Batman
Then Scott Synder came along and now I want Bruce's lovechild (in a totally hetro way).
Synder's been able to strip Batman down to a Year One mentality, and yet somehow still keep the long sense of history. Bruce isn't new at this gig... but there is shit that he doesn't know. Under Synder's pen, Gotham has become a living character, darker and deeper then Batman had ever realized. Gotham City is diseased and hateful and It doesn't care if Bruce lives or dies.

As for Batman and Robin:
Damian- "You can't just build a boat and hope darkness magically sails away with it."
Bruce- "Why not? It's my boat."
One of Morrison's stated goals for his Batman run was to make Bats a little less... prickish. A little more happy. Peter J. Tomasi has taken that ball and ran with it. From issue one, we see Bruce loosening up and letting go- just a little- of some of the pain he's been carrying around since that night in Crime Alley.
Little Damian isn't making it easy on him though.
Tomasi handles Damian wonderfully. He's not some little smart-mouthed little punk kid. You get a sense of just how young and scared he is, and how his covering so much of it with some false bravado.
But only just some. He is the son of Batman, after all.
Speaking of which, the father/son aspect is one of the things I love about this book. You can see how Bruce is hurt in Damian's bad decisions and especially in Damian's disappoint in his father.
In those times, Batman is the most human he's ever been.

5- Stormwatch
Paul Cornell has been able to take a decidedly Wildstorm book, and not just integrate into the DCU, but make it a vital, if hidden, linchpin.
To Stormwatch's eyes, the Justice League are just these naive little children who have no idea what type of sandbox their playing it. If they had tried this in the old DC Universe, it would have fallen flat on it's face.
With the Relaunch however, it not only works, it works brilliantly. As dysfunctional as the team is I feel like they've had a long and ugly history together. They haven't even been able to deal with the threat from the first issue because the team has been too busy imploding. If these guys are the experts, what chance does the JL have? The fact that they can't seem to get their shit together adds a level of uncertainty to the DCU.
Oh, and it's worth mentioning that Martian Manhunter has been one of may favorite character's for years and I love how he's been handled in the New 52.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Reason I Woke Up Today

1) White Wolf producing the Old World of Darkness books through Print on Demand

2) White Wolf announcing their MMO will be based on the Old World of Darkness

3) Chest bursters

4) Chocolate Mousse

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) EXTREME Moostracks

2) David Addison

3) Bottle Cap Of Karmic Justice

4) Playing "Rawr!!" with my son

Monday, September 20, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

After a too long hiatus, RIWUT triumphantly returns! *enter fanfare*

1) Peter gargling (sure this was from yesterday, but I still get a kick outta it)

2) Five hour Supernatural marathon

3) Dixon Hill

4) Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) It either should or should not. It shouldn't should sometimes and it shouldn't should not others.

2) The 'Current now'? How many kinds of "now" are there?

3) Playing DDO with the guys at work

4) Midnight showings of movies!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) First Rule of QA School: Never smack your testes in public.

2) The magic tickles of Skittles

3) Frisky Dingo

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) Crapping the whip

2) Blue and Gold

3) Peppercorn stake

Monday, June 07, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) Star Trek

2) Old!

3) Thunderstorms

4) Quiet time

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) Morphine (The band, not the drug)

2) Using the company credit card and feeling like a bad ass

3) 30% off sales at F.Y.E.

4) Finishing yet another DS9 novel

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) Finishing Lost at 2:30am

2) Two reps at the gym

3) Finding enough quiet time to write this

4) Cooking food

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Reasons I Woke Up Today

1) "I've got my own odd little quirks about comics, but arguing that something official isn't really official just because someone said it officially, isn't one of them."

2) I want to believe

3) P.J. Harvey

Friday, May 21, 2010

Reason I Woke Up Today

1) 5 kinds of push ups

2) Comfy chairs

3) Stealing said comfy chair from co-worker

4) Framing different co-working for previously stated chair theft