Wednesday, February 24, 2010
When I was putting together "Crisis On Earth-Blog: The DC Challenge," I set out to dig up as many DC-centric blogs as I could to tie into my character list. I reached out to any of the top bloggers I thought might be game (to be almost completely ignored and flagged as a spammer-- thanks, jerks) as well as anyone legitimate who came up on searches for, say "Mr. Miracle blog" (a really bright guy who courteously passed.) In my search for an Adam Strange home page, I turned up Reilly2040's Blog, run by a rather pleasant fellow who'd been "Rambling about Sci-Fi, Movies and Video Games" since 5 April, 2007. Anglophiles will recognize that wacky date scheme denotes a citizen of the United Kingdom, guaranteed to class up the crossover by adding "u" or "q" to otherwise drab English words.
Moving along, Alan's blog was pretty diverse, as he held court on British sci-fi (Dr. Who especially,) miniatures like Warhammer 40K, video and role-playing games, as well as thoughtful reviews of top Marvel and DC comics (Iron Man, Spider-Man, Flash, Green Lantern, and more.) While I mostly avoided blogs geared toward reviews (respectful as I was not to violate their typical m.o. with my tomfoolery,) Alan's posts went deeper than that. He kept a more conversational tone, and took the time to fully articulate his thoughts, making him seem more accessible. My only complaint about his blog is his false adverting of "rambling," where he is in fact quite focused on whatever topic he chooses to tackle. I'd never heard of Reilly2040's Blog anywhere before, so my goose chase yielded quality dividends.
For instance, I attempted (and plan to eventually complete) interactive stories for each of the characters involved in the crossover (as dead links across most of the blogs will attest.) With the ones I actually managed to complete, I tried to offer a short introduction to each character. Being from the U.K., Alan was one of the only guys available to discuss the crossover when I first suggested it just prior to Thanksgiving, was among the first to complete his portion of the crossover, wrote a concise but thorough Adam Strange biography, and was unfailingly a pleasure to work with. In short, Reilly2040's Blog was one of the happiest surprises of what was sometimes a rather trying endeavor, and I'll be following it from here on out.
Highlights (In Chronological Order:)
DR. WHO Index
Rann-Thanagar Holy War #1
Rann-Thanagar Holy War #3
Rann-Thanagar Holy War #4 & Robin #177
Secret Invasion Finale and Dark Reign
Strange Adventures #1
Captain Britain and MI13 #13
Green Lantern Fan Trailer
Dark Reign So Far
Timestorm 2009-2099: Spider-Man
My Own Worst Enemy
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Who Was Ben Reilly?
World’s Most Wanted Conclusion
Iron Man and War Machine December ‘09
Blackest Night: Adventure Comics
Green Lantern Corps #43
Whatever Happened to The Flash?
Green Lantern #49
Blackest Night #6
Iron Man’s New Armour
Green Lantern #50
Marvel in May
Changes in the Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern #51