Gaming Post Tomorrow!

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Our friend and contributor Garrett can’t wait for the Dark Souls II release in May. He’ll have a few things to say about the original tomorrow. In case you missed it week-before-last,  he discussed whether or not video games are art in his first post.

image: TVTropes Dark Souls page

I will never not say thanks for an award.

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Raven King nominated me for a Liebster Award last week, and the timing wasn’t so good. Not only had I just accepted a Liebster a couple of days before, (which, if you have ever written a Liebster acceptance post, you will know takes a bit out of you), but this blog is sadly ineligible because it has more than 200 followers.

I appreciate the nod, though.

So here is a thank you. I am not nominating 10 other blogs for a Liebster, but I am happy to have been nominated for it by multiple bloggers.

Here are Raven’s ten questions and my answers. You should read them. By the end of it I am in full interview mode. They are good questions, and answering them was a pleasure.

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Who exactly is Earth-2 Batman?

Injustice #6 - cover art by Mico Suayan

Injustice #6 – cover art by Mico Suayan

by Jeremy DeFatta

Today’s exploration of Batman will be somewhat short, given that this version is (officially) unknown. Today I want to briefly mention the Earth 2 Batman. Once we know more of him, we will return and discuss him in detail.

POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING: The internet seems convinced that the new Batman of Earth 2 is Thomas Wayne, and likely the version from Flashpoint (somehow). Given his behavior in Earth 2 #18, however, I’m going to just throw out there that I think he might be that world’s curmudgeonly Jason Todd. What do you guys who are reading this title think? END SPOILERS.

The real point of today’s posting is to draw attention to Tom Taylor, the current writer of Earth 2 and the Injustice: Gods Among Us tie-in comic, which is seriously one of the best things DC is putting out right now. An Australian powerhouse, Taylor is probably DC’s most under-appreciated asset, which is a shame. Few will contest that DC is losing horribly to Marvel and Image when it comes to the quality of their writers—in fact, if DC were to somehow lose Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Brian Azerello, and (sometimes) Jeff Lemire, they would be in trouble. That might not be entirely fair, but I want to illustrate the position DC has placed itself in by green-lighting poorly executed projects and alienating legitimate talent—they’ve all but lost Grant Morrison and J. H. Williams III at this point.

Taylor, on the other hand, may be DC’s salvation. They need only trust in him. His treatment of non-primary continuity realities has been fantastic and eye-opening, and I can’t wait to see not only future issues of the series he is currently writing, but also any other project he might take up. He is definitely worth a look, either through the weekly digital first versions of Injustice, or the monthly print copies of it and Earth 2, available at your local comic shop.

What do you, my faithful readers, think of Tom Taylor’s writing so far? Here is a link to his (sadly underpopulated) Facebook page.

My recommendations for this week:

Go digging for something by Tom Taylor. The entire the first year of Injustice is available on comiXology for 99 cents a pop.

Forever Evil #5
Hawkeye #16
East of West #9
Pretty Deadly #4

This last one is especially important, because Kelly Sue Deconnick is seriously one of the greatest comics writers currently working, no qualifiers like “best female” necessary. Check out her work, too, and expect future returns to her body of work!

As always, support your local comic shops! Discuss this week’s topics below, and feel free to shoot a tweet at me @quaintjeremy.

image: Injustice #6 cover by Mico Suayan via Comic Vine

#Congrats, #Bloggers

The theme for this roundup is “Congratulations.”  A couple of blogs I follow have reached milestones I want to recognize, and another has a new video out that I love. Here we go.

Comparative Geeks marked their one-year blogging anniversary on Monday, and CompGeekDavid commemorates the occasion with an interesting post. He discusses how they developed their unique approach to blogging and highlights the work of a few contributors. CompGeeks is the first blog I started following closely back in October. They do interesting, thoughtful work.

I discovered Half Eaten Mind recently, and as I was poking around in their archives, I discovered they hit 50,000 page views on January 18. Vijay lists the top 20 countries they’ve received views from and their top search terms. It’s interesting stuff. HEM also has a “Directories and Awards” page that could be useful if you’re thinking about listing your blog.

Finally, Professor V.J. Duke (no relation to Raoul, I am told) has released another awesome collaboration with Mic Pencilpoint Studios, and I think it is funny enough to deserve congratulations. I give you, Punchy Parody: Lord of the Flies.

Normally, I would reblog the professor instead of embedding the video, but this one had to go in the roundup. If you enjoyed it, you can follow The Punchy Lands and find MicP Studios on YouTube. The peculiar combination of  cleverness and absurdity that is Punchy delights me.

We will have today’s Batman post with weekly comics picks later today, and a game review from Garrett tomorrow.