And the doors of the Fortress of Soliloquy (better name pending) open wide for all to see. That's right, none of that "gigantic golden key that could only be lifted by someone with the strength of a hundred men" nonsense; this ain't some crystalline arctic hideaway. This is a nice outlet for my desire to make a bigger, better review site than most of the others out there.
Okay, that's not quite true. But, here's the process that led to this site's creation.
I spend a lot of time on comic-related review sites. The Superman Homepage, The Fourth Rail, and so on. Some are arse-kissing pandering fanboy dreck (*cough*TheComicFanatic*cough*). Others are really good--the comic reviews on the aforementioned SH are top-notch, and while I don't always agree with Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail is beyond compare.
So, why this blog?
Because there aren't enough places that do both comics and other comic-related media (i.e., TV shows, movies, etc.). Because, fantastic though the Superman Homepage may be, their Justice League episode reviews are (understandably) biased toward episodes featuring Superman-related characters, and (less understandably) frequently miss the point. Because I'm tired of the backlash against "more mature" comics. Because I'm an opinionated loudmouth and I want to get it out of my system. That all seems about right.
So, here's the format I'd like to have. How this works in reality will be apparent soon. But, each week I'd like to have:
"First Response" - A feature including my initial reactions to the week's comics, JLU episodes, news, etc.
"Monitor Duty" - Reviews of DCU animated episodes, both new releases and classic episodes from "Batman: The Animated Series," "Superman," "Batman Beyond," "Justice League/Unlimited," and even the occasional "Static Shock" and "Teen Titans." Also, any other media adaptations of comic-related stuff, from "Smallville" to "Batman Begins."
"Panopticomic" - Weeklyish comic reviews, covering the new releases and the occasional TPB/Graphic Novel.
"It Came from the Long Boxes!" - Reviews of issues and arcs from my collection and other comics that can't be reasonably considered "new."
"Bloodlines" - Random musing that no one cares about. Kind of like the "Bloodlines" crossover and the resulting characters. Anyone seen Argus lately? Gunfire? Anima? Didn't think so.
So it begins.