Brad Meltzer is bets known to nerds for writing DC’s Identity Crisis series, although the general populace knows him for his crime fiction. His new novel The Book of Lies has a trailer?which is weird in and of itself?but then the trailer has folks like Josh Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan and the atheist/scholar/guy who wrote God Is Not Great doing this weird, awkward dog and pony show about how the murder weapon Cain used to kill Abel wasn’t found, and how Jerry Siegel’s?the guy who co-created Superman?dad was shot and killed, and implying that perhaps the two are sinisterly connected, although this is done through dramatic pauses and no actual information, real or otherwise. Now, this very much sounds like one of the dumbest books I’ve ever heard of, but I’ll give Meltzer credit that it might be great. However, I can fault him for making this ridiculous trailer, which does nothing but make the book sound ridiculous. Joss Whedon might write great shows, but I do not trust him to know the secret divine conspiracies which lie hidden in this world. Sorry, Joss.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.