Before I started going on any rants about the comics medium itself, I want to give credit to my influences and the people who have shaped my thoughts on the medium.
Alan David Doane's sight is the best critical look at the medium you will find, and he is the most passionate defender of the medium on the web. I owe a lot of my own personal evolution (Alan's recommendations have sold me on more than a few books). He can be a bit over the top, and even abrasive, but that's a consequence of whom the man is. He's passionate about the medium, and yeah, he spends a lot more time talking about the indepents you've never heard of instead of superhero comics. You know why? BECAUSE HE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL. That's what makes him the best; he doesn't just fight the fights he can win, he fights the ones he believes in. He has a paypal button somewhere in the site, and I recommend you show your support and donate. It's an investment in real thought.
The best comics infosite. Rich Johnston's "Lying in the Gutters" column is THE premier rumor/gossip/news (in the comics industry, there is almost no difference between these three terms) source. Steven Grant's "Permenant Damage" column is a wonderful analysis of the medium, world politics, and pop culture. Thoughtful, critical and insightful.
Johanna Draper Carlson is the best regular reviewer of comics, if you are undecided about a book, she'll give you the straight facts. Check them out.
That's all for now,