First let me say how proud I am of Random Comics of the Week and of every contributor who worked on it along the way.
The writers Owen Craig, Tom Kerr, James O’Connor, Sandra Yao, and, of course, Isaac Mills: to each of them thank you very much for going along with this crazy premise I had two years ago. And thanks to Adam Bourret, former comics editor, who looked at those early reviews and asked us to keep going.
This will be the last Random Comics of the Week. This column was designed because I wanted to have comic reviews on the site, but I knew that my own pull list would not be able to sustain anyone’s interest but my own. Now, we have a team of four people with varied tastes and the time seems right to jump to a more comprehensive review site.
So we’ve decided to do something special for our last issue, but looking back at the last 99 weeks of Random Comics of the Week. So here it is, the Best of Random Comics of the Week.
Owen’s Random Comics
Worst Random Comic: Ghost Rider #19
I really hated this issue. I hated how bland and uninteresting all the supporting characters were, I hated the dialogue, and I hated the character of Ghost Rider for having been in such a terrible comic. I don’t know what surprised me more, though, the fact that a little over a year later Jason Aaron would turn Ghost Rider into my book of the month or that Daniel Way is now doing amazing work on Deadpool. The second one.
Best Random Comic: Daredevil #117
I may not be a regular Daredevil reader, but this was a great book.
Most Random Random Comic: PVP #34
I still can’t believe I had to get this. What’s the point? *glances over at my Perry Bible Fellowship collection* Shut up, it’s not the same thing.
Series I Started Buying After Randomly Getting One: Hack/Slash
I loved that random issue I read. It was great (and made a run at the title of Best Random Comic). Unfortunately I didn’t love future issues as much as that first one, but I had fun reading some more issues before they brought in the Suicide Girls and I stopped buying it.
Favourite Random Review: Omega the Unknown #4
I enjoyed my review of Omega simply because of how confused I was. I gather the book is actually quite good (you know…what with the Eisner nomination and all), but man…I had no idea what I had just read.
Miles’ Random Comics
Series I started Buying After Randomly Getting One: The Spirit #8
I fell in love with this series immediately. Re-reading this review, it’s not as glowing as it should be. After reading this comic, I bought the rest of the series in issue form, followed by buying both hardcover collections the day they came out. It really is a great series and I miss it a lot.
I haven’t thought about these books a lot since I read them because it’s impossible to think about them in any serious capacity.
Worst Random Comic: All-Star Batman and Robin # 10
When the subject of bad comics comes up in a conversation, I pull this book out of my crappy comics cupboard (yeah, that is a really thing I have) and get angry all over again. This comic was pure garbage. I remember my hands were shaking with anger as I wrote the review.
Best Random Comic: Hawaiian Dick #4
This was really hard to pick. A lot of great comics stand out: Transhuman, Unknown Soldier, Hellboy, Jack of Fables, Hellblazer, and I know there were many more. This book has stuck with me since I wrote the review. I haven’t made good on my promises to fill in the rest of the series, but I will one day.
Best Random Review: The New Avengers: Illuminati #5
Looking back on these reviews was a large task. I wrote on approximately 95 of the 99 random reviews we did. I’m really proud of that, but I still cringe at some very awkward sentences that plague my writing to this day. I picked this one because I remember being really proud of my fake Skrull titles (“Marvin, Skrull Ruler” and “Skrull Man: Enslaver of Humans”) and I still think they’re really funny. I also think it’s funny to threaten Bendis and that I look like a complete whack job in this review. So there you have it: INSANITY FOR THE WIN!