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Idiot's Guide Weekly: If You Don't Have Something Nice to Say...

Written by Christian Hoffer on Tuesday, July 12 2011 and posted in Columns

IGW makes amends for all the snarkiness by saying nice things about creators!  Plus a new Idiot's Guide Contest, news, reviews and more!


Welcome to a weekly column summarizing the good, the bad and the ugly that occurred throughout the week in comics. With fifty billion websites covering all the minutia of the comic industry and dozens of comics hitting the shelves, it's about time that someone has the stones to take it all in and regurgitate it like a mother bird to her chicks.   Idiot's Guide Weekly will cover pertinent news, the best and worst comics of the week, and anything else worth mentioning in a jovial and mocking manner.   So enjoy it while it's fresh: Idiot's Guide Weekly aims to please.

The News:

Top News Story of the Week: Star Trek is on Netflix. If this column suddenly disappears and never returns, you all know the reason why.

 (This message brought to you by Mrs. BlueStreak, who stayed up past midnight watching inadvertently hilarious episodes and giggling at the 60's sound effects)

DC announced #1's 53 and 54. Huntress has been reborn as a giraffe and Penguin is still a mama's boy at heart.

New Iron Fist series coming this December. I almost feel a little bad that Marvel used up three months of promotional items to try to fight the wave that is the DC Relaunch. Now, all they can do is scrape the bottom of the barrel and announce titles that won't be released in five months. At least they can rest on the fact that Captain America will probably match or beat Green Lantern's gross in two weeks.

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say...: An Idiot's Guide Feature

It was recently pointed out to me that my column can be incredibly snarky towards various creators. There really is no response for it as it's absolutely true. I can be an incredibly snarky bastard at times but then again, so can the rest of the Internet. IGW strives to be better itself and is therefore will use this column to shower creators that I have previously disparaged with genuine complements that come from the bottom of my heart.

Matt Fraction: Fraction is an ideas guy who's capable of planning out pretty ridiculous moments. Iron Man sacrificing his sobriety to save the world is pretty nuts when you think about it. Best Current Title: Casanova.

Ed Brubaker: Ed Brubaker really gets Steve Rogers and knows how to make Captain America cool. He also wrote the best big Marvel event of the last decade. Best Current Title: Captain America (duh)

Jonathan Hickman: Guy's a veritable master of long-form storytelling.   He writes wheels within wheels within wheels that makes reading any comic of his a blast when you realize the subtle ways they connect. Best Current Title: Secret Warriors

Brian Bendis: Bendis rebuilt the Avengers line and turned it into the premier franchise at Marvel. Let's face it, would there really be an Avengers movie without Brian Bendis? (maybe, but it would probably be going in a totally different direction). Best Current Title: New Avengers...(but an argument could easily be made for Ultimate Spider-Man or Powers)

Geoff Johns: The dude can weave a great story through continuity and is still the chief fixer of the DC Reboot. If anyone can make Aquaman respectable, it's Geoff Johns. Best Current Title: Green Lantern

Judd Winick: Winick showed that he can hang with the big boys with Justice League: Generation Lost, which was one of the best Justice League stories of the last decade or two. Also, Red Hood won the battle of resurrected sidekicks, earning an ongoing series while Bucky bit it in Fear Itself. Best Current Title: In between ongoings, just finished up a Red Hood arc in Batman and Robin

Robert Kirkman: Kirkman is possibly the biggest name in comics right now and no one talks about it. Not only has Image become a hotbed for new comic talent, Kirkman's also writes what is probably the best-selling comic series of the last decade.   Compare Walking Dead's trade sales to that of any other series written in the last ten years. The numbers will astound you. Best Current Title: Invincible

Mark Millar: If I could pitch movies via comic books and attract the biggest art talents while doing it, I'd probably be upselling my own creator work too. Best Current Title: Does Superior still count?

Dan Slott: Slott has showed that he's unafraid to mess around with Spider-Man and keeps on escalating the threats that Spidey faces. Big Time has made Amazing Spider-Man a fun series to read, which is something the title has lacked in past years. Best Current Title: Amazing Spider-Man

JMS: He gave me Babylon 5.  That makes up for just about every mid-story drop he's ever done.  Best Current Title: ....

Greg Land: Guy is still getting paid to do what he does. And he's thought highly enough to work on big books like Uncanny X-Men. Good for you.

Gail Simone: Gail knows how to work a fanbase and keep them on her side. Also, it's a credit that she's been able to write a series starring Catman for 36 issues and not face cancellation. Best Current Title: Secret Six

Rob Liefeld: I recently read Liefeld's newest title The Infinite after looking at the popular "40 Worst Drawings of Rob Liefeld" article. It really surprised me how much his artwork has improved and evolved since he started. I know it's easy to knock him for his...unique style, but his art has grown as much as any other artist during the last twenty years. Best Current Title: The Infinite

What controversial creators do you think often don't get enough credit for what they do? Feel free to share in the comments!

The Pull List Death Match: Call For Books

With July and August turning into the busiest months ever, I can't guarantee that I will have regular features in the column every week. To help make up for this, IGW will be running a new game in which titles square off with one another in a battle royale to see which book is best. The winner of the tournament will win the usual prize: any trade on Amazon less than $20 shipped to their home.

So what am I asking you to do? Please submit up to three currently solicited titles (any book that will be released between July and October) for entry into the tournament. Every week, we'll run a set of matchups and allow the readers to decide which book reigns supreme.

Any solicited book is allowed, be it Marvel, Indy, DCnU or DCOld. Remember that if you pick a title that hasn't come out yet, you face a chance that people may vote against it solely because it's an unknown factor. If more than one person picks the same book, I'll contact you to have you pick a new title.

Feel free to make your list public or PM me or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how to play!

The Book of Mammon: Heroclix

Mammon solicits questions about Heroclix. Anyone want to help him out?

I love board games, and I love comics.

Would I like a board game based on comics?

HeroClix, this game looks like a blast to me, but I've never played it really. I have seen it played a few times and even did a demo for it when it first came out, but I don't have any of my own. I'm starting to have a craving to play/get some but I don't know where to start or even if it is fun. This upsets me because my guess is that the game is awesome and i'd love it if I tried it.

I also noticed recently at my comic book store that they have an Invincible pack of HeroClix...

Has anybody played this game? if so, what did you think? This may make it eaiser on me if I knew some people who played.

The Comics (There Be Spoilers Below!):

Moment of the Week: Iron Man sacrifices his sobriety to demand an audience with Odin. (Fear Itself #4) Fear Itself has plenty of flaws but at least the big moments have been big.

Comic of the Week: Jonah Hex #69: Pretty much as good of a comic as you can find. This was a brilliant character study that required no knowledge about anything.  A perfect, accessible comic.

Surprise of the Week: Vengeance #1: Sure, Joe Casey's writing is a little crazy. But it's a good crazy.

Best Character of the Week: Superman (Flashpoint #3). There's the Superman we know and love, running away like the little bitch he is.

Other comics of note:

Moon Knight #3: What's the over/under on Moon Knight schlepping Echo? Four issues? Three?

Superboy #9: Two Phantom Strangers? Golems? Parasite? The possibility for half-uncle/niece relations?? Strangeness abounds!

Heroes for Hire #9: The art on this issue really didn't do it for me. I dunno why, but I thought this was the weakest issue to date.

Knights of Vengeance #2: I'll admit it. I would by a Thomas Wayne Batman book written by Brian Azzarello.

Youth in Revolt #3: Good Juggernaut appearance.

Uncanny X-Men #540: Bad Juggernaut appearance. 

Everything Else (Musings and whatnot):

No images this week. This is what happens when inspiration strikes at 12:00 AM and you have work the next morning.

One month 'til I'm married. We've lined up a potential guest columnist so it looks like the crisis has been averted.

Next Week: You tell me!

 

Written or Contributed by: BlueStreak

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About the Author - Christian Hoffer


Christian Hoffer is the exasperated Abbott to the Outhouse's Costello. When he's not yelling at the Newsroom for upsetting readers or complaining to his wife about why the Internet is stupid, he sits in his dingy business office trying to find new ways to make the site earn money. Hoffer is also the only person in history stupid enough to moderate two comic book forums at once.

 


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