Comic readers and fans of unverified gossip were stunned this morning by a new article at Bleeding Cool. Titled "The Top Five Batman Villains of All-Time?", the piece lacked news, gossip, rumor, snark, or any other meaningful content. Instead, it seemingly exists only to act as click bait.
Although the segment's byline indicates it was written by Brandon Engel, sources confirm it was posted by recently-appointed Editor-In-Chief Hannah Means-Shannon. At this hour, speculation is running rampant that this is proof of Shannon's secret plans for the Newsaramafication of Bleeding Cool. Indeed, in the Bleeding Cool forums, one regular user, identified only as Matt Krotzer, asks "Did I somehow end up at Newsarama?"
We reached out to 52-year old comic book fan Herbert R. Kellenberger for a quote. Mr. Kellenberger had this to say: "The only Blogs I read are Bleeding Cool and The Beat, but The Beat hates white men, and then they started doing those stupid Gawker-style headlines. Now Bleeding Cool is doing the same thing. If Bleeding Cool starts hating white men, too, I don't know what I'll do. Probably have to stop reading comics. Or at least threaten to. Or maybe just stop reading comic Blogs, and sign up for Match.com or something. Do they have cosplay pictures on there?"
Sources inside Bleeding Cool, who wish to remain unidentified, confirmed that planned follow-up articles include "Top Five Rob Liefeld Pouches", "Top Ten Reasons Kelly Sue DeConnick Should Relaunch Captain Marvel Again", "DC Comics Rebooted Their Continuity, And What Happened Next Will Underwhelm You", and "Ron Marz's Top Five Political Tweets". The unidentified source then said, "Oi, governor. Make bloody sure you don't tell them it came from me, wot? There's a good chap."
More on this story as it develops...