Fanboy Rampage: Stephen Wacker Vs. Rich Johnston Over Improbable Previews


Marvel animation executive and message board troll Stephen Wacker is not a big fan of Bleeding Cool's long-running feature, Improbable Previews. In response to the latest edition of the hit column, Wacker tweeted:

The Improbable Previews in question compares reading Bleeding Cool to binge-eating trash for thirty six hours for its first joke, but we'll just overlook that tone in favor of some righteous outrage.


Bleeding Cool writer Joe Glass, used to the assault on Bleeding Cool by Marvel employees, assumed the tweet was about him:

But Wacker quickly corrected him:

Wacker apparently feels that mild jokes about Marvel and top writer Brian Bendis's propensity to kill off characters (or worse) for shock value repeatedly in all their comics for the past fifteen years is over the line, and didn't appreciate our subtle meta commentary on the affect of an omnipotent writer on the characters residing within a fictional universe for whom "everything changes forever" on a semi-annual basis.

Sheesh indeed! Glass was open to Wacker's feedback.

You're kidding!

You know what, let's just take the high road there. When they go low, we get high. We've got that right, don't we?

Joe threw in a quick plug:

And then he was off. Bleeding Cool Rumormonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston was the next Bleeding Cool employee to assume Wacker was talking about him, because he is, in fact, so vain.

We can't be controlled, Rich! We're a loose cannon! A wild card! A chaotic force of nature sent to destroy comics journalism from the inside!

Yeah, well, you peaked back at CBR, pal!

Sorry, Rich, you didn't make a new friend. Not today.

Oh, and you were born Stephen Wacker?

And you didn't change it?

Wait. Is Wacker doing satire now?

And so it ended. For now. If there's one thing we've learned from all our years on the internet, it's that whenever Stephen Wacker gets involved in a fight on the internet, it's always followed by Mark Waid jumping in to have his little buddy's back. So look for that Fanboy Rampage tomorrow.

And for the record – we love "The Great One" Brian Bendis. It's all in good fun.

Fanboy Rampage was a blog by Graeme "Graham" McMillan dedicated to the funniest, most ludicrous and most inappropriate comic book back-and-forths online. McMillan has moved on now, becoming a proper journalist for the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and Wired but he gave permission to Bleeding Cool to revive his great creation.

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A prophecy once said that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero would come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events. Sadly, that prophecy was wrong. Oh, Jude Terror was right. For ten years. About everything. But nobody listened. And so, Jude Terror has moved on to a more important mission: turning Bleeding Cool into a pro wrestling dirt sheet!
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