You know we are well and truly into "Lassie mode" - our way of informing you we have no new column today - when even these quick and pathetic substitutes are posting late. Though Justin is very busy on his freelance work, the blame for the frequent appearance of Lassie must fall squarely on my aged shoulders.
In addition to my own freelance work and some energy expended on a few of life's little annoyances - more on them tomorrow - I've been having some blood pressure and/or blood pressure medication issues. While I'm working those out, it seemed prudent to forego non-Lassie TOTs for the rest of this week, and do the same with the other regular features I produce. So...
Our Tony Polls on the recent Superman copyright rulings are being held over for another week. If you haven't yet voted on them, you can do so here:
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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